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Schools 14-16 - Level 2 in Horse Care (Equine Studies)

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Level: 2

Location: Broomfield Hall

Years: 2

Interview: Y

Course Summary

Delivered over two years, in years 10 and 11; this course provides a foundation of knowledge, skills and work experience to help you gain employment within the equine industry or to progress to the next level of study. 

Entry requirements

You should have a strong interest in caring for horses. You need a basic level of literacy and numeracy skills and the capability to organise the written information for your portfolio.  This can be discussed at your interview.

To ensure the welfare of our horses, we operate a personal weight restriction of no more than 13 stone (82.5kg).

Course Content

The course will cover:

  • Undertake work-related experience in the land-based industries
  • Carry out and understand the principles of feeding and watering horses
  • Undertake routine stable duties
  • Undertake horse handling
  • Fit and maintain horse tack and clothing
  • Introduction to riding horses on the flat
  • Understand the principles of horse biology
  • Introduction to jumping fences
  • Carry out health and welfare in horses
  • and much more.....

How will I be assessed?

The course is continuously assessed using a range of methods including written tests, projects and practicals. All coursework will be compiled to build a portfolio.

Are there any additional costs or specialist equipment required?

You will need to have correctly fitted hats, gloves and riding footwear - all up to current safety standardsl. Body protectors are advisable. You also need writing materials. This can all be discussed at interview.

What can I do after this course?

Upon completion of the qualification and depending on the grades achieved, learners may wish to progress on to further study, such as:

  • Level 3 Diploma in Horse Management.
  • An Apprenticeship Programme at level 3.

Further study can lead to a variety of careers within the Equine industry,including groom, farrier, trainee riding instructor and yard manager.

 

This course is run at the Broomfield Hall Campus

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Melissa Shanker

Melissa Shanker

Training to become an equine veterinary nurse

Melissa Shanker had always wanted to work with horses. Riding since she was nine years old, she even took part-time jobs at stables while she was at school. So studying Horse Management – together with various BHS qualifications – at Derby College was the ideal route to her dream career. After leaving College, Melissa always managed to find work with horses. She is now based at Pool House Equine Clinic in Lichfield where she has become their first-ever trainee veterinary nurse. She assists the vets with daily appointments and emergencies, helps with surgical procedures and is learning about how the laboratory is run.

Taking the course at Broomfield Hall gave me the qualifications I needed to pursue my chosen career as an equine veterinary nurse. It helped me develop
specific horse care knowledge which I wouldn’t have gained just through working at riding stables.

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