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Level: 2

Location: Workplace

Years: 1

Interview: Y

Course Summary

An apprenticeship is made up of a 'framework' which incorporates a work-based Diploma together with a Technical Certificate, Employment Rights and Responsibilities (ERR), Personal Learning and Thinking Skills (PLTS) and Functional Skills in Maths and English (unless you have achieved GCSE Maths and English at grade C or above in the past five years).

The Technical Certificate is the British Horse Society Stage 1 and 2 Care. Derby College will pay for one entry per exam for the Care element only.

Entry requirements

You must be in employment and committed to a career in the equine industry. You will undergo an initial assessment before starting the programme to ensure that you are capable of achieving the outcomes and have an interest in this area of work.

Course Content

You must complete seven mandatory units, an additional five units and a further three riding or five optional units depending on the career path you choose.

Your mandatory units are:

  • Clean and maintain stables
  • Provide feed and water to horses
  • Carry out routine care and monitor the health and well-being of horses
  • Restrain horses using specified methods
  • Monitor and maintain health and safety
  • Maintain and develop personal performance
  • Establish and maintain effective working relationships with others

Five additional units are:

  • Fit and remove clothing
  • Fit and remove tack
  • Grooming for appearance
  • Lunging
  • Load and unload horses

Riding pathway units are:

  • Ride on the flat
  • Ride over fences
  • Ride on the road or in the open

Career pathway units: you are able to choose a further five units from an additional 30 optional units.

The Learner Guide and Logbooks provide a full overview of the syllabus:
City & Guilds NPTC Level 2 Diploma in Work-based Horse Care (QCF).

How will I be assessed?

Training is largely work-based with ongoing practical assessments undertaken in your workplace. You will keep a portfolio of evidence of your practical ability and theoretical understanding. Assessment is through practical observation in the workplace and at College, written questions and witness statements. Photographic and/or video evidence can be used.

Are there any additional costs or specialist equipment required?

College requirements are: steel toe-cap boots, correct standard riding hat, gloves, schooling and jumping whip and a body protector.

What can I do after this course?

Further study
 

You can progress to the next level apprenticeship or to further industry qualifications. 

Careers
 

You can advance your career in full–time employment in an equine yard.

 

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Eloise Dobrzynski

Eloise Dobrzynski

Horse-loving Eloise rides high after “off the cuff” tutor inspiration

As a horse-loving teenager, Eloise Dobrzynski found her vocation thanks to the talent-spotting skills of one her Derby College lecturers. Eloise, now aged 23, “loved every minute” of her National Horse Diploma course at Broomfield Hall but was anxious about what came next.

She runs her coaching business, often instructing nervous riders, and works for an agency which provides grooms for privately owned yards. Eloise’s family have always owned horses and when she left school she wanted to work in the equine field in some capacity.

She went to an event at Pride Park and saw Derby College’s stand. She was attracted by its horse display and was impressed by the course. The two year Diploma improved her riding, taught her about business, insurance, equine science and gave her the confidence that she “knew what she talking about.”

She also successfully took her BHS (British Horse Society) exams, stages 1and 2, which are all about riding and care and which were paid for by the college. After college she worked at various yards and self-funded her BHSAI (instructors’) exam before branching out on her own. But it was a college module, where students taught each other, which sowed the seeds of her career. For more on Eloise’s business go to her Facebook page, Kalies Coaching.

It came from an off the cuff comment by Stephanie Meadows, one of the tutors. We were doing a module where we were teaching each other and she said 'you should really think about getting more into instructing, because you've got a talent for it.' "Up until then, at 16 and 17, my mind was all over the place and I was a bit scared about leaving college – it was that which really focussed my mind. College gave me a good level of confidence – when I walked away, I felt I knew what I was talking about. "Now I want to keep going with my qualifications and carry on with what I'm doing. I love it.

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