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.
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.
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:
Five additional units are:
Riding pathway units are:
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).
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.
College requirements are: steel toe-cap boots, correct standard riding hat, gloves, schooling and jumping whip and a body protector.
You can progress to the next level apprenticeship or to further industry qualifications.
You can advance your career in full–time employment in an equine yard.
A former Derby College student is now supervisor at the horse yard where she first honed her equine management skills. Lauren Morley, 26, attended Broomfield College as a teenager and now also lecturers a new generation of students. Lauren now hopes to use her skills in the future to set up her own show jumping yard. Her career is underpinned by her two year BTEC National Diploma in Horse Management (level 3).
"The course gave me a good understanding of yard management and equine health and there was always support available if you needed it. It was also very practical, which I liked."