Level 2 Diploma in Horse Care

This practical BTEC course in horse care offers young people the opportunity to develop a wide range of skills required for jobs within the equine sector. The course is taught using the practical facilities at Enniskillen Campus.

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Course content

The main areas of study are:

– Estate maintenance

– Feeding and watering horses
– Horse handling
– Principles of horse biology
– Riding horses
– Work related experience in the horse industry

Progression opportunities and career destinations
This course may provide an opportunity for students to progress onto the BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma in Horse  Management. Students are well positioned to find employment in a diverse range of sectors within the equine industry including: racing, show jumping, eventing, dressage and showing, riding schools, livery yards and studs.

Work placement

A minimum of five-weeks approved work placement is an integral part of this course. Students are encouraged to find work in their area of interest such as breeding, racing, competition yards or riding schools.

Entry Requirements

Normally two Grade Cs or three Grade Ds at GCSE or equivalent, including English and Mathematics.

Basic skills in horse riding are essential for those wishing to undertake the riding module.

Students who have not attained a Grade C in English and Mathematics at GCSE or equivalent have to complete Essential Skills in Literacy and Numeracy.

Applicants must also demonstrate that they have a minimum of 40 hours of experience in the equine industry, which can be acquired prior to leaving school.