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Level 2 Apprenticeship in the Equine Industry

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Course Duration

Part-time: 2 years (approx)

Course Location

Enniskillen Campus

Level 2 Apprenticeship in the Equine Industry

Completing an Apprenticeship programme will develop your knowledge and skills necessary to complete your British Horse Society (BHS) Stage 2 qualification. The NI Government framework sets out the standards and criteria you must meet to complete the Level 2 Apprenticeship programme and receive your apprenticeship certificate for Level 2 in Equine Industry qualification. This is the only Level 2 training in this skill acceptable for Apprenticeships NI funding.

Areas of study include:

  • Caring for horses after work
  • Clean and maintain stables
  • Cleaning and grooming
  • Feeding and watering horses
  • Monitor and maintain health and safety
  • Monitoring the health and well-being of horses
  • Plaiting and trimming
  • Preparing horses for exercise
Course Progression

This course may provide an opportunity for students to progress onto a Level 3 qualification or to be employed in a diverse range of roles within the industry including horse grooms, riding centre employees and racing yard grooms and riders.

Course Entry Requirements

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

Students who have not attained a Grade C or above in English Language, Mathematics or ICT at GCSE or equivalent, will complete Essential Skills qualifications in Literacy, Numeracy or ICT as part of the course.

Those wishing to undertake the riding unit should be at British Horse Society Stage 1 Level.

Applicants to Apprenticeship Programmes must be about to take up or already be in paid employment in Northern Ireland, working a minimum of 21 hours a week.

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.

Leaving Certificate Applied and Leaving Certificate Foundation Level are not considered as meeting entry requirements for CAFRE programmes. If you require guidance on entry qualifications please email the Key Contact for this course.

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Enniskillen Campus

Enniskillen Campus provides the widest range of equine courses in Ireland. The college aims to develop a competitive equine industry and produce graduates with the capability to succeed in a wide range of careers.

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      Jessica Hendren

      Jessica Hendren

      "The Apprenticeship course allows me to work looking after polo ponies and hunters at Tayto Castle in Tandragee. I learn skills in maintaining the health and wellbeing of horses, exercising and preparing horses for travel. I have the best of both worlds; a job and the opportunity to attain qualifications, including the BHS Stage 2 exam."

      Jenny Richardson

      Key Contact

      Jenny Richardson
      Lecturer (Equine)



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