Skip to main content

Level 2 in Equine Care

Equine > Level 2 in Equine Care

Course Duration

Full-time: 1 year (including placement)

Course Location

Enniskillen Campus

Level 2 in Equine Care

This practical Level 2 Technical Certificate in Equine 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.

Course content

Main areas of study are:

  • Equine health and welfare
  • Feeding and watering
  • Health and safety
  • Horse handling and grooming
  • Horse tack and equipment
  • Introduction to lungeing
  • Riding and exercising horses
  • Working in the equine industry
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.

Course Progression

This course may provide an opportunity for students to progress onto the Level 3 Advanced Technical 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.

Course Entry Requirements

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

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

Please note, weight limit for riding is 89 kg (14 stone), including tack and equipment.

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.

Irish Leaving Certificate applications: Ordinary Level – Two Grade 4s or Three Grade 5s including English and Mathematics. 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.

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.


Campus visits:

If you would like to visit the campus to meet our staff see around our facilities you can book to attend an Open Day. If you can’t attend one of our planned Open Days you are welcome to visit at a time that suits you when the college is open. Please email the Key Course Contact to arrange.

Apply for this Course
Interested in this course, but have a few questions?

Get in touch for helpful advice.

Contact us
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.

      Interested in this course, but have a few questions?

      Get in touch for helpful advice.

      Contact us

      Course validated by:

      city & guilds logo
      Rhiannon Campbell

      Rhiannon Campbell

      "When I arrived at CAFRE I knew this was the place for me; the facilities, the horses, and the lecturers are fantastic. I also enjoyed being able to ride, we had weekly lessons in both flat and jump, which helped everyone to improve their riding. This course combines theory with as much practical work as possible."

      Shelley Stuart

      Key Contact

      Shelley Stuart
      Senior Lecturer (Equine)



      Frequently Asked Questions