What will the course include?

British Horse Society Horse Knowledge, Care and Riding Stage 1 & Stage 2 (both in year 1). PTT (teacher training) will also be available. There will be training in the 1st year towards the British Horse Society riding and road safety exam which is a pre-requisite to Stage 2.
These are essential and highly valued industry-specific qualifications which are a component part of the British Horse Society’s Assistant Instructor Certificate (the benchmark for employers).
Take a look at all the British Horse Society Courses at their website: www.bhs.org.uk

A BTEC Level 3 Diploma in Horse Management (Subsidiary Diploma in Yr1, converting to a Level 3 Diploma in Yr2). This will include the studying of units such as:
Understanding and Promoting Animal Health
Select, Fit and Evaluate Horse Tack and Equipment
Plan and Monitor Animal Feeding
Prepare Horses for Presentation
Undertake Stable and Yard Management
Understand the Principles of Horse Behavior and Welfare
Riding and Exercising Horses at least 3 sessions per week!
Plus more…

Extensive hands-on work experience at Carrington Riding Centre

What are the entry requirements?

You will ideally need 5 GCSE’s at grade C (or above), including English and Maths. Some discretion can be applied with applicants over 19 with relevant experience. Previous skills & knowledge in horse riding/management are not essential, but a passion for working horses is.
All applicants will require an interview. PLEASE NOTE THAT WE HAVE A 14 STONE WEIGHT MAXIMUM FOR ALL RIDERS. All riders will be weighed at our discretion.


As a course equivalent to A Level the Level 3 BTEC Diploma is an ideal spring board for progression to a Foundation Degree or Full Degree depending on UCAS points gained. Students may wish to continue their studies in Higher Education, eg.
BSc (Hons) Equine Science & Management
FdSc Equine Management

What Next?

Employment opportunities in Equine and its related industries are currently very good. The Subsidiary, Diploma and Extended Diploma Horse Management provide the qualification and experience for entry into the industry at an operational level with future prospects for management.
Often students who complete this course have gone to work abroad, eg. Greece, Ireland, Germany, France and Switzerland, as well as in this country as grooms, instructors, competition riders and stud grooms. Other students have obtained employment with vets, the Mounted Police and also worked for professional riders/trainers.
Equipment and/or Clothing:

Black or blue plain jodhpurs, dark coloured College sweatshirt, long boots or jodhpur boots with heel and smooth sole, gloves, grooming kit. Approved hat BHS standard PAS 015 or BSEN1384 (3-point harness hats not accepted). Wellingtons or strong boots for yard work. No suede chaps, only leather gaiters permitted with jodhpur boots. Body protector – Level 4/5 for pole and jumping work.

Extra Costs

An obligatory uniform will be necessary at a cost of approximately £75.
All exam fees payable to The British Horse Society- Prices to be confirmed.

BTEC Level 2 in Horse Care and Management

We will also be working towards The British Horse Society’s Stage 1

Entry Requirements

2 GCSEs (Grade D or above). Students will be expected to be able to demonstrate some prior knowledge and experience of working with, handling and riding horses.

Suitable For

This course is for those who wish to seek entry into employment in a variety of types of work, such as riding stables, stud farms, livery stables and ancillary industries.

Course Content

The BTEC Level 2 Diploma in Horse Care has been developed to focus upon developing the knowledge, understanding and skills required at this level in the equine industry, the role of the horse-person in the industry and the position of the equine industry locally and nationally. Subjects covered include:

  • Horse behavior & welfare
  • Horse handling & exercise
  • Horse industry & organisations
  • Introduction to animal & plant biology
  • Introduction to horse care
  • Riding horses

Assessment Method

Assignments including written work, practical experience, presentations and observations.


Successful completion of the BTEC Level 2 Diploma in Horse Care permits learners to progress to the NVQ Level 2 or 3 in a related sector, the Level 3 BTEC Diploma in Horse Management or a suitable role in the workplace under supervision