Equine Care Diploma – Level 2


The Equine Care Diploma Level 2 is for students who wish to follow a career within the equine industry whether it be a stable hand, riding instructors or a breeder. The equine sector is an exciting and well-respected industry, which is rapidly expanding in the UK, contributing £7 billion a year to the economy. There are opportunities for employment ranging from livery operations to thoroughbred racehorse training.

The course incorporates a range of topics which includes significant practical aspects at a local riding school. Work experience opportunities are also available. Practical skills, clothing, tacking and riding are covered in both practical and theory elements of the course.

  • What will be studied

    As part of this new qualification, you will cover:-

    • Clean and maintain stables
    • Provide feed and water to horses
    • Carry out routine care and monitor the health and well-being of horses
    • Restrain horses using specified methods
    • Monitoring and maintaining health and safety
    • Maintain and develop personal performance
    • Establish and maintain effective working relationships with others
    • Prepare a stable for a horse
    • Fit and remove horse clothing
    • Plait and trim horses manes and tails
    • Clean and groom horses for appearance
    • Load and unload animals for transportation
    • Ride a horse in the open
    • Ride a schooled horse
    • Jump a schooled horse


  • What are the entry requirements?

    In order to be considered for this course, you will need to have:-

    • Know basic knowledge of handling and caring for the horse
    • Ridden experience in walk, trot, canter and jumping a small fence
    • 5 GCSEs at grade 3 (formerly grade C) or above, which should ideally include English and Maths
    • Alternatively completion of a Level 1 qualification in this area
    • A passion for animals
    • A caring nature
    • Be highly motivated

    You will need to attend an interview to ascertain your suitability for this course

  • Where does this course lead to?

    This Level 2 Diploma will enable you to progress onto an Equine Level 3 Diploma, and further your progression towards a career in any of the following areas.  

    • Jockeys
    • Stable Hands
    • Trainers
    • Grooms
    • Stud Managers
    • Riding Instructors
    • Breeders
    • Equine Physiotherapists
  • What qualifications will be gained?

    At the end of this one year course you will achieve a Level 2 Diploma in Equine Studies.

  • How will this course be delivered?

    Tackling both practical work and academic theory, you will divide your time between Kidderminster College main campus and our stables in Hartlebury.

    This course covers 16 hours of study per week.

  • How will I be assessed?

    Assessment for this Level 2 Diploma will evolve around portfolio work.

  • How to get a place?
    Fill out our quick and easy application form HERE
  • Other Information:

    Students aged 19+ will be subject to fees. Student finance offers help with Advanced Learner Loans and support to students, please contact Student Services on 01562 512003 or studentservices@kidderminster.ac.uk for more information.

    While on the course we would expect you to bring equipment to classes to assist with completing lesson tasks, such as;

    • Pens
    • Pencils
    • Memory stick
    • Notepad
  • Exam Board:
    City & Guilds

    After you've completed KC's Equine Care Level 1 Diploma and attained a merit or above, you can move on to:

    • KC Equine Care Diploma Level 3


Start Date : September 2022 End Date : July 2023 Fee : N/A
Day : N/A Time : N/A Fee Description : N/A Duration : 1 Year
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