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Level 1 Diploma in Work based Horse Care (C&G)

Closed now for new entries.

This course provides an excellent entry to Equine studies for the student looking to study with horses in a Hands on practical environment. You do not have to own a horse to take advantage of this training opportunity but some equine experience is preferred.

Success on this course may provide entry to the Level 2 Horse Care course.


1 year – attending 3 days a week  plus an additional  150 hours work experience.

Entry requirements:

Applicants will be 16 to 18 years of age and have at least ONE of the following:

  • Suitable experience around horses together with some Riding ability.

Aims of the course:

Students are placed in a working and learning environment to help prepare them for work in the horse Industry, or progression to Level 2 studies. Students will develop their skills and confidence handling and riding horses, and gain good knowledge in Horse Care and how to behave in a working environment.

Work experience:

150 hours Work experience is an essential part of the course. This will be time tabled within the Callum Park Riding Centre for students to carry out yard based practical duties. Students will be given opportunities to help with Organised Events and Riding School activities.

Areas of study

Health and Safety | Feeding and Watering | Grooming and Washing | Cleaning stables and maintaining yard areas | Fitting Tack and equipment | Cleaning Tack and rugs| Leading and controlling horses for inspection | Catching and moving horses under direction |Riding Horses on the Flat.
Students have the option of GCSE classes for English and Maths or functional skills as required. These studies are in addition to the Diploma coursework and delivered from our Canterbury campus.

Method of Assessment

This course has a high content of practical learning; students are continuously assessed through practical assessments, work sheets, projects, posters, observations, questions and tests. There are no formal examinations.


This Diploma can lead directly to the Level 2 Horse care Diploma or we can advise on employment opportunities within the Equine sector.

Equipment and uniform

BSI approved riding hat, jodhpurs, whip, gloves, water proof clothing and footwear suitable for yard work, riding boots and a Body Protector. Course Sweatshirts and polo shirts are purchased from our Tack shop. A full grooming kit and personal stationary items. A detailed list will be provided prior to commencement and items purchased through our Tack shop receive a student discount.

Entry process

We regret that we can accept no further applications for this course.