Horse Care Level 1

Course code: EFCM111P

Subject area: Equine Studies

Study level: School Leaver

Course level: 1

Course details

9:30am - 4:30pm

Monday to Friday

11th Sep 2023 - 5th Jul 2024

Common Leys Farm

Contact details

01993 208 148

The Level 1 Work-Based Diploma is a one year full time course. It is the first step towards developing the knowledge and skills required to work in the equine industry. All aspects of basic horse care are covered throughout the year with a strong emphasis on practical sessions on the college yard supported by underpinning theory which are delivered by a variety of specialist equine staff working at the College.

During this course you will learn how to maintain health and safety in the workplace, groom and wash horses, feeding and watering horses, stable duties and horse handling. You will also learn how to fit and maintain horse tack and clothing, clean tack and horse clothing, learn how to put on and take off tack and rugs and start to understand how to ride horses on the flat.

Students will be studying towards a study programme that will include their main vocational qualification, skills in English and Maths, tutorials, enrichment and work experience. These are essential skills for employment. Students will usually attend College 3-4 days a week from 9.30-4.30pm.

The Level 1 Diploma in Horse Care is a one year, full time, college based course with a strong practical element where experience is gained at the College Equine Unit and nearby at equine enterprises. Students will complete a block of work experience, both at the equine unit and off site with local employers, during the year to continually develop their employability and general horse husbandry skills.

The following units will be covered:

• Principles of maintaining Health and Safety in the workplace
• Maintain Health and Safety in the work place
• Principles of maintaining good working relations with others
• Maintain good working relations with others
• Principles of feeding and watering horses
• Assist with feeding and watering horses
• Principles of washing and grooming horses under direction
• Groom and wash horses under direction
• Principles of cleaning the stable and yard
• Assist with cleaning the stable and yard
• Principles of putting on and taking off tack
• Assist with putting on and taking off tack
• Principles of cleaning tack and horse clothing
• Assist with cleaning tack and horse clothing
• Principles of putting on and taking off horse rugs
• Assist with putting on and taking off horse rugs
• Principles of leading and controlling a horse for inspection under direction
• Lead and control a horse for inspection under direction
• Principles of catching and moving horses under direction
• Catch and move horses under direction
Students who have successfully completed the Level 1 Diploma in Work-based Horse Care and achieved a Level 1 qualification in both English and Maths can progress onto a Level 2 Work-based Diploma in Horse Care or Level 2 Extended Certificate in Horse Care. Some students may choose to enter directly into employment.

Advice and information of career options and further education is available to all students within the college and students are encouraged to make use of these facilities.
GCSEs at grade 3 - 1 and a sucessful interview and assessment day at Common leys Farm where you can demonstrate your suitability for the programme.
In addition to the main course fees given below there is an additional cost of £50 for uniform and £50 for trips. If you need to buy riding hat, boots and jodphurs you should budget for costs in the region of £100. You may be eligible for a bursary to help with these costs so please ask our admissions team. (Costs given are for guidance only.)

As part of your course we may organise trips to assist you with your learning. Trips are optional, and you will not be penalised if you choose not to participate. Bursaries may also available to cover the cost of some trips.

There are bursaries available to help you with other course costs. Call 01235 216 212 for more information.

The rules on fee reduction are complicated and we would encourage you to talk to our Admissions staff on 01235 555 585 to discuss your options. You can find more information on our Fees and Bursaries page - search "Fees and Bursaries" at the top of the page.

16 - 18 Fee

Tuition Fee: £0.00
Exam Fee: £0.00
Kit / Clothing: £170.00

Total Cost: £170.00

19+ Fee

Tuition Fee: £0.00
Exam Fee: £0.00
Kit / Clothing: £170.00

Total Cost: £170.00

19+ Reduced Fee

Tuition Fee: £0.00
Exam Fee: £0.00
Kit / Clothing: £170.00

Total Cost: £170.00

City & Guilds Level 1 Diploma in Work-Based Horse Care.
Assessment is via a portfolio of evidence including written tasks, oral questions and practical assessments.
Excellent English and Maths skills are essential for your success on your chosen course and for your progression onto further courses and into employment. You will also develop good basic practical horse husbandry skills and confidence whilst working around a variety of horses.