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Horse Care Level 2 Diploma:

This introductory course equivalent to GCSE Level is designed to give you the skill and knowledge needed to work in the horse industry. You’ll get a great introduction to the knowledge and skills needed to work with horses including routine duties on a rota basis. Routine duties on the yard at the college will give students a taste of what it is like working with horses on a full-time basis. You’ll enjoy the mix of guided practicals and classroom teaching throughout your course. Plus you’ll have time to improve your riding skills at our excellent equine centre facilities on-site here at Plumpton. Routine duties on a rota basis are an essential part of the programme. This will involve working on the equine unit carrying out practical duties. Work experience is carried out throughout the year. All students aged 16-18 on our Level 2 & Level 3 programmes will now have to take part in an exciting and compulsory 50-day industry placement programme alongside completion of their vocational course. The programme will give you the chance to gain valuable skills in a real working environment whilst being paired with your ideal employer. Our mission is to pair students with their ideal employer and to support them continuously during the placement.


  • BTEC Level 2 Diploma/Extended Certificate in Horse Care
  • Plumpton College Certificate in Horse Care
  • Additional support towards gaining British Horse Society exams
  • Riding and Road Safety
  • College award, Functional Skills or GCSEs in English and maths

Following satisfactory completion of the programme, students may progress to one of the following:

  • BTEC Level 3 Subsidiary Diploma in Horse Management
  • BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma in Horse Management
  • Employment in the Equine industry
  • Work Based Diploma Level 2/3

You can look forward to a varied programme of modules that also includes a work placement. You’ll also continue your English and Maths up to GCSE level. Modules include:

  • Horse nutrition
  • Horse handling and exercise
  • Horse care
  • Industry experience
  • Introduction to Biology
  • English & Maths

Additional entry requirements

Students need to have achieved 2 GCSEs between Grades 9-3 (previous grades structure A-D). Successful completion of a Level 1 course, having studied English and Maths at GCSE. Portfolio of evidence to show potential working towards a Level 2 with English, Maths and Science at GCSE. Mature students without the above requirements will be considered.

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Start Date: Sun 01st September 2019
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Lewes, BN7 3AE


1 year


Full time


National Certificate/Diploma


Beginner IntermediateAdvanced

This course might be free

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