Preparation for BHS Stage 1 Horse Knowledge and Care

Equine Studies

The course will cover all topics assessed by the BHS Stage 1 exam including grooming, feeding and watering, points of the horse and tacking up for exercise. A syllabus for the exam can be found at www.bhs.org.uk.


  • Course code:


  • Subject area:

    Horse Knowledge and Care

  • Duration:

    12 weeks

  • Venue:

    St Albans Campus

  • Start dates:


  • Fees*:


  • Awarding body:

    Generic award - no awarding body

About the department

Our Equine Department's teaching team are a group of highly qualified lecturers with a wealth of knowledge in this rewarding and challenging field, including competition and industrial experience. The team includes a BSJA accredited coach and veterinary surgeon.

Important Course Information

What are the Course Requirements?

You will need some basic horse handling experience and a keen interest in providing good care to horses. In order to take the exam you will need to be a Gold member of the British Horse Society.

You will need to be hard working, motivated and determined to learn both the theoretical and practical elements of this course.

You will learn the basic care of the horse to include grooming, tacking up, points of the horse, basic foot care, manual handling, mucking out and bedding types, feeding and watering and general knowledge.

For BHS members wishing to take the exam there will be an exam scheduled for the end of the course. We cannot guarantee you a space or that the exam will run if there is a lack of interest.


For those of you wanting to go into employment, the aim of our Equine course(s) are to produce competent carers working with horses, with the potential to take up management positions after further experience.

Potential careers:

  • Coach
  • Groom
  • Instructor
  • Nutritionalist
  • Stud Hand
  • Yard Manager
  • Equestrian Event Management
  • Competition Groom
  • Equine Vet Nurse
  • Equine Lecturer
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  • 16-18 years old, no tuition fees apply to Full Time courses and fees subject to confirmation. Additional costs applicable to BHS courses.
  • For all two year courses fees shown above are per year.
  • Aged 19+ and planning to take a level 3 or above a different fee may apply. You may be eligible for an Advanced Learning Loan.
  • All HE courses (full and part time) are subject to tuition fees.