Apprenticeship – Senior Equine Groom



A level 3 apprenticeship in horse care will provide you with essential skills and knowledge, enabling you to supervise and manage care and training programs for horses in a variety of environments. The ideal apprentice will have; a passion for horses, a sound base of equine experience and knowledge, the necessary empathy required to promote the horses’ physical and psychological well-being within a safe working environment and they will be required to have dedication, commitment and the physical and mental toughness to cope with the rigours of the role.

Course Content - What will I learn?

The skills and knowledge developed within the level 3 apprenticeship programme include:
• Organisation of yard and field duties, rotas and routines
• Anatomy and physiology
• Assessing health, welfare, condition and fitness
• Methods of handling and restraint
• Procedures for grooming, clipping, trimming, pulling and plaiting
• The foot and shoeing
• Nutritional requirements for different workloads
• Fitness requirements for different disciplines
• Plan, prepare and supervise travel for horses
• Legislation and procedures relating to travelling horses
• Lungeing/long reining or other forms of non-ridden exercise

In addition to the above, apprentices will select one specialised route from the following options;
1) Breeding
2) Racing
3) Driving
4) Riding
5) Non-riding

An apprenticeship will also help develop a professional working style, safe working practices, awareness of the work environment and communicating effectively with colleagues and customers.


Am I right for the course?

You will be required to have dedication, commitment and the physical and mental toughness to cope with the rigours of the role.

You will need to have a Level 2 qualification in Horse Care or the equivalent experience and you will need tobe in full-time relevant employment.

You will be regularly assessed in the workplace by your Trainer-Coach with testimonies from your Employer/Trainer. Case studies, pictures/videos and some written assignments/workbooks may also be used by your Assessor to check your knowledge and understanding.

Maths and English will be included in the delivery of the programme; unless you have achieved Grade A-C or 4-9 at GCSE level, or a Level 2 Functional Skills qualification.

What Next?

After completing a Level 3 Apprenticeship you can be hired as a fully qualified and highly competent member of staff.

If you want to move into higher education the apprenticeship does not carry UCAS points but it does give you industry experience and a thorough understanding of horse care, which will help enhance your application to do a Foundation Degree or full Degree.

Career progression is excellent for apprentices, and over the course of their careers, those with an Apprenticeship earn on average, £100,000 more than those without. (A Cost-Benefit Analysis of Apprenticeships and Other Vocational Qualifications, University of Sheffield, 2007)

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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.

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