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Equine Care Intermediate (Level 2)

Equine Care Intermediate (Level 2)


Equine Care Intermediate (Level 2)

This study programme will provide you with an excellent foundation in the basic principles of horse care, and will equip you with the practical skills required to work in the horse industry. Units of study on the programme will also provide you with underpinning knowledge of horse anatomy, physiology and health and welfare. The Equine Centre here at College has a wide range of horses for you to ride and care for, and our qualified, experienced teaching staff will help you develop your skills and knowledge. The College yard is set in an ideal environment, with two indoor schools and access to bridleways.

Course information

Entry requirements

To begin this study programme you will need…

Duration: 1 year

  • 3 GCSEs grades 9–3 ideally including English & maths OR
  • Equine Care at Level 1

Duration: 2 years

  • 3 GCSEs grades 9–1 ideally including English & maths and a keen interest in horse care
  • Other relevant levels of qualifications or experience will be considered.

If you want to take the riding option of this programme you will be required to email evidence of your practical assessment (you will be given the criteria in the offer letter after interview).

Course content

The programme will enable you to develop your skills in all areas of equine care, including handling, grooming and feeding. You will also learn how to fit and use a range of tack and equipment. There is an emphasis on equine health, welfare and behaviour, along with gaining an understanding of equine anatomy and physiology. There are both riding and non-riding options available. Throughout the study programme you will continue to develop your skills in English and maths to assist you with progression to further study or employment.

Mandatory units:

  • Health and safety for land-based industries
  • Equine health and welfare
  • Working in the equine industry
  • Horse tack and equipment
  • Undertake routine stable duties
  • The principles of feeding and watering horses
  • Horse handling and grooming
  • Introduction to lungeing horses

Specialist units may include:

  • Introduction to equine anatomy and physiology
  • Principles of horse behaviour
  • Riding horses under supervision

English and maths:

If you don’t already have GCSE English and maths grade A*-C, we will work with you to help you develop your maths and English skills.

Work experience:

You will be required to participate in weekend yard duties every third week to enable you to develop and apply practical skills in a realistic working environment. There will be a two week work placement with a suitable equestrian provider to give valuable experience within sectors of the industry you may wish to work.?

  • Personal development skills, study skills and employability skills
  • Additional vocational learning and qualifications
Assessment methods

You will be assessed by a variety of methods including assignments, presentations and practical assessments. There are externally set and marked assessments for the mandatory units. This includes an externally set and moderated assignment and two externally set and marked exams, sat under examination conditions.


Equine Care City & Guilds Level 2 Technical Certificate Plus English and maths qualifications if required

Further study and career options

On successful completion of this study programme you may wish to apply for further full-time programmes. Along with GCSEs, this study programme will enable you to progress to the Equine Care & Management Advanced (Level 3).

Additional information

If commuting to Shuttleworth College will be difficult for you, then you can choose to live in our halls of residence on campus. Priority is given to those who live the furthest distance from the College so make sure you book early to avoid disappointment. Visit our accommodation page for more information –

This course will involve a lot of physical activity and outdoor work. To take part in this course you may have to pay up to £200 for protective clothing unless you already have them. This will include boots, hat, body protector and gloves etc.

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Course Duration

This course can be completed in one year or two years dependent on your grades. Please apply for the course as normal and you will be placed on the appropriate course during the application/ enrolment process. For any questions, please contact

Available Courses
Shuttleworth College
Starts: 04/09/2023
Type: Full Time
Length: 2 years
Day(s): Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday
Time(s): 9:00am - 4:45pm
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Fees: 16-18 Yrs: Fully Funded 19+ Yrs: Fully Funded*

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Funding Information

All full-time Level 1 and Level 2 courses are now FREE for everyone, whatever their age. If you are looking to study a Level 3 qualification, courses are still free if you’re under 19 or 19-23 and studying your first full Level 3 qualification. If you’re over 23 or studying a second Level 3 qualification, you will need to pay a fee. Find out more on our financial support page at: or view the Full-time Fee Flow Chart below.

If you are unsure whether you need to pay or not then please contact our Customer Contact team on 0345 658 8990.

Full-time Fee Flow Chart

If you are aged 19 or over you may qualify for an Advanced Learner Loan to help you pay the tuition fees for this course. You can also pay by instalments to help make the cost of this course more affordable.

Find out more

If you live in any of the following areas and wish to apply for or enrol onto one of our courses, please contact our Customer Contact team on 0345 658 8990 to check if your course is funded or not (Please note that if your course is not funded then you will pay a higher fee than what is listed, please contact our Customer Contact team for more information):

  • Cambridgeshire and Peterborough
  • Greater Manchester
  • Greater London
  • Liverpool City Region
  • Tees Valley
  • West of England
  • West Midlands
  • Sheffield
  • Newcastle Upon Tyne
  • Barnsley and Doncaster
  • West Yorkshire
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Shuttleworth College Equine Level 3
Equine Management


I’ve had horses all my life and couldn’t see myself doing anything else. At home I train young horses and have competed British Dressage (BD). I have a four-year-old mare who is really well bred, so I’m hoping to compete BD with her too.  

I love riding the different horses at College. They all have such different temperaments to get to grips with. We also get to work towards our British Horse Society (BHS) Progressive Riding Tests as part of the course. The practical work out of the saddle, for me, is about polishing up on things I already know and making sure I learn the correct way of doing things.  

The theory work is also interesting, from biology and anatomy, to feeding. My tutors are all really nice and helpful, and everyone is very kind to each other here.  

I am doing my work experience on a dressage competition yard, Contact Dressage, and next year we will start to get help with our university applications. I would like to study Equine Physiotherapy – either at university or as an apprenticeship – and qualify as a Physiotherapist to work on a competition yard. I love learning about the muscles of a horse and have always been interested in the work my Equine Physiotherapist does on my own horse.  

Additional Learning Support

If you have a specific learning difficulty or disability, are deaf or hearing impaired, our Additional Learning Support team are on hand to give you assistance whenever you need it.


Any questions?

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Additional formats

Course information sheets are also available in large print and audio formats. Call us on 01234 291000 to order your copy.