Horse Care Level 2

Bicton College Bicton LEVEL: 2 Equine

If you are mad about horses and would love a job in the equine industry then our courses can open up a wide range of career options for you. Whether that’s the welfare, husbandry and supervision of horses in a stable or livery, training thoroughbred racehorses, coaching and breeding, or being a jockey, show jumper or support technician, we can help you achieve your goal every step of the way.

We offer three options for you to start your studies in equine management depending on your GCSE results. Our Level 2 and Level 1 courses are ideal should your GCSE results not be what you expected.

Our Level 2 course provides you with basic training in the care and management of horses and will provide with the skills and knowledge you need to gain employment in the equine industry.

Please read the following riding hat guidelines when applying for this course –

2020 BHS Approvals Hat Guide

As part of your course you will be required to carry out Work Experience and/or an Industry Placement. For more details please click here.


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Ideal if:

You are well motivated and want a professional career working with horses with emphasis on the practical abilities.

You’ll need:

four GCSEs at grade 3 including English and maths, as well as an appropriate level of riding ability.

You’ll learn:

About the theory of horse care as well as practical training. You will study through a mixture of lectures and practical lessons.

During this one-year course you will take part in daily riding lessons, carry out yard duties and learn about the theory of horse care, as well as carry out practical training.

There is a non-riding option available.



To do yard duties on a regular basis which will include some weekends.

You’ll love:

Our fantastic links with employers in both riding and non-riding settings. You'll also love our industry standard facilities available on campus including indoor arenas, solariums and horse walkers.

You’ll go on to:

Employment within the equine industry.

Careers in this industry

  • Competition yard groom
  • Stud yard manager
  • Riding instructor
  • Competition rider
  • Sports horse trainer
  • Breeder
  • Horse behaviourist
  • Horse welfare assistant
  • Horse welfare manager

Progression Courses





Start Date

September 2020




1 Year full-time


Sam Harding Instructor and Technician - Equine

Sam works as an equine technician and has an integral role in the day-to-day organising and management of the yard. Sam currently holds her BHSII and is working towards her BHSI. Enjoying teaching and training horses and riders, both at the College and in the wider equine population, ensures Sam is current and contemporary in her approach to the education of both. Sam completed some of her training at Talland School of Equitation and returned to Devon and Cornwall to share the knowledge gained and train for future exams.

"Horses bring out the best in people and provide an inexplicable extra element to our lives. Duchy College can help anyone perusing a dream of a career with horses by providing fantastic tuition, facilities and expert up to date knowledge.”


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