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Equine Groom Apprenticeship

Cornwall College | Cornwall College Business Bicton LEVEL: 2 Equine

Apprentices will be entering a vocational industry, where they can expect to handle a variety of horses in different working environments. They must adhere to safe working practices, be prepared to work in all weather conditions and often in “out of hours” situations. They will be required to have dedication, commitment and the physical and mental toughness to cope with the rigours of the role.

The occupation requires competent individuals who are committed to the safety and welfare of the horses in their care. They will use their theoretical knowledge and understanding, practical experience and empathy to maintain the horses’ physical and psychological well-being within a safe working environment. This is a practical, “hands on” occupation where apprentices will work under supervision individually or as part of a diverse team. The Equine Groom is an integral part in the life of the horse, providing essential day-to-day care. They will be involved with feeding, grooming, cleaning equipment, handling, preparing, exercising the horses and carrying out routine yard duties.

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Ideal if:

Ideal for anyone interested in starting a career in the equine industry, or for current employees wishing to upskill and gain a recognised qualification.

Entry Requirements:

Math and English at level 2 preferred although can be achieved as part of the development programme/apprenticeship. Apprentices will be required to have or achieved level 1 English and maths and to have taken level 2 English and Maths tests prior sitting the End Point Assessment.

What You Will Learn:

You will look at a wide range of subjects around the care of all different types of horses including Safe Working Practices, Yard and Field Routines and Duties, Horse Anatomy, Physiology and Welfare, Horse Handling, Care and Appearance, Saddlery and Equipment, Travelling Horses, Non-Ridden Exercise as well as Core behaviours such as Team work and communication.

If you ride or do not ride don’t worry there are specialised routes that you can take which include Riding, Non-riding, Racing, Breeding or Driving.


Day release with practical and theory delivery helping you to prepare for your EPA (End Point assessment) with the support of your work coach. Assignments will also be set as well as various classroom activities, workshops and tasks to help you gain the skills and knowledge needed alongside support and training from your employer in order to prepare you for a career in the equine industry.

Remote and Blended delivery – If you live too far away from the college to attend college each week  then we can arrange for you to go onto a remote programme of delivery and assessment with more one to one support by your work coach and assessor.

You’ll love:

  • Membership of the BHS (British Horse Society)
  • First Aid Training
  • BHS Riding and road safety
  • Equine Apprenticeship hoody


You will be able to further your education by progressing onto the Level 3 Apprenticeship,  going into full time study in College or employment.


Equine Groom Apprenticeship

Start Date

This course is offered throughout the year, please contact us for the latest start dates.




15 - 18 months

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