C&G Level 1 Diploma in Land-based Studies (Horse Care)

Course Level: 

Level 1

Job opportunities after this course: 

Following completion of this course you may gain employment in the land-based sector, e.g. assistant equine groom or progress to the level 2 diploma in horse care or study and work by completing an equine apprenticeship.

Overview of the course: 

You will cover a mixture of theory and practical activities and will work to collect evidence throughout the year of the skills that you are gaining. This work will then be used to build a portfolio of evidence for the course. The Houghall equine unit and surrounding estate provides the ideal environment for you to gain practical skills and knowledge and also gives you the opportunity to develop essential employability skills.

Entry requirements: 

Direct entry - Minimum of 3 GCSEs or equivalent (Progress to functional skills (Entry 3) Progression entry - An Entry 3 qualification (Minimum entry 2 maths and English)


Topics covered in the course: Maths & English, Health and safety and safe working practices, Work experience, Assisting with the following: feeding and watering, maintaining health, preparing accommodation, preparing fro exercise, and exercising horses under supervision.

How is the course assessed?: 

You will be assessed throughout the course through written tasks and practical activities. There is also a multiple choice test on safe working and health and safety.

Further study options after this course: 

Following successful completion of the course, progression options include the level 2 diploma in animal care, level 2 diploma for veterinary care assistants, level 2 work based diploma in environmental conservation, and level 2 diploma in animal care.

Length of the course: 

1 Year programme - Full time. A mix of practical and theory lessons.