Work-Based Horse Care

Diplomas (Levels 2 & 3)

Do you want to work with horses?

Our courses will get you there.

Our courses are hands-on and will prepare you to work as a groom, stable hand or assistant yard manager in a variety of settings (including riding schools, racing yards, stud farms, competition yards and livery yards) - both in this country and overseas.

All of your assessments will take place in the training yard and there is no final exam.

You’ll be able to ride the horses too, although this isn’t something you will be assessed on (unless in exceptional circumstances). Level 3 students can also choose to study a coaching ‘module’. Although British Horse Society exams are not included as part of

our courses, your tutors will be able to offer guidance towards them.

If you don’t have GCSE maths and English at Grade C or above, we’ll help you improve your grades. You’ll attend College two days a week for study sessions.


How many days a week are the study programmes?

Two days a week, 8.30am to 5pm. (If you need to improve your GCSE maths and

English, you’ll also spend two days at College each week.)

How long does it last?

Level 2 study programme one year. The Level 3 course lasts two years.

How do I join?

Contact one of the 4 training centres that is nearest to you they will take it from there.

Where can the course lead?

Passing a course allows you to move onto a higher level of study. Our courses ultimately allow you to take the British Horse Society exams and get a horse care-based career.


Approved Training Yards


Nelson Park Riding Centre

St Margaret's Road, Woodchurch, Birchington, CT7 0HJ

01843 822251

Trenley Park Livery

Stodmarsh Rd, Fordwich, CT3 4AR

01227 789179


Braeside Equestrian Centre

St Margaret’s at Cliffe, near Dover, CT15 6HL

01304 852959

Whiteleaf Stables

Lower Road, Teynham, Sittingbourne, Kent. ME9 9LR

01795 522512


Coming Soon – Apprenticeships

If you’re interested in becoming a Horse Care apprentice, please speak with us to find out more.