EQL Level 2 Diploma in Work Based Horse Care

This qualification has been developed by the equine industry to replace NVQ Level 2 in Horse Care for the Qualifications and Credit Framework (QCF) and has been developed from the equine National Occupational Standards. This qualification is for candidates entering the industry with good basic skills and knowledge, or following on from achieving a Level 1 qualification. Assessment is carried out through continuous assessment at the candidate’s place of work or at an approved assessment site.

This qualification is primarily for candidates aged 16 plus. However, it is also suitable for competent and more advanced 14–16 year olds as it lends itself well into the remit for schools to be able to offer more vocationally based awards. Candidates over the age of 19 years may be looking to retrain and further develop their skills and knowledge at this level to enable career progression or entry into employment.

The qualification entitles the holder to carry out skills in horse care under limited supervision, providing the opportunity to progress learning skills and knowledge following on from Level 1. Learners will be able to safely and efficiently demonstrate skills and apply their knowledge through a range of work activities and routine tasks related to the care and use of horses under limited supervision.

On achieving this qualification candidates can further their training and competence by progressing onto a Level 3 qualification. It will allow progression to further learning, including specialist learning for the Diploma in Environmental and Land Based Studies or as part of the Equine Apprenticeship. Holders of this qualification should be able to obtain work as a groom in a variety of job roles on any equine establishment and will provide the learner with the knowledge and skills to progress their career.