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Many students who join this course have achieved a Distinction in the BTEC Level 2 Diploma in Horse Care.

Although you will still be expected to do routine duties on the equine unit, the major difference at Extended Diploma Level is that second year students are expected to take a supervisory role, with responsibility for fellow students, as well as the horses.

This course also includes a longer period of work experience before  progression to the second year (usually taken during the summer break). Students are also encouraged to progress towards the BHS Stage examinations.

Work Experience

Routine duties on a rota basis, including weekends, are an essential part of the programme. This will involve working on the equine unit doing early morning practical duties before the normal timetabled day begins. It is a requirement to spend time working in the industry, as part of the course. You will have the opportunity if you wish to be involved in the College Horse Show Team.

Qualifications Gained

  • BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma in Horse Management
  • Plumpton College Certificate in Horse Management
  • Work Towards BHS Qualifications
  • Additional practice to prepare for BHS exams
  • Riding and Road Safety
  • Working towards UKCC qualifications
  • College award, Functional Skills or GCSEs in English and maths
Entry Requirements:

Students will normally have one or more of the following:

  • Distinction grade BTEC Level 2 Diploma in Horse Care
  • 4 GCSE passes at C or above (to include Maths, English, and Science)
  • An Intermediate Level GNVQ.
  • Period of practical experience within the industry
Dates & Location:

September 2018


2 years

5 Days per week

I chose my course as I felt i would be the best course to suit my needs, both from a learning point of view and practically. The practical skills I've gained at Plumpton have really boosted my confidence around horses.

Lucy Skitt

Level 2 Diploma in Horse Care


The large equine unit is a BHS approved centre and consists of two well equipped yards, a traditional yard of 20 boxes and an 'American Barn' designed yard with 40 boxes. 

There are: 

  • Two indoor schools
  • A large outdoor school
  • Horse walker
  • Mechanical horse
  • Cross country course

The extensive College estate is ideal for hacking out.

Future Opportunities

This programme is designed for those who are looking for a career and responsibility in the equine industry, or as a route to Higher Education.

  • BSc (Hons) Equine Sports Performance
  • Competitive Grooming
  • Foundation Degree Equine Studies
  • Teaching
  • Employment in Yard Management
  • Event Management
  • Horse Management
  • Commercial Employment


Year 1

  • Fitting horse tack & equipment
  • Equine nutrition
  • Anatomy physiology
  • Horse behaviour & welfare
  • Equitation
  • Horse husbandry
  • English & maths

Year 2

  • Understand animal health
  • Animal biology
  • Prepare & provide care for competition horses
  • Rehabilitation & therapy
  • Business Management
  • Equestrian teaching
  • English & maths

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