Level 2

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You’ll get a great introduction to the knowledge and skills needed to work with horses including routine duties on a rota basis. Routine duties on the yard at the college will give students a taste of what it is like working with horses on a full-time basis.

You’ll enjoy the mix of guided practicals and classroom teaching throughout your course. Plus you’ll have time to improve your riding skills at our excellent equine centre facilities on-site here at Plumpton.

Work Experience

Routine duties on a rota basis are an essential part of the programme. This will involve working on the equine unit carrying out practical duties. Work experience is carried out throughout the year.

Industry Work Placement

All students aged 16-18 on our Level 2 & Level 3 programmes will now have to take part in an exciting and compulsory 50-day industry placement programme alongside completion of their vocational course. The programme will give you the chance to gain valuable skills in a real working environment whilst being paired with your ideal employer.

Our mission is to pair students with their ideal employer and to support them continuously during the placement.

There is flexibility on how students complete the placement; it can be during non-college weekdays, weekends, in blocks or over the holiday period. You will receive all of the necessary information during your interview, and if you have any queries in the meantime please contact workexperience@plumpton.ac.uk


Lisa Baker

Qualifications Gained

  • BTEC Level 2 Diploma/Extended Certificate in Horse Care
  • Plumpton College Certificate in Horse Care
  • Additional support towards gaining British Horse Society exams
  • Riding and Road Safety
  • College award, Functional Skills or GCSEs in English and maths
Entry Requirements:


  • You’ll need to have achieved 2 GCSEs between Grades 9-3 (previous grades structure A-D)
  • Successful completion of a Level 1 course, having studied English and Maths at GCSE
  • Portfolio of evidence to show potential working towards a Level 2 with English, Maths and Science at GCSE

Mature students without the above requirements will be considered

Dates & Location:

September 2019


1 year

4 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

Future Opportunities

Following satisfactory completion of the programme, students may progress to one of the following:

  • BTEC Level 3 Subsidiary Diploma in Horse Management
  • BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma in Horse Management
  • Employment in the Equine industry
  • Work Based Diploma Level 2/3


Course Programme

You can look forward to a varied programme of modules that also includes a work placement. You’ll also continue your English and Maths up to GCSE level. Modules include:

  • Horse nutrition
  • Horse handling and exercise
  • Horse care
  • Industry experience
  • Introduction to Biology
  • English & Maths

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