Horse Care

BTEC Level 2 Technical Diploma

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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.

These skills will be developed through a mix of guided practicals and classroom teaching including routine duties on the yard and riding lessons.

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.

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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 10-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.

You will receive all the necessary information during your interview, and if you have any queries in the meantime please contact

Qualifications Gained

  • BTEC Level 2 Techinal Diploma in Equine Studies
  • Additional support towards gaining British Horse Society exams
  • College award, Functional Skills or GCSEs in English and maths

Course details

Dates & Location

September 2023


1 year

3 days per week


If you will be over 19 on the start date of your course you maybe required to pay tuition fees. Please contact to confirm.

Entry Requirements

  • 3 GCSE at grades 3 and above including Science, and either Maths or English
  • Completion of L1 Diploma at Distinction, and progression of study for Maths and English.
  • portfolio of evidence showing potential to work at Level 2 standard with horses, including evidence of Maths, Science and English at GCSE
  • Previous experience with horses essential 

Mature students without the above requirements will be considered

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

Students who achieve a Merit may progress onto the following courses:

  • BTEC Level 3 Foundation Diploma in Equine Management
  • BTEC Level 3 Extended Certifcate in Equine Management 
  • Employment in the Equine industry


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:

  • Biology and Health
  • Equine Tack and Equipment
  • Equine Work Placement
  • Principles of working with horses
  • Equine behaviour
  • Equine preperation and plaiting 
  • Practical yard duties
  • Riding on the flat 

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