Level 1


An ideal course for a great introduction to working with horses.  You will increase your knowledge and understanding of the care of horses with academic study and practical activities.  Practical skills include health and safety, feeding and watering horses, maintaining clean stables and yard, tacking up horses and tack maintenance. Emphasis is placed on the development of core repeatable skills and a good practice of safe working.


Units include:

  • Health and safety
  • Handling of horses and accommodation
  • Horse health
  • Portfolio building
Entry Requirements:

Dates & Location:


1 year, part-time

1 day per week


We’re very proud of our excellent equine facilities here at Plumpton. Lots of space and excellent facilities, you’ll get to enjoy lots of hands-on time with our horses as well as building your knowledge of this fascinating industry.

  • Come and visit our two large schools here at Plumpton

We’ve got two large indoor schools on-site, complete with galleries, for you to enjoy during your course.

  • Lots of space for you to enjoy outdoors at our extensive estate

You’ll be able to use our 30m x 60m outdoor menege during your course in addition to stabling for 50 horses.

  • A variety of horses for you to experience and enjoy

We make sure that you get to work with and ride a variety of different horses throughout your time at Plumpton including Shire horses.

  • The latest equine facilities are available on-site

Keep up with the latest technologies introduced in the industry. You’ll get to experience equipment such as a cross-country course, treadmill and weigh bridge.

Future Opportunities

Successful students can further enhance their skills by enrolling onto a work-based qualification, Apprenticeship or the Level 2 Diploma.

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