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Horse Management Advanced Apprenticeship Level 3

This Apprenticeship is ideal if you prefer to learn and develop your skills in the workplace – you will be employed within a suitable equestrian establishment, in which you will earn a salary while attending College one day a week. The course will take you up to two years to complete. The course will combine practical hands-on experience in the workplace with the knowledge and understanding gained through College, and is a great opportunity if you are motivated to work and train with experienced professionals in the workplace. You will also have the opportunity to undertake additional training to ensure that you have the necessary qualifications to work in the equine industry.

Entry requirements

You must be employed for a minimum of 30 hours per week in a relevant job role and have 4 GCSEs A*-C in English and Maths, and have undertaken a competency assessment prior to starting the course.

Course content

During the course you will be provided with a wide range of units to study with a choice of pathways to suit your interests and experience. You will have the option to take either the 'care only' or the 'riding and care' pathway through the course.

You will study a number of core units (including planning and implementing feeding regimes, and delivering basic health care), with the addition of a range of optional units that can be tailored to your specific needs. These units include designing and implementing work programmes, working horses from the ground and clipping.

You will study to achieve the following qualifications:

  • Work-based Horse Care and Management Level 3 Diploma
  • Horse Care and Management BHEST Level 3 Certificate
  • English Functional Skills Level 2
  • Maths Functional Skills Level 2
  • Employee Rights and Responsibility.

Assessment methods

You will be assessed through compiling a portfolio of work-based evidence. The BHEST and Functional Skills qualifications will be assessed via an online test.


Work-based Horse Care and Management City & Guilds Level 3 Diploma


  • 1st 4 Sport Level 2 Certificate in Horse Care and Management
  • Lantra Employee Rights and Responsibility Workbook
  • Functional Skills in English and Maths.

Further study and career options

On successful completion of this Apprenticeship you well be well prepared to progress to further employment in the equine industry in a range of job roles, such as assistant yard manager, head girl/lad, and groom (discipline specific).

Additional information

To take part in this course you will need to wear clothing suitable for working with horses, including hat, gloves and stout boots.

Course information & how to apply/book

Unfortunately this course has been cancelled. Please ring 01234 291000 or email for alternatives.

Start DateFeesLocationCourse Code
Flexible Free if 16-18yrs. If 19 or over please ring 01234 291000. Shuttleworth College B1267

Additional Learning Support
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We have access arrangements in place to help students with disabilities or any other particular needs. Call us on 01234 291000 for more information.

Additional formats
Course information sheets are also available in large print and audio formats. Call us on
01234 291000 to order your copy.

Next steps

To be eligible for an apprenticeship you must either be employed on a full-time contract by an employer willing to support your training or have an offer of employment as an apprentice. Bedford College can help you find a job role with an employer if you don’t already have one.

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Bedford College actively seeks to promote equality of access to education and training and to provide support where appropriate. Employers are made aware that apprentices have the same rights to protection against discrimination, harassment and victimisation under the Equality Act 2010 as employees. 

Apprentices who have disclosed a disability covered by Equality legislation have the right to request reasonable adjustments in the workplace. We will work with employers to ensure that appropriate adjustments are agreed and established to facilitate this.

At the College we provide additional support for students and apprentices who have a specific learning difficulty or disability.

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