Horse Care and Management Level 3 Apprenticeship

Duration: 12-18 months

A Level 3 Horse Care Apprenticeship will allow you to develop skills to supervise and manage the implementation of training and care programmes for horses in a range of environments.

The role of a Level 3 apprentice includes:

  • Management of competition horses.
  • Preparing horses for public appearance.
  • Horse riding (optional).

Whichever pathway you take, you’ll have the skills and the grounding to start a career working with horses in any discipline.

A work-based apprenticeship will:
  • Help you work at the commercial speed equine employers expect.
  • Increase your confidence working with horses, in a team and in the work place.
  • Give you the skills and knowledge to become a competent member of staff.
  • Give you a reference for your CV.
  • Provide you with essential employability skills to give you the best start in your working life

 

  • Maths and English

    Essential Skills is a mandatory part of apprenticeship programme in Wales if you have not achieved a GCSE grade of C or above or previously completed Essential Skills up to Level 2.

    Essential Skills are taken at Level 1 and at Level 2, Level 1 is taken as part of the Level 2 apprenticeship programme and Level 2 I undertaken as part of the Level 3 apprenticeship programme.

    These are split in to Communication and Application of Number and within each there is a Control Task and Confirmatory Test.

    The Control task is a controlled assessment undertaken in exam conditions in short periods of time across a 8 week time frame.

    The Confirmatory Test is a multiply choice paper of 30 questions.

    You would be prepared for both elements of the Essential Skills by your Trainer-Coach.

  • Entry requirements, eligibility and employment

    Entry requirements and eligibility

    • Not to have achieved a Foundation or Degree, NVQ 4 or higher.
    • Not be in full time Education; School, College, University or on another Apprenticeship.
    • There is no upper age limit, however if you are aged above 20 years old you must have been within your current role no longer than 12 months.

     

    Employment 

    • Employed (PAYE) by the employer (not self-employed) and paid a minimum of £3.50 per hour.
    • Hold a current employment contract – to include: holiday pay, wage, etc.
    • Working at least 16 hours per week, maximum of 38 for anyone under 18 years old and a maximum of 48 hours for anyone over 18 years old.
  • Teaching, learning and assessment

    You will be regularly assessed in the workplace by your Trainer- Coaches with testimonies from your Employer/Trainer. Case studies, pictures/videos and some written assignments/workbooks may also be used by your Assessor to check your knowledge and understanding.

  • What are the next steps in your career?

    If you want to move across into a different discipline or into Racehorse Care our Recruitment team can help you apply for apprenticeship vacancies we already have.

    The equine industry is vast. In your career with horses there’ll be scope to move up the ladder, across disciplines and it can even take you abroad.

    Take a look at our Groom Career Path, click here!

Pathways

There are four pathways you can take depending on the type of employer you start an apprenticeship with. You’ll need to demonstrate the required knowledge and skills at each level to complete the one you choose.

You will combine horse care with the riding pathway. You will complete a combination of mandatory and optional units, the latter will depend on the type of yard you work on.

At Level 2 you could learn how to ride horses on the road, ride and lead a horse, jump a schooled horse.

At Level 3 you could learn how to ride horses for exercise, ride schooled horses on the flat and over jumps to maintain training.

The non-riding pathway is aimed at apprentices who are passionate about the care and welfare of the horse without wanting to ride. You will complete a combination of mandatory and optional units, the latter will depend on the type of yard you work on.

At Level 2 you could learn how to fit and remove horse clothing, plait and trim horses manes and tails, and assist with the day to day care of the performance horse.

At Level 3 you could learn how to clip a horse, prepare horses for competitions and care for them after the event.

This pathway is for apprentices working in a competition horse, or Thoroughbred stud; it combines horse care with specialist breeding units.

At Level 2 you will learn how to assist with getting a the mare in foal, assist with foaling and handling mares and foals.

At Level 3 you will learn how to prepare a mare for covering, attend to a mare and foal during foaling, handle stallions, and maintain stud documentation.

We are able to offer the BHS Stage Care Exams as a Pathway in Wales.

BHS Stage 2 Care

You will learn how to groom and plait horses and fit equipment; fit, remove and maintain tack for exercise, and learn the principles of watering, feeding and fittening Horses; amd the principles of stabling and grassland care for horses.

Stage 3 Care

You will learn: how to care for the competition horse; about horse health, anatomy and physiology; how to lunge a fit horse for exercise; and learn the principles of watering, feeding and fittening Horses; amd the principles of stabling and grassland care for horses.

  • Riding

    You will combine horse care with the riding pathway. You will complete a combination of mandatory and optional units, the latter will depend on the type of yard you work on.

    At Level 2 you could learn how to ride horses on the road, ride and lead a horse, jump a schooled horse.

    At Level 3 you could learn how to ride horses for exercise, ride schooled horses on the flat and over jumps to maintain training.

  • Non-Riding

    The non-riding pathway is aimed at apprentices who are passionate about the care and welfare of the horse without wanting to ride. You will complete a combination of mandatory and optional units, the latter will depend on the type of yard you work on.

    At Level 2 you could learn how to fit and remove horse clothing, plait and trim horses manes and tails, and assist with the day to day care of the performance horse.

    At Level 3 you could learn how to clip a horse, prepare horses for competitions and care for them after the event.

  • Breeding

    This pathway is for apprentices working in a competition horse, or Thoroughbred stud; it combines horse care with specialist breeding units.

    At Level 2 you will learn how to assist with getting a the mare in foal, assist with foaling and handling mares and foals.

    At Level 3 you will learn how to prepare a mare for covering, attend to a mare and foal during foaling, handle stallions, and maintain stud documentation.

  • British Horse Society Exams

    We are able to offer the BHS Stage Care Exams as a Pathway in Wales.

    BHS Stage 2 Care

    You will learn how to groom and plait horses and fit equipment; fit, remove and maintain tack for exercise, and learn the principles of watering, feeding and fittening Horses; amd the principles of stabling and grassland care for horses.

    Stage 3 Care

    You will learn: how to care for the competition horse; about horse health, anatomy and physiology; how to lunge a fit horse for exercise; and learn the principles of watering, feeding and fittening Horses; amd the principles of stabling and grassland care for horses.