Work-Based Horse Care

Diplomas (Levels 2 & 3)

Do you want to work with horses?

Our courses will get you there.

You’ll be based at Nelson Park a Canterbury College-approved training yard where you’ll learn about the various aspects of horse care including: tack and equipment, grooming, feeding and stable yard maintenance.

There are several Canterbury College-approved training yards throughout Kent, meaning you can choose to study at one that’s close to you.

Our courses are hands-on and will prepare you to work as a groom, stable hand or assistant yard manager in a variety of settings (including riding schools, racing yards, stud farms, competition yards and livery yards) - both in this country and overseas.

All of your assessments will take place in the training yard and there is no final exam.

You’ll be able to ride the horses too, although this isn’t something you will be assessed on (unless in exceptional circumstances). Level 3 students can also choose to study a coaching ‘module’. Although British Horse Society exams are not included as part of

our courses, your tutors will be able to offer guidance towards them.

If you don’t have GCSE maths and English at Grade C or above, we’ll help you improve your grades. You’ll attend College two days a week for study sessions.


How many days a week are the study programmes?

Two days a week, 8.30am to 5pm. (If you need to improve your GCSE maths and

English, you’ll also spend two days at College each week.)

How long does it last?

Level 2 study programme one year. The Level 3 course lasts two years.

How do I join?

Contact Julie Biggs - / 07770 876252 - to find out more. You’ll be invited for an interview at College and will do a practical assessment at the training yard where you wish to study. Our tutors will help you choose the most

suitable course for your level of experience, taking into account where you want to end up.

Where can the course lead?

Passing a course allows you to move onto a higher level of study. Our courses ultimately allow you to take the British Horse Society exams and get a horse care-based career.