Advanced Apprenticeship in Horse Care & Management

This programme is designed for people who have worked in horse care for some time and are going to move into a supervisory role (or have recently become a supervisor).  You will need to be able to make decisions that enable other staff to carry out their roles, for example planning an horse’s diet or its care requirements.

Entry Requirements

To undertake an advanced apprenticeship you must be employed in a supervisory role in horse care for a minimum of 30 hours per week.  If you already have a job, and your employer agrees, you can join an apprenticeship.  If you are seeking employment in horse care you can find your own Employer or apply for a job through the apprenticeship vacancies service.   All apprentices need to have contract of employment and earn at least the the national minimum wage for apprentices

Learners may progress onto the Advanced Apprenticeship by meeting one of the entry requirements for the framework.

  • Level 2 Diploma in Horse Care/Racehorse Care/for the Harness Horse Groom
  • Level 2 Diploma in BHS Horse Knowledge and Care
  • Practical experience within the Equine industry
  • 3 GCSEs (A*-C)/A levels

Progression opportunities onto the Equine Advanced Apprenticeship also exist for adult learners who have experience within the Equine industry or who are looking for a career change.

Length of Course/Start Date

The course normally lasts 24 months.  You can start the programme at any time of the year.

Contents of the programme

On the advanced apprenticeship in horse care you will study for the following qualifications:

  • Equestrian Qualifications Limited (EQL) Level 3 Certificate in Horse Care
  • Equestrian Qualifications Limited (EQL) Level 3 Award in the Principles of Horse Care
  • Functional Skills in English and Maths at Level 2.

Other non-certificates components of the programme include:

  • Induction to apprenticeship
  • Employment Rights and Responsibilities
  • Personal Learning and Thinking Skills
  • Be Safe! (health and safety)


You will need to attend Badgehurst Training Ltd’s Centre for your induction (introduction) to apprenticeship.  After then your learning will be undertaken in the work place.  You will lean a broad range of horse care skills, including daily routines such as stabling and grassland care, watering, feeding and fittening horses, fitting tack and equipment, care of the competition horse, horse health, anatomy and physiology, lungeing a fit horse for exercise.  You may also need to attend our Centre for functional skills sessions (depending on the English and maths qualifications that you already hold).  One of our Training Officers will visit you regularly in your work place to provide support, deliver training, set targets and carry out assessment.


We use a range of assessment methods on this programme to determine how well you are progressing, including observation of practical performance (in the workplace), questioning, assignments, tasks and tests.  You will need to take an external examination (practical and theory) which will normally require you to travel to an EQL examinations centre.

Progression and Employment Opportunities

Apprentices successfully completing the Advanced Apprenticeship have opportunities to progress within the industry by progressing to other Higher Education courses such as:

  • HNC/D, Foundation Degree or Degree (BSc). Examples of courses available across the UK include: equine science; equine studies; equine management; equine behaviour; equine leisure and event management; equine business management.

Apprentices looking to progress within their employment from the Advanced Apprenticeship may be able to work towards managerial positions such as Stud Manager, Riding Centre Manager, Trek Leader/Centre Manager, and  Yard Manager. Other options are available in coaching, instructing and training. Progression will be dependent on the qualifications and experience an individual possess, as achievement alone of the Advanced Apprenticeship does not guarantee entry to these opportunities