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Apprenticeship Course Details

Equine Advanced Level Apprenticeship  - 2018:19

Location:  Merrist Wood College
Course Code:  NV02WP1A014P
Year:  2018:19
Start Date:  Ongoing throughout the year
Duration:  1-2 Years
FT/PT:  Both Full-Time and Part-Time available.
Exam Board: NPTC (previously known as National Proficiency Tests Council)
Level: 3
Tuition Fees: £ 3000 (Levy paying Employers)
Tuition Fees: £ 300 (Non Levy Paying Employers with 50+ Employees)
Exam Fees: £ 0
Other Fees: Advanced Apprenticeships may have additional individual costs, we recommend you check with the college.
Subject Area

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Content / Overview

On the Advanced Apprenticeship, you’ll take on more responsibilities. You could be working towards becoming a trek leader, riding instructor or a yard manager. The course aims to provide a high standard of yard-based training.

Course Modules

Framework for the Apprenticeship

  • Relevant horse care qualifications through EQL/City and Guilds
  • Employee rights and responsibilities
  • Functional skills in literacy and maths Level 1

Course content includes:

  • Prepare and clean stables
  • Maintain the health and wellbeing of horses
  • Fitting of tack
  • Loading and unloading horses
  • Riding for exercise
  • Horse Care Work Based Diploma
  • BHS exam

Why Study Here

Apprenticeships give you the chance to ‘earn while you learn’ and are supported by the employer and the government to allow you to develop your skills ‘on the job. The learner will be supported in the workplace with the back-up of the college staff and facilities.

Merrist Wood has modern well-equipped equine resources, including a 90m x 36m indoor arena, 33 American barn style stables, 35 loose boxes and 3 outdoor maneges (comprising two 30m x 60m and one 20m x 60m). There is also a well-established cross-country course running through the college's extensive estate. Tuition by highly qualified and industrially experienced tutors, coupled with work experience and visits to and from commercial organisations, ensure that you gain the best possible grounding in your chosen career.

Suitable For

Students wishing to progress from a Level 2 qualification with a supervisory career within the equine industry.

Application Method

Application followed by individual interview

Entry Requirements

You must be working in an equine role and be interested in developing your skills. Alternatively, we have a number of vacancies available every week and can help you find an employer.

Advanced apprentices must have GCSE Maths and English at grade 4 (grade C) or above, or equivalent. You will also need EQL Stage 1 or Work Based Diploma in Horse Care Level 2, or a Horse Care Level 2 Diploma.

Delivery Method

'On the job' training with mentor support and assessment being carried out within in the workplace, with the college facilities providing extra resources if needed.


Delivered in the workplace around work commitments. Assessment is through practical observation, portfolio evidence and oral/written questions. A college tutor will meet you, monitor progress on a regular basis and conduct assessments in your workplace.

Further Study

Equine Management HND at the College or more advanced posts in the equine industry.


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