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Apprenticeship Course Details

Equine Groom Intermediate Level Apprenticeship - Standards - 2018:19

Location:  Merrist Wood College
Course Code:  OS02WP1A005P
Year:  2018:19
Start Date:  Ongoing throughout the year
Duration:  2 Years
FT/PT:  Part-Time
Level: 2
Tuition Fees: £ 5000 (Levy paying Employers)
Tuition Fees: £ 500 (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

This Apprenticeship is suitable for those looking to work in the equine industry. It’s one of the most diverse industries within the land-based sector with opportunities for working in livery yards, riding schools, racing yards, training yards or competition yards.

While this Apprenticeship covers many specialisms, all deal with the welfare, supervision and riding of horses. Your training will focus on general horse care and riding, with the option to focus on specialist units, depending on your employer and the sector you are working within. As an apprentice, you could find yourself in one of many job roles such as stable hand, groom, stud assistant or riding instructor. You’ll learn how to take care of horses, which will include everything from feeding and grooming through to exercising.

Course Modules

Standards for the Apprenticeship

  • Relevant horse care qualifications through EQL/City and Guilds
  • Functional skills in literacy and maths Level 1
  • Assessed through an end point assessment

Course content includes:

  • Prepare and clean stables
  • Maintain the health and wellbeing of horses
  • Fitting of tack
  • Loading and unloading horses
  • Riding for exercise

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.

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

Those who are employed, or wish to be employed, whilst undertaking the Apprenticeship to increase their knowledge and practical skills.

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.

Intermediate apprentices must have GCSE Maths and English at grade 3 (grade D) or above, or equivalent.

Delivery Method

The course is delivered in the workplace with the possibility of attending college for extra support.


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

Further Study

On successful completion of the Intermediate Apprenticeship you could progress to the Advanced Apprenticeship or posts in the equine industry.


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