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Horse Care Diploma

Bicton College | Duchy College Bicton | Rosewarne LEVEL: 1 Equine

If you are mad about horses and would love a job in the equine industry then our courses can open up a wide range of career options for you. Whether that’s the welfare, husbandry and supervision of horses in a stable or livery, training thoroughbred racehorses, coaching and breeding, or being a jockey, show jumper or support technician, we can help you achieve your goal every step of the way.

We offer three options for you to start your studies in equine management depending on your GCSE results. Our Level 2 and Level 1 courses are ideal should your GCSE results not be what you expected.

This course runs at Bicton College and our outreach yard – Hyperion Stud. Please see their website for more information http://www.dwdwhat.com/Hyperion

The course also runs at Duchy Rosewarne but due to having limited equine facilities at this campus, you will train at Old Mills Stables.

Please read the following riding hat guidelines when applying for this course –

2017 BHS Approvals Hat Guide

FAQ Riding Hat Standards 2017


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Ideal if:

You have very little experience with horses and wish to progress into the equine industry or onto a Level 2 programme.

This course is great for school leavers with a keen interest in horses.

You’ll need:

GCSE English and maths at grade 2 or equivalent qualifications at Entry Level 3. Plus a basic knowledge of riding, which includes walk and trot unassisted.

There is a 13 stone weight limit.


  • Riding hat
  • Riding boots
  • Wellies
  • Jodphurs
  • Chaps
  • Wet weather gear

Uniform is available to buy.

You’ll learn:

This one-year course will teach you the basic skills to start your career in equine management, there will be the possibility of progression to Level 2 on completion of the course. Skills include mucking out, grooming, cleaning horse tack, feeding horses, riding and handling horses under direction and much more.


In Devon our Bicton College campus is set in an area of
outstanding natural beauty and includes an indoor and
outdoor arena, two industry standard teaching rooms, judging
areas, two full sets of show jumps, weighbridge, solarium
and walker, plus two separate yards. You will be continually
assessed throughout your course, with no exams at the end.

You’ll love:

Our fantastic links with employers in both riding and non-riding settings.

You'll also love our industry standard facilities available on campus including indoor arenas, solariums and horse walkers.

You’ll go on to:

Further study on one of our Level 2 equine courses.

Careers in this industry 

  • Competition yard groom
  • Stud yard manager
  • Riding instructor
  • Competition rider
  • Sports horse trainer
  • Breeder
  • Horse behaviourist
  • Horse welfare assistant
  • Horse welfare manager

Progression Courses





Start Date

September 2018




1 Year


Start Date

September 2018




1 Year


Alex Robinson-Barr Team Lead Equine

Alex has been around horses from a very early age and she has worked in the equine industry in Germany, America, Australia and New Zealand. Alex trained with the British Horse Society, gaining numerous qualifications which sparked her interest in training students. "We are constantly developing the equine team, to provide a quality experience and develop excellent students for the industry."

*Courses listed on this website are indicative of the subject, nature and level of study. The college reserves the right to alter specific qualifications titles, awarding bodies and levels of qualification, which can change in year. Any cost may also vary, based on personal funding eligibility.