Diploma Courses

Level 1 Certificate/Diploma in Horse Care

All students applying for this course must have an EHCP or have private funding. This course is NOT Government funded.

Introduction to programme

Level 1 in Horse Care is a fundamental pathway to a level 2 Diploma and then an apprenticeship role across all equine disciplines.
Our Horse Care Diploma Level 1 will give you a taste of what is like to work in the UK’s equine industry. During the course, you will gain the fundamental knowledge and practical skills needed to look after horses in commercial setting. HEROS is based within North Farm Stud so that you will observe the running of a professional yard. The course includes modules on horse care, riding (if the riding pathway is chosen), health and safety, feeding, grooming, cleaning equipment, and handling, and carrying out routine yard duties. The course combines a range of practical subjects together with theoretical activities.
Students can chose between a riding and a non-riding pathway. The course is assessed through a combination of tutor observations, assessor guided discussions, and portfolio work.
As part of the diploma qualification, it is necessary that the student completes some work experience, this will be tailored to their level of ability, as well as learning employability and life skills.
Functional Skills in Maths an English are also available for those students who did not attain GCSE grade 4 or above.

Duration of Course

The Level 1 Diploma course should take around 12 months to complete.

Entry Requirements

The following are not mandatory for entry onto this course however we encourage all potential students to aim to have 5 GCSE’s at Grades A-D (or 9-4 on the new grading system), or equivalent, including Maths and English.
This course is appropriate for individuals who may not have many prior academic achievements or relevant experience.

Candidates applying should be:

• Aged 16-24 years,
• Motivated to gain work after completion.
• Not be qualified at a higher-level course.
• Not enrolled on an apprenticeship.


This course is Government funded for 16-24 year olds with an EHCP. There is no funding for this course available for those students without an EHCP.

Delivery location

Work Based blended delivery programme consisting predominantly of on-site HEROS Tutor led training and assessment. The majority of the mandatory work experience will be conducted at North Farm Stud, which is on the same site as HEROS Education.


• City and Guilds – Level 1 Horse Care Certificate/Diploma
• Work Experience
• Maths and English Functional Skills (Up to level 2 depending on individual requirements).

How to apply

To apply for this course, please contact the HEROS Education Team by phone or email.
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Call our Office on: 01488 638243