Key Programme Features:

Please click on the appropriate level below to find out more about the full qualifications standards. Please note: if you already have a Level 4 or 5 qualification you are unfortunately not eligible for an Apprenticeship.


ProgrammeLevelLengthOther RequirementsLevel



Level 1 12 Months Functional Skills Maths Entry
Functional Skills English Entry
Functional Skills ICT Entry
Employability & Personal Development Certificate
Traineeship Level 2 5 Months Work preparation training  
Non-employed work experience in a yard, progressing to Apprenticeship  
Functional Skills Maths Entry
Functional Skills English Entry
Intermediate Apprenticeship Level 2 13 Months Functional Skills Maths 1
Functional Skills English 1
Certificate in the Principles of Horse Care  
Advanced Apprenticeship Level 3 18 Months Functional Skills Maths 2
Functional Skills English 2
Certificate in the Principles of Horse Care  


The length is a guide only. The minimum duration for an Apprenticeship is 12 months. The Functional Skills in English and Maths are only completed for apprentices with GCSE grade D or below.


Career Opportunities

Many former apprentices have furthered their career in the horse industry as:


  • international travelling grooms up to Olympic level
  • professional riders
  • showing producers
  • livery / competition yard owners
  • instructors
  • Yard Managers
  • horse transporters
  • event / competition organisers
  • Mounted Police
  • Household Cavalry and King's Troop
  • veterinary nurses



What is an Apprenticeship?

There are 2 levels of Apprenticeship available – Apprenticeship and Advanced Apprenticeship. An Apprenticeship includes:


  • Working towards and gaining a Work Based Diploma in Horse Care and Management
  • Improving your Functional Skills, including English and Maths
  • Gaining a Technical Certificate
  • Opportunities and world class training via the SCT Masterclass Series and 'Winning Ways' Seminars, work experience in international level yards, helping at Chatsworth International Horse Trials



As an Apprentice you will be employed with a wage. The Apprenticeship takes approximately 12 months to complete and leads to a Work Based Diploma in Horse Care at Level 2. The work is mainly practical, and you will gain technical skills as well as valuable work experience. There is also the opportunity to progress onto an Advanced Apprenticeship.


Advanced Apprentice:

As an Advanced Apprentice you will be in full time employment with an appropriate wage, aiming for a supervisory or junior management role. The Advanced Apprenticeship lasts approximately 18 months, and leads to a Work Based Diploma in Horse Care and Management at Level 3. Achievement of the Advanced Apprenticeship may also enable you to progress to Higher Education.


The benefits of Apprenticeships are great – with hands on practical experience in the workplace to prove your capabilities, a real wage, and a recognised qualification which will dramatically increase your future job opportunities.



Traineeships prepare young people for their future careers by helping them to become ‘work ready’. Traineeships will last approximately 5 months with the content tailored to the needs of the individual, including:


  • Work preparation training which ensures young people are ready and have confidence to take the first step in their career, such as an Apprenticeship
  • Maths and English support to improve young people’s literacy and numeracy
  • A work placement which provides insight and experience of the world of work