BHSQ Level 1 Diploma in Work Based Horse Care
February 23 @ 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
An event every week that begins at 9:00 am on Tuesday, repeating until 13th July 2021
British Horse Society Qualifications
Level 1 Diploma in Work-based Horse Care
By successfully completing this qualification, learners will be able to carry out a basic
range of routine tasks related to the care and use of horses under supervision.
Learners will be able to obtain work as a groom in equine establishments as they will
possess the relevant skills and knowledge required to carry out general stable routines.
This qualification will offer the learner a sound foundation to progress into future
learning and development in horse care. Learners can progress to BHSQ Level 2
Diploma in Work Based Horse Care.
• Learners must be a minimum 14 years of age to take this qualification.
• As the qualification includes practical tasks, learners will benefit from being
• Learners do not need to have completed any prior qualifications.
Assist with and the principles of feeding and watering horses
Assist with and the principles of grooming and wash horses under direction
Assist with and the principles of cleaning the stables and yard
Assist with and the principles of putting on and taking off horse rugs
Assist with and the principles of putting on and taking off tack
Assist with and the principles of cleaning tack and horse clothing
Assist with and the principles of leading and controlling a horse under direction
Assist with and principles of catching and moving horses under direction
Maintain and the principles of maintaining health and safety in the workplace
Maintain and the principles of maintaining good working relations with others
Mount and dismount quiet horses under supervision
Ride horses and the principles of riding horses in an enclosed area under supervision
The BHSQ Level 1 Horse Care Work Based Diploma takes 12 months to complete with 1
day per week training and work experience. This course will start in September 2020
and is available for 14-16-year-old students in the academic year 2020-2021.
An initial assessment of the learner’s prior knowledge, experience and skills will be
carried out to identify the individual’s starting point and any learning and support
needs. This will inform an individual learning plan which will provide the structure for
the learner’s training, learning and practice.
The learner will work on the yard to learn, develop, and practice the skills required to
demonstrate competence covering the full daily and weekly yard routine.
Assessment is carried out through continuous assessment by a qualified assessor at
approved assessment site, Witherslack Hall Equestrian Centre.
Internal verifiers will visit Witherslack Hall Equestrian Centre to check that
assessments are completed accurately, endorse the records, and offer advice.
BHSQ external quality assurers will ensure the even application of standards
throughout the country and the accuracy of assessment.
To successfully complete this qualification, it is expected to take a minimum of 410
hours. This is known as total qualification time (TQT).
Full qualification certificates will be issued to learners who complete all the mandatory
units of this qualification. Recognition of unit achievement will be issued to learners
who complete individual units or the additional riding units.