Intermediate Apprenticeship College-Course: Level 2 Apprenticeship Equine Groom

Accredited by Lantra


Launch your career in Horse Care through the Equine Groom Apprenticeship programme. Develop the knowledge and skills to succeed in this vocational industry, where you can expect to handle a variety of horses in different working environments. Study a Level 2 qualification while you work.

Horse and rider in the stable yard at ARU Writtle

Course highlights

  • Work in a large and diverse sector that offers opportunities in areas such as livery yards and riding schools through to Stud and Racing yards
  • Progression route to Advanced Level 3 Senior Equine Groom to advance your career
  • Gain on-the-job experience and qualifications whilst employed and earning a wage

Horses require attention and devotion from well-trained staff to care for them. As an Equine Groom you will provide essential day-to-day care with duties including feeding, grooming, cleaning equipment, handling, preparing, exercising the horses and carrying out routine yard duties.

The Equine Groom may also be required to assist with the preparation of, transport to and care for horses at competitions, the races, sales, shows and other public appearances. Dependent on which sector of the industry the Equine Groom has chosen, appropriate people skills will be essential.

Our Level 2 Equine Groom Apprenticeship delivers on-the-job training and vocational qualifications to ensure you work competently and confidently in your chosen sector developing the right knowledge, skills and behaviours to put you in good stead at the beginning of your career in horse care.

Key facts

An apprenticeship is a job with training, combining practical experience with vocational learning.

At least 20% of your contracted working hours will be classed as 'off-the-job'. This time will be dedicated to developing the knowledge and skills needed to meet the requirements of the apprenticeship, and therefore is not part of your usual work duties.

The majority of the off-the-job learning will be delivered day-release college attendance during term time and practical learning experiences in your usual work setting.


Throughout your on-the-job training you will develop a portfolio to demonstrate your core knowledge, skills and behaviours and be assessed throughout your training.

You will also undertake an End Point Assessment (EPA) to complete your apprenticeship.

The EPA for this apprenticeship consists of three parts:

  1. knowledge test
  2. practical observation
  3. professional discussion and review of your portfolio


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Accredited by Lantra

Lantra work with a wide range of employers and apprenticeship training providers to provide essential levels of support and quality independent assessment of End Point Assessments (EPA) across many apprenticeships in the land-based sector.


Upon successful completion of the apprenticeship, you will have a Level 2 Equine Groom Apprenticeship as well as a minimum of 12 months relevant work experience. The skills, knowledge and experience you develop during the course will open a wide range of roles in horse care.

Some typical job titles for an Equine Groom Apprentice include stable hand, groom, stud assistant, and riding school assistant.

Entry requirements

In addition to the person specifications that have been set out by your employer, these are the entry requirements for the course.

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How to apply

An apprentice needs to be in paid employment, so whilst you can apply for the apprenticeship before you find an employer, you’ll need to be employed before you can start the course.

Already employed?

If you are already employed in a suitable job role, you can apply directly by completing this application form.

To apply for an apprenticeship, you need to have the support of your employer. If you already have the support of your employer or have any questions before talking to them, please do not hesitate to contact one of our apprenticeship experts who will be happy to help.

Not employed?

Visit our Writtle Apprenticeship Vacancies page to see all our live vacancies and get tips on how to get an apprenticeship job.

For employers

If you have any questions or would like to discuss any aspect of this apprenticeship, then the Writtle College Apprenticeship Team are here to help. Get in touch today on the details above or take a look at our information for employers.

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