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Advanced Apprenticeship College-Course: Level 3 Apprenticeship Senior Equine Groom

Accredited by Lantra


The Senior Equine Groom advanced-level apprenticeship is designed for those wishing to progress their career in the equine industry to work towards taking on more responsibility in the workplace. You will develop the knowledge and skills to progress and succeed, learning to provide expert horse care. Study a Level 3 qualification while you work.

Course highlights

  • Gain a Level 3 apprenticeship, demonstrating your knowledge and expertise in horse care.
  • Boost your career towards supervisory or managerial roles.
  • Gain on-the-job experience and qualifications whilst employed and earning a wage.

As a senior equine groom, you will learn to provide and coordinate the day-to-day care of the horses in the workplace. You will also build all the necessary skills to lead by example and will have the knowledge required to implement effective systems relating to the running of the yard. It’s also a great opportunity to demonstrate that you can organise and monitor the quality of work and order and maintain supplies.

Our Level 3 Senior 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 help you progress 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 off-the-job learning will be delivered through one day a week college attendance on-campus attending learning sessions and activities, and practical learning experiences in your usual work setting.


Depending on where you are employed and your job specification, you can select one of the specialised occupational pathways from breeding*, riding, driving* and non-riding.


Examples of some of the topics you may cover (depending on pathway) are listed below.


*Other pathways may be available, please discuss your job role with us.



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 must also either already have maths and English at level 2 or obtain these prior to the end-point-assessment.


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


The EPA for this apprenticeship consists of three parts: i. knowledge test; ii. practical observation; iii. professional discussion and review of your portfolio.


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 3 Senior Equine Groom Apprenticeship as well as a minimum of 18 months relevant work experience. The skills, knowledge and experience you develop during the course will open a wide range of roles in horse care.

Typical career paths senior equine groom apprentices can pursue include yard manager, assistant yard manager, competition groom, stud assistant, and riding school supervisor. You may also progress into higher education.

Entry requirements

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

  • Employment in a suitable role on a permanent contract exceeding 30 hours per week (or evidence that you have secured such employment).
  • GCSE Grade 4/C in English and Maths or equivalent.
  • Completed a Level 2 equine qualification and working in or towards a supervisory role, or have sufficient industry experience. You may be asked to undertake an assessment prior to acceptance.
  • Employer support to undertake this course.
  • Confirmed eligibility to be funded as an apprentice as set out within the ESFA’s Funding Rules.

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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.

Current vacancies

Writtle Apprenticeship job vacancies

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