Equine Skills City & Guilds Certificate

Duchy College Stoke Climsland LEVEL: 1 Equine

The Level 1 Certificate in Equine Skills has been designed to provide the learner with the practical equine skills to meet the needs of the industry and other stakeholders. This course introduces you to the basics of horse care. It’s a great stepping stone for anyone keen to work with horses but needing to gain experience.

Our highly experienced team of staff combined with equine industry guest speakers, off-site educational trips and riding lessons will help you learn about and become competent in;

  • Practical skills including health and safety
  • Handling horses
  • Feeding and watering horses
  • Maintaining clean stables and yard
  • Tacking up horses and tack maintenance

We offer two pathways, a riding and a non-riding option to support your achievement of this qualification.

As part of your course you will be required to carry out Work Experience and/or an Industry Placement. For more details please click here.


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Ideal if:

You are keen to work with horses but need to gain experience and progress onto the Level 2 course.

You’ll need:

Riding Pathway

You will need at least 3 months’ experience of riding a horse and be able to demonstrate competency in walk and trot. The College operates a 13 stone (82.5 kg) weight limit for the riding pathway to uphold the welfare of its working horses.

Non-riding Pathway

You need to have experience in handling horses or ponies, have experience in leading, grooming, rugging and tacking up.

Both pathways can be followed throughout your academic career in further and potentially higher education. Whichever route you choose you need to have a keen interest in the horse and demonstrate a commitment to their welfare and care to support your career aspirations.

You’ll learn:

The focus of the course is on developing core equine industry skills and safe working practices. Maths and English will also be delivered as part of the curriculum at the appropriate level and attendance to these key subjects is compulsory as it supports your academic progression and employment prospects.


Our Duchy Stoke Climsland campus is home to two indoor arenas, a large outdoor arena, a weighbridge, horse walker, wash down and solarium facilities, as well as industry standard equipment and technology.

Assessments include external exams.

You’ll love:

Our fantastic links with employers in both riding and non-riding settings.

You’ll go on to:

The City & Guilds Level 2 Technical Certificate in Horse Care or a work based learning apprenticeship. There is a level 1 apprenticeship programme which may also suit those not ready for Level 2.

Progression Courses




Equine Skills City & Guilds Certificate

Start Date

September 2020


Stoke Climsland


1 year


Megan Morran Jeffs Equine Management Level 3

Megan is from Surrey and, after looking at a range of colleges around the UK, chose Duchy College to study horses as it seemed like the perfect place for her.

"The facilities here are amazing and there is a wide range of horses to ride. The riding lessons are really helpful and I’ve improved loads within the two years. If you are thinking of studying at Duchy College make sure you get involved in everything that goes on and don’t miss out on any opportunities that come your way. On completion of my studies I will be going back to Surrey to work at a riding school and hope to compete more.”

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