BHS Stage 2 Care

    The course is designed to:

    • Prepare students for the BHS Equine Excellence Pathway ‘Groom Pathway’ Stage 2 Care examination (Please note that TOCES do not hold these examinations and it is not mandatory to complete this assessment following the completion of this programme).

    BHS Stage 2 Care is ideal for:

    • Students who have completed the BHS Stage 1 Care examination or have comparable experience who would like to further enhance their knowledge in the care and management of horses
    • Anyone who is looking to start a career with horses

    Course Accreditation

    Academic Level:

    Further Education Level 2

    Number of units/modules:

    10

    Study Hours per Unit:

    10

    Total Hours: 

    100

    Course Duration: 

    Maximum of 12 months to complete course requirements

    Study Week Requirements:

    Optional Stable Management Study Week

    Upon enrolment students are provided with access onto our online E-Learning Centre where they will find all of their course material, assignments and other helpful study resources.

     

    The course is divided into modules which consist of:

    • Detailed illustrated text.
    • In-text questions to answer and in-text activities to complete as students work through their course material. Separate answer sheets are provided at the end of each module.

     

    Over the course of the programme you will complete 1 assignment per module (10 assignments in total)  Referring to the course material, you will complete the assignments at your own pace and submit each in turn for marking and assessment.  Your work is assessed by qualified tutors, graded and returned to you with detailed feedback.

     

    You will also have a Practical Skills Workbook, which details the practical skills needed to pass the BHS examination.   You will record satisfactory attainment of each skill listed in the Skills Workbook and seek verification of the achievement by an experienced colleague or friend.  You may choose to attend the optional *study week at TOCES’ yard in Suffolk. The course will help prepare you for the practical elements of the BHS Care examination, with a mock exam taken on the final day of the course.

     

    *Additional fee payable.

     

    Please note that you cannot train for the riding section of the Stage 1 to 4 examinations through distance learning and that in order to attain a BHS Care and Management qualification you must take the examination at a BHS Examination Centre. Structure and content of the range of BHS Courses may be subject to amendment to reflect changes in the BHS examination structure.

    • Aged 14 or more – there is no upper age limit (please note that to take the BHS Stage 2 Care examination with the BHS, you must be at least 16 years of age)
    • Interested in learning more about horse care and management
    • If you intend to complete the BHS examinations, the BHS require you to complete these in order from Stage 1, however you can choose to complete a higher level BHS preparation course with us for your own interest.

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    Module/Unit Details

    • Module 1 Anatomy and Physiology

      The aim of this module is to develop learners’ knowledge of:

      – The skeleton
      – The digestive system
      – The positioning and function of the main internal organs
      – The structure of the foot
      – The teeth and ageing

    • Module 2 Horse Psychology

      The aim of this module is to develop learners’ knowledge of:

      – The nature, instincts and behaviour of horses in the wild
      – The nature, instincts and behaviour of horses in captivity
      – The nature, instincts and behaviour of horses in the field
      – The nature, instincts and behaviour of horses in the stable
      – The nature, instincts and behaviour of horses when ridden

    • Module 3 Horse Health

      The aim of this module is to develop learners’ knowledge of:

      – Signs of good and ill health
      – Preventative medicine and vaccinations
      – Basic sick nursing
      – Treatment of minor wounds
      – Care of teeth
      – The administration of medicine
      – Lameness
      – When to call the vet

    • Module 4 Equine Nutrition

      The aim of this module is to develop learners’ knowledge of:

      – The rules of feeding and watering
      – Constitutes of feed stuffs and nutritional values
      – Calculating rations
      – Sample feed plans and charts

    • Module 5 General Horse Management

      The aim of this module is to develop learners’ knowledge of:

      – Care of the horse following exercise
      – Handling and grooming
      – Bandaging
      – Plaiting, trimming and clipping
      – Uses, fitting and care of rugs and blankets

    • Module 6 Saddlery

      The aim of this module is to develop learners’ knowledge of:

      – The care and fitting of various items of tack
      – Bits and bitting
      – Tacking up and untacking
      – Health problems associated with ill-fitting tack

    • Module 7 Shoeing

      The aim of this module is to develop learners’ knowledge of:

      – The farrier’s tools
      – The shoeing procedure
      – Care of the foot
      – Removal of a shoe

    • Module 8 Fittening the Horse

      The aim of this module is to develop learners’ knowledge of:

      – Fittening for medium work
      – The effects of ground type and conditions
      – Care after work
      – Bringing up from grass
      – Roughing off
      – Travelling

    • Module 10 General Knowledge

      The aim of this module is to introduce learners to:

      – Safety rules
      – The country code
      – The accident procedure
      – Road safely
      – Aims of the British Horse Society and benefits of membership

    • Module 11 Optional Study Week

      Practical application of the knowledge gained through studying the course modules and completing the work assignments will be demonstrated and assessed. A mock BHS Stage 2 Care examination will be taken on the final day.

    Enrolment

    Full Payment

    £250

    • Online access to all course material and assignments
    • Tutor support

    Pay as You Learn

    £90 Initial Fee

    • Four further instalments of £40