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Stage 3 - Care

Unit 1: Stage 3 Care will assess the skills required for the role of a groom in the industry. 

  • Last reviewed: 4th August 2022
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What's covered in the unit?

On completion of this unit, you will: 

  • Be assessed on your knowledge to manage day-to-day activity, care and welfare of horses under your responsibility, with an established awareness of current legislation for working within a stable yard environment
  • Show competence in understanding equine behaviour, physiology and measuring vital health signs 
  • Be assessed on recognising and treating common conditions and nutritional requirements of the horse, including assessment of condition and measurement of nutrition alongside fittening of the horse 
  • Be practically assessed on how to fit tack for both flatwork and jumping, in addition to the use of studs
What will you be assessed on?

You will be assessed on the following learning outcomes: 

  • Understand the roles, rights and responsibilities of a groom 
  • Be able to use equipment for flatwork and jumping 
  • Be able to use studs 
  • Understand the use of bits 
  • Understand the nutritional requirements of a horse 
  • Understand how to improve a horse’s fitness 
  • Understand horse anatomy and physiology 
  • Be able to manage the health of a horse 
  • Understand undesirable horse behaviour 
  • Understand how to manage a turnout area 
  • Be able to assess a horse’s conformation 

Download the full qualification specification to review the learning outcomes in more detail.

How will you be assessed?

Up to Three-and-a-half-hours criteria-based assessment.

Entry requirements
Skills record

Supporting you at every stage, your Skills Record allows you to record your achievements and progression through your career, with pre-assessment sign off criteria and coach endorsements required for career pathways.

Pre-assessment criteria and coach endorsement for this assessment include:

  • Ready for assessment form completed – compulsory 
  • Skill: clipping – compulsory*

The above must be signed off by an Accredited Professional Coach who is a Stage 4 Coach in Complete Horsemanship or higher.

Awarding Body

BHS Qualifications (BHSQ) is an awarding organisation recognised and regulated by the Office of the Qualifications and Examinations Regulator (Ofqual) in England, SQA Accreditation in Scotland, Qualifications Wales (QW) and the Council for the Curriculum, Examinations and Assessment (CCEA) in Northern Ireland. BHSQ works in partnership with a variety of organisations to develop and award qualifications for the equestrian industry. This ensures BHSQ qualifications are fit for purpose for the sector. 

As the awarding organisation, BHSQ is responsible for the processes through which learners seek and obtain certification for their achievements. BHSQ is responsible for verifying that assessment practice in approved centres is conducted systematically, effectively, securely and to national standards specified within the qualification. 

The British Horse Society (BHS) is approved as a centre to deliver qualifications regulated by BHSQ. BHSQ and the BHS developed these qualifications in line with feedback received from extensive industry consultation. 

Learners taking BHSQ Level 3 (Stage 3) qualifications will either be seeking employment in the industry or will already be employed with a desire to progress their career by advancing their skills and knowledge. It is essential that these qualifications meet the needs of employers and learners. To satisfy these requirements, the qualifications have been developed in collaboration with employers, colleges, coaches, students, and expert groups. 

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