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Equine Studies - QLS Level 2 Course

Course Format:Paper Based Materials (With Optional Online Course Notes)
Self-Study Time:Approximately 100 Hours (Self-Study)
Delivery Time:1-2 Working Days (Courier Service)
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Course Description

The Equine Studies - QLS Level 2 Course is designed to give you an introduction and overview to a large number of aspects about the care and skills needed to both care and look after a horse. The Equine Studies Course also cover the basics of riding, grooming and the handling of horses, as well as useful information on buying a horse, and information on stabling and looking after your horse.

On successful completion of this course students will receive a QLS Level 2 Endorsed Certificate of Achievement.

The Equine Studies - QLS Level 2 Course includes the following units:
This lesson includes the following topics: Introduction; Early horse groups; and Modern horse groups.
This lesson includes the following topics: Introduction, An Introduction to the Skeleton of the Horse; Muscles of the Horse and Their Purposes; Muscles of the trunk, back, and ribs; Muscles in the hindquarters; Tendons and ligaments of the lower leg; Organs of the Horse; and Horse Markings.
This lesson includes the following topics: Introduction; Abyssinian; Albanian; Appaloosa; Arabian; Clydesdale; Dales Pony; Egyptian; Exmoor Pony; Fell Pony; Hackney; Lipizzan; New Forest Pony; Palomino; Pinto; Shetland Pony and Thoroughbred.
This lesson includes the following topics: Introduction; The Best Breed for You; Age, Size and Sex; Assessing His Body Language; and Assessing your prospective buy.
This lesson includes the following topics: Introduction; Where to Buy; The Initial Evaluation; Riding the Potential Horse; What to look for during your ride; Question Checklist; The Pre-Purchase Examination and The Coggins Test.
This lesson includes the following topics: Introduction; Legal Requirements; Hazards and precautions; Checklist; References and further details; Basic Rider Equipment for Safe Riding; Proper equipment for junior riders (children under age 12); and Proper equipment for adult riders.
This lesson includes the following topics: Introduction; Choosing a suitable horse; Seek good advice; Choosing a riding academy; Choosing a saddle; The Bridle; and Grooming and tacking up.
This lesson includes the following topics: Introduction; How to lead a horse; How to ask a horse to stand for mounting; Preparing to mount; Getting a leg up; Holding the reins; and How to dismount.
This lesson includes the following topics: Introduction; How to ask a horse to walk; How to halt a horse; The basics of steering; and Exercises at walk and halt.
This lesson includes the following topics: Introduction; Introduction; Basic riding theory and philosophy; How to maintain a good walk, and why; and How to ride the trot.
This lesson includes the following topics: Introduction; Where to Keep your Horse?; Feeding; Pasture; Hay; Concentrates; Water; Shelter and Fencing for Horses; Security; and Safety.
This lesson includes the following topics: Introduction; Other Emergencies; Equine First Aid Kit; How To Take a Horse's Temperature; How To Check a Horse's Pulse; How To Determine The Respiration Rate; How To Check for Gut Sounds; How To Perform a Pinch Test; How To Check CRT; Mucous Membranes; Teeth; What is Colic?; and Prevention of Colic.

There are no particular entry requirements for this course.

Students can enrol providing they are comfortable studying at a Level 2 standard.

Course Duration & Online Support

You can start this course at any time, and you would be registered for a one-year period. You also have access to a personal tutor who can be contacted by email. Your tutor is available to assist with any queries and to mark your assignments for the Awarding Body.

As the course is self-study, you can complete it as quickly as you like. Support extensions are available if students do not complete the course within the one-year period.

Course Format & Delivery

This course is supplied as hard copy paper-based materials. You will receive an A4 ring bound course folder which will include all of your course notes and assignments and there is a separate study guide which should be read before starting the course and explains about support, the required format of assignments and how to submit assignments for assessment. We find this format works well for this particular course as you don't have to be on a computer to work through the notes and you get to keep the course materials after you have completed your study if you need to refer back to them.

We do also offer the option of an online version of the course notes which can be purchased for an additional £36.00 for learners who prefer computer-based learning or are travelling and need access to their course notes. This option is available at the checkout when ordering the course.

The hard-copy course materials are dispatched using a next working day courier service where available and the online course notes are usually issued within 24 hours of processing an application.

If learners would prefer an online only version of the course notes then please contact us for information on how to order this.


You will be assessed on TMAs (Tutor Marked Assignments). Most TMAs consists of short paragraph answers, although some TMAs may have a specific word count. The main criteria to pass as assignment is to prove to the tutor that you have fully understood the question and have answered it sufficiently.

If the assignment is not of the required level or needs an amendment it will be detailed in your tutor feedback so you can make any required changes. The course tutor will be happy to give guidance as to how you might improve you answers. Your work can be sent back to your course tutor by email or by post.

QLS Course Endorsement

At the end of this course, successful learners will receive a QLS Level 2 Endorsed Certificate of Achievement from the Quality Licence Scheme and a Learner Unit Summary (which lists the components the learner has completed as part of the course).

The Quality Licence Scheme is part of the Skills and Education Group, a charitable organisation that unites education and skills-orientated organisations that share similar values and objectives. With more than 100 years of collective experience, the Skills and Education Group’s strategic partnerships create opportunities to inform, influence and represent the wider education and skills sector.

The Skills and Education Group also includes two nationally recognised awarding organisations; Skills and Education Group Awards and Skills and Education Group Access. Through our awarding organisations we have developed a reputation for providing high-quality qualifications and assessments for the education and skills sector. We are committed to helping employers, organisations and learners cultivate the relevant skills for learning, skills for employment, and skills for life.

Our knowledge and experience of working within the awarding sector enables us to work with training providers, through the Quality Licence Scheme, to help them develop high-quality courses and/or training programmes for the non-regulated market.

The course has been endorsed under the Quality Licence Scheme. This means that Kendal Publishing has undergone an external quality check to ensure that the organisation and the courses it offers, meet defined quality criteria. The completion of this course alone does not lead to a regulated qualification* but may be used as evidence of knowledge and skills gained. The Learner Unit Summary may be used as evidence towards Recognition of Prior Learning if you wish to progress your studies in this subject. To this end the learning outcomes of the course have been benchmarked at Level 2 against level descriptors published by Ofqual, to indicate the depth of study and level of demand/complexity involved in successful completion by the learner. 

The course itself has been designed by Kendal Publishing to meet specific learners’ and/or employers’ requirements which cannot be satisfied through current regulated qualifications. The Quality Licence Scheme endorsement involves robust and rigorous quality audits by external auditors to ensure quality is continually met. A review of courses is carried out as part of the endorsement process.

You can find more information on level descriptors from our Certification Overview Page.

*Regulated qualification refers to those qualifications that are regulated by Ofqual / CCEA / Qualification Wales

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