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BHSQ Level 1 Certificate in BHS Riding Horses


Qualification Level: 1


Total Qualification Time:

206 hours (of which 180 are Guided Learning Hours)


Qualification purpose

By successfully completing this qualification learners will be able to ride schooled horses in an enclosed environment in a balanced sympathetic manner. Learners will know about expected standards and procedures when riding horses at this level. This qualification will offer the learner a sound foundation to progress into employment and future learning and development in riding horses.


Who is this qualification for?

This qualification is for learners looking to start a career with horses. Learners may be seeking employment in the industry or are already employed and are seeking recognition of their skills. Please refer to entry requirements at unit level.


Age range

This qualification is available to learners who are 14 years and above.

What could this qualification lead to?

Learners completing this qualification could access roles in areas such as:

  • Assistant groom
  • Yard assistant

Employment in these roles could be in a variety of equestrian environments including; riding schools, competition yards (any discipline), livery yards, private yards, studs, racing yards, police and military, and welfare or veterinary centres.

This qualification offers progression to level 2 awards, please contact The BHS for further information.


To download the qualification specification click here.


For more information about this qualification please visit the BHS website.