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BHSQ Level 2 Diploma in BHS Riding Horses


Qualification Level: 2


Total Qualification Time:

432 hours (of which 316 are Guided Learning Hours)


Qualification purpose

By successfully completing this qualification learners will be able to ride horses on the flat and over fences in an enclosed area, under limited supervision. Learners will demonstrate their ability to ride without assistance, in balance and with security.

This qualification is broken down into a smaller qualification, please see the specification for further details:

  • BHSQ Level 2 Certificate in Riding Horses on the Flat (TQT – 216, GLH – 158).


Who is this qualification for?

This qualification is for learners who exercise horses as part of their role. Learners may be seeking employment in the industry or are already employed and are seeking career advancement. Learners may progress to this qualification after completing the BHS Stage 1 Ride awards or BHSQ/BHS equivalent. Please refer to entry requirements at unit level.

This qualification is also available to learners at the appropriate level who have industry experience and/or hold non-BHS equine qualifications. To enter they will apply via the BHS RPCL or RPEL direct entry process.


Age range

This qualification is available to learners who are 16 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, studs, racing yards, private yards, police and military, and welfare or veterinary centres.

This qualification offers progression to level 3 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.