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BHSQ Level 4 Diploma in BHS Horse Knowledge, Care and Management


Qualification Level: 4


Total Qualification Time:

401 hours (of which 185 are Guided Learning Hours)


Qualification purpose

By successfully completing this qualification learners will be able to take full responsibility for managing an equestrian business, working alone and unsupervised. They will understand the insurance requirements, accident and incident reporting, relevant health and safety legislation, yard security and yard and stable construction and design. In addition, learners will be able to plan the maintenance of yard facilities. They will be able to implement annual grassland maintenance programmes.


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

  • BHSQ Level 4 Certificate in Horse Care and Management (TQT – 157, GLH – 70)
  • BHSQ Level 4 Certificate in The Principles of Horse Care and Management (TQT – 244, GLH – 115)


Who is this qualification for?

This qualification is for learners who wish to base their career on caring for horses and managing a business. It is likely that learners will already be employed or working on a self-employed basis in the industry and are seeking career advancement. Learners may progress to this qualification after completing the BHS Stage 3 Care award 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 18 years and above.


What could this qualification lead to?

This qualification is designed primarily to support career progression to a senior or management role. Learners completing this qualification could access roles in areas such as:

  • Yard Manager
  • Equine Centre Management
  • Senior Groom
  • Freelance Senior Groom

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

This qualification offers progression to the BHS Stage 5 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.