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Bridgwater & Taunton College's Cannington Centre has a long-standing reputation as one of the key providers in the land-based education sector. The provision of courses is comprehensive and so the student profile is varied in terms of age, gender and nationality.

The following equine courses are studied at Cannington Centre. Please click through for more information about the courses.

Land-based Studies - Animal & Horse Care Level 1

Horse Care Level 1 Work-based Diploma

Horse Care Level 2 Work-based Diploma

Level 2 Technical Certificate in Equine Care (City & Guilds/NPTC)

Level 3 Advanced Technical Extended Diploma in Equine Management (City & Guilds/NPTC)

Equine Studies Horse Care Apprenticeship Level 2


The following qualifications are BHS short courses 2016...

Progressive Riding Test Course (PRT’s) (Equivalent to BHS Stage 1) - 10 week course, including assessment, one hour riding & one hour stable management - £250. The first step on the professional ladder and shows you have the competencies to apply basic principles of horse care. Suitable for anyone aged 14 years and over who cares for and/or rides horses regularly.  It is designed to give you a good foundation of equine knowledge and a solid base on which to build your riding skills. Please see our What's On page for start dates.

Riding & Road Safety Training Course - A five week BHS Riding and Road Safety training course (including exam). You do not need to be a BHS member or have any BHS qualifications. The BHS Riding and Road Safety Test helps educate riders in road safety in order to minimise the risk involved when riding on the roads. The test is available to all riders from 12 years of age and is supported by the Department for Transport. Please see our What's On page for start dates.

BHS Stage 2 Training Course - from Tuesday 10 May, 6pm – 8pm. 10 week course, TRAINING ONLY, one hour riding & one hour stable management - £250. Stage 2 will provide you with competencies to apply general principles for the management of horses’ health and well being. The Horse Knowledge and Care section builds on the knowledge acquired at Stage One as well as including skills and knowledge required for the work environment. This includes: plaiting, trimming, clipping, wound care, worming, grassland management, fittening and lungeing.  The riding is split into two sections; flat and jumping (2’6ft/76cm). Please see our What's On page for start dates.

Cannington Centre also offers courses on agriculture, animal care and management, arboriculture, countryside management, floristry, horticulture and landscape design and sports turf management.

For more details on these courses and others offered at Bridgwater & Taunton College please visit or speak to our Information and Guidance Team on 01278 441234.