BHSQ Level 2 Foundation Groom with Riding (Stage 2)

Qualification Level: 2

Total Qualification Time:

327 hours (of which 187 are Guided Learning Hours)

Qualification purpose

This is a practical qualification which caters for individuals whose primary focus is the care and exercise of horses. By successfully completing this qualification learners will be able to work in the industry as an assistant groom, competently caring for horses and providing ridden and non-ridden exercise with limited supervision. Learners completing this qualification will be able to ride the horses in their care for exercise. A BHSQ Level 2 Foundation Groom with Riding (Stage 2) will have knowledge and understanding of all aspects of horse care, both within a stable yard and in a wider environment.

Who is this qualification for?

This qualification is for learners looking to begin their career as an assistant groom and would like to be able to 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 Care and 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 14 years and above. The BHSQ Level 2 Foundation Groom with Riding (Stage 2) provides a solid foundation of knowledge for equine care, lungeing and riding. It provides progression for learners intending to enrol onto an equine apprenticeship, further education and/or other level 3 qualifications such as BHSQ Level 3 (Stage 3).

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:

  • BHSQ Level 3 Groom with Riding – Dressage (Stage 3)
  • BHSQ Level 3 Groom with Riding – Jump (Stage 3)
  • BHSQ Level 3 Groom with Riding – Complete (Stage 3)


To download the qualification specification click here.

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