Gain a qualification away from the classroom

Haddon Training have been working to support people with additional educational needs for many years. We’re passionate about assisting those who have found classroom environments to be difficult and enabling them to thrive in placements that allow them to gain formal qualifications.

Suitable for those just starting out in the equine industry, this City & Guilds accredited qualification in work-based horse care consists of a range of units which develop equine skills.

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We’re proud to partner with Keysoe Therapy & Well-Being Centre, to offer this qualification at their state-of-the-art facilities in North Bedfordshire. Based in over 500 acres of countryside, the renowned Keysoe International is home to the centre. Facilities include an indoor school, outdoor school, purpose built learning environments, horse rehabilitation centre and café.

Onsite, they have a range of qualified teachers, special educational needs (SEN) experienced staff and industry qualified team members. They provide a bespoke alternative provision designed to encourage participants to reach their potential, both socially and academically.

Find out more about the course at Keysoe, and their upcoming open days here.

You can also arrange a visit to the centre and have a meet & greet with the team to see if the programme is suitable. Email: or call 01234 708400.

The meet & greet sessions will be held at a suitable time for the learner, their parent and/or guardian if applicable, and Keysoe Therapy & Well Being Centre. Visits from schools, educational institutes and local authorities are also welcome.

Please click below for full information on the Keysoe and Haddon Training qualifications.

  • Qualification overview

    The qualification can be taken as either an entry level award, intermediate certificate or the more advanced diploma – this is determined by the age of the pupil and the units chosen.

    Guided Learning Hours (GLH) represents the number of hours that a learner would need to fulfil at their placement in order to complete the qualification.

    The GLH for this qualification are:

    90 (Award), 252 (Certificate), 369-441 (Diploma)

    This qualification covers the below topics:

    • Health and safety
    • Feeding and watering
    • Grooming
    • Washing
    • Mucking out
    • Tacking up
    • Rugging up
    • Leading
    • Turn out and catching in

    This qualification will have term-time intervals parallel to school holidays and will last approximately one academic year.

  • Eligibility and funding

    This course can be funded by the local authority for anyone from 14 – 25 years old with an EHCP within the relevant catchment areas and is also available to those who may wish to consider paying privately.

    These qualifications can be funded either:

    • Privately – self-funded, funded by a parent or guardian, funded by an employer, etc.

    For this course at Keysoe Therapy and Well-Being Centre, prices are available on application to Keysoe and include training, assessment and daily placement fees.

    • Through a local authority – no cost is incurred by the learner. This is normally available for those with a case worker with the local authority (LA) that is able to access alternative funding for education. Often these individuals will have an Educational Health Care Plan (EHCP).
  • Course evidence and certification

    Delivery of the level 1 in work-based horse care will depend on the learner’s needs, where they are completing the practical and theory learning, and the frequency of sessions in their individualised learning timetable.

    As part of the teaching and learning sessions, the Trainer Coach/ Assessor from Haddon Training will gather evidence towards a learner portfolio. This portfolio forms the basis for the overall assessment and subsequent certification of the qualification.

    The learner will need one piece of knowledge evidence, and two pieces of skills evidence to cover every unit, ensuring that all criteria is covered.

    • Knowledge evidence can be gathered through the completion of worksheets, assignments, professional discussions, voice recordings and Q&A sessions.
    • Skills evidence can be gathered through methods such as photos, videos, diary entries, observations, case studies and witness testimonies.

    These are just examples, and evidence gathering can be tailored to individual learning styles and needs.

    Once there is evidence to cover criteria for all the units, the portfolio of evidence is submitted to an Internal Quality Assessor (IQA) at Haddon Training for checking.

    Once the IQA is happy the portfolio meets all criteria to the required standard, the learner will then have successfully completed the course and be put forward for certification.

    Once the portfolio has been put through for claiming, it usually takes up to six weeks to receive the certificate from the awarding body (City and Guilds).

If you would like to know more about our courses designed for those with special educational needs, please get in touch.