BHS Stage 1 Care Preparation

Learn all about the new syllabus and prepare for the new BHS Stage 1 Care Certificate

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The BHS Stage One exam is not hugely difficult but the majority of people find that they need help with exam technique and there are usually lots of 'gaps' that need filling in. This course from Equine Distance Learning will give you the knowledge AND more importantly, the exam technique you need to pass first time. This course is studied via distance learning without the need to travel anywhere.

Course Snapshot

  • Eight modules
  • Eleven Learning Activities
  • Two Assessments
  • Unlimited tutor support
  • Opportunities to liaise with fellow students
  • Equine Distance Learning Certificate

Who is this course suitable for?

  • Students wishing to pass their BHS Stage 1 exam
  • Students that ride at stables and wish to learn out to safety carry out practical tasks
  • Students wishing to learn how to confidently handle horses

This course is designed to train and prepare you for the BHS Stage 1 Care award. This course is ideally suited to those of you who are time limited, or who do not have access to, or would prefer not to be trained at a training center, and those of you who would prefer to have a more one-to-one training experience with individual feedback.

This course is not like a book, as it will give you information on what the assessors will be looking for, giving you guidance on exam technique and practical exercises to prepare you fully for the exam. Our past students have particularly enjoyed the individual and detailed feedback on their practical demonstrations.

There are now two sections to the BHS Stage 1 Care certificate; Care A and Care B

This course will teach you all you need to know for the exam. It must be emphasised that this exam is a practical one. In this training course you will be linked to video demonstrations and if you choose to have your practical assessments and online exam marked by us, you will have to submit videos of yourself demonstrating tasks in order to assess that you are up to the required standard (Please note that there is an additional charge of £40 for marking).

CARE A includes:

1. The Responsibilities of working on a stable yard

2. Be able to maintain a clean stable.

3. Be able to carry out routine grooming tasks

4. Be able to describe horses and know about horse behaviour and health

5. Be able to use rugs appropriately

CARE B includes:

6. Be able to tack up and untack

7. Be able to handle a horse. Grassland management

8. Be able to feed and water a horse

"I passed the Ride Safe Award recently so have now complete BHA Stage 1. I hold the Ride, Care, Ride Safe Award and the Complete Horsemanship Certificates.

This has been made possible by the confidence fostered in me through the comprehensive course materials provided by Equine Distance Learning. The materials remain an important part of study now I am moving on to Stage 2 - which I never thought I would be able to complete.

For anyone wanting to confirm knowledge and gain deeper understanding of horse care I can say with complete confidence - go to Equine Distance Learning and experience the support from Kerry and Sarah - the courses are invaluable."

- Judith Milling, June 2018

"I’ve never felt the confidence to go and do my BHS Levels, however when I saw Equine Distance Learning’s BHS Stage 1 Preeperation course I thought this may be a good way to help me prepare. I’ve never been good in assessment environments so doing it this way took off the pressure. I really enjoyed doing this course and now feel a lot more confident to go and sit my BHS Stage 1 Exam. If you're thinking of doing your Stages but are nervous about it, this course is a great way to get you started.

- Olivia Sanders, June 2018

Class Curriculum

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Frequently Asked Questions

When does the course start and finish?
You can begin the course as soon as you have enrolled and take up a year to complete it.
How long do I have access to the course?
You will have access to the course for one year from enrolment.
What if I am unhappy with the course?
We would never want you to be unhappy! If you are unsatisfied with your purchase, contact us in the first 14 days and we will give you a full refund.
Can I have a hard copy of the course posted to me?
Yes, you can - there will be an additional charge of £25 to cover the printing and postage costs. You can either call Kerry on 01256 855320 or email her at kerry@equinedistancelearning,com after you have enrolled to arrange this.
How does studying via distance learning work?
Once you have enrolled on the course, you can begin steadily working your way through it completing the Learning Activities as you go. You work at your own pace fitting in your studies around your personal commitments.
Will I receive support from Equine Distance Learning?
You will be allocated a tutor when you enrol. You can contact them as little or as often as you need to to ask any questions. You can contact them via phone or email, depending on your preference.
Can international students study this course?
YES! All of our courses are designed to be taken anywhere in the world and we have many international students studying with us.
What will I receive if I successfully complete the course?
You will receive a Certificate from Equine Distance Learning.
Are there any further costs to pay?
No, but if you wish to have the online test and practical assessments marked, there will be an additional cost of £40. We strongly recommend this if you are planning to take the BHS Stage One exam.


If you want to pay in Instalments then you can do so by following the link below to the Instalment course page. You can pay in six monthly instalments of £34 and have the course material drip fed to you over the course of that time.


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