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Level 2

Level 2 Technical Diploma in Blacksmithing. (Farrier Route)


This course is designed to prepare you for an apprenticeship in Farriery. You will learn the basics of forgework, (including metallurgy), horse biology and horse handling, along with welding, thermal cutting processes, freehand drawing, and technical drawing.

This means you will gain experience in the Forge, using traditional equipment such as the hearth fire, anvil, and hammers to create your own tool set, tailored to becoming a Farrier. Some of this tool set will then be used to make a multi-component piece, (such as a hanging basket bracket), to show your range of skills and your ability to apply them.

You will also get some experience in the equine yard, studying horses and learning how to properly handle them, essential skills when operating as a Farrier.

Finally, the course also offers the opportunity to undertake the Scientific Horseshoeing Course, in conjunction with Manchester University, set up and led by Dr Mark Caldwell.

Please be aware that there is written work which will need to be completed, within set time frames and to a set standard. If you need additional help with reading or writing, please let us know at your interview and we can arrange for help prior to the start of the course.


You will need a
minimum of two GCSEs at grade 4, (or ‘C’;), or above to be accepted onto the

Ideally you
will also have a keen interest in horses, (although this is not essential), and
be willing to learn metalworking techniques.

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Financial support

The applicable fees for this course, including any available discounts, will be listed in the information above.

How to apply

Once you have created an account, you can easily apply to your chosen course and track the status of your application at any time.


Step 1

Set Up Your Account

You’ll be prompted to create an account which will allow you to log in to our Application Tracker website whenever you wish. This will provide you with important information and you can also track the progress of your application.

Step 2


Complete each step of the application form and then submit your completed form. We’ll let you know when we’ve safely received it with an acknowledgement email.

Step 3

Application Review Meeting

Before offering you a place at college, we’ll meet with you (either in person, by telephone or online). We’ll send you a link to our booking page where you can select a time that’s convenient for you.

Step 4

Accept Your Place

Offers will be sent to you via the email address you have provided. The offer will be conditional, based on predicted GCSE grades. You’ll need to accept your offer within 14 days to secure your place.

Step 5

What next?

Once you receive your GCSE results, you’ll need to get in touch with the college to inform us of them and start your enrolment process.


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