Intermediate Equine Psychology

Course Summary
Course Details
Fees & How to Enrol

This course expands upon our introductory level equine psychology course. It focuses on the horses’ senses, behaviour and learning.

The course consists of four units, designed to build upon your existing learning and form the basis of a more advanced level of knowledge in equine psychology.

You will also complete a Special Study on a topic of your choice, relevant to the course.

We send your first unit upon enrolment, so you can start whenever you want, and progress through the course at your own pace, studying when and where you choose.

Level: QLS Level 2 Fees:

£325 £227.50
Pay 7 monthly payments of £49.28 £35.35

Entry Requirements

We recommend that you complete the Introduction to Equine Psychology course or have equivalent experience before enrolling on this course. Those with equivalent experience may be asked to speak with the tutor to identify the most suitable level to begin study.

We classify our courses by level to guide students towards the best course based on their experience. However, we strongly believe open study should be just that. If you’re open to challenging yourself, our tutors will be on hand to help.

Our Support Promise

You can phone or email your tutor at any point during your course –
to ask questions, for advice, encouragement or to draw on their wealth of knowledge.

You can also contact the support team who are here to help you Monday to Friday, 9am to 5pm.

What You’ll Learn

Unit 1 

The horse sense:

  • Sight
  • Hearing
  • Smell
  • Touch
  • Taste

Unit 2 

How intelligent are horses?:

  • What is intelligence
  • The horse’s brain
  • Old and new ideas
  • Intelligence testing
  • Relativity of intelligence
  • Looking at human attitudes

Unit 3

How horses learn:

  • Classical vs operant conditioning
  • Positive and negative reinforcement
  • Negative reinforcement vs punishment

Unit 4

Common behavioural problems:

  • Biting, bolting, bucking, raring, napping, spooking
  • Difficulty catching
  • Trailer problems
  • Bad behaviour with vet, farrier or dentist

You will also complete a Special Study on a topic of your choice, relevant to the course.


On successful completion of this course you’ll receive the Certificate of Achievement at QLS Level 2 from Quality Licence Scheme when you complete this course**.

Quality Licence Scheme endorsement involves robust and rigorous quality audits by external auditors to ensure quality is continually met. A review of courses is carried out as part of the endorsement process.

You will also receive the Animal Care College Certificate* in Intermediate Equine Psychology, graded to show the standard you have reached. There are no exams.

* The Animal Care College Certificate will be issued once you have successfully completed your course and finished your course payments.

** QLS registration fees included.

Study Length

There are no deadlines for this course. Simply study in the comfort of your own home, and in your own time.

Distance learning is designed to be flexible, but as a guide, students who can spend 4-6 hours a week studying tend to complete a single unit within a month.

What's Next

This course will provide you with the knowledge and skills you need to progress your career in the animal care sector, or better understand your own pet.

Once it’s completed, you may wish to further your study. If that’s the case, we’d suggest:

You can get in touch with one of our tutors, or contact our support team from 9am - 5pm.

Course fee & how to enrol

There are two ways you can enrol

Pay the total course fee of £325 £227.50 in one sum and receive a £50 voucher towards the cost of your next course


Pay 7 monthly payments of £49.28 £35.35 (£20 administration fee included)