1st4sport Level 3 Certificate in Thoroughbred Stud Practice

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This qualification is equivalent to Level 4 on the European Qualifications Framework (EQF)*.

To find out how to apply to deliver this qualification see the How to Apply section. There are no costs involved in applying or becoming a 1st4sport recognised centre.

Developed in partnership with the British Racing Authority, the 1st4sport Level 3 Certificate in Thoroughbred Stud Practice is the first qualification on the stud practice qualification ladder. The objective of the qualification is to provide a benefit to learners aged 16 and over who already have experience of working with equine and who wish to work within the thoroughbred stud industry, by giving the the skills and knowledge required to care for thoroughbreds thorough covering, pregnancy and foaling. The qualification could act as a stepping stone to a supervisory or management position or to the 1st4sport Level 3 Diploma in Work-based Racehorse Care and Management.

*Please note there may be exceptions to the above. Further information about the EQF can be found on the EQF Portal.

Learners are required to:

  • have been accurately identified
  • be at least 16 years of age
  • able to communicate effectively in English (listening, speaking, reading and writing).

The learner must successfully achieve 18 credits by completing the six mandatory units.

Unit Title Reference No GLH Credit
1 Care for and prepare the mare for covering M/600/8513 52 8
2 Maintain stud documentation T/600/8514 20 3
3 Attend to the mare and foal during foaling M/600/3845 52 8
4 Care for mare and foal T/600/3846 52 8

For recognised centres and tutors, the qualification is supported by the following resources:

  • Generic administrative guidance and tools for recognised centres
  • Qualification Specification outlining the requirements of delivering and assessing the qualification

For learners, the qualification is supported by the following resources:

  • 1st4sport Level 3 Certificate in Thoroughbred Stud Practice Record of Achievement

Fees are charged per learner and provide registration and certification for the qualification, as well as a 1st4sport Learner Pack, learning resources and certificate. Centre recognition, qualification approval and annual centre fees may also be applicable.

If you would like to offer this qualification, please contact [email protected]

This qualification sits on the Regulated Qualifications Framework (RQF). Further information about the benefits of the framework can be found by visiting the Ofqual website.

All learners being registered for RQF qualifications are required to have a Unique Learner Number (ULN) issued by the Learner Register. To be approved to offer this qualification, you will need to demonstrate that you can access and verify learners’ ULNs with the Learner Register. For more information about this process, please visit the Learning Records Service website.