1st4sport Level 2 Diploma in Work Based Racehorse Care

Qualification Number


Credit Value (Guided Learning Hours)

45 (325)

SFA/LAD Funding Code


Entry Age


Qualification Operational Start Date


Qualification Review Date


Qualification Structure

See Structure

Supporting Materials

See Materials

Qualification Specification and Purpose


Learner Record of Achievement

Breeding: Download

Riding: Download

Specialist Racehorse Care: Download

Equine Apprenticeship: Download

 This qualification is equivalent to Level 3 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 (BHA) the 1st4sport Level 2 Diploma in Work Based Racehorse Care is designed to provide the skills and knowledge required to gain employment working with racehorses in the racing industry including the care of racehorses and how to carry out general stable management routines under supervision.

*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*
  • able to communicate effectively in English (listening, speaking, reading and writing).

NB. It is recommended that potential learners have an interest in the area and/or some experience to ensure that this is the correct qualification for them.

* The identify check must be completed in the course induction

Learners must successfully achieve all four mandatory units in Group A, seven of the ten optional units in Group B and all four units within their chosen pathway unit group:

  • Group C: Racing (Riding)
  • Group D: Racing (Specialist Racehorse Care)
  • Group E: Breeding.

 The learner must gain a minimum of 45 credits for this qualification.

Unit Title Reference No GLH  Credit

Mandatory Unit Group A

Learners must achieve all four units

1 Clean and maintain stables Y/600/3483 15 2
2 Provide feed and water to horses D/600/3484 15 2
3 Carry out routine care and monitor the health and well-being of horses H/600/3485 38 5
4 Clean and groom horses for appearance M/600/3490 23 3

Mandatory Unit Group B

Learners must achieve seven units

5 Restrain horses using specified methods K/600/3486 15 2
6 Fit and remove horse clothing T/600/3488 15 2
7 Plait and trim horses manes and tails A/600/3489 23 3
8 Assess grazing land for the introduction of horses


15 2
9 Turn out, catch and maintain horses when turned out A/600/3492 23 3
10 Fit, remove and maintain tack for exercise F/600/3493 23 3
11 Lunge a horse under supervision L/600/3495 30 4
12 Care for horses after exercise Y/600/3497 15 2
13 Load and unload animals for transportation K/502/1492 23 3
14 Principles of transporting horses by road on short journeys R/601/7849 20 3

Optional Unit Group C: Racing (Riding)

Learners must achieve all four units

15 Escort racehorses to race meetings D/600/3498 38 5
16 Care for racehorses after racing H/600/3499 30 4
17 Ride racehorses on roads or tracks under supervision R/600/3787 38 5
18 Exercise racehorses under supervision Y/600/3788  98 13

Optional Unit Group D: Racing (Specialist Racehorse Care)

Learners must achieve all four units

19 Escort racehorses to race meetings D/600/3498 38 5
20 Care for racehorses after racing H/600/3499 30 4
21 Assist with the on-going specialist care of racehorses H/600/3504 30 4
22 Assist with the care of racehorses after strenuous exercise K/600/3505 23 3

Optional Unit Group E: Breeding

Learners must achieve all four units

23 Assist with getting the mare in foal L/600/3500 38 5
24 Assist with foaling R/600/3501 38 5
25 Assist in handling mares and foals Y/600/3502 38 5
26 Assist with the preparation of horses for sale D/600/3503 38 5

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

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