1st4sport Level 3 Diploma in Farriery – Work Based

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Farriery Apprenticeship: Download

 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 (BHA) the 1st4sport Level 3 Diploma in Farriery – Work Based provides the learner with the knowledge and skills required to be able to shoe horses.

*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
  • be employed by an Approved Training Farrier (registered with the Farriers’ Registration Council)
  • able to communicate effectively in English (listening, speaking, reading and writing).

 And enter either via the academic route:

  • 5 GCSEs at Level C or above of which 1 must be English Language, 1 Mathematics and 1 a Science subject (Scottish, Northern Ireland and EU equivalents are acceptable)
  • City & Guilds Forging Certificate

 Or via an access course:

  • A BTEC Level 2 or equivalent and must include:
  1. ­   Undertake horse handling (5 credits)
  2. ­   Introduction to the Principles of Horse Behaviour (5 credits)
  3. ­   Understand the Principles of Horse Biology (10 credits)
  • City & Guilds Forging Certificate
  • Functional Skill Level 2 – English
  • Functional Skill Level 2 – Mathematics

 * The identify check must be completed in the course induction

The learner must successfully achieve 345 credits by completing 13 mandatory units.

Unit Title Reference No GLH  Credit
1 Monitor and maintain health and safety in farriery T/601/2806 26 4
2 Produce horseshoe making tools by hand A/601/2807 65 10
3 Prepare light and maintain the forge fire H/601/2803 23 3
4 Handle and control equines to provide foot care J/601/2812 26 4
5 Assess the overall condition and foot care requirements of the equine R/601/2814 325 50
6 Determine the foot care plan for the equine D/601/2816 488 75
7 Remove horseshoes and assess wear M/601/2819 26 4
8 Trim and dress hooves M/601/2822 390 60
9 Make horseshoes T/601/2823 455 70
10 Fit horseshoes A/601/2824 260 40
11 Attach horseshoes and finish the shoeing process F/601/2825 130 20
12 Prepare and check manual metal arc welding equipment for farriery use K/601/2804 15 2
13 Fabricate horseshoes and tools for farriery use M/601/2805 23 3

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.