1st4sport Level 3 Diploma in the Organisation and Administration of the Horseracing Industry

Qualification Number


Credit Value (Guided Learning Hours)

48 (312)

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


 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 the Organisation and Administration of the Horseracing Industry provides in-depth understanding of the racing industry. It may be completed either for a job role/progression or for personal interest.

*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).

 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

The learner must successfully achieve 48 credits by completing 6 mandatory units.

Unit Title Reference No GLH  Credit
1 Know the history, development and present day role of the Thoroughbred in the racing and breeding industries A/503/0925 52 8
2 Know the role and responsibilities of major organisations within the British horseracing industry T/503/0924 52 8
3 Understand the organisation, governance and regulation of the British horseracing industry M/503/0923 52 8
4 Understand the principles of race planning and their impact on British horseracing K/503/0922 52 8
5 Understand the operation of racecourses in the horseracing industry H/503/0921 52 8
6 Understand the structure of the Betting industry and its relationship with the British horseracing industry D/503/0920 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

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.