1st4sport Level 3 Diploma in Work Based Racehorse Care and Management

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Qualification Specification and Purpose


Learner Record of Achievement

Breeding: Download

Exercise Riding: Download

Race Riding: Download

Rehabilitation of Horses: Download

Specialist Racehorse Care: Download

Training the Young Horse: Download

Equine 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 Work Based Racehorse Care and Management provides a benefit to learners who already have significant experience of working with racehorses and who wish to progress to a position of higher responsibility. The qualification will give the learner the higher level skills and knowledge required to care for racehorses and will prove their ability to look after them without constant supervision. The qualification is a stepping stone to a supervisory or management position.

*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

To qualify for the 1st4sport Level 3 Diploma in Work Based Racehorse Care and Management, learners must successfully achieve 41 credits by completing one of the 6 pathways. The qualification is composed of 4 mandatory units and a number of optional units, depending on which pathway is selected.

The six pathways are:

  • Exercise Riding
  • Specialist Racehorse Care
  • Breeding
  • Training the Young Horse
  • Rehabilitation
  • Race Riding

The learner is required to achieve the following:

MANDATORY – both unit groups must be completed

  • Group A:   All 4 units
  • Group B:   Select 3 of the 7 units (There is one barred combination within this group)

OPTIONAL – one unit group must be completed

  • Group C:   All 4 units for the Exercise and Riding Pathway only
  • Group D:   All 4 units for the Specialist Racehorse Care Pathway only
  • Group E:   Any 4 units for the Breeding Pathway only
  • Group F:    Both units for the Training the Young Horse Pathway only
  • Group G:   Both units for the Rehabilitation Group only
  • Group H:   All 4 units for the Race Riding Pathway only

The qualification consists of the following units:

Unit Title

 Unit Reference No  GLH  Credit

Mandatory Units

Learners must achieve the minimum number of required units from the mandatory unit groups

Group A

Learners must achieve all four units


Plan diets and implement feeding regimes for horses





Monitor and maintain stocks of feed and bedding





Promote the health and well-being of horses





Deliver basic health care treatment to horses




Group B

Learners must achieve three of the seven units


Tack up horses for specialist work





Prepare horses for public appearance





Clip Horses





Prepare and maintain grazing land for horses





Manage horses when turned out





Transport horses by road on long journeys– Attendant





Transport horses by road on long journeys – Attendant/Driver




Optional Units

Learners must achieve one complete optional unit group

Group C – Exercise and Riding

Learners must achieve all four units

 12 Prepare horses for saddling up and the parade ring  H/600/3843  26 4
 13 Ride racehorses to improve performance   D/600/3839 65 10
14 School racehorses R/600/3840 65 10

Carry out racecourse procedures

Y/600/3841 26 4

Group D – Specialist Racehorse Care

Learners must achieve all four units

 16  Carry out racecourse procedures Y/600/3841  26 4
17 Prepare horses for saddling up and the parade ring H/600/3843 26 4
18 Contribute to the design and implementation of training programmes for racehorses K/600/3844 65 10
19 Contribute to the evaluation and modification of training programmes for racehorses K/600/8512 39 6

Group E – Breeding

Learners must achieve any four units

20 Care for and prepare the mare for covering M/600/8513 52 8
21 Maintain stud documentation T/600/8514 20 3
22 Attend to the mare and foal during foaling M/600/3845 52 8
23 Care for mare and foal T/600/3846 52 8
24 Handle and present stallions under supervision A/600/8515 52 8
25 Establish and maintain the care of stallions F/600/8516 52 8
26 Repair and maintain structures or surfaces F/502/1451 13 2

Group F – Training the Young Horse

Learners must achieve both units

27 Introduce young horses to equipment M/600/3814 78 12
28 Contribute to training from the ground L/600/3819 98 15

Group G – Rehabilitation

Learners must achieve both units

29 Receive a horse and carry out an initial assessment Y/600/3791 26 4
30 Develop and implement a horse rehabilitation plan M/600/3795 33 5

Group H – Race Riding

Learners must achieve all four units

31 Carry out racecourse procedures Y/600/3841 26 4
32 Prepare horses for saddling up and the parade ring H/600/3843 26 4
33 Develop and apply a knowledge of the rules and regulations for race riding F/502/8142 52 8
34 Develop, apply and evaluate race riding skills D/502/8147 65 10

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.