This course is designed for current stable staff who are hoping to upskill within the workplace and develop their knowledge of caring for racehorses in a yard environment.

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Full-time or part-time*


Fully funded for most learners - contact us to discuss

Entry Level



SCQF Level 5 - Office of Qualifications and Examinations Regulations (OFQUAL) Level 2 equivalent to meet regulations under the British Horseracing Authority

Dates & Locations

Borders College


Course Content

Specialist Racehorse Care

Code Title Level Credits
NEWU 45 An introduction to horseracing Regulation and Controlled Substances 5 1
NEWU 45 An introduction to the principles of rehab and therapy 5 1
NEWU 45 Assisting with the care of the racehorse 5 1
FV73 11 Race horse Care: Horse Health: an introduction 5 1
* This may be a combination of block release, day release or evening basis. The likely format will be a day a week in college and assessed in the workplace however, it is subject to change depending on uptake of the course.

This course aims to develop the skills to work in the thoroughbred industry, either racing or stud, while at the same time developing learners’ personal, interpersonal and workplace skills.

The content includes core modules in work experience and communications as well as a range of practical units including stable and yard routine, racehorse care and exercise, horse conformation and preparation for ridden work.

Students will undertake early morning and weekend yard duties if not already gaining hands-on experience in the racing industry. An acceptable level of fitness is required to enable students to ride effectively (if riding route selected) and carry out yard duties.

To gain a place on the course learners should have:

  • A strong interest and knowledge of racehorses, professionally working in the thoroughbred racing industry or through either leisure or family background.
  • Physically fit and capable of carrying out the range of physical activities required for working around and riding (option depending on module choice) horses.

Apply for this course

The course is registered through our partner training providers, SRUC and Borders College.

please click the link below to apply directly with them.