Scottish Racing Academy Courses

Our courses are recognised by the British Horseracing Authority for the delivery of specialist racehorse care qualifications in Scotland. They provide students with vital knowledge, skills and expertise in racehorse care, riding, exercise and industry regulations to progress and develop a career within the industry. The courses have been designed to cater for all abilities, from individuals already working within the sector and wishing to upskill to new entrants and school leavers.

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National Progression Award in Specialist Racehorse Care

National Progression Award in Specialist Racehorse Care

  • Duration Full-time or part-time*
  • Cost Fully funded for most learners - contact us to discuss
  • Difficulty Advanced
  • Qualification SCQF Level 5 - Office of Qualifications and Examinations Regulations (OFQUAL) Level 2 equivalent to meet regulations under the British Horseracing Authority
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. This qualification will enable the candidate to be able to understand racehorse specific activities including the role of the British Horseracing Authority, an introduction to rehabilitation and therapy with an increased focus on racing injury as well as the general care of the racehorse.
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National Progression Award in Thoroughbred Exercise and Performance

National Progression Award in Thoroughbred Exercise and Performance

  • Duration Full-time or part time*
  • Cost Fully funded for most learners - contact us to discuss
  • Difficulty Intermediate / Advanced
  • Qualification SCQF Level 5 SCQF Level 5 - Office of Qualifications and Examinations Regulations (OFQUAL) Level 2 equivalent to meet regulations under the British Horseracing Authority
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. This qualification will enable the candidate to prepare a thoroughbred horse for riding, for routine exercise, providing non-ridden exercise for horses and, in a higher level unit, riding racehorses to improve performance.
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Green Circle

“ Training for new recruits to the racing industry and opportunities to upskill for current racing staff ”

  • Eleanor Boden
  • Scottish Racing Academy Manager
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National Progression Award in Thoroughbred Preparation

National Progression Award in Thoroughbred Preparation

  • Duration Full-time or part time*
  • Cost Fully funded for most learners - contact us to discuss
  • Difficulty Intermediate (includes non-riding option)
  • Qualification SCQF Level 5 SCQF Level 5 - Office of Qualifications and Examinations Regulations (OFQUAL) Level 2 equivalent to meet regulations under the British Horseracing Authority
This course is designed for current stable staff who want to upskill within the workplace and develop their knowledge of caring for racehorses in a yard environment. This qualification will enable the candidate to get the horse ready for ridden work which will include recognition, application and care of tack and equipment, an introduction to foot conditions and shoeing as well as recognition of the importance of personal fitness for riding horses.
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National Progression Award in Racing: Yard Routine

National Progression Award in Racing: Yard Routine

  • Duration Full time or Part time*
  • Cost Fully funded for most learners - contact us to discuss
  • Difficulty Beginner
  • Qualification SCQF Level 5 SCQF Level 5 - Office of Qualifications and Examinations Regulations (OFQUAL) Level 2 equivalent to meet regulations under the British Horseracing Authority
This course is designed for newcomers to the industry who wish to develop their knowledge of racehorses in a yard environment. During this course, you will cover practical topics such as an introduction to horse health, racehorse care, safe working practices and an introduction to feeding and watering.
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National Certificate in Horse Care (Racing route)

National Certificate in Horse Care (Racing route)

  • Duration 1 Academic Year- full time or 2 years part time
  • Cost Fully funded for most learners - contact us to discuss
  • Difficulty Intermediate
  • Qualification SCQF Level 5 (OFQUAL Level 2 equivalent)
This course is designed for people who may have had limited experience with horses or race horses who are hoping to gain employment in the horseracing industry. 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.
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Full time, Work Based Training  (3 NPAs min)

Full time, Work Based Training (3 NPAs min)

  • Duration 1 Academic Year
  • Cost Fully funded for most learners - contact us to discuss
  • Difficulty Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced
  • Qualification Choose a minimum of three National Progression Awards - SCQF Level 5 - Office of Qualifications and Examinations Regulations (OFQUAL) Level 2 equivalent to meet regulations under the British Horseracing Authority
This is the full-time, work-based option designed for people who may have some experience with horses or racehorses, or currently ride regularly. More specifically, these courses are for those who are hoping to use their equine knowledge and skills to gain employment in the horseracing industry.
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Schools - National Progression Award in Racing: Yard Routine

Schools – National Progression Award in Racing: Yard Routine

  • Duration Part-time
  • Cost N/A
  • Difficulty School
  • Qualification SCQF Level 4/5 - Office of Qualifications and Examinations Regulations (OFQUAL) Level 2 equivalent to meet regulations under the British Horseracing Authority
This course is designed for 14-16 year olds who are at school and are interested in learning about racehorses and how to look after them in a yard environment. During this course, pupils will cover practical topics such as an introduction to horse health, racehorse care, safe working practices and an introduction to feeding and watering.
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