Realise your potential within the Thoroughbred industry.

January to June – The National Stud Diploma

The National Stud Diploma is a comprehensive introduction to a career in the thoroughbred bloodstock industry. Students work alongside stud staff during the breeding season to hone their practical skills and gain a fuller understanding of all areas of stud work. Regular evening lectures cover everything from veterinary practice and stallion selection to marketing and the business elements of stud management. The National Stud Diploma is recognised worldwide throughout the bloodstock industry. Students benefit from our international connections and have regular mentoring sessions to help guide them in the next steps in their career. In addition to the Diploma students also graduate with a Level 3 Certificate in Thoroughbred Stud Practice accredited by 1st 4 Sport.


October to December (9 weeks) – The TBA Entry to Stud Employment Programme

The Entry to Stud Employment Programme is fully funded by the Thoroughbred Breeders Association and delivered by The National Stud. The course began in 2018 and provides practical work-based training for individuals who wish to pursue a career in the Thoroughbred industry but are lacking relevant experience. The residential programme takes place over nine weeks and consists of practical work-based training with evening lectures. On completion, students who have achieved the required standard will have an interview for a minimum 6-9 month paid position at a UK Thoroughbred Stud Farm to gain further experience and complete the industry recognised Diploma in Word-based Racehorse Care (Breeding Option). Prior to starting their work placement students will have completed a Level 2 Certificate in the Principles of Horse Care. All qualifications are accredited by 1st 4 Sport.


Qualification and Credit Framework (QCF) qualifications

The National Stud works with the industry’s qualification awarding body 1st4Sport to offer a range of accredited qualifications. If you are working in the stud industry and would like to gain formal recognition of your skills, please contact us to discuss the options available.

Self-study and tested online or paper based
  • Level 2 Certificate in Horse Care
  • Level 3 Certificate in Horse Care and Management
Self-study and tested online or paper based
NB there is also a practical test for the long journeys qualification
  • Level 3 Award in Transporting Horses on Short Journeys
  • Level 3 Award in Transporting Horses on Long Journeys
Assessed in the work place and only available to current full or part time employees on studs
  • Level 3 Certificate in Thoroughbred Stud Practice

As with all QCF accredited qualifications the allocated level number indicates the level of learning and the higher the number the higher the knowledge. Within each level the terms Award, Certificate and Diploma indicate in ascending order the amount of learning and commitment needed to complete the qualification.

For more information contact the team today –