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Thoroughbred Stud Operations CertHE

Writtle University College

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UCAS CODE: D432

Course options

  • Qualification

    Certificate of Higher Education - CertHE

  • Location

    Main Site

  • Study mode

    Full time

  • Start date

    13-SEP-21

  • Duration

    1 Years

Course summary

This award aims to combine a sound knowledge of breeding theory with a range of assessed practical competencies to ensure that the graduate will be a sought-after employee within the thoroughbred stud industry. The one-year Certificate of Higher Education in Thoroughbred Stud Operations award will provide a tailored course to appeal to those students interested in developing their knowledge across a range of disciplines pertinent to breeding thoroughbred racehorses. This theoretical knowledge is combined with extensive practical experience and the development of an appropriate work ethic.Combining the acquisition of practical and transferable skills with theoretical understanding, the award will produce graduates capable of applying their scientific knowledge to the successful production of young thoroughbreds. The racing industry is worth £1.1bn to the UK economy, with the stud sector accounting for £189m (British Horseracing Authority). Despite the obvious career opportunities, many of the large and well-known studs are in need of appropriately qualified and highly skilled staff; this award works directly with these breeders to provide students with an unrivalled entry point into this exciting industry. The practical and work experience modules embedded within this award are designed to enable a dedicated, hard-working student to really stand out to potential employers. Writtle University College boasts a new purpose-built stud facility on campus to support the delivery of this award. The course has been designed in conjunction with some of the biggest and most prestigious names in UK thoroughbred production; representatives from these studs will work closely with Writtle University College staff to provide an unrivalled work experience placement for a January to June foaling season. Placements will be offered to those students who prove themselves committed and dedicated to developing their skill set, both on the yard and in the classroom. Whilst out on placement, students will be responsible for handling some of the most valuable horses in the UK, so each individual student must be physically fit and will be assessed for competence, attitude and aptitude during their first taught semester at Writtle, before commencing their placement. The course examines how we can meet the requirements of the foaling mare whilst developing a sense of the scale of the industry. It includes modules in Producing Thoroughbreds, Neonatal Challenges, Applied Thoroughbred Industry Techniques, Structure and Function of the Breeding Horse and Management and Handling for the Stud Industry. The aim is to provide the student with a thorough understanding of all of the possible contributors to production performance; thus enabling the individual to contribute positively to the industry following completion of the course. Developing a thorough scientific understanding, combined with the ability to apply that knowledge practically, will enable the individual to take a proactive role following graduation. Writtle’s approach of ‘science into practice’ is particularly evident in this programme.This course is appropriate for those who wishing to pursue a sustained and progressive career in thoroughbred horse production. As an individual seeking employment within the racing industry, it is imperative to understand the influencing factors that affect the successful production of young foals. The young thoroughbred is a complex creature, with supporting needs that require careful consideration and appropriate intervention at all stages of production. In addition to the management of the foal, mare and stallion, students will develop an awareness of the wider industry and the opportunities that exist for capable, talented staff to progress into a ra

Application deadline

15 January

Tuition fees

Students living in United States
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£ 12,450per year

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University information

Writtle University College

  • Campus address

    Writtle University College, Writtle, CM1 3RR, England

Subject rankings

  • Subject ranking

    15th out of 20 3

  • Entry standards

    / Max 155
    119 79%

    15th

    3
  • Graduate prospects

    / Max 100
    40 40%

    13th

  • Student satisfaction

    / Max 5
    4.04 81%

    12th

    2

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