Certificate of Higher Education in Thoroughbred Stud Operations*

* Subject to final validation approval.

Writtle University College is one of the UK’s leading providers of land‐based, animal,
environmental, design and sports education. Established in 1893, and achieving University
College status in 2016, Writtle offers a range of specialist courses to offer students a holistic,
practical education.

This new course 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.

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