The National Stud has been one of the world’s leading providers of Thoroughbred industry education for over 30 years.

Starting with the Diploma in Stud Practice and Management in 1986, the Education programme has evolved over the years and now spans the full spectrum – from those with little or no experience with Thoroughbreds, to short courses and learning programmes for those already working at a senior level in the industry. All courses are tailored to provide learners with the industry knowledge and practical training required for a successful career in their chosen field.

The qualifications offered are accredited by the industry’s awarding body 1st4Sport. In addition to residential and short courses, we offer a range of qualifications which can be delivered and assessed in the workplace.

The Education programme is generously funded by industry partners and charitable trusts including -

The Horserace Betting Levy Board
The Thoroughbred Breeders Association

The Racing Foundation

The Wavertree Education Trust

The Alborada Trust

The EB Moller Trust

The Gerald Leigh Charitable Trust
The Tim Dunlop Memorial Trust
Watership Down Stud

The John Pearce Foundation




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Experience level
Suitable courses / duration
Qualification level
No experience? No problem!
29 July - 1 October 2021 Course dates 18 October – 17 December
Level One Diploma Level Two Diploma
Limited experience with horses?
29 July - 1 October 2021 Course dates 18 October – 17 December
Level One Diploma Level Two Diploma
Experience with thoroughbreds and looking to pursue a career in the industry?
January - June
Level 3 Diploma
Working in the industry and keen to keep developing?
7-9 September 2021 Delivered throughout the year
Aiming for or currently working in higher management position?
Delivered throughout the year
BHA Higher Level


Read our students' blog

“Before joining the Diploma Course I had very little experience in the breeding industry.
The experience I gained over the 5 months at the National Stud was phenomenal from practical work to education.”

Liz Lane Tattersalls, UK

Diploma Graduate

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