CURRENT QUALIFICATIONS

The Qualifications and Credit Framework (QCF)

All of BHEST's current qualifications are on the QCF, which is the Government's framework for recognising achievement through the award of credit for units and qualifications in England, Wales and Northern Ireland.

QCF qualifications are designed to be flexible and to enable learners to achieve in smaller manageable steps.  The unit based structure makes it easier to design qualifications in response to employers' and learners' needs.

The qualifications are called either Award, Certificate or Diploma.  These terms show the size of the qualification.  So for example you could have an Award at Level 3 and a Diploma at Level 1.  The titling makes the qualification easier for employers and learners to understand.

For ease of reference the old qualifications and their new equivalent QCF qualifications are listed below with links to download further information.

Old Qualification New Qualification
NVQ Level 1 Horse Care Level 1 Diploma in Work Based Horse Care
NVQ Level 1 Introductory Racehorse Care Level 1 Diploma in Work Based Racehorse Care and Riding
NVQ Level 2 Racehorse Care Level 2 Diploma in Work Based Racehorse Care
NVQ Level 3 Racehorse Care and Management Level 3 Diploma in Work Based Racehorse Care and Management *NEW Race Riding pathway now included
NVQ Level 3 in Farriery Level 3 Diploma in Farriery - Work Based
Intermediate Certificate in Horse Care Level 2 Certificate in the Principles of Horse Care
Advanced Certificate in Horse Care Level 3 Certificate in the Principles of Horse Care and Management
Certificate in Equine Transport Level 3 Award in the Principles of Transporting Horses by Road on Short Journeys (this can be included in the full Level 2 Diploma)
Advanced Certificate in Equine Transport Level 3 Award in the Principles of Transporting Horses on Long Journeys (Attendant or Attendant/Driver) (this can be included in the full Level 3 Diploma)
Level 3 Award in the Principles of Transporting Horses Qualification Guide and Workbook for both Short and Long Journeys

Other QCF Qualifications

Entry Level Award in Assisting with Basic Care of Horses (Entry 2)
Entry Level Award in Catching and Leading, Grooming, Rugging up a Horse (Entry 3)
Entry Level Award in Recognising, Putting on and Cleaning Saddle and Bridle (Entry 3)
Entry Level Award in Basic Knowledge of the Horseracing Industry (Entry 3)
Level 1 Award in an Introduction to the Horseracing Industry
Level 2 Certificate in the Structure of the Horseracing Industry
Level 3 Award in Work Riding Racehorses to Improve Performance
Level 3 Award in Schooling Racehorses

Coming soon...

  • Level 3 Award in the History, Development and Present Day Role of the Thoroughbred in the Racing and Breeding Industries
  • Level 3 Award in the Role and Responsibilities of Major Organisations within the British Horseracing Industry
  • Level 3 Award in the Organisation, Governance and Regulation of the British Horseracing Industry
  • Level 3 Award in the Principles of Race Planning and Their Impact on British Horseracing
  • Level 3 Award in the Operation of Racecourses in the Horseracing Industry
  • Level 3 Award in the Structure of the Betting Industry and its Relationship with the British Horseracing Industry
  • Level 3 Certificate in the Organisation and Administration of the Horseracing Industry
  • Level 3 Diploma in the Organisation and Administration of the Horseracing Industry