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14-16 Year Old Programme

This 2 year course is designed for 14 – 16 year olds, currently in full-time education who want to spend one-day a week at the National Horseracing College working towards a Diploma Level 1 in Racehorse Care. For many, this initial training course leads to an apprenticeship and permanent employment in the horseracing industry upon completion of the learner’s full-time studies. Learners for this course are enrolled following a recommendation made by a member of staff at their school.

No experience is needed, just an interest in horses and a commitment to be reliable, hard working and motivated.


  • A 3-term course normally commencing in September to July the following year.
  • The course cost (£1,950 per year for all three terms, £650 payable in advance at the start of each term), will be met by the school the learner is attending.
  • The course is one day per week during term time only.
  • Transport to and from the National Horseracing College will be the responsibility of the school/learner.
  • Learners must bring a skull cap (matching Kite Mark standards PAS 015:2011), jodhpur boots and half chaps or long riding boots. (These can be purchased through the College shop.)
  • The National Horseracing College will provide learners with a body protector and other essential personal protective equipment.
  • All activities in the College will be supervised by a qualified instructor/assessor.


Learners attending this course will be eligible to apply for the apprenticeship course when they leave school. They will normally attend the NHC for a few weeks dependent on experience to gain their riding qualification, life skills and prepare them for life in the workplace.  The NHC will find them a placement in a racehorse trainer’s yard, where they will complete the apprenticeship programme, including a Level 2 Diploma in Racehorse Care. This can lead to the Advanced Apprenticeship, including a Level 3 Diploma in Racehorse Care and Management.


No, the course is open to complete beginners. All learners need is an interest in working with horses.


Each programme includes Racehorse Care Diplomas which, unlike traditional qualifications, demonstrate that a learner is competent and can perform to the standard required by the racing industry. Programmes cover a wide range of subjects including mucking out, tack cleaning, grooming and other horse husbandry activities, as well as theoretical elements, for example, lectures on horse health and many other subjects and seminars.


Learners attending the NHC 14 to 16 Programme will have the opportunity for a scholarship which will enable them to race in Pony Club or Point-to-Point pony races on theNHC racing ponies.

We give thanks to The Racing Foundation who have generously supported the 14 to 16 programme. The Racing Foundation was established in 2012 to oversee the distribution of funds to charitable causes within racing following the sale of the Tote. Since inception, it has granted over £2million to charities associated with the horseracing and Thoroughbred breeding industry in the UK, supporting work in social welfare, education, training & participation, horse welfare, equine science research, and heritage & culture. Website: www.racingfoundation.co.uk

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A member of the school can contact Sarah Beattie for more details:

01302 861000

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