LEVEL 1 DIPLOMA IN WORK BASED RACEHORSE CARE
For those people seeking their first taste of racing, our foundation course will ensure they have the necessary skills to gain employment in the racing industry, and for existing racing staff emphasis is placed on ensuring they receive the advice and develop the practical knowledge and experience to gain promotion within their chosen field.
WHO THE COURSE
- Anyone age 16+.
- No previous equine experience or academic qualifications are required to enrol.
- Applicants who wish to ride must not weigh more than 11 stone ready to ride (i.e. wearing skullcap, body protector and boots).
- 18 week, residential foundation course
- 12 weeks at the NHC and 6 weeks work experience placement.
- Successful completion leads to permanent full-time employment (Level 2 Apprenticeship)
- Courses start every 6 weeks
- Riding and non-riding option
- Designed to ensure learners are competent both on the ground working with horses and also whilst riding a thoroughbred horse at exercise.
- Learners will receive lectures and demonstrations and will work to a routine similar to a racing stable whilst at the NHC.
- The aim of this course is to prepare learners for work in a racing stable.
Join us for our regular Open Mornings at the National Horseracing College (NHC). We are currently running all Open Morning’s virtually due to Covid-19 restrictions, however these events give you a wealth of information about the 12-week residential Foundation Course and the facilities at the NHC. Run via Facebook live video or Zoom, the Open Morning’s show detailed behind-the-scenes footage highlighting a typical morning for Foundation Course learners, many of our facilities, learners riding on the gallops or in the indoor arena and you’ll even meet some of our current learners and Training Instructors.
Find Out More about Open Mornings
- There are over 85,000 people employed in the British horseracing industry
- There are 59 racecourses in the UK
- Horseracing is the second highest attended sport in the UK, behind football
- There are over 550 training yards plus thousands of breeding operations in the UK
- There are over 14,000 horses in training in the UK