Horse Racing Training Courses   with NRC

Residential Foundation Course Level 1 Diploma in Work Based Racehorse Care

The Northern Racing College offers a variety of specialist training courses, all of which are designed to meet the needs of the racing industry. For those people seeking their first taste of racing, our Foundation Course which is offered as a riding or non-riding 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.

For the riding course this 18 week, residential foundation course consists of 12 weeks at the NRC and 6 weeks work experience placement. It has been 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 NRC and then complete 6 weeks work experience in a yard. The aim of this course is to prepare learners for work in a racing stable.

Learners will gain a Level 1 Diploma in Work Based Racehorse Care, Functional Skills qualifications, Emergency First Aid Certificate, L3 Award in the principles of transporting horses by road on short journeys, L1 Award introduction to horse racing industry, life skills including cooking, nutrition, fitness, looking after your money and talks from speakers from NARS and Racing Welfare. In addition learners also improve their self-esteem, independence, self-confidence and resilience.

The course if for anyone age 16+. No previous equine experience or academic qualifications are required to enrol. Applicants must not weigh more than 11 stone ready to ride (i.e. wearing skullcap, body protector and boots). All the necessary equipment can be provided through the onsite shop. Body protectors are provided for the duration of the foundation course.

Upon successful completion of the course suitable learners, with the right aptitude, will be secured permanent, full time employment in a UK racing yard, where they will become a member of the stable staff team.

Tuition is free for EU/EEA residents. Accommodation and meals for the first 12 weeks are provided in our residential centre at a one off cost of £350 which must be paid in full before commencing the course. If the family income is less than £23,000 learners are eligible to apply for a bursary of £300 towards their residential fees, specifically subsistence and meals. They will still have to pay £50. A £50 deposit/bond is required upon enrolment for accommodation; once the rooms are checked on graduation the deposit/bond will be returned in the event that there is no damage.


If you would like to attend an Open Morning where you will meet the NRC team, enjoy watching a riding demonstration on the gallops (weather permitting), explore our fantastic facilities, have a go on the simulators, meet the horses and get an overview of what the foundation course will involve.

The Open Morning starts at 10am prompt (please arrive for 9.45am) and finishes around 12.30. Remember to wear suitable clothing and footwear as the majority is outdoors. Please ensure you book.

Do you like the look of the course and want to find out more? We are here to help – you can click on the links below to register your interest or apply online.

Or contact Sarah Beattie:

: 01302 861000

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