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The British Racing School has joined forces with Warwickshire College to bring you the first Foundation Degree for the Horseracing Industry
For those with the desire to add to their knowledge in areas such as equine nutrition, physiology, biomechanics or applied business management, the problem has always been time, space and place. Enter the Foundation Degree in the Horseracing Industry - a programme that is predominantly delivered by distance learning so anyone who joins the course continue their career development without even leaving the yard!
All foundation degrees have a strong accent on vocational study or in other words educational content with a practical bias, ideal for those whose interests lie in achieving a greater depth of knowledge and understanding as related to the highly practical business of training racehorses, managing facilities and the commercial aspects of training. Students can for example study aerobic/anaerobic thresholds by night and understand the difference between the two on the gallops the next day. Consider - the art, the science and the potential combined power of the two.
With four study routes - the Racehorse, Breeding, Business and General Studies, candidates taking up a place on the Foundation Degree have a direct hand in the design their own study programme.
Route 1 - the Racehorse - This option will have a broad appeal to racing enthusiasts, trainers or those aspiring to be trainers.
Route 2 - Breeding - Will be of particular interest to stud managers, stud grooms, stud owners or those involved in owning breeding stock
Route 3 - Business - Provides ready access to the knowledge and skills required to manage a professional business whether a commercial training operation, racecourses or other multiplex sporting venues?
Route 4 - General - This option provides a pick and mix approach which may be the preferred choice for those who have completed their Level 3 and want to progress into HE. Also potentially for those with an interest in racing, owners of a horse in training or a mare at stud who want to know a bit more, and those already working in related areas of the industry who simply want to develop their knowledge.
The qualification itself is made up of ten core modules, which are common to all routes in addition to up to seven optional modules. As a flexible distance-learning programme, candidates gaining a place on the Foundation Degree not only choose what they study but when and where they study.
The distance learning or 'open university' model is further enhanced by the opportunity to study a selection of modules via short/one week study blocks at the British Racing School, a fantastic opportunity to experience the top class education delivered at the very heart of racing in the UK
Those wishing to apply will need the normal 180 points or the equivalent in addition to GCSE (or equivalent) passes in Mathematics, English and Combined Science. Mature students who do not satisfy the formal entry requirements can also apply as they can be given exemption in some cases. The only other qualification required when applying for the programme is a strong equine base and a determination to succeed.
So just who is ready the future in terms of knowledge and skill? Remember those who don't have a good foundation may not have a sound basis upon which to build.