• Have you completed your Level 2 Diploma (formerly NVQ 2) in Racehorse Care?
  • Do you have substantial relevant experience (at least 2 years in full time employment)?
  • Are you currently working in a racing yard?
Contact Details

Tel +44(0)1638 675906

Course Dates
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  • The Course includes

    1. Level 3 Diploma (formally NVQ Level 3) in Racehorse Care & Management

    This involves projects of written work, learning and study, collecting evidence of your competency and practical assessments.  Your projects include:

    Mandatory Units:

    • Feeding horses
    • Horse health and care plus

    Optional Units (choose 3 options from list below)

    • Fitting specialist tack & equipment
    • Puling and Plaiting manes
    • Clipping
    • Paddock and Grass Management
    • Transporting horses plus

    Specialist Pathways

    • Going Racing & Riding
    • Training Horses for Races & Going Racing

    2. Functional Skills

    • Level 2 Maths
    • Level 2 English

    We will accredit prior learning wherever possible to reduce your Functional Skill requirements.  Please supply proof of GCSE grades A-C in Maths and English if you have gained them in the last 5 years.

    3.    Level 3 Certificate in the Principles of Horse Care and Management

    This is an on-line exam, testing the underpinning knowledge requirements of the Diploma.  You will be required to sit this within the first 12 months of your programme.

    4.    An Emergency First Aid Certificate

    This certificate must still be valid at the end of your Advanced Apprenticeship.  If you do not already have a valid certificate, or your current certificate is due to expire we will provide the necessary training during the Induction Course.

    5.   Personal Learning and Thinking Skills

    These are assessed alongside your Diploma as you develop your learning and are embedded into the projects.

    You can only be registered for the Level 3 Diploma as a single qualification if you area private paying candidate.  To achieve the Advanced Apprenticeship, you must complete all the above qualifications and by joining the programme, you are agreeing to undertake and attempt the whole package.

    How will the Advanced Apprenticeship help my career?

    • An Advanced Apprenticeship is the ideal way to increase your knowledge about racehorse care and management and, with experience, prepare you for a position of responsibility.
    • A Level 3 Diploma is a Mandatory requirement for all prospective permit holders and licensed racehorse trainers.
    • The Level 3 Diploma is linked to the Grade A racing wage.
    • An Advanced Apprenticeship can lead onto a Foundation Degree in racing offered through ourselves in conjunction with Warwickshire College and Coventry University.

    Who can join?

    Anyone under the age of 25, who works at least 16 hours per week for a licensed racehorse trainer in England, who has already completed their Level 2 Diploma (or formally NVQ 2) or has substantial occupational experience.  Most people will be full time employees and will ride and work to a high standard.  Learners from Point to Point and Arab racehorse yards may also be accepted.

    • Applications from those over 25 years of age are taken on a case by case basis.
    • You are not eligible if you have a University degree of any type.
    • You must be a resident of the European Union or EEA, or have the right to abode in the United Kingdom and have a National Insurance Number.

    How much time will I need to spend on this?

    You have a maximum of 24 months to complete but it may be possible to complete in less time.

    We assess each applicant on a case by case basis and suggest the best way to start the programme depending on prior achievement and initial assessment results.  It is likely that you will attend a five day Induction Course at the BRS where you will undergo training and exams.  You will be required to attend this course at a time suitable to your employer.

    Much of the project work will be done as part of your daily routine.  Learning and written work will take about 2-3 hours per week.  This work will be done in your own time and should be neatly presented in a portfolio with an index.

    Your assessor will need to see you for 2-4 hours at least every 2 months.  Some of this will be during work time.

    What learning and support will be available?

    During the Induction Course you will receive tuition and help with the Functional Skills as well as training for the Diploma units.

    You will be assigned a Workplace Instructor who will visit you at work at least every 2 months to mark your work, set fresh work, conduct assessments and give you any assistance you need.  You may also contact the Training Office at the BRS for advice.

    You will be supplied with all the books and project work that you require and be given access to the BRS Moodle e-learning website.

    Some projects will require co-operation from your employer, and this will have to be agreed.  You will need to assist Head Lads with senior duties.  You should discuss this with your employer before you join the programme and be sure you have their support.

    If you are unable to finish some projects at work (ie if you are not allowed to learn to clip), it will be possible for you to return to the BRS for training and assessment.

     What about the exams?

    This is an Advanced qualification, designed to train the managers and senior staff of the future.

    The Technical Certificate exam needs to be completed during the first 12 months, however we would recommend that you finish the Horse Health project before you sit this.  You will be supplied with sample questions for revision and preparation.

    One Functional Skill exams will be attempted during the Induction Course.  You will have the help of a specialist teacher to go through mock papers and provide you with revision materials and training prior to the exams.

    What does the Induction Course consist of?

    • Schooling with Yogi Breisner (when available)
    • Work Riding training
    • Stalls training
    • Transport Qualification exam
    • Farrier demonstration
    • First Aid
    • Diploma Portfolio preparation
    • Relevant lectures to the Diploma
    • Functional Skill tuition and exams

     Anything else?

    If you have any queries or would like an application form please contact the Training Office on 01638 675906 or email

    If you are under 25 and said yes to the questions above then this course is government funded and therefore FREE.

    Learners from point-to-point and Arab racehorse yards may also be accepted but you are not eligible if you have a University degree of any type.

    You can either e-mail or call the Training Office or fill in the enquiry form.

    Please remember that telephone and e mail support is always available from your assessor or the training office at The BRS.

    Please contact them for information on AA Key Skills exam days and extra training dates.