Careers in Racing

A-Z of Courses

Training available in the industry is extensive - from residential courses to short day courses and on the job training.  A summary of courses is listed in this A-Z with some of the key courses described in more detail.

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  • Advanced Apprentice Licence Course

    As an Apprentice Jockey, you'll need to continue your development in order to maintain your licence.  Having completed both your Licence and Continuation Courses and having achieved 20 or...

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  • Advanced Apprenticeship (Level 3 Diploma) in Work Based Racehorse Care and Management

    This training programme takes around 18 months to complete and increases your knowledge about racehorse care and management. It is often seen as a stepping stone to greater levels of...

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  • Amateur Rider Development Course

    This course is designed for Amateur riders who would like to develop and improve their riding technique.  The course is held over 4 1/2 days, fully residential and...

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  • Amateur Rider Seminar Category A

    If you want to start riding under the Rules of Racing in Amateur races, you will have to apply for an Amateur Riders Permit.  You will also have to attend an Amateur Riders Seminar and an...

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  • Amateur Rider Seminar Category B

    If you want to obtain an Amateur Riders Permit Category B, you will be required to attend and satisfactorily complete a 5 day course.  To be eligible for this training you must have had a...

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  • Apprentice Continuation Course

    This course is designed to build on the skills you learnt on the Licence Course and offers a more in-depth look at your riding skills, fitness and wellbeing. For further information...

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  • Apprentice Licence Course

    The first stage in becoming a Flat Jockey is to be employed full time by a Trainer.  You will then to attend this mandatory course at either the British Racing School or Northern Racing...

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  • Assistant Trainers Course

    This is a three-day course reflecting the importance of the assistant trainers' role within stables and on the racecourse where they represent their trainer.  You can read more about this...

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  • Bandaging

    This practical course on bandaging is run at the British Racing School.  For dates and further information, visit the British Racing School website.

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  • Clipping

    This course covers the theory behind clipping and practical clipping practice. This half day course is run by the British Racing School using their horses.  For dates and further information,...

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  • Conditional Advanced Course

    The aim of the Advanced Course is to provide Conditional Jockeys with further advice and training on the development of their professional career.  To find out more visit the jockeys...

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  • Conditional Continuation Course

    This course is designed to build on the skills you learnt at your Licence course and offers a more in-depth look at your riding skills, fitness and wellbeing.  To find out more visit the...

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  • Conditional Licence Course

    The first stage in becoming a Jump Jockey is to be employed full time by a Trainer.  You will need to attend a mandatory course at either the British Racing School or Northern Racing...

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  • Darley Flying Start

    Darley Flying Start is an International Management Training Programme specialising in thoroughbred breeding and racing for 12 graduates each year.  To read more about this programme visit the...

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  • Equine Science and Thoroughbred Management

    This unique course, run by Oxford Brookes University in partnership with Abingdon and Witney College, gives students the opportunity to study aspects of both the Thoroughbred industry coupled with...

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  • Equine Transport

    There are two Certificates available in this area: Certificate in Equine Transport (CET) for those carrying out short journeys, over 65km (approx 40 miles) but not exceeding 8...

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  • Evening Lecture Programme

    The Evening Lecture Programme has been held annually for over 25 years. The lectures are highly regarded by industry and are the premier series of lectures on Thoroughbred breeding. Industry...

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  • Feeding

    This course covers the theory behind feeding and is a half day course run by the British Racing School.  For dates and further information, visit the British Racing School website.

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  • Foundation Course - Level 2 Diploma (formerly NVQ 2) in Work Based Racehorse Care (Riding)

    The course is compulsory for anyone under 19 entering the racing industry. You’ll learn a host of skills specifically related to the care of racehorses and how to ride them. You will...

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  • Foundation Degree in Horseracing

    The British Racing School has joined forces with Warwickshire College to bring you the first Foundation Degree for the Horseracing Industry.  The qualification itself is made up of ten core...

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  • Health and Safety Seminar

    These seminars are run by the British Racing School on behalf of the British Horseracing Authority and are based on the Industry Health and Safety Manual (also known as the Red Book).  The...

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  • Horse Handling Course

    This course is aimed specifically at racecourse groundstaff who may, during the course of a race meeting, have to deal with equine emergencies such as loose or injured horses. This course is run...

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  • Horse Health and First Aid

    This course covers horses health and first aid and is run at the British Racing School. For dates and further information, visit the British Racing School website.

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  • Intermediate Apprenticeship - includes the Level 2 Diploma (formerly NVQ 2) in Work Based Racehorse Care (Breeding Option)

    If you have decided that you want to work with racehorses but that you don't necessarily want to ride, then think about training for a career in the breeding industry. No previous...

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  • Level 1 Award in An Introduction to the Horseracing Industry

    This Level 1 Award is ideal for someone with no previous knowledge or experience of racing and who wishes to gain a basic understanding of the industry.  It is the first in a suite of...

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  • Level 2 Certificate in the Structure of the Horseracing Industry

    This Level 2 Certificate is perfect for someone with a basic understanding of the industry or someone who is already working in the racing industry and wants to learn more.  It is...

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  • Lunging and Long Reigning

    This course in lunging and long reigning is run at the British Racing School.  For dates and further information, visit the British Racing School website

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  • MBA in the Thoroughbred Horseracing Industries

    The Thoroughbred Horseracing Industries MBA provides an opportunity to nurture and develop future business leaders for the industry, thereby helping to secure a strong future for the...

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  • Media Training for Jockeys

    This training enables you as a professional jockey to access training in media broadcast techniques and interview skills.  To find out more visit the jockeys section in Career Development.

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  • National Stud Diploma in Stud Practice and Management Course

    The Diploma in Stud Practice and Management runs over 5 months each year, Feb to June and covers a Thoroughbred breeding season. The intensive programme of lectures, visits and practical work...

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  • Overview of British Racing

    This one day informative seminar, run by the Northern Racing College on behalf of the British Horseracing Authority, takes place 4 times a year at a variety of venues in the UK, hosted by well...

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  • Point to Point Pre-Season Training Day

    The Point to Point Pre-Season training comprises of a half-day tuition delivered by a jumping consultant on your own horse.  Training sessions are restricted to ten riders to allow maximum...

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  • Pony Racing Training

    Pony Racing Training Days are available at the British Racing School and the Northern Racing College for those aged 8-15. Training Days are run on a level based system. Level 1 is mandatory as...

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  • Racecourse Groundstaff Courses

    There are a number of different courses available for Racecourse Groundstaff including the Foundation Course, Intermediate Course, Advanced Course and Fence Building Course.  These courses...

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  • Racing Secretaries

    The Racing Secretaries Course is designed to provide aspiring secretaries and newly appointed secretaries with a comprehensive understanding of the role of the trainers secretary, the strucutre of...

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  • Stud Secretaries Course and Stud Administration Course

    The Stud Secretaries’ and Stud Administration course has been developed for stud secretaries new to the Thoroughbred breeding industry or anyone wishing to work in the role. Knowledge...

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  • Supervisory Skills

    If you are an aspiring head groom, this course is well worth doing.  It will provide you with the skills and confidence to take the next step up to managing people. To find out more visit the...

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  • The BRS Management Academy

    The British Racing School have teamed up with an external training provider to provide management training specific to the racing industry. This programme will suit those who aspire to...

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  • The Racing Industry Course

    This course is a British Horseracing Authority programme, planned and delivered by the British Racing School, run over a week covering all of the major aspects of the racing industry.  For...

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  • Trainers Licence Course

    These courses are part of the criteria for a Licence to Train, which is set by the Licensing Committee of the British Horseracing Authority. The courses are made up of a series of seminars,...

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