Foundation Course

Course Overview

AN APPRENTICESHIP PROGRAMME WHICH OPENS THE DOOR TO THE RACING INDUSTRY

This course is for 16-22 year olds who are interested in a career in racing. Following a successful interview you will embark on this fourteen week programme where you’ll learn everything from horse riding to yard work.

After the 14 week course we’ll find you a full time paid job in a working Horse Racing Yard where you can continue your training, begin an apprenticeship and achieve your Level 2 Diploma, fully supported by The British Racing School.

Course Requirements

No experience is necessary, but a good attitude is essential

Successful applicants for the Foundation Course will be hard working, enthusiastic and keen to work in the racing industry. A certain level of fitness is required to work in a yard, so you will be given a fitness test as part of your interview. Yariv Kam is personal trainer who carries out our fitness test, if you wish to contact him then his website is newregym.co.uk

Course Costs

Contribution Only

Tuition is free for EU/EEA residents. Accommodation and meals for the duration of the course are provided at a cost of £590 for nine and fourteen week courses and £250 for four week courses.

There is currently a bursary available to cover a percentage of this cost if the person comes from a household with a low income. Please contact Carol Bramhill or call 01638 675905 to seek advice or support regarding bursary eligibility.

To view our full policy on Bursary please click here.

FAQs

See below for the answers to some of our most frequent queries. And if you can’t find an answer to your particular question, don’t hesitate to give us a call on 01638 675905 or email careers@brs.org.uk, we’re here to help!

If you are interested in working with racehorses and do not meet the entry requirements there is a Ground Based Yard Staff Course  please contact Carol Bramhill on 01638 675905 or email careers@brs.org.uk

Yes but there may be some restrictions, please contact Carol Bramhill to discuss careers@brs.org.uk 

Yes but you will not receive Government funding so you would be responsible for paying your own fees and you are unlikely to be able to complete the Apprenticeship in the workplace due to visa restrictions therefore you would only compete the initial training course (9 or 14 weeks). If you are interested in this option please contact Carol Bramhill on 01638 665103 or email careers@brs.org.uk

We will process your application and if you are eligible you will be invited (usually by email) to attend an interview at The British Racing School. This will give you an opportunity to view the School. You will have an interview, typically with the Director and the Senior Yard Instructor, and it is a good idea to bring your record of achievement and any references that you have obtained. If you are already working in a racing yard it is important that you obtain a reference from the Trainer PRIOR to attending the interview. After the interview you will be informed within seven days if you have gained a place.

No, we have more applications for the Foundation Course than we have places. You will need to demonstrate to us that you are keen to work in racing and willing to learn.

Yes, in fact, under the Rules of Racing, if you are aged between 16 and 18 years and want to work in a Trainer’s yard you are required to undergo this training. If you are working in a Trainer’s yard we would suggest that you contact our careers team on 01638 675905 to discuss your situation.

The British Racing School is a purpose built training centre on the outskirts of Newmarket, the Head Quarters of British horseracing. It is set in 120 acres of Suffolk countryside and is the only purpose built training facility of its type in Britain. The facilities include an indoor school, an outdoor arena, a 2½ furlong round all-weather gallop, seven furlong straight all-weather and grass gallops, 50 acre grass gallops, stalls and schooling fences, Equicisors and horse simulators, radio instruction system while riding, video recording of riding for performance analysis and classrooms with state of the art technology. See our Facilities page to learn more.

Yes, we would advise that you bring casual clothes for the evenings and weekends. Also you may wish to bring smart clothing as you may get the opportunity to go racing while you are at the School. If you are accepted onto a course you will be sent joining instructions which gives a full kit list.

Yes, you will be asked to pay £562.50 (£590 from 2020) to contribute towards the cost of accommodation and meals for the duration of your course, this is the same fee regardless of whether you complete a 9 or 14 week option. If your household income is low you may be eligible for a bursary to cover most of these costs, find out more by our careers team Careers@brs.org.uk  or call 01638 675905.

You will be provided with breakfast, lunch, evening meal and supper. All meals have been passed by our nutritionist. There is a tuck shop which sells snacks but if there is a particular food type that you like you can bring this. There is a toaster and microwave in your common room.

Your common room is equipped with a television with Sky TV. You also have WiFi access, a pool table and some books on racing you borrow. You may wish to bring your laptop/tablet but this is done so at your own risk. The British Racing School cannot be held responsible for your personal belongings. These can only be used during your lunch hour or in the evenings after lectures.

If you have been unable to speak to a member of the recruitment team despite leaving a message please contact the Operations Director, Duncan Gregory on 01638 675902 and state that this has been the case.

You will need to arrive at The British Racing School by 10.30am when the Operations Director or Chief Executive will give an induction talk.,  The rest of the day goes as follows:

 

11.30am  Fitness Assessment

12.30pm Maths/English assessment

1.30pm  Tour around our yard and facilities

2.00pm One to One Interviews begin

 

Please be aware, you will be busy from 11.30-1.30 with assessments so your parents may leave if they’d like to and come back for the yard tour.

We do not provide lunch so if you would like to bring your own you are welcome to. There will be tea/coffee and biscuits supplied.

Your allocated time slot for interview will be based on the distance you have traveled, and will be arranged once you have arrived.  If you feel this could be an issue, please contact Natasha Goody on 01638 665103.

APPLICATIONS FROM OVERSEAS ARE WELCOME

Funding for the foundation training course is provided, in part, by the UK government. Applications from overseas are also welcome and for EU and EEA residents the training is free of charge (though please note our current government contract does not allow us to take students from Northern Ireland).

If you are not from an EU/EEA country you can still attend the School but the full cost of the course would need to be met by the applicant. For more information please contact our Careers Team on 44 (0)1638 665103.

If you are from an international Jockey Club, authority or training centre and would like to learn more about The British Racing School International Jockey Training please click here.

Course Dates

This is fully residential at The British Racing School in Newmarket.

Coronavirus

There have been changes to some planned dates, they are now as listed here. If you have any queries please contact. careers@brs.org.uk

 

  • 342 15/06/2020 - 21/09/2020
  • 343 06/07/2020 - 12/10/2020
  • 344 25/08/2020 - 26/10/2020
  • 345 28/09/2020 - 18/12/2020
  • 346 05/10/2020 - 07/12/2020
  • 348 26/10/2020 - 01/02/2021
  • 349 07/12/2020 -

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Open Day Dates

VIRTUAL OPEN DAYS – please visit our Facebook to register your interest and they will be broadcast live on the day. 

Thursday 6th August 09.30am

Thursday 27th August 09.30am

Thursday 24th September 09.30am

 

 

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Your Interview

Interview Day Routine

You will need to arrive by 10.30am at the latest, as this is when the Operations Director or Chief Executive will give an induction talk.  This will be followed by:

11.30am Fitness assessment

12.30pm Maths/English Assessment

1.30pm Tour of our yard and facilities

2.00pm One to One interviews begin

You will be busy with assessments from 11.30-1.30 so parents are welcome to leave and come back ready for the tour at 1.30pm

Tea/Coffee and biscuits will be supplied but not lunch, so you are welcome to bring your own

For hints and tips on preparing for your interview please download our Interview Hints and Tips 

Don't take our word for it,

Graduate and Parent Testimonials!

“Hi BRS! Just wanna say a massive thank you for finally getting me through my courses. I wasn’t the easiest of people to do so! But I can’t thank you enough for getting me back riding and getting my confidence back up so I could ride again! I wanna say thank you to the instructors, especially Miss Hobson who had me for two courses and always believed in me when I never believed in myself. And to the hostel staff that made the place feel safe and happy and always were there to talk no matter what and thank you Mr Harris and Sarah for getting me the job of a lifetime I’m now fully settled in and with a Frankel colt my favourite horse and a few more to look after! I couldn’t of done this without any of you. Thank You 😊”

Megan Walsh (Course 339, March 2020)

“I was 18 and at a major crossroads in my life. I had just dropped out of university and really didn’t have any idea what to do next… Previously, my life had revolved around playing football but that hadn’t worked out either, so I was genuinely at a loss as to which way to turn.

This is when I happened to discover about the BRS, through some friends involved in horse racing. I looked into it myself, applied that same day, and to my amazement got an interview. Even more amazing, after my assessment, I was then offered a place on the next course. I grabbed the opportunity, despite never having sat on a horse in my life.

I can honestly say from that point on, attending BRS has changed my life forever.

I loved the discipline, and the focus, that the course gave me. 5 years on, I am now a professional jockey and have ridden at the top courses in the UK, if not the world.

I will forever be indebted to all the riding instructors and staff at the BRS, they gave me a chance when no one else would…

Believe me, if I can do it, anyone can!!!”

Jamie Neild – Conditional Jockey to Harry Whittington (Course 295, August 2015)

I’d followed racing all my life, ever since I was old enough to understand it but I grew up in Birmingham where there’s no fields, no horses and the idea of becoming apart of the racing world felt too distant to be possible. I knew of the Racing School for a long time and the claim that you can start there from a beginner with no experience whatsoever but I struggled to believe it. It took me till I was 18 to be brave enough to apply and see if I really could. I’d never worked with horses, didn’t have the faintest clue how to muck out a box, put on a bridle or what it was like to be in and around horses day in day out.

 

The BRS is made up entirely of staff dedicated to training good, well-trained members of a racing yard. Everybody there is willing to sacrifice their time and effort to help pass on the knowledge they have gained from their time in racing, many having worked alongside some of the best horsemen and women in the industry. You get out what you put in to the BRS, go with an open mind and soak up everything you can and it doesn’t go unnoticed.

 

“Now, just over a year after graduating, I’ve been able to work in 3 yards, work alongside professionals at the top of their game such as schooling alongside Cheltenham Festival winning jockeys, work under a champion flat trainer and now starting a new season in a small yard alongside a young trainer in the early stages of their career.

This isn’t designed to be a vanity piece but to anyone thinking of doing the course, you can’t be much worse than I was in my first few weeks. The course is demanding, physically and mentally. It’s true there’s days where you don’t want to do it and you don’t think it’s for you, everybody will have that. I definitely did, but if you have the determination and drive to carry on, one day it clicks into place and all makes sense, then from there your opportunities are limitless. It’s a job where no two days are the same, you’ll earn a solid wage and it can take you to all corners of the world.”

Will Hughes (Course 329, April 2019)

In my opinion The British Racing School is a wonderful organisation that provides many young people with a fantastic platform on which to start there careers in horse racing.  Not only have I taken on several young students to come and work in my stables but I myself completed several modules there in order to gain my trainers licence.  They do a brilliant job.

Charlie Fellowes (Racehorse Trainer)

“To every one at British Racing School, I just want to say a huge thank you for all your hard work and care you have given to my son Jay Boulden over the last 14 weeks…he sure has had the best experience of his life!! Just amazing. 

Jay speaks so highly of the school and how its one amazing opportunity for youngsters from all walks of life. Thank you!! From one very proud mum!”

Michelle Boulden (parent, son graduated June 2020)