Foundation Course

Course Overview


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

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 £562.50 for nine and fourteen week courses and £250 for four week courses from 2020 these charges will change slightly, the 9 and 14 week courses will increase to £590

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 Kieran Kourdache or call 01638 675905 to seek advice or support regarding bursary eligibility.

To view our full policy on Bursary please click here.


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, 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 Kieran Kourdache on 01638 675905 or email

Yes but there may be some restrictions, please contact Kieran Kourdache to discuss 

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 Kieran Kourdache on 01638 665103 or email

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 Kieran Kourdache 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 contacting Kieran Kourdache 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.


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 Kieran Kourdache 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.

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Open Day Dates - Pre-Booking is Essential 01638 675905

Thursday 29th August

Saturday 21st September (this is part of Newmarket Open Weekend so the format is different, we don’t visit a yard)

Thursday 31st October

Saturday 30th November

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We look forward to welcoming you!