Course overview

This is a highly valued, industry recognised, advanced qualification

Before you start the course (formally the Level 3 Diploma Advanced Apprenticeship) it is likely that initially you will attend a five day Induction Course at BRS, where you will undergo training and assessments.

We assess each applicant on a case by case basis and suggest the best way to start the programme depending on your prior achievement and initial assessment results. You will be required to attend this course at a time suitable to your employer.

The induction course will consists of schooling with Yogi Breisner (when available), work riding training, stalls training, the Transport Qualification exam, a farrier demonstration, first aid, Diploma portfolio preparation, relevant lectures to the Diploma, and functional skill tuition and assessments.

About the course

This is a highly valued, industry recognised, advanced qualification

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, and will require periods of self study.

Your assessor will need to see you for 2-4 hours at least every two months – some of this will be during work time. You have a maximum of 24 months to complete the course but it is possible to complete in less time.

At the end of the apprenticeship you return to the BRS for an End Point Assessment which is carried out by an independent body. You will be fully prepared for this in advance and it is mainly a practical and verbal assessment.

This course includes

Subjects can include:

Feeding horses
Horse health and care plus

Fitting specialist tack and equipment
Puling and plaiting manes
Paddock and grass management
Transporting horses plus

Going racing and riding
Training horses for races and going racing

These subjects form the core of Senior Equine Groom Apprenticeship

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 five years.

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.

Comprises of knowledge test, practical observation and professional discussion.

HOW WILL THE Level 3 Apprenticeship Senior Equine Groom (Racing) 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, and it is linked to the Grade A racing wage.

An Advanced Apprenticeship can also lead onto a Foundation Degree in racing offered through ourselves in conjunction with Warwickshire College and Coventry University.


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

You will be assigned a Workplace Instructor who will visit you at work at least every two 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 e-learning website.

Some projects will require co-operation from your employer, as you will need to assist the Head Person with senior duties.  You should discuss this with your employer before you join the programme and be sure you have their support. If for some reason you are unable to finish some projects at work (e.g. if you are not allowed to learn to clip), it will be possible for you to return to BRS for training and assessment.

Course Requirements

To take this course you will ideally have completed your Level 2 Diploma

Candidates should have substantial relevant experience (at least two years in full time employment) and be currently working in a racing yard.

You can only be registered for the Level 3 Diploma as a single qualification if you are a 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.

You must be a resident of the European Union or EEA, or have the right to abide in the United Kingdom and have a National Insurance number.

Course cost


If you  meet all the criteria above then this course is FREE to you however your employer may be required to contribute towards the cost of your qualification. Learners from point-to-point and Arab racehorse yards may also be accepted but you may not be eligible if you have a University degree.


Course Dates

These are dates for 5 day Course Induction

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For more information or to request an application to attend the Level 3 Apprenticeship programme please contact Sarah Hayde-Salter at or call Sarah on 01638 675906.


Should you wish to take the Level 3 Diploma as a standalone qualification outside of the Apprenticeship then you can do so a private candidate at a cost of £400.00 by contacting Beth Sullivan

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