The Sport of Kings
The next step in your learning adventure

As a Level 3 Racehorse Care apprentice you’ll be able to build on your skills and experience working with racehorses either on a flat or National Hunt yard.

A work-based apprenticeship will:

  • Help you work at the commercial speed equine employers expect.
  • Increase your confidence in working with horses, in a team and in the workplace.
  • Give you the skills and knowledge to become a competent member of staff. You can choose between riding and non-riding to cater for everyone who wants to work with Racehorses.

If you have a passion for horses, becoming a Racehorse Groom is a very rewarding and fulfilling job.


You will be working towards the following units:

  • Prepare horses for saddling up and the parade ring
  • Ride racehorses to improve performance
  • School racehorses
  • Carry out racecourse procedures


You will be working towards the following units:

  • Plan diets and implement feeding regimes for horses
  • Monitor and maintain stocks of feed and bedding
  • Promote the health and well-being of horses
  • Deliver basic health care treatment to horses
  • Entry Requirements

    To apply for this apprenticeship you will need to be of school leaver age and no longer in full-time education (including School, College, University or on another Apprenticeship). There is no upper age limit, however, if you are aged above 20 years old you must have been within your current role no longer than 12 months.

    If you have achieved a Foundation or Degree, NVQ 4 or higher, this apprenticeship is not for you, just contact our friendly team to discuss.

  • Maths and English

    Essential Skills are a mandatory part of the apprenticeship programme in Wales, Maths and English will therefore be included in the delivery of the programme; unless you have achieved Grade A-C or 4-9 at GCSE level, or up to a Level 2 Essential Skills qualification.

    Essential Skills are taken at Level 1 and at Level 2, Level 1 is taken as part of the Level 2 apprenticeship programme and Level 2 I undertaken as part of the Level 3 apprenticeship programme.

    These are split into Communication and Application of Number and within each, there is a Control Task and Confirmatory Test. The Control task is a controlled assessment undertaken in exam conditions in short periods of time across an 8-week time frame. The Confirmatory Test is a multiply choice paper of 30 questions.

    You would be prepared for both elements of the Essential Skills by your Trainer-Coach.

  • Teaching, learning and assessment

    You will be regularly assessed in the workplace by your Trainer- Coaches with testimonies from your Employer/Trainer. Case studies, pictures/videos and some written assignments/workbooks may also be used by your Assessor to check your knowledge and understanding.

  • What are the next steps in your career?

    If you want to move across into a different discipline our Recruitment team can help you apply for apprenticeship vacancies we already have.

    The equine industry is vast. In your career with horses, there’ll be scope to move up the ladder, across disciplines and it can even take you abroad.

    Take a look at our Groom Career Path, click here!