BSc (Hons) Animal Therapy - Writtle University College

BSc (Hons) Animal Therapy


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  • This three year programme of study allows students to progress through a high quality undergraduate course in animal therapy to gain both an academic and a professional qualification. Study will involve both large and companion animals with a major focus being on horses and dogs. However, there is the opportunity to specialise in either the canine or equine professional massage qualification in year three which is run by Equinenergy or Caninenergy and embedded into the degree programme. If you are successful in this programme you have the opportunity to move on to the Masters in Veterinary Physiotherapy (this MSc course is a three year part time programme eligible for funding from student finance).

    Our team at Writtle have a wide range of knowledge which covers both academic and professional experience. We have two veterinary surgeons, nutrition and behaviour specialists, biomechanists and a range of experienced therapy staff that are qualified in veterinary physiotherapy, animal manipulation (McTimoney), massage and myofascial release.

  • Course Modules

  • Information about each module can be viewed by clicking on the module title within the table below.

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  • Entry Requirements

  • The following information provides students with the entry requirements for this particular course.

    UCAS Tariff Points
    GCE A Levels
    96 UCAS tariff points, to include one GCE A level grade C or above
    Irish Certificate
    96 UCAS tariff points, to include 3 x B1 or H2 higher
    Scottish Highers
    96 UCAS tariff points, to include 3 x B
    International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma
    Total (IB) Diploma point score of 24 or more
    BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma
    BTEC Level 3 Diploma
    C & G Level 3 Advanced Technical Extended Diploma (720)
    Distinction (96)
    C & G Level 3 Extended Diploma
    Merit (96)
    C & G Level 3 Advanced Technical Extended Diploma (1080)
    Merit (96)
    C & G Level 3 Diploma
    Distinction (96)

    Please note:
    An equivalent or higher combination of grades to that indicated above will also be accepted.

    Access course
    Writtle University College welcomes applicants studying Access to HE Diploma courses. For more information please contact Admissions.

    Accreditation of Prior Learning (APL/APEL)
    Information about our Accreditation of Prior Learning (APL/APEL) policy can be found on our Policies and Procedures page.

    All applicants must possess a minimum of four GCSEs grade A–C including, English Language, Mathematics and Science*.
    *Science is not applicable for BA (Hons) Contemporary Art and Design course.

    "Writtle University College encourages early disclosure of any specific learning needs, disabilities, medical and/or mental health conditions that you feel may have an effect on your studies. This allows us to discuss these with you and consider reasonable adjustments and support arrangements you may need.

    The college takes its health and safety and welfare responsibilities very seriously. Veterinary Physiotherapy is a physically demanding course which will involve you working in close contact with large and unpredictable animals. Students are encouraged to declare and discuss with college staff, anything that may impact on their ability to safely and fully take part in any of the practical elements of the course."

    Also, you will be able to demonstrate good physical fitness, and animal handling skills experience (canine- equine- farm animal/other species) corresponding to at least:

    • 150 hours for equine
    • 100 hours for canine
    • 50 hours for farm animal/other species

    Under the supervision of various providers.

    We want to see evidence of your placements ( letters from the providers stating the date and length of the placements, the animal handling activities undertook and the skills developed) All placements must have been effective before the beginning of the course. Placement must be less than three years old to be taken into consideration. Owning a dog or a horse does not constitute evidence of practical handling.

    Evidence of other activity related to practical handling (competition, pony club, BHS qualification…) should also be provided.

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  • Learning & Teaching Methods

  • The acquisition of knowledge and understanding is approached through an emphasis on student-centred learning.

    The following list shows the variety of learning and teaching methods experienced on this course.

    • Lectures
    • Tutorials
    • Practical work
    • Formative and summative coursework
    • Case studies
    • Clinical practitioner days
    • Seminars
    • Presentations
    • Self-directed learning

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  • Assessment Methods

  • This course contains a variety of assessment methods to ensure practical and academic competence.

    The following list shows the variety of assessment methods experienced on this course.

    • Assignments
    • Reports
    • Written examinations
    • Practical examinations
    • Oral presentations
    • Debates
    • Dissertation

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  • Useful Information

  • Massage Qualification EQ100 Equine Bodyworker or CN3000 Canine Bodyworker Equinenergy - Caninenergy.

    Ideally, this award would be supplemented by massage skills acquired to a professional level, allowing the student to practice as a massage therapist. Whilst not compulsory, we strongly encourage students to undertake Equinenergy’s EQ100 Equine Bodyworker course or CN3000 Canine Bodyworker course at Writtle, in the summer between their second and third year. These courses take the basic principles of massage already delivered to our students in practical sessions to a professional level of competence via an intense week of delivery, followed by an externship. The latter is supported at Writtle by a module within the third year; and students have the added benefit of staff expertise on hand throughout to help if required.

    Students starting their academic award in 2018 benefit from a bursary supplied by WUC of £500 towards the cost of the EQ100 course (£1795) or the CN3000 course(£1695). It is not possible to undertake EQ100 without first completing the online EQ50 introductory course (current cost is $95, please check the Equinenergy website for details and be aware of exchange rates) or to undertake CN3000 without first completing the online CN3005 (current cost is $45, please check the Equinenergy website for details and be aware of exchange rates) and ensuring that you are individually insured to undertake such work on horses or dogs. Balens will insure students for approximately £11. Further details of these professional competency courses can be found at

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