BSc (Hons) Equine Sports Therapy and Rehabilitation - Writtle University College

BSc (Hons) Equine Sports Therapy and Rehabilitation


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  • The BSc (Hons) Equine Sports Therapy & Rehabilitation award is designed to provide students with an exceptional knowledge of many aspects of sport horse performance. Including detailed levels of anatomy & physiology, and factors affecting performance such as saddlery, farriery and biomechanics.

    Ideally, this degree-level 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 at Writtle, in the summer between their second and third year. This course takes 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). 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) and ensuring that you are individually insured to undertake such work on horses. Balens will insure students for approximately £11. Further details of these professional competency courses can be found at

    The combination of both a degree-level award and a professional massage qualification will ensure that you can practice as an Equine Sports Therapist following graduation.

  • 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."

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  • Learning & Teaching Methods

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

    • The students experience a range of learning and teaching methods which combine lecture sessions reinforced by relevant practicals.
    • Practical application of Equine Therapies such as massage, trigger point therapy, stretching and myofascial release
    • Understanding and assessing gait analysis using motion analysis software
    • Assessing and discussing the rider, saddle and horse interface
    • Rehabilitation practical sessions to gain an understanding of the use of a variety of rehabilitation aids (taping, theraband, equicore etc.)
    • Small group tutorials
    • Online quizzes
    • Formative peer assessment
    • Directed study such as reading journal papers or working on practical application of a therapy

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  • Assessment Methods

  • The BSc (Hons) Equine Sports Therapy contains a variety of assessment methods to ensure practical and academic competence.

    • Assignments
    • Examinations
    • Anatomy workbooks
    • Laboratory reports
    • Rehabilitation case study reports
    • Poster presentations
    • Practical assessment of both yard competence and skills related to sports therapy
    • Dissertation

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  • Employment Details

  • This list of careers below are those that graduates from this programme have been successful in.

    • Self-employed Equine Sports Therapist
    • Thoroughbred rehabilitation
    • Hydrotherapy unit
    • Equine therapy rehabilitation centre
    • Welfare Centre
    • Equine Nutrition
    • Police force
    • Post-graduate study

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