*BSc (Hons) Animal Therapy (with Foundation Year)

We are pleased to confirm that Writtle University College and ARU (Anglia Ruskin University) are joining together. The merger will happen during the 23/24 academic year. Writtle’s full range of Higher and Further Education courses will continue to be delivered on site at the Writtle campus, enhanced by resources available at nearby ARU. If you are starting your course in September 2024, your degree will be awarded by ARU. Find out more about ARU, including our recent Gold rating in the Teaching Excellence Framework, at

If you do not meet the entry criteria for your chosen undergraduate course, our integrated foundation year programme may offer you an alternative entry route.

Studying for a degree with an integrated foundation year will offer you a supportive environment if you have been out of education for a few years or do not have the necessary UCAS points from your recent course of study.

The BSc (Hons) Animal Therapy (with Foundation Year) can be studied full-time or part-time.

Introduction to Veterinary Physiotherapy
(30 credits)
Mammalian Anatomy and Physiology
(15 credits)
Functional Anatomy
(15 credits)
Human-Animal Interaction
(15 credits)
Saddle Fit and Farriery
(15 credits)
Ethics of Animal Use
(15 credits)
Canine and Equine Nutrition
(15 credits)
Research Methods
(15 credits)
Applied Anatomy
(15 credits)
Animal Therapeutic Techniques
(15 credits)
Rehabilitation and Performance
(15 credits)
Exercise Physiology
(15 credits)
Animal Health Science
(15 credits)
Introduction to Animal Biomechanics
(15 credits)
Working in a Multidisciplinary Team
(15 credits)
Capstone Project
(30 credits)
Massage Therapy and Remedial Exercise
(30 credits)
Animals in Motion
(15 credits)
Sports Medicine
(15 credits)
Veterinary Pathophysiology
(15 credits)
Business and Client Management
(15 credits)

Applicants should have achieved 5 GCSEs at Grade 4/C or above, to include English and preferably Maths. Equivalent qualifications in lieu of GCSEs may also be considered. Consideration is also given to applicants who have significant industry experience, but no formal qualifications. Applications from mature candidates are welcomed.

UCAS Tariff Points

32 tariff points.

GCE A Levels

Minimum 32 UCAS tariff points, to include one GCE A Level grade E or above.

Irish Certificate

32 UCAS tariff points in the Irish Leaving Certificate. This must include a minimum of one Highers at H4 or above.

Scottish Highers

32 UCAS tariff points in Scottish Highers. This must include a minimum of one Higher grade D or above.

International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma

32 UCAS tariff points in an IB Diploma, to include a minimum of one Higher at H3 or above. This must also include Maths and English Language at a minimum of Standard Level S3 if equivalent GCSE's have not been obtained.

Overseas students:

Considered on individual merit and level of qualifications / evidence of English language ability. International students will need an IELTS score of 5.5 with a minimum of 5 in all elements.

Mature Students:

We particularly welcome applications from mature students, each application is considered on its own merit.

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

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
  • Capstone Project


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Veterinary Physiotherapy

Join Claire Styles and the team at Writtle University College as they teach you an introduction to veterinary physiotherapy. Whilst this Subject Spotlight is focused on the horse please do also note that the course teaches students on both horses and dogs on a 50:50 ratio.