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

Introduction to Canine Physiotherapy Assessment
(30 credits)
Anatomy and Physiology with Applied Surface Anatomy (Canine)
(30 credits)
Canine Nutrition, Behaviour, Ethics and Welfare
(30 credits)
Professional Skills and Personal Development
(15 credits)
Components Effecting Canine Performance and Wellbeing
(15 credits)
Canine Hydrotherapy and First Aid*
(15 credits)
Research Methods
(15 credits)
Introduction to Manual Therapies and Remedial Exercise (Canine)
(30 credits)
Exercise Physiology (Canine)
(15 credits)
Functional Anatomy (Canine)
(15 credits)
Introduction to Canine Biomechanics
(15 credits)
Canine Health, Disease and Pain Management
(15 credits)
Capstone Project
(30 credits)
Applied Massage, Rehabilitation and Hydrotherapy Techniques (Canine)*
(30 credits)
Business and Client Management
(15 credits)
Applied Clinical Anatomy (Canine)
(15 credits)
Veterinary Pathophysiology and Biomechanics (Canine)
(30 credits)

* These modules incorporate the 10 mandatory units of the SEG award level 3 Certificate in Canine Hydrotherapy (5 at stage 2, 5 at stage 3).

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

  • Tutorials
  • Seminars and debates
  • Theoretical learning
  • Practical learning
  • Small group work
  • Field visits
  • Independent learning

The acquisition of knowledge and understanding is approached through an emphasis on student-centred learning. Integration of theoretical and practical learning ensures the strong vocational focus as a priority in the provision. The emphasis on independent learning methodologies increases at the higher level.

Where possible knowledge and understanding will be gained through work related experiences, in this case making particular use of the excellent canine resources on site, which include a hydrotherapy suite, underwater treadmill, kennels and a therapy-specific unit.

The aim of the course is to provide a diverse range of assessment types to reflect the learning styles of the increasingly diverse student profile. There is also a strong emphasis on different types of formative assessment and these are aligned with the summative assessment specific to the module in question.

Assessment methods will include:

  • Formal written examinations
  • Portfolios evidencing practical competencies
  • Self-evaluative e-portfolios
  • Business plans
  • Clinical examinations
  • Presentations and other written submissions that may include posters
  • Research projects
  • Magazine articles
  • Case study evaluations

With a range of vocationally-relevant practical competencies embedded within the award, the hope is that students will readily gain employment within the sector, working either independently or aligned to existing veterinary provision.


* Subject to final validation approval

Canine Therapy with Lauren Hunt

Join Writtle University College lecturer Lauren Hunt as she poses the question "Is it just humans that benefit from rehabilitation" in a series of episodes that culminate in a totally original and exciting Subject Spotlight focussed on Canine Therapy.