BSc (Hons) Equine Bioveterinary Science

BSc (Hons) Equine Bioveterinary Science is aimed at those individuals who are interested to acquire a sound knowledge of biological and veterinary sciences applied to the horse.

This 3 years full-time or 6 years part-time programme offers a high quality course in equine bioveterinary sciences, combining the development of a thorough scientific understanding with the ability to apply it to the field and the equine industry.

The course combines theory and practical skills covering all main equine bioveterinary science areas, such as:

  • Breeding and Reproduction Science
  • Diseases and Epidemiology
  • Equine Health
  • Immunology and Pharmacology
  • Nutrition
  • Performance
  • Veterinary Microbiology

Equine Anatomy and Physiology
(15 credits)
Equine Nutrition
(15 credits)
Equine Practical Skills
(15 credits)
Breeding and Foaling
(15 credits)
Equine Health Management
(15 credits)
Ethics and Welfare
(15 credits)
Veterinary Microbiology and Laboratory Skills
(30 credits)

The following information provides 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 4 x H3 higher, one of which in a relevant science-based subject

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 Diploma

Distinction (96)

Please note:

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


All applicants must hold a minimum of four GCSE passes at grade C/4 or above to include English, Maths and Science.

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 Higher Education Regulations and Policies page.

Our Equine Training and Development Centre situated on Cow Watering Lane offers extensive facilities to optimise the student experience

  • Around 70 Horses on campus
  • Equine Academy Centre
  • Three Indoor Riding Arenas (24m x 60m), (24m x 55m), (22m x 22m)
  • Oval Horse Walker
  • Mechanical Horse
  • Equine Water Treadmill
  • Therapy Barns
  • Outdoor Arena (20m x 60m)
  • Stabling for 92 horses
  • Semen collection area
  • Classrooms

Due to changes in the facility to benefit the student experience, from the 2022/2023 academic year we will no longer foal mares on campus; we will however retain youngstock and our pony stallions .

Students interested in gaining specific foaling-related stud duties will be supported to gain experience with industry partners.

Our enhanced facility now has increased grazing for all horses allowing more students the opportunity to bring their own horses to university as well as additional space for events and commercial partnerships.

For more details please email the equine resource team,

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

  • Equine practicals
  • Laboratory practicals, including dissections
  • Computer software practicals
  • Case studies
  • Data collection and handling
  • Inquiry-based learning
  • Online quizzes, wikis and activities
  • Problem-based learning
  • Seminars and debates
  • Tutorials
  • Visits

BSc (Hons) Equine Bioveterinary Science contains a variety of assessment methods to ensure practical and academic competence.

  • Practical assessments including yard and laboratory skills
  • Examinations - both multiple choice and essay questions
  • Essays and technical reports
  • Case studies
  • Poster presentations
  • Seminars
  • Project development plan
  • Capstone Project (Dissertation)

Employment opportunities

After completion of the BSc (Hons) Equine Bioveterinary Science, graduates will have the knowledge and skills which match employment requirements within the broad fields of the equine industry. For example, within academic and industrial equine research, para-veterinary and diagnostic laboratory positions, biotechnology and the veterinary pharmaceutical industry (e.g. marketing department of major veterinary pharmaceutical companies etc.).

Educational progression

Students also have the option to progress to a postgraduate qualification such as the MSc Equine Performance Science or MSc Animal Welfare and Conservation.

Understanding Horses

Join the equine team at Writtle University College. This Equine Performance Science Subject Spotlight will take you through the inner workings of horses and how science is used to make sure they're performing at their best, and remaining healthy.