Foundation Year (Equine)

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 Foundation Year (Equine) is the first year of a four-year undergraduate degree. Following the completion of the foundation year students will progress onto their pre chosen equine degree pathway.

Students can choose from the following integrated foundation year equine degree courses.

BSc (Hons) Equine Behavioural Science (with Foundation Year)
UCAS Code:DF42

BSc (Hons) Equine Performance Science (with Foundation Year)
UCAS Code:DF30

BSc (Hons) Equine Performance and Business Management (with Foundation Year)
UCAS Code:DF64

BSc (Hons) Equine Sports Therapy and Rehabilitation (with Foundation Year)
UCAS Code:DF44

Please note:
Following successful completion, students will progress to the next year of their pre chosen Equine degree course programme.

Please see our Equine degree course programmes below for details of modules taught following the foundation year.


Breeding and Production
Equitation and Coaching

Optional modules
Students select either the breeding and production (blue strand) or equitation and coaching (green strand) specialism for their second and third years of study.

These are the modules that are offered in this academic year; however, the optional modules available may be subject to change for the following reasons:

  • Staff availability - for example the availability of staff to deliver specialist modules, which cannot be delivered by staff who do not have the relevant specialist expertise.
  • In response to feedback and annual review processes to ensure we continually enhance our programmes. Changes in these circumstances will usually be made for the benefit of students.
  • Student demand - to ensure there are adequate numbers on a module to support the provision of an excellent Learning & Teaching experience.
  • The currency of the relevant module. Some modules are specified at a time when they reflect the issues that are currently topical in the subject area. They may have lost that currency by the time that the student is required to exercise the option. In the circumstances, in order to ensure that students are provided with an appropriate learning experience, those modules will be replaced by those which are relevant to the changing nature of the subject area.

The Writtle University College will endeavour to ensure that any impact on students is limited if such changes occur.


Applicants should have achieved 5 GCSEs at Grade 4 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.

Students are taught using a variety of learning and teaching methods, depending on your chosen equine degree course these include.

  • Stud and equitation practicals
  • Tutorials
  • Seminars and debates
  • Small group tutorials
  • Formative peer assessment
  • Inquiry-based learning
  • Problem-based learning
  • Case studies
  • Visits
  • Online quizzes, wikis and activities
  • Laboratory practicals, including dissections
  • Computer software practicals
  • Data collection and handling

Students are assessed using a variety of methods to ensure practical and academic competence, depending on your chosen equine degree course these include.

  • Practical assessments
  • Examinations - both multiple choice and essay questions
  • Essays and technical reports
  • Case studies
  • Poster presentations
  • Seminars
  • Project development plan
  • Reflective journal
  • Dissertation