Studying Equine at
Writtle University College

If you dream of working with horses, our practical specialist courses provide the skills, expert theory and qualifications required to enter the thriving equine industry.

What Courses are available?

For more information on the equine courses available at Writtle University College, visit our postgraduate, undergraduate, college and apprenticeship course pages.








You will enjoy extensive access to our fantastic facilities, which have recently undergone a £2m investment and be taught by industry experts and practitioners.

Extensive Equine Facilities

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,

Students come to Writtle University College, to bring their passion to life and gain practical real-world learning - setting them up for a future career in their chosen field.

Photo of Writtle University College Equine Alumni - Rachel Dyke

Rachel Dyke

Marketing & Communications Officer - British Equestrian

"Studying at Writtle University College helped to deepen my understanding on areas such as nutrition, equine physiology, sports performance and veterinary conditions. This has been incredibly beneficial to my career, giving me the knowledge to write on a range of horsey topics and work with experts across the equine industry."

Photo of Writtle University College Equine Alumni - Lauren Allport

Lauren Allport

Equine Sports Therapist in Dubai and Social Media Influencer

"When I was deciding which university to study at whilst completing my A-Levels, I went to open days at five or six different universities around the UK and in Ireland. Writtle was my first choice for a number of reasons; it offered a variety of different courses in the field I was interested in (mainly horses and therapy), the facilities were of a very high standard, especially compared with some of the other institutions I visited, and finally the onsite livery option allowing students to being their horse with them to university. For me this was of vital importance, as although I was very keen to study an equine based degree, I did not wish to give up riding on a daily basis nor was I willing to give up my horse."

Photo of Writtle University College Equine Alumni - Lisa Redwin

Lisa Redwin

Assistant Claims Manager - A&H and Equine at Tokio Marine Kiln

"My time at Writtle University College was an experience I will never forget; if I could do it all again I would in a heartbeat! I would not have been fortunate enough to be in a career that I love without the degree that I chose - which I have been told makes me a stand-out candidate for the all the roles I have been employed in since I graduated.

I really enjoyed the hands-on experience that I was able to obtain at Writtle and I doubt there are many universities that can offer such a unique opportunity to develop your practical skills in a professional environment. I found the practical experience complemented my theory-based lectures perfectly as I was able to transfer the knowledge I was gaining in the lecture theatre to real-life scenarios."

The Writtle University College (WUC) Equine team has a proven reputation for delivering exceptional equine degree programmes and enhancing students' employability with a practical hands-on learning approach. The industry links and reputation built around our Equine and Veterinary Physiotherapy courses have enabled the team to create the
WUC Equine Academy.

The WUC Equine Academy is a new initiative aimed at supporting between six and 12 talented riders for one academic year (with the potential for this to be extended) whilst the rider is studying for any Higher Education award at Writtle University College.

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Students have access to all facilities across the campus, including both of the yards so you can practice the skills that you learn in lectures and practicals. Many students take on project horses, developing their training or rehab programmes, and work on behavioural issues.

We offer a diverse and novel range of teaching and assessment techniques, with less focus on exams and more on relevant technologies, presentation and writing styles to challenge and develop your academic and practical skills.



Find out everything you need to know about our university courses, by visiting us at one of our 'University Course Open Days' or joining us online at one of our 'Subject Webinars'. You can also visit the Virtual Open Day Hub for a range of fantastic information to view online and download.

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Find out everything you need to know about our college courses, by visiting us at one of our 'College Course Open Days' or joining us online at our 'College Courses Webinar'. You can also visit the Virtual Open Day Hub for a range of fantastic information to view online and download.

Find out more