Diploma of Higher Education Equine Sports Therapy and Rehabilitation

Writtle University College
Course summary
4 semesters
Full time
Next available date: Enquire for more information - Chelmsford
Postgraduate Education

Course description

Diploma of Higher Education Equine Sports Therapy and Rehabilitation

This diploma is a great way to introduce students into the world of Equine Sports Therapy. The course follows the same modules as the BSc (Hons) Equine Sports Therapy and so allows successful students to progress onto the degree.

This Diploma takes you through finding out about the structure and function of the horse and then relates that to how the horse moves and how the natural gait may change when areas of tension are seen in the musculature. It also demonstrates how important it is to work as a team player alongside the veterinarian, farrier, saddle fitter, dentist and trainer to enhance and optimise the horses' wellbeing, body balance and performance. For those students that have a passion for horses and want to work in an evolving and progressive part of the industry this is definitely the pathway for you.

Suitability - Who should attend?

  • UCAS Tariff Points: 80
  • GCE A Levels: 80 UCAS tariff points, to include one GCE A level grade C or above
  • Irish Certificate: 80 UCAS tariff points, to include 2 x B1 or H2 higher
  • Scottish Highers: 80 UCAS tariff points, to include 2 x B
  • International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma: Total (IB) Diploma point score of 24 or more
  • BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma: MMP
  • BTEC Level 3 Diploma: DM
  • C & G Level 3 Extended Diploma: Pass (48 + in combination with other qualifications to meet 80)
  • C & G Level 3 Diploma: Distinction (72 + in combination with other qualifications to meet 80)
  • GCSEs: All applicants must hold a minimum of four GCSE passes at grade C/4 or above to include English, Maths and Science.

Training Course Content

Stage One

Semester 1

  • Equine Anatomy and Physiology
  • Equine Practical Skills
  • Equine Health Management
  • Assessment for Performance and Health

Semester 2

  • Equine Nutrition
  • Introduction to Equine Therapy
  • Saddle Fit and Farriery
  • Functional Anatomy

Stage Two

Semester 3

  • Research Methods
  • Business Skills
  • Animal Therapeutic Techniques
  • Exercise Physiology
  • Introduction to Animal Biomechanics

Semester 4

  • Research Methods
  • Business Skills
  • Rehabilitation and Performance
  • Equine Health and Disease
  • Extrinsic Factors Affecting Equine Performance

Course delivery details

Learning & Teaching Methods

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

  • Practical hands on sessions
  • Lectures
  • Tutorials
  • Visits
  • Dissections and other laboratory practicals
  • Gait analysis practical sessions using specialist software

Why choose Writtle University College

Ranked Top University-Sector Institution in England for overall student satisfaction!

*Based on NSS 2020 Based on Taught Data

Beautiful rural campus situated between London and the coast.

Rated ‘Good’ by Ofsted


Home Students


  • £9,250


  • £1,156 per 15 credit module
  • £2,312 per 30 credit module

International Students (Including EU students)


  • £12,450

Continuing Studies

The list of careers below are those that graduates from this programme could enter into.

  • Self-employed equine therapist
  • Therapy Centre
  • Progression to postgraduate MSc manipulation or veterinary physiotherapy

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