The BSc (Hons) Equine Sports Therapy & Rehabilitation award is designed to provide students with an exceptional knowledge of many aspects of sport horse performance. Including detailed levels of anatomy & physiology, and factors affecting performance such as saddlery, farriery and biomechanics. Ideally, this degree-level award would be supplemented by massage skills acquired to a professional level, allowing the student to practice as a massage therapist. Whilst not compulsory, we strongly encourage students to undertake Equinenergy’s EQ100 Equine Bodyworker course at Writtle, in the summer between their second and third year. This course takes the basic principles of massage already delivered to our students in practical sessions to a professional level of competence via an intense week of delivery, followed by an externship. The latter is supported at Writtle by a module within the third year; and students have the added benefit of staff expertise on hand throughout to help if required. Students starting their academic award in 2017 benefit from a bursary supplied by WUC of £500 towards the cost of the EQ100 course (£1695). It is not possible to undertake EQ100 without first completing the online EQ50 introductory course (current cost is $95, please check the Equinenergy website for details and be aware of exchange rates) and ensuring that you are individually insured to undertake such work on horses. Balens will insure students for approximately £11. Further details of these professional competency courses can be found at equinenergy.com. The combination of both a degree-level award and a professional massage qualification will ensure that you can practice as an Equine Sports Therapist following graduation.