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Writtle University College

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Writtle University College is situated on a stunning 220-hectare estate and prides itself as being a small and specialist institution, where students are at the heart of everything Writtle does. As a result, they ensure you feel valued as an individual during your studies and are also part of a friendly learning community. In the NSS survey, Writtle achieved 92% overall student satisfaction, ranking top in English University Sector institutions.

Their courses are created with employability in mind, meaning you study towards a qualification that is relevant to industry needs and get hands-on experience through practical learning. This allows you to apply specialist theory to real-life situations when you graduate.

There courses range a number of specialist areas at undergraduate and postgraduate level including Sports Science, Equine, Animal Science, Veterinary Physiotherapy, Canine Therapy, Agriculture and Horticulture Landscape Architecture and Garden Design.


Job Prospects
Job Prospects

Job Prospects

Writtle University College holds an annual recruitment and careers fair for students, inviting employers from across the country to network with students and graduates.

Writtle students can also access an experienced Career Adviser for advice and support up to three years after they graduate. Advisors have practical knowledge in the following areas:

  • Careers education and career development planning
  • CV help
  • Job hunting support
  • Interview techniques
  • Specialist knowledge of land-based sector
  • Vacancy service via the Virtual Jobs Notice Board

The Student Success team offers regular workshops to improve employability, including setting up your own business.

9 out of 10 Writtle graduates find employment or further study within the first six months of graduation.

Course and lecturers
Course and lecturers

Course and lecturers

Writtle’s specialisms are quite unique, and so they employ highly qualified academic staff to undertake the teaching of these subjects. Each tutor is supportive towards students, as well as boasting a wealth of industry experience. Some of the Writtle teaching staff are currently carrying out pioneering research within their specialist fields.

Students' Union
Students' Union

Students' Union

There are 12 Students' Union committee members, comprising of executive officers and supporting officers. These members are student-elected every March.

The Students' Union exists to help students make the most of their time at Writtle. The Union is run by a group of volunteers and part-time staff, who get involved with everything around college and above all else looking after your interests.

The Writtle SU also provides a wide range of entertainment throughout the academic year. Run by the Union’s Social Officers, events are as varied as possible to suit all tastes. They hold themed nights and events through the year, as well as 3 more formal balls/celebrations.



Writtle University College has around 400 rooms available in 14 Halls of Residence on the Main Campus. These are prioritised for first year students, who will be able to enjoy living in the picturesque gardens.

Halls are close to all amenities such as the Bar and Recreation Centre, sports facilities, The Garden Room restaurant, library, computer suite and laundry room.

Prices start from in the costs - £4202 per year which includes a meal allowance for use in the on-campus restaurant.

Cost of living
Living costs This is the average annual cost of living for a student studying in the town where this uni is based.
Source: IDP Connect 2019


per annum


Writtle has invested significantly over the past 4 years to enhance the student experience on campus.

Facilities available to students include:

  • Animal Studies Centre
  • Canine Therapy Centre
  • Science Laboratories
  • Sport Science Centre
  • Design Studios
  • Onsite Farm
  • Research Glasshouses
  • Two large indoor riding arenas
  • Stud facility
  • Floodlit ménage
  • Equine sports therapy barns
  • Dedicated HE Study Hub

Writtle also has an on-campus library, computer suites, recreation and fitness centre, restaurant and bar.

City life
City life

City life

Writtle is situated on a stunning 220-hectare estate with landscaped gardens and beautiful scenery. Despite this idyllic Essex countryside setting, it’s just two miles from the city of Chelmsford, which is alive with student life and boasts restaurants, clubs, bars, shopping and leisure facilities.

Students are able to cycle into Chelmsford through public parks or get a bus from Writtle.

It is also 35 minutes from Central London by train and 35 minutes from the coastal areas of Essex.

Cost of living
Cost of a pint This is the average cost of a pint.
Source: IDP Connect 2019

£3.00 - £3.50

per pint
Clubs and Societies
Clubs and Societies

Clubs and Societies

There is a varied selection of societies and sports clubs on offer at Writtle. Options include:

  • LGBTQIA+ Society
  • Christian Union
  • Equine Society
  • Music Society
  • Men's Rugby Team
  • Women's Rugby Team
  • Football Team
  • Shooting Team
  • Futsal Team
  • Table Top Games
  • Mixed Hockey Team
  • Women's Netball Team

There is also a free gym on site stocking free weights, equipment and class programme such as Circuits, Body Conditioning and Pilates.

Student support
Student support

Student support

The Writtle Learner Services team offer a range of services, from financial hardship assistance through to welfare support and counselling. The team provide individually tailored learning support for students with a disability, specific learning difficulty or medical condition as well as one to one and drop-in sessions for students that require support with their study skills.

Services include:

  • Learning Support
  • Support for Deaf & Hearing Impaired Students
  • Counselling & Student Welfare
  • Access Arrangements for Exams & Course Assessments
  • Disabled Students' Allowances (DSA)
  • Financial Hardship Assistance
  • Safeguarding
  • Functional Skills
  • Further Education Student Council
  • Links to external agencies
  • International Student Support.

In addition to the Learner Services team, Writtle also have the Student Success team who are there to help you through your journey at WUC. They will ensure that you stay on track, maximise opportunities and potential to achieve success. The team works closely with the academic teams in each of the subject areas to provide the support to allow you to develop, build and work towards your career goals on completion of your course. The team provide opportunities for you to network with entrepreneurs, and gain practical advice enabling you to succeed in either business, employment or further postgraduate study.

Many of Writtle’s former students have gone on to achieve careers that make a real difference in their chosen profession.



UK students - £9,250 per year.

International students - £11,900 per year.

Scholarships/ Bursaries
Scholarships/ Bursaries

Scholarships/ Bursaries

The university college offers a range of scholarships. They also work with external partners to provider specialist scholarships and bursaries. See their website for a current list of options.

Academic strengths
Academic strengths

Academic strengths

With a £2 million investment in equine facilities in 2017/18, Writtle University College has a reputation as one of the leading providers of equine education in the UK. They boast award-winning alumni that become leaders in their industry following their graduation from the institution.

Their Horticulture and Floristry departments have enjoyed success at events such as Hampton Court Palace Flower Show and Chelsea Garden Show.

Writtle’s history is built on agriculture and courses related to the land and environment, but also has a growing reputation and portfolio of courses in area such as Sport, Veterinary Physiotherapy, Animal Science, Bioveterinary Science and Design.

Their Veterinary Physiotherapy course is the first Integrated Masters (MVetPhys) in the UK accredited by Register of Animal Musculoskeletal Practitioners (RAMP).

WUC received outstanding performance across a number of subject areas in the 2019 NSS study, including a 100% student satisfaction in their Integrated Masters in Veterinary Physiotherapy, Sports and Exercise Performance, and Agriculture courses.


Entry requirements
Entry requirements

Entry requirements

Entry requirements vary depending on what you want to study. The admissions team is happy to talk through your options and help to guide you onto the most suitable course.

To see the entry requirements for all courses, head to Writtle’s website.


Key stats

Undergraduate students Source: HESA, 2019 (note: only applies to undergraduate records)


TEF score The Teaching Excellence Framework is how the standard of teaching at this institution is judged by an independent panel of experts. It's broken down into three levels; gold, silver and bronze, and looks at teaching quality, learning environment and student outcomes.

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