Writtle University College

Writtle University College has for 125 years delivered specialist courses with a real-world focus from its beautiful campus near the city of Chelmsford, Essex. A personal approach to learning equips graduates with an understanding of their chosen industry and the ability to apply specialist theory to real-life situations, much valued by employers. Courses range from veterinary physiotherapy to art, and from canine therapy to landscape architecture.


In or close to the countryside


The university (including student accommodation, teaching, and leisure facilities) is located on one site


Located on a green space in, or near to, a city or town centre


Specialises in a single subject area, or a small range of subjects

UCAS Code: W85

Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF)

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Student Statistics

Student population


Level of study

  • Undergraduate 89%
  • Postgraduate 11%

Mode of study

  • Full Time 90%
  • Part Time 10%

Where students come from

  • UK 90%
  • EU 3%
  • Other 6%

Student gender

  • Male 23%
  • Female 77%

Student Services and Facilities

Libraries and Information Services

  • Writtle University College library offers a specialist book and online journal collection, reflecting the teaching and research activities of its students and staff. There is ample study space for individual and group work, including a number of fixed PCs, Wi-Fi access and printing facilities.
  • In term time experienced library staff are on hand to respond to information requests, from 8.30am–5.00pm Monday to Friday; from 5.00pm–9.00pm the library is open for reference only.

Student jobs

  • A Careers Virtual Noticeboard advertises part-time vacancies from employers, including jobs that are curriculum-related as well as general roles.
  • There are often part-time and summer job opportunities that utilise students' course-related learning and skills.

Careers advice

  • The onsite Careers Advisory Service helps support students to plan for their future for up to three years after graduation.
  • Career development is built into the academic curriculum for all students, enabling them to develop the skills, knowledge and accreditation as appropriate, to find a rewarding career.
  • This includes digital and professional networking skills, such as LinkedIn workshops, annual Graduate Careers Fair and seminars on preparing for future employment, including self-employment or further study.

Health services

  • The Well-being team offer advice and help for any personal, safeguarding, emotional or practical problems that students experience, with trained first-aiders and mental help support on campus.
  • All students in halls of residence are encouraged to register at the local GP surgery, within a mile from the main campus.

Counselling and Mental Health Support

  • Well-being advisers can provide support and advice regarding personal difficulties at home or on campus.
  • There is also an in-house confidential counselling service (delivered by a qualified and accredited counsellor) and effective links to external agencies. This enables appropriate onward referral, signposting and multi-agency working.

Disability support

  • Writtle University College offers support to all students with a disability, specific learning difference, or medical or mental health condition. Applicants are encouraged to contact the college early to discuss individual needs.
  • Facilities include a portable hearing loop and static hearing loop system in the Northumberland Lecture Theatre and the Main Hall, adapted accommodation for those with mobility or hearing impairments, toilets and dedicated parking.
  • Support may include reasonable adjustments to enable students to access facilities and the curriculum, and for exams; or funded support through Disabled Student's Allowance (DSA) such as sign language, sign supported English or note taking.

Other services and facilities

  • A Student Success team ensures students stay on track throughout their course, helping students work towards their career goals.
  • Specialised learning and teaching facilities include the Lordship stud facility, two therapy barns, two indoor riding schools, a working farm, the Canine Therapy centre, research glasshouses and laboratories and the Titchmarsh Animal Centre with more than 250 species on campus.

Students' Union

  • The Students' Union runs several clubs and societies, including the Equine, Music, Christian Union, LGBTQIA+ and Yoga societies. WUC SU has many different sports teams.
  • With a vibrant community feel, at WUC there is always something for everyone – so if students want to start their own group, the SU can help them set it up.
  • Social events are organised year-round, including formal balls, themed nights, live bands and barbecues as well as numerous RAG (Raise and Give) charity events.


  • Writtle University College was founded in 1893, making it one of the longest-established specialist institutions in the UK.
  • During the past three years over £6.1 million has been invested in facilities to enhance the student experience, including hands-on access to specialist equine resources, and a new learning hub providing quiet study areas and social space.

Fascinating Fact

  • Two of the last three farming ministers have been educated at Writtle University College.

Notable Alumni and Famous Faces

  • Lauren Allport – equine sports therapist and social media influencer with 200,000 YouTube subscribers and 138,000 Instagram followers.
  • Patricia Fox – managing director of award-winning landscape design business, Aralia.
  • George Eustice – MP and minister of state at the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (DEFRA).
  • Matt James – garden designer, broadcaster and lecturer.
  • Harry Appleby – quality and technical manager at Anglo Beef Processors UK; recipient of a Universities Federation of Animal Welfare scholarship.
  • Lana Redgewell – third place in the British National BMX Series and fourth in the British Championship during her degree, also qualified for the European and World BMX Championships.
  • Alan Power– head gardener and estate manager for the National Trust at Stourhead.
  • David McLay Kidd – world-famous golf course architect, owner of DMK Golf Design.
  • Ian Cast – dressage coach and 'right hand man' to European, World, and Olympic champion, Charlotte Dujardin.


Writtle University College, Lordship Road, Writtle, Chelmsford, Essex, CM1 3RR