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Writtle University College

Founded in 1893, Writtle University College is a specialist institution based in Essex.

Entry Requirements

  • Entry requirements vary by course; please refer to the college’s website or on the UCAS website.
  • Writtle University College recognises a broad range of academic qualifications including A levels, Access to HE Diploma, Irish Higher Certificate, Scottish Highers, International and European Baccalaureate, BTEC Level 3 Diploma and Extended Diploma.
  • The college gives full and fair consideration to all entry qualifications presented and considers additional non-academic achievements alongside a student’s personal statement in deciding whether to make an offer.

Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF)

TEF Bronze is awarded to institutions that deliver teaching, learning and outcomes for their students that meet "rigorous national quality requirements" for higher education in the UK. Find out more about TEF.

Undergraduate Courses

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Student Services and Facilities

  • Specialist learning and teaching facilities include an equine aqua treadmill in the college’s therapy barn, 2 indoor riding arenas, stud facilities and research laboratories, along with a canine aqua therapy centre, working farm, and research glasshouses.
  • The library at Writtle University College contains specialist books, journals and online content to support the work of students and staff.
  • There is free Wi-Fi in all halls.
  • Social facilities include the Student’s Union bar – called the Baa – along with a restaurant and cafés.

Disability Services

  • Writtle University College is keen to provide support to any students with a disability; students requiring support are asked to contact the college before arrival to help plan accordingly.
  • If students have learning difficulties and/or disabilities the college will consider reasonable adjustments to enable students to access facilities. Halls of residence have rooms specifically modified to suit those with mobility difficulties or hearing impairments. There are also dedicated car parking bays and toilet facilities available.
  • For deaf or hearing impaired students, Disabled Students’ Allowance may fund British Sign Language, Sign Supported English, note-taking or a combination of all three. Communication support would be considered in lectures, off-site visits, tutorials, 1-to-1 sessions and at Open Days and interviews. The college has a portable hearing loop and static hearing loop system in the Northumberland Lecture Theatres and the Main Hall.

Students' Union

  • The Students' Union at Writtle University College has an Academic Sabbatical Officer to aid the students in all their academic needs; the role is taken on a yearly basis by a recent graduate of WUC.
  • Writtle University College's Students' Union runs several clubs and societies, including the Equestrian Society, Christian Union and LGBT Society.
  • The SU is very active in organising a social calendar for all students all year round including themed nights, live bands and barbecues as well as numerous RAG (Raise and Give) charity events. There are usually 3 formal balls a year which have in the past featured live music, fairground rides and marquees.

Careers Guidance

  • Writtle University College's careers service helps support students to plan for the time after the completion of their course.
  • Courses at WUC are designed and delivered with the student's future employment in mind. WUC works closely with employers from a range of relevant industrial sectors, achieving accreditation where appropriate to ensure that what students learn will have real currency in the workplace.
  • Career development is built into the academic curriculum for all students, enabling them to develop the skills and knowledge needed to find a rewarding career.
  • A number of national organisations attend the annual Graduate Careers Fair, designed to connect upcoming graduates with future employers.

Student Mix

Student population


Level of study

  • Undergraduate 93%
  • Postgraduate 7%

Mode of study

  • Full Time 92%
  • Part Time 8%

Where students come from

  • UK 87%
  • EU 3%
  • Other 10%

Student gender

  • Male 27%
  • Female 73%


  • Writtle University College was founded in 1893, making it one of the longest-established specialist colleges in the UK.
  • The college was granted taught-degree awarding powers in 2015, granting its own degrees from 2017.
  • In August 2016 the college was officially recognised as Writtle University College.

Notable Alumni

  • Lauren Allport – Equine Sports Therapist in the United Arab Emirates, working for the Qatar International Jumping Team, members of the Royal Family in Dubai and the UAE Jumping Team.
  • Ian Cast – Dressage Coach and 'right hand man' to European, World, and Olympic Champion Charlotte Dujardin.
  • Naomi Bradshaw – now a Junior Designer at Live Nation Entertainment.


Student satisfaction 3.89 Academic services spend 1919
Research assessment 1.29 Facilities spend 0
Research intensity 0.95 Good honours 57.0%
Entry standards 315 Graduate prospects 34.0%
Student–staff ratio 7.9 Degree completion 81.6

Further Details

Address Writtle University College Lordship Road Writtle Chelmsford Essex CM1 3RR
UCAS Code W85