Writtle University College


Student Satisfaction Entry Standards Good Honours Graduate Prospects Completion
3.88 122 55.9% 42.5% 76.3
*4.06 *139 *74.4 *73.0 *85.4

*Mean scores, 2019 University League Table
What these scores mean

Writtle University College has a 125-year reputation of delivering specialist courses and applied education with a real-world focus. From its beautiful 220-hectare campus near the city of Chelmsford, Essex, it equips graduates with the understanding of their chosen industry, an ability to respond to a fast-changing world, and the attributes and business skills required for an evolving jobs market.


In or close to the countryside


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


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

UCAS Code: W85

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.

Student Statistics

Student population


Level of study

  • Undergraduate 89%
  • Postgraduate 11%

Mode of study

  • Full Time 91%
  • Part Time 9%

Where students come from

  • UK 91%
  • EU 3%
  • Other 6%

Student gender

  • Male 23%
  • Female 77%

Student Services and Facilities


  • The library features a specialist book and online journal collection to support the learning and research activities of students, with study space for individual and group work.
  • In term-time the library is open up to 16 hours a day, with experienced library staff to help with information requests from 8am–6pm, Monday-Friday.

Student jobs

  • A careers virtual noticeboard advertises part-time vacancies from employers, including jobs that are curriculum-related as well as general roles.
  • A Careers Fair gives students the opportunity to make contacts and find work.
  • There are often part-time and summer job opportunities that utilise students' course-related learning and skills.

Careers advice

  • Writtle University College's careers service helps support students to plan for their future; career development is built into the academic curriculum, enabling students to develop the skills and knowledge needed for a rewarding career.
  • Courses at WUC are designed and delivered with 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 has real currency in the workplace.
  • A number of national organisations attend the annual Graduate Careers Fair, designed to connect upcoming graduates with future employers.

Health services

  • Students living in halls of residence are encouraged to register at the local GP surgery.
  • Trained first aiders and mental health first aiders are on campus.
  • The college has close links to other external agencies and can signpost students to local sexual health services.

Counselling services

  • If students are feeling unsettled or have personal difficulties at home or on campus, they can seek support from the Student Welfare Adviser.
  • A counselling service offers confidential, non-judgemental support, allowing students to talk about any emotional and psychological problems that may be affecting their ability to study.

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.
  • 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. Students can also be supported to apply for DSA.
  • Communication support can be considered in lectures, off-site visits, tutorials, one-to-one sessions and at Open Days and interviews.
  • 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.

Other services and facilities

  • In 2018, Writtle University College opens a Higher Education Student Hub, with quiet study areas and social space.

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.
  • The Students' Union runs several clubs and societies, including the Equestrian Society, Music Society, Christian Union and LGBT Society.
  • Social events are organised year-round, including themed nights, live bands and barbecues as well as numerous RAG (Raise and Give) charity events. There are usually three formal balls a year, which have in the past featured live music, fairground rides and marquees.


  • Writtle University College was founded in 1893, making it one of the longest-established specialist institutions in the UK.
  • The college was granted taught-degree awarding powers in 2015, and in 2016 was awarded university college status.

Fascinating Fact

  • The college's Chancellor is Baroness Jenkin of Kennington, well-known for her international charity work and her efforts to increase the number of women in parliament.

Notable Alumni and Famous Faces

  • Lauren Allport – Equine Sports Therapist in Dubai with 82,000 YouTube subscribers and 100,000 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).
  • Naomi Bradshaw – designer at Live Nation Entertainment.
  • Harry Appleby – Graduate Technical and Quality Manager at Anglo Beef Processors UK; recipient of a Universities Federation of Animal Welfare scholarship, 2016.
  • 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