Established in 1893, Writtle College has been producing leaders in the land-based industries and organisations for over 100 years. Writtle is one of the oldest and largest specialist university colleges supporting careers focused on Business and the "Green Industries".
  • 4 Masters
  • 8800 Students
  • Public Institution Type


Established in 1893, Writtle College has been producing leaders in the land-based industries and organisations for over 100 years. Writtle is one of the oldest and largest specialist university colleges supporting careers focused on Business and the "Green Industries". It has a well established international reputation with students studying here from over 50 nations currently, and with many of its past students now working, many in senior positions, in over 100 nations worldwide. Writtle also has numerous international links across five continents, including North America, South and East Asia, Europe, Africa, and Australia, and these are continuing to expand.

An education for the REAL world

The curriculum is developed in liaison with formal Industrial Consultation Panels, keeping our curriculum on the cutting edge of relevant practice and meeting the employment market in the 21st Century.
Meeting student needs

Teaching and support staff take pride in providing a caring and supportive environment to ensure student success and an enjoyable learning experience.

Ongoing investment in facilities

To keep up with the changing needs of our students, Writtle commits regular investment to our learning and support facilities. New developments at Writtle include:

  • Learner support Unit providing academic and pastoral support to help you complete your studies
  • Animal Behaviour and Welfare Centre
  • Interior Design Building with fully fitted workshops and practice areas
  • More livery facilities and a new stud site
  • Major investment in IT services for students including 30% increase in student computers

A broader learning experience

Students benefit from opportunities to acquire practical and applied skills through work experience, overseas exchanges, language modules, off-site case studies and visits to industrial enterprises. Our vast links with other institutions at home and overseas keep our students in touch with the most pertinent worldwide issues as they arise.

Specialist Careers Centre

Our unique Careers Centre provides students with specialist career planning advice tailored to the subject of study.
Onwards and Upwards

Progression opportunities are available for all students on successful completion of their studies. Writtle provides a seamless route through Higher National Diplomas, Foundation Degrees, Honours Degrees, Masters and PhD qualifications.

The leading name in land-based education

Writtle has been identified by the DfEE to offer an official pilot scheme for the new Foundation Degrees in Land-Based industries.
Location is everything!

There is a real community atmosphere on campus, with students from over 50 different nations, making Writtle a lively and cosmopolitan place to be. The campus is surrounded by its own estate, farm and gardens serving as a 'green laboratory' for students. Chelmsford is just two miles away with a wealth of facilities and entertainment and quick (40 minute) rail access to London.

Full time or part time studies - the choice is yours

With guidance from our experienced tutors, flexible study programmes can be tailored to your lifestyle and prior commitments. A full counselling service and child care facilities are available on campus. All undergraduate and postgraduate students qualify with degrees awarded by the University of Essex, one of the UK's leading teaching and research universities, currently ranked within the top 10 for research.

Warm friendly environment

There is a real community atmosphere on campus, with students from over 50 different nations, making Writtle a lively and cosmopolitan place to be. With its wide range of clubs, societies, and sports, recreation, and social activities there is plenty of scope to get the most out of your time in the UK.

English Language support programmes

We offer a range of pre-sessional English Language programmes with visits, as well as free EFL classes run throughout the academic year.

Strong international student support

The Learning Support Centre offers a full range of help to support students through their studies. These include a full-time career advisory service, counseling and financial advice. The International Students Club runs a full programme of social activities and visits including, for example ethnic theme parties, trips to the local ice rink or ten pin bowling, and weekend trips to London, Cambridge and to concerts.

Master's Programmes

Agriculture & Forestry (2)
Arts, Design & Architecture (2)
Business & Management (1)
Engineering & Technology (1)

Many organisations offer scholarships or grants. Some of these might help you to study for a Master at Writtle College!

Student Life


The Students' Union is here to help you make the most of your time at Writtle. We are an enthusiastic group of volunteers, who get involved with everything around the College, and above all look after your interests!

  • There are on average 12 Students' Union committee members, comprising of five executive officers and approximately seven supporting officers.

  • Elections for the new Union are held in March, with the new members taking up their posts in September, after a period of shadowing the current officer.

Academic Support

The Students

Clubs and Societies

There are many clubs and societies that run at the college and we have an officer who is dedicated to setting up and running these clubs and societies. Clubs that currently run at the college include the Equestrian, International students, Christian Union, LGBT Society and various others that arrange various activities throughout the year.


In the Students

Social Events

The Students' Union organises a range of social events including discos, barbecues and sports nights throughout the year. These events are well attended and provide a night where everyone can join in and have good time. The main events of the year are the three student balls:

  • The Freshers Ball

  • The Xmas Ball

  • The Summer Ball - is the main formal event of the year providing a last hurrah in the social calendar, with huge marquees, live music (previously the Hoosiers and Chappers & Dave have played here) and fairground rides - all taking place on the College grounds

Other highlights throughout the year include RAG week and, perhaps most importantly, Moulsham 11 which kicks of the week. This is a traditional pub crawl down the local Moulsham Street! 11 pubs, one brilliant night!

On the occasions when you fancy a change of scenery, Chelmsford town centre and the surrounding areas offer an exciting and varied scene every night of the week.

  • The main nightclubs: Chicago's
  • There's plenty of choice on the pubs and bars scene too, Missouri, The Cross, The Fleece, Yates and many more all provide cheap drinks with nice atmospheres.

The Baa

The College Baa is an wonderful establishment for students and staff to come and relax, have a drink and a chat, it can also be transformed into a attractive venue for event nights. It is modern and spacious with state of the art audio/visual equipment enabling allows all events held to be of a high quality. With its spacious beer garden it is the prefect venue for a relaxed drink in the summer sunshine. The Baa is regulated by national legislation and therefore under 18s are unable to be served any alcohol. The Baa is open from 12pm, every day until around midnight.

Multi-faith Space

The inter-denomination Chapel is used not only for services, bible study and meetings of various faiths but also for music and singing practice.

Sports Teams

Rugby (men's), football (2 x men

Fixtures are arranged in the British University Sports Association (BUSA) and Southern England Student Sports Association (SESSA) leagues and cup competitions, with a supporting programme of friendly fixtures and tournaments.

The Global Study Awards

Together with the ISIC Association and British Council IELTS, StudyPortals offers you the chance to receive up to £10000 to expand your horizon and study abroad. We want to ultimately encourage you to study abroad in order to experience and explore new countries, cultures and languages.

Chelmsford, England, United Kingdom