Support Before You Arrive

A Named Contact

You will be contacted a named 'Care Experienced Champion' (CEC) as soon as you possible once you have applied and enrolled with Writtle University College (WUC) (NB. as long as you make sure you indicate during these processes that you are a care leaver). A CEC will continue to provide you with consistent support throughout the whole duration of your studies with us. They will help you get all the support you are entitled to, providing information/advice/signposting, when and where appropriate.

They will help provide easy access to all of WUC's support services. They will also want to stay in contact with you and will regularly check in just to see how you are doing and if there is anything they can help with.

If you want to contact them to ask any questions you may have at any stage, including when you are considering whether WUC might be the right place for you to come and study, please email


UCAS provides information and support to care leavers wishing to apply for university.

To ensure that we can identify you and provide you with support, please remember to tick the box on your UCAS application to let us know you're applying and that you have been in care. This will allow us to get in contact with you. This information is treated in the strictest of confidence and your application will not be disadvantaged in any way.

Taster Days and Open Days

Our Open days are a great opportunity to talk to course teams, support teams and current students about your prospective university experience.

As a care experienced prospective student, we are happy to organise a special and individualised visit for you. You would be welcome to attend a meeting (accompanied by a Social Worker, Personal Adviser, friend or family member if you wish) with our named Care Experienced Champion prior to commencing your studies. Depending on timing, this could include:

  • A campus tour
  • A look at our on site accommodation options
  • A chance to meet face to face your named Care Experienced Champion and any other key members of staff (potentially including some of your Course Team)
  • A chance to answer any questions you may have about your course, accommodation, student finance etc

Student Success Team Support

University life and study can take a bit of getting used to. Our Student Success Team is here to empower you to stay on track with your academic study, embrace opportunity and achieve success.

They can provide students with support, including:

  • Impartial careers advice and guidance
  • Employability skills development
  • Opportunities to engage with Employers
  • Business start-up guidance
  • Business mentoring
  • Digital IT skills for study
  • Academic writing support
  • Statistics support
  • Learning Mentor support and guidance

The Student Success Team can help support you to achieve personal success and fulfilment, including by linking you with the wider community, along with identifying and directing you to additional support services when required.

As a care experienced student at Writtle University College, you will be given priority access to sessions with the team and offered a session (virtual or face to face) with a Learning Mentor early September, before you even start your course.