Writtle students are high achievers!

August 2016

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(NOTE: This is an archived press release.)

Writtle University College is celebrating the results of its Further Education students having achieved high success rates in a national survey.

When comparing Writtle’s performance in the national Landex survey*, which measures the achievement rates of its students against other land-based colleges, the University College excelled in many areas including 16 to 18 year old students, but also 19+ learners too.

TOP 3 for 16 to 18 year old Further Education achievement rates

• 85.4% achievement rate for 16-18 year olds

• Compared to Landex average of 78.3%

TOP 5 for overall Further Education achievement rates

• 86.5% overall achievement rate

• Compared to Landex average of 81.5%

TOP 4 for 19+ learners Further Education achievement rates

• 90.7% achievement rate for 19+ year olds

• Compared to Landex average of 86.8%

• Also in TOP 2 for Level 3 and Level 1 achievement rates for 19+ learners

As students celebrate their GCSE results this week, many will be able to progress onto Further Education opportunities at Writtle as they continue their education journey up until the age of 18.

Writtle University College, which launched its new University College status this week, provides a range of successful courses for school leavers including apprenticeships. These courses provide a balance of hands-on practical experience - in addition to the required level of theory and classroom activities. Not only this, but also continuing to develop English and Maths skills is a core part of the curriculum.

All study programmes include a work placement in a relevant setting, which gives students a unique opportunity when studying towards their qualification and provides an alternative to staying on at school and A-Levels. It also supports Writtle’s strong progression rates to further or higher education or into the workplace.

Dr Jenny Thorpe – Head of Quality for Further Education at Writtle University College - said: “We are very pleased with the performance in latest Landex survey. We are a very supportive place to study and appreciate the value of a personal approach to learning. Our academic and support staff work tirelessly to ensure all of our students are maximising their potential to achieve.

“A lot of students will be evaluating their options as part of getting their GCSE results and we would always encourage them to think about opportunities outside of staying on at school.

“Getting your GCSE results can be a stressful time and I take this opportunity to remind them about considering their next steps carefully. Studying something you enjoy doing and are passionate about makes a huge difference.

“We have some excellent courses on offer and we are confident those choosing to study with us will enjoy learning in an environment that encourages ingenuity, hands-on work and high-quality academic learning.

“We are ready to engage with all school leavers interested in gaining real-world experience while they’re learning – that’s what makes Writtle stand out from others. Students at Writtle can be certain to leave with a highly sought-after qualification for the market place or further university studying, so please get in contact with us to discuss your options.”

Students wanting more information about the Further Education opportunities at Writtle can visit the campus on Saturday 3rd September, where they can view facilities and chat directly to Course Leaders. To book your place or for more information go to www.writtle.ac.uk/infoevent

Based on a beautiful 220-hectare estate, Writtle University College offers courses in Agriculture, Animal Studies, Art and Design, Countryside and Environment, Equine, Floristry, Horticulture, Sport and Veterinary Nursing.

*Latest national Landex survey results compare 32 land-based institutions. The most recent results published are for 2014/15.