Writtle University College applications show big increase

January 2017

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(NOTE: This is an archived press release.)

UCAS applications for courses starting in 2017 at Writtle University College (WUC) are on the rise and have shown substantial growth, with a 13 per cent increase since last year.

The data is even more impressive as it bucks the national higher education sector trend which shows a decline in applications over the past 12 months.

The growth in applications to WUC doesn’t just come from within the UK (11% increase), but also from EU applications (15% increase) and the rest of the world (79% increase).

Whilst the main UCAS deadline has now passed, there are still opportunities to apply for courses that start this September at WUC, who are encouraging prospective students to get in touch and visit an open day.

Vice-Chancellor, Dr Stephen Waite, commented: “The latest application numbers are very encouraging. What we have seen is a significant spike in interest for our specialist portfolio of courses. We achieved University College status last year and that is clearly having a positive impact, in addition to our ongoing investment in facilities and academic expertise.

“One of the key messages we aim to communicate is that there are a huge range of job opportunities available to those who have studied our courses and we appreciate that this is key for many students when deciding what and where to study.

“There is a big demand from employers for people that are trained and qualified in the land-based and related subjects we teach. We can see a growing trend of people becoming more aware of the importance of the subjects we offer and the scope and diversity of career opportunities that are available to them after graduation.

“We are still welcoming applications for all of our courses. Students and parents can be assured that when they study with us at WUC, they are valued as an individual, part of a community and given the skills and personal guidance they need within small class sizes. This is a significant advantage of studying at a small and specialist institution like Writtle University College. It is part of what makes us unique.”