Clearing 2018 - Value of practical degrees

July 2018

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Writtle University College (WUC) is championing the value of practical and applied degrees as it launches its Clearing service.

While traditional university degrees still maintain a huge appeal, degrees with practical learning embedded into the programme provide an alternative route for students who seek a qualification that enables them to apply their skills and learning to real-life scenarios.

As part of Clearing – which kicks off on 5 July – WUC has put together a campaign across the region showing how its courses bring to life students’ skills, passions, ambitions and learning.

Whether students have left it late to apply or didn’t get the results they were expecting, Clearing can give them the opportunity to assess their options and think seriously about studying a specialist course starting in September.

The practical and applied courses at WUC are the ideal way to start a career in the land-based industries. For students living close to Chelmsford, Essex, WUC offers a university experience and courses run by expert staff with strong industry links, all on their doorstep.

It's an exciting time to join Writtle University College.

• A new Equine Academy has just been launched, giving students the opportunity to pursue their dream of being a competitive rider while studying for any Higher Education course.

• There’s been a £2million investment in the equine facilities at Writtle. The specialist resources include therapy barns, a water treadmill and solarium.

• The University College is the only UK institution to have its own bespoke equine stud facility, giving students the opportunity to gain experience of all aspects of horse breeding and the chance to work with youngstock.

• WUC has launched its first Higher Apprenticeship. The Level 5 Apprenticeship Operations / Departmental Manager is being offered alongside a Higher National Certificate (HNC) and a Higher National Diploma (HND) in Business, designed to equip students with the knowledge and skills they need to begin a career in business or start their own business.

• Following the successful launch of its popular Integrated Masters in Veterinary Physiotherapy, the University College is offering, from September, a BSc (Hons) in Canine Therapy, using its purpose-built Canine Therapy Centre.

• Landscape Architecture and Garden Design students have recently produced work for a high-profile exhibition at the RHS Lindley Library in London – with other partnerships and real-life case studies planned for this year.

• The new Foundation Degree in Sports Science with Outdoor Activity benefits from a partnership with Essex Outdoors, enabling students to gain high-quality training in archery, paddleboarding, paddlesport, sailing and climbing.

• New Sports and Exercise Performance lecturers draw on their experience with professional football clubs, the English Ballet School, GB Basketball and the Westminster Boat Club, to name but a few.

• The national cycle race team, OnForm - Writtle University College’s partner for the Foundation Degree in Cycling Performance - has enjoyed huge success this year, including wins in the Ovo Energy Tour Series.

• Undergraduates and postgraduates studying Animal courses at Writtle University College are given the opportunity to apply for a two-week study tour to Colchester Zoo’s UmPhafa Private Nature Reserve in South Africa.

• Writtle University College has an array of animals for students to get to know and to build sound husbandry practices with, including Newbie the iguana in the new reptile room, coati, marmosets, wallabies, capybara and Wiley the Toggenburg goat.

Professor Tim Middleton, Vice-Chancellor of Writtle University College, said: “By studying a specialist course, you will leave university career-ready. Teaching from industry-experienced staff and practitioners, work alongside leading organisations as well as embedded professional qualifications where possible, make a specialist course at Writtle a very attractive option.

“Clearing can be a stressful time but it can also give you the space to think about your options and what sort of job you really want to do.

“I would recommend contacting our knowledgeable and helpful Clearing advisors as soon as you can as they will help you research your options and discuss what’s best for you based on your learning so far and your interests. You might not have considered taking your interests further but we can show you how a course here can make that an achievable reality so you can go into a vocational and rewarding career.”

Set on a beautiful 220 hectare estate with accommodation on-site for 400 students, an active Students’ Union, the City of Chelmsford only ten minutes drive away and London 40 minutes by train, Writtle University College has a lot to offer students going through Clearing.

Contact our specialist Clearing advisers to find out what specialist degree would be best for you or visit us on our Clearing Open Day on Wednesday 22 August.

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