Record year for Clearing at Writtle College

August 2011

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(NOTE: This is an archived press release.)

Writtle College has fielded a record number of calls for 2011 places during the university Clearing period with animal science and equine programmes almost full and only a handful of places still available for other popular subject areas including design and conservation. Horticulture for which the College has an international reputation has the most places still available and students are urged to make contact swiftly to sign up for this career orientated subject area.

The College's horticulture students recently hit the headlines locally when their specialist knowledge enabled the flowering of an exotic banana plant after one of the harshest winters on record in Essex.

Now future students have an opportunity to join the horticulture curriculum and become experts in the subject area too. The portfolio has recently been redesigned to provide opportunities for students to undertake more practical based modules alongside their theoretical studies. Extra-curricular projects and clubs provide a fascinating learning environment and graduates can look forward to excellent career prospects with more professional places available in the industry than there are graduates available to fill them.

Writtle College horticulture graduates are currently experiencing 94% employability within the first 12 months of graduating. In particular students that have focused on commercial horticulture (crop production) have in recent years seen a rise in salaries.

Courses still available for horticulture at Writtle through Clearing are BSc (Hons) Horticulture and FdSc Horticulture, in which prospective students could select a Landscape Construction pathway if required.

Mick Lavelle, Course Scheme Manager for Horticulture said: “The new curriculum aims to ensure that every graduate gains a fundamental core of specialist knowledge as well as a broad overview and insight into this exciting and rapidly developing industry. Our programme redesign was shaped with input from industrial representatives, present and former students, and is geared to build upon the strengths of previous programmes whilst introducing a robust framework of study that meets the needs of today’s marketplace. The world faces many challenges over the next decade and beyond. We want Writtle graduates to contribute by providing solutions and to remain at the forefront of this fascinating and rewarding profession”