Canterbury Christ Church University

2015 League Table Ranking 103
2015 Overall Score 526
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Entry Standards 270 Help
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Student-Staff Ratio 18.9 Help
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Research Assessment 1.79 Help
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Academic Services Spend 790 Help
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Student Satisfaction 4.01 Help
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Facilities Spend 332 Help
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Graduate Prospects 57.6 Help
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Degree Completion 82.2 Help
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Good Honours 66.7 Help
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Green Score 47.5 Help
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  • Canterbury Christ Church University was established as a centre for teacher training founded by the Church of England in 1962. A wider range of undergraduate and NHS-related programmes were introduced later.
  • The University gained taught degree awarding powers in 1995.
  • Full university status was awarded in 2005 and the Archbishop of Canterbury installed as Chancellor.
  • The University gained research degree awarding powers in 2009.
  • 2012 was a very special year for Canterbury Christ church University, as we celebrated a milestone in our history – our 50th anniversary. Discover more about Christ Church’s history by exploring the timeline on the website at

Location and Transport

  • The University's network of five campuses reaches across Kent and Medway, from the historic cathedral city of Canterbury – a World Heritage Site and one of England’s safest university cities – to the coastal location of Broadstairs, and the centrally located Medway Campus at Chatham Maritime.
  • With London and Europe only a train ride away, our students really can stay connected and enjoy all that the South East and the continent have to offer.

Entry Standards

  • Students require between 240 and 300 UCAS points to apply, depending on the undergraduate courses.
  • The average is 240 UCAS points.
  • Visit Canterbury Christ Church University's website to find out more about entry requirements.

Student Mix

The 17425 students enrolled in the academic year 2013/14 comprise:

Level of Study
Mode of Study
Full Time
Part Time
Student Gender

Course Flexibility

  • We have hundreds of courses on offer in the arts and humanities, applied and social sciences, (including business) and health, and health and social care.
  • Initial Teacher Education and our Teach First provision were graded 'outstanding' by Ofsted in 2010 and 2011 respectively.
  • We offer a wide range of combined courses.
  • Some courses can be studied at a choice of campuses.
  • Most of our courses can be studied part-time.

Teaching Standards

  • In the  2013 National Student Survey (NSS), 85% of our students reported that they were 'overall satisfied' with their experience of studying with us – the highest ever overall satisfaction.
  • Canterbury Christ Church University has a reputation for excellence in teaching training – ranked in England’s top ten. Across the University, the Higher Education Academy has awarded three National Teaching Fellowships in recent years.
  • The university is the South East’s largest centre of higher education in Kent and Medway for the public services (outside London).
  • The student population, including those not reported in the HESA Student Record, is nearly 20,000 studying at both undergraduate and postgraduate level.
  • Graduates have excellent employability prospects – with  94% of recent UK graduates in employment or further study six months after graduating (according to the  2011–12 Destination of Leavers from Higher Education survey). This places the University in the top 10 of English mainstream universities for employability of graduates.

Research Standards

  • The last Research Assessment Exercise (RAE) in 2008 recognised our research in Education and Music as 'world class' and we have 'internationally' excellent research in areas such as: History, English, Sports Science, Theology and Allied Health Professions including Nursing and Applied Psychology.
  • We have ten Research and Knowledge Exchange centres: Centre for Entrepreneurship and Innovation; Centre for Health and Social Care Research; Centre for Sports, Physical Education and Activity Research (SPEAR); England Centre for Practice Development; Research Centre for Children, Families and Communities; International Centre for Victorian Women Writers (ICVWW); National Institute for Christian Education and Research; Sidney De Haan Research Centre for Arts and Health, Salomons Centre for Applied Psychology; and the Centre for Research in Kent History and Archaeology.

Academic Strengths

  • We have been awarded 'outstanding' for our initial teacher education provision by Ofsted.
  • We are the South East’s largest provider of education, training and skills to the public services (outside London).
  • Our research informs national policy and practice – particularly in the public services.
  • We offer a wide range of courses in the arts and humanities, business and management as well as social and applied sciences, teacher education, and health and social care.

Student Facilities

  • A multi-million pound city centre library and learning centre: Augustine House in Canterbury.
  • A city-based sports centre.
  • A new city centre accommodation and Students’ Union building opened in 2012: St George’s Centre.
  • Anselm Studios for performing arts, a new music centre at St Gregory’s, Canterbury, and rehearsal space opened in 2012.

Disability Services

  • Canterbury Christ Church offers a supportive and confidential service to disabled students (including Specific Learning Differences, mental health and medical conditions). The Disability Advice Team also offers advice to those who suspect they have a specific learning difficulty but have no diagnosis.
  • Find out more about disability services at the Canterbury Christ Church University website:

Students' Union

  • Canterbury Christ Church Students' Union (CCSU) represents the voice of the student body. It provides a wide range of services from welfare and support to sport and entertainment, all to enhance the student experience.
  • CCSU has a varied and exciting entertainment and media programme with a Summer Ball in the final term. Previous acts include: Labrinth; Example; Kids in Glass Houses; Feeder; Girls Aloud; One Night Only; Wideboys; Radio 1 DJs; The Feeling and many more..
  • The Students' Union is proud to provide over 80 sports and societies.
  • CCSU was one of the leading partners in gaining the first student-led community FM Radio licence, Canterbury Student Radio 97.4FM (CSR).
  • Canterbury Christ Church University and its SU have a Student Partnership Agreement. The agreement sets out how the university, its students and the Students' Union work in partnership, reinforcing our commitment to the students’ experience.


  • The state-of-the-art Christ Church Sports Centre in Canterbury includes a large adaptable sports hall and a fitness suite with a comprehensive range of cardio vascular equipment and free weights equipment. The sports centre also holds a sports and exercise studio and performance analysis rooms.
  • The facility was the pre-Olympic training camp venue to the Puerto Rico National Olympic teams prior to the 2012 Olympics.
  • Over one thousand students regularly compete in BUCS fixtures across a wide range of sports. Outdoor sports are catered for at the Stodmarsh Playing Fields and the Polo Farm Sports Club, a leading centre of sports development and achievement in the South East of England.

Recent/Prospective New Builds

  • In 2012, the University opened the St George’s accommodation and student centre in the city centre. It is the new home of its Students’ Union and also accommodates 200 plus student residential spaces.
  • Additional student residential accommodation following the same "city centre living" model is being developed at Rhodaus in Canterbury city centre, with the first 193 bedrooms opening in September 2015 alongside Augustine House
  • The Augustine House Library and Student Services Centre was officially opened in September 2009 and has been awarded the prestigious SCONUL Library Design Award 2013 and UCISA Higher Education Award for Excellence for its unique iBorrow project.
  • The University invested £1.5 million in new music facilities which opened in 2012 with the St Gregory’s Centre for music providing a 160 seat performance venue and dedicated practice facilities in the Maxwell Davies building
  • In 2013 Anselm Studios opened, creating dedicated performing arts and dance facilities in Canterbury.

Availability of Part-Time Work

  • Students available to work up to 15 hours per week can find information about part-time work via Canterbury Christ Church University’s JobShop, a dedicated online job advertising service. JobShop provides information on part-time, full-time and graduate jobs, as well as internships and placements. Over 1,000 employers advertise vacancies to current students and recent graduates looking for graduate, part-time and placement work.
  • The University also has TempShop, open to all current students, which advertises part-time, short-term work within the University – a great opportunity for students to gain some work experience in a professional yet familiar environment.
  • Canterbury is a vibrant city with several retail outlets, bars and restaurants, all of whichregularly advertise for part-time work. There are also opportunities in the Christ Church Students’ Union.
  • The University’s Research and Enterprise Centre provides students with the opportunity to be part of paid research and business projects through its competitive research internships and business internships schemes, enabling students to work alongside academic colleagues and develop their research skills and business acumen in a professional environment.

Notable Alumni

  • Kate Blewett – award winning producer and director with the BBC.
  • Jonathan Holmes – writer, script editor and presenter.
  • Geraldine McCaughrean – award-winning author.
  • Jane Carter – Creative Director Music at BBC Worldwide.
  • Joel Hopkins – BAFTA award-winning film writer–director.
  • Phil Gallagher – BAFTA nominated performer, presenter, writer and puppeteer, best known for his role as CBeebies' ‘Mister Maker’.

For further information

  • +44 (0) 1227 767700
  • Canterbury Christ Church University
    North Holmes Road
    CT1 1QU
UCAS Code C10

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