Canterbury Christ Church University

2014 League Table Ranking 99
2014 Overall Score 505
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Entry Standards 270 Help
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Student-Staff Ratio 19.5 Help
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Research Assessment 1.79 Help
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Academic Services Spend 737 Help
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Student Satisfaction 3.97 Help
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Facilities Spend 306 Help
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Graduate Prospects 58.0 Help
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Degree Completion 85.2 Help
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Good Honours 62.7 Help
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Green Score 47.5 Help
Green Score
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  • 2012 was a very special year for Canterbury Christ Church University, as we celebrated a milestone in our history – our 50th anniversary.
  • Established as a centre for teacher training founded by the Church of England in 1962; wider range of undergraduate and NHS-related programmes introduced later.
  • Gained taught degree awarding powers in 1995.
  • Full university status awarded in 2005 and the Archbishop of Canterbury installed as Chancellor.
  • Gained Research Degree awarding powers in 2009.
  • Discover more about Christ Church’s history by exploring the time on its 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, the centrally located Medway Campus, and historic Tumbridge Wells.
  • 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. Visit Canterbury Christ Church University's website to find out more about entry requirements.
  • Average 240 UCAS points.

Student mix

  • 69.4% women: 30.6% men.
  • 97.7% home/EU: 2.3% overseas.
  • 95.9% state: 2.6% public school.
  • Applications to places ratio 5:1.

Course flexibility

  • We have thousands of courses on offer in the arts and humanities, applied and social sciences, (including business) and health, and we are among the best in the country for teacher training, which was rated 'outstanding' by Ofsted in 2010.
  • 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

  • 84 per cent of our students told the 2012 National Student Survey (NSS) that they were 'overall satisfied' with their experience of studying with us.
  • Canterbury Christ Church University has a reputation for excellence in teaching training – ranked in England’s top ten, and across the University 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).
  • There are now a record number of students (20,000) studying at Christ Church both at undergraduate and postgraduate level.
  • Graduates have excellent employability prospects – with 93% of recent UK graduates in employment or further study six months after graduating (according to the 2010–11 Destination of Leavers from Higher Education survey).

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.
  • Eight 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, and Sidney De Haan Research Centre for Arts and Health.

Academic strengths

  • 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.
  • Research informing national policy and practice – particularly in the public services.
  • A wide range of courses in the arts and humanities, business and management as well as social and applied sciences, with education and research in clinical psychology and clinical reporting considered among the best in the country.

Student facilities, including library and computing

  • 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.
  • 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 students with disabilities (including Specific Learning Difficulties, mental health and medical conditions). The Disability Advice Team also offer 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) exists as the voice of the student body, providing activities and entertainment 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 Charter. The Charter sets out how the university, its students and the Students' Union work in partnership, reinforcing our commitment to the students’ experience.


  • The new multi-million pound Christ Church Sports Centre in Canterbury includes a large adaptable sports hall with eight badminton courts, fitness suite with a comprehensive range of cardio vascular, strength and free weights equipment. A sports and exercise studio suitable for Yoga/Pilates/Judo/Karate/Table Tennis, etc. The sports centre was the venue as a pre-olympic training camp to the Puerto Rico National Olympic teams prior to the 2012 Olympics.  
  • Stodmarsh Playing Fields: 12 acres of playing fields, which include a small changing pavilion with eight changing rooms, four football pitches, one rugby pitch and one lacrosse pitch.
  • The university also has facilities at Polo Farm Sports Club in Canterbury, a leading centre of sports development and achievement in the South East of England.

Recent/prospective new builds

  • In 2012, the university opened a new 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.
  • The university invested £1.5 million in new music facilities which opened in 2012.
  • The city centre Augustine House Library and Student Services Centre officially opened in September 2009.

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, the university’s dedicated online job advertising service.
  • The 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.

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.

For further information

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

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