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Canterbury Christ Church University

2016 League Table Ranking 106
2016 Overall Score 507
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Entry Standards 270 Help
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Student-Staff Ratio 18.4 Help
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Research Quality 2.38 Help
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Academic Services Spend 851 Help
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Student Satisfaction 4.03 Help
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Facilities Spend 331 Help
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Graduate Prospects 59.8 Help
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Degree Completion 82.4 Help
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Good Honours 66.5 Help
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Green Score 45.9 Help
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  • Canterbury Christ Church University dates back to 1962, when it was founded by the Church of England as a centre for teacher training, called Christ Church College.
  • The College expanded rapidly with the introduction of non-teacher training degrees and NHS-related programmes and, in 1995, the institution was awarded the power to grant its own degrees for taught courses. It changed its name to Canterbury Christ Church University College in 1996.
  • Full university title was awarded in 2005, and the Archbishop of Canterbury was installed as Chancellor of Canterbury Christ Church University.
  • The University was awarded research degree awarding powers in 2009 by the Privy Council and recognised as one of the fastest growing universities in England.

Location and Transport

  • Canterbury, the world-famous cathedral city, was one of medieval Europe’s great places of pilgrimage and knowledge. Today, with its international visitors, it still has a distinctly cosmopolitan feel.
  • Kent is known as the Garden of England, and with good reason. It’s also the perfect gateway to the rest of the UK and continental Europe.
  • Less than an hour from London, and Europe only a train ride away, it’s in that corner of England that’s almost touching France. Our students really can stay connected and enjoy all that the South East and the continent have to offer.
  • Our undergraduate courses are taught at one of three campuses, and each has a different flavour. From a buzzing city centre in Canterbury, to an historic maritime town in Medway and a relaxed seaside resort at Broadstairs – wherever you study you’ll feel right at home.

Entry Standards

  • Degree students require between 240 and 300 UCAS points to apply, depending on the undergraduate course.
  • The average is 280 UCAS points.
  • Visit Canterbury Christ Church University's website to find out more about entry requirements.

A-Level and GCSE Requirements

  • Applicants currently at school or college will be expected to be taking a minimum of two A-levels or the equivalent, and they will be asked to achieve the necessary UCAS Tariff points from these qualifications and any others that attract UCAS tariff points.
  • Currently the University asks for between 240 and 300 UCAS Tariff points depending on the programme. Up to date information on a course-by-course basis can be found on the UCAS course search engine.
  • Some University programmes require the successful applicant to achieve specific grades in the qualifications they are taking rather than asking for an accumulation of UCAS Tariff points. This will be made clear when an offer of a place is made.
  • Some courses require applicants to have studied a specific subject at Level 3 (A-level or equivalent). Please check individual subject entries for specific requirements.
  • Grades declared following modular examinations for AS Levels at the end of Year 12 will assist us in framing conditional offers, but students taking linear assessment, who will not know their grades until Year 13, will not be discriminated against. The University does not intend to use unit grade information.
  • The University will not normally make offers for a place on degree programmes based on AS qualifications alone (i.e. to those with no A2 Levels or equivalent, or only one A2 Level qualification or equivalent).
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Student Mix

The 17,425 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), education, and health and social care.
  • We have teamed up with businesses and organisations to provide opportunities for work-based learning and professional placements in industry.
  • 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

  • We believe in a curriculum that is led by our research, contributes to the needs of society and enhances the student experience.
  • The strength and breadth of our courses are notable.
  • Our academics are making a real difference – not only in public service education, our long-standing area of expertise, developing professional practice and influencing policy, but also in allied areas of strength, including science, business and the arts.
  • In the 2014 National Student Survey (NSS), 86% of our students reported that they were 'overall satisfied' with their experience of studying with us – our highest ever overall satisfaction score.
  • Across the University, the Higher Education Academy has awarded four National Teaching Fellowships in recent years.

Research Standards

  • Research conducted by our academics is making a real difference, informing national policy and practice, especially in the fields of health care, education, social and applied sciences, business, humanities and the arts.
  • The Research Excellence Framework (REF) in 2014 demonstrated our world leading research in all of the ten areas we submitted. 88% of our submission was recognised as world leading or internationally excellent or internationally recognised.
  • We have an open and welcoming research culture with the Graduate School at its heart, and provide a supportive community.
  • You will always have direct access to personal support, opening up opportunities for in-depth academic discussion and interaction, not just within your field of study, but across the range of academic disciplines.
  • We offer a dedicated room on campus for research students, where you will have exclusive 24-hour access to IT facilities and other resources.
  • We encourage students to pursue creative and original research subjects, giving you the opportunity to pursue research degrees that you wouldn’t find anywhere else.

Academic Strengths

  • As one of the largest providers of education, training and skills to the public services, and with our strong links to the best industry organisations, our students are fully prepared to achieve their goals and have successful futures.
  • There has always been a close connection between our research role – with its strong practical and care-giving emphasis – and our teaching and learning. The strong partnership between our academics and our students inspires confidence, a sense of achievement, and a capacity for fresh thinking built on daily contact with real-world complexity.
  • We provide a distinctive and broader student experience through opportunities for external engagement through placements, internships, study abroad, language learning and community engagement.
  • We continue to develop innovative new programmes at undergraduate and postgraduate levels, including cross-disciplinary programmes.
  • A commitment to enhancing graduate employability, internationalisation, and education for social and environment responsibility is embedded in our curriculum.

Student Facilities

  • Our £35-million pound city centre library and learning centre, Augustine House, in Canterbury, jointly won the prestigious SCONUL Library Design Award and UCISA Higher Education Award for Excellence for its unique iBorrow project.
  • A city-based sports centre.
  • A city centre accommodation and student centre opened in 2012, St George’s Centre, home to the Students’ Union and 200 plus student residential spaces.
  • Anselm Studios for performing arts, a new music centre at St Gregory’s, Canterbury, and rehearsal space opened in 2012.
  • A new 120-seater lecture theatre was established in Augustine House in 2014.
  • Enhanced library and new student food and beverage facilities at Broadstairs opened in 2013.
  • New additional psychology laboratories opened in 2014.
  • A £4-million investment in sports facilities will become operational at Polo Farm Sport Complex in September, 2015.
  • We have been recognised for our collaboration with students at the Higher Education Academy (HEA) Partnership Awards.
  • We received the Transformative Partnership accolade for our work with Student Ambassadors for Learning and Teaching (SALT).
  • We understand that whilst studying with us, students may occasionally benefit from some extra support. We have a wide range of services open to them, from financial support and hardship funding to counselling.

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 100 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.
  • New indoor facilities are in development in association with Polo Farm Sports Club, a leading centre of sports development and achievement in the South East of England.
  • 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.
  • New provision in rowing and other water sports at Dover Sea Sports Centre.

Recent/Prospective New Builds

  • In 2012, the University opened the St. George’s accommodation and student centre in the city centre. It is the home of its Students' Union and also accommodates 230 student residential spaces.
  • Additional student residential accommodation following the same 'city centre living' model is being developed at Petros Court in the city centre with 418 bedrooms opening in September, 2015 adjacent to Augustine House.
  • The Augustine House Library and Student Services Centre was officially opened in September 2009.
  • 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.
  • A £4-million investment in sports facilities will become operational at Polo Farm Sport Complex in September, 2015.
  • In July 2015 Canterbury Christ Church International Pathway College will be established on the North Holmes campus.
  • Stem laboratories will be developed at Medway in the summer of 2015.

Availability of Part-Time Work

  • If you are available to work up to 15 hours per week alongside your studies, you can find information and opportunities for part-time work via Unitemps at Canterbury Christ Church University.
  • Unitemps is a recruitment service designed specifically for university students, with a dedicated branch on campus to assist students with finding part-time and vacation work, temporary work experience opportunities, internships, placements and graduate roles.
  • Unitemps advertises opportunities for students and graduates to work within the University and for business and organisations around the local area and throughout the county of Kent.
  • Canterbury is a vibrant city with several retail outlets, bars and restaurants, all of which regularly advertise for part-time work. There are also paid and voluntary job 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 internship schemes, enabling students to work alongside academic colleagues and develop their research skills and business acumen in a professional environment.

Careers Guidance

Our students and recent graduates are offered various ways to explore career options and futures whilst studying for your course:

  • Bespoke careers information sessions are delivered within your course by trained professionals from the Career Development service at the University, in partnership with course academics.
  • Students can book an impartial and confidential one-to-one careers advice appointment with a Careers Consultant, to discuss options and gain information.
  • The Career Development Service runs a daily drop-in service on campus for CV checks, quick advice and part-time job hunting queries. Students have access to a dedicated online careers information system with hundreds of useful resources for choosing and achieving your chosen career, designed and developed by University staff specifically for Canterbury Christ Church University students and graduates.

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’.
  • Ron Chakraborty, Executive Editor, Olympic Games, BBC Sport.



For further information

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

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