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University of Chester

2016 League Table Ranking 93
2016 Overall Score 553
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Entry Standards 299 Help
Entry Standards
The average UCAS tariff score of new students entering the University.

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Student-Staff Ratio 16.5 Help
Student-Staff Ratio
The average staffing levels at the University.

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Research Quality 2.08 Help
Research Quality
A measure of the quality of the research undertaken in the University.

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Academic Services Spend 1,116 Help
Academic Services Spend
A guide to how much the University spends on supporting services such as libraries and IT.

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Student Satisfaction 4.13 Help
Student Satisfaction
A guide to how satisfied students are with the quality of teaching they receive.

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Facilities Spend 427 Help
Facilities Spend
A guide to how much the University spends on supporting facilities such as the careers service, health and counselling services and sport facilities.

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Graduate Prospects 65.3 Help
Graduate Prospects
A guide to the employability of graduates on completion of their courses at the University.

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Degree Completion 80.5 Help
Degree Completion
The proportion of students expected to successfully complete their studies and gain a degree from the University.

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Good Honours 63.4 Help
Good Honours
The percentage of graduates achieving a first or upper second class honours degree – the class of degree achieved can impact a graduate’s employment prospects.

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Green Score 58.8 Help
Green Score
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  • Founded as the very first teacher training college in 1839 by the Church of England. Founders included two prime ministers, W. E. Gladstone and the 14th Earl of Derby, and an Archbishop of Canterbury, John Bird Sumner. Later became Chester Diocesan Training College, Chester College of HE, and the University College Chester.
  • Significant dates: 1975 BA, BSc degrees introduced; 1991 Nursing/ Midwifery courses introduced; 2002 Former HE section of Warrington Collegiate Institute joined Chester College of HE as its Warrington campus; 2003 taught degree awarding powers granted.
  • 2005 full university status achieved; 2007 research degree awarding powers granted.
  • In 2014 the Thornton Science Park opened at the site of the former Shell Technology, Exploration and Research Centre.

Location and Transport

  • The main campus in Chester is approximately 10 minutes walking distance of the centre of one of England's finest historic cities.
  • Warrington Campus is a self-contained campus at Padgate, Warrington.
  • Kingsway Buildings, a second site in Chester opened in September 2007, is approximately 5 minutes driving distance or 20 minutes walking distance from the main Chester campus; the Chester base of the Faculty of Arts and Media.
  • Riverside Campus, a third Chester site located in the city centre, opened in September 2010, approximately 6 minutes driving distance or 25 minutes walking distance from the main Chester campus; the Chester base of the Faculty of Education and Children's Services and the Faculty of Health and Social Care.
  • Thornton Science Park, a multi-million pound campus, near Ellesmere Port has opened and houses the Faculty of Science and Engineering as well as offering incubator space for young and developing enterprises. Larger firms and multinationals are offered a range of commercial options at the site both through partnerships with the University of Chester and other stakeholders.
  • Both Chester and Warrington are easy to reach by rail or road. Liverpool and Manchester airports are both relatively near.

Entry Standards

  • A minimum of between 240 and 300 UCAS points (180 for foundation degrees), depending on subject, for degree courses.
  • More details on information standards at the University of Chester are available on the website.

A-Level and GCSE Requirements

  • For 2017 entry, the University of Chester will accept the new A Level, AS Level and GCSE qualifications, and will continue to make offers using a mixture of tariff points and grades, or just grades.
  • Students taking A Levels are normally expected to present at least three A Levels for entry to our undergraduate courses. Our undergraduate prospectus and website outlines specific subject requirements. We will continue to welcome applications from students studying a fourth AS Level or EPQ, but recognise that this may not be available as an option for all students and will ensure that applicants are not disadvantaged as a consequence. Where an applicant does not offer AS Levels we will base our admissions decision on GCSE performance and A Level predictions as well as the reference and personal statement.
  • We accept applications from students with relevant BTEC, OCR Cambridge Technical and other vocational qualifications as well as a mix of A Levels, Welsh Baccalaureate and BTEC/OCR courses.
  • Specific programme requirements for GCSE achievement will be adjusted to fit the new grading format, using guidance from Ofqual on grade equivalences.
  • The University’s Undergraduate Admissions Policy can be found at:

Student Mix

The 14,740 students enrolled in the academic year 2013/14 comprise:

Level of study
Mode of study
Full Time
Part Time
Student gender

Course Flexibility

  • Students can apply to change from single to combined honours programmes and vice versa.
  • Most combinations of subjects are possible within the combined honours programme, provided that location and time-tabling constraints do not make them impracticable.
  • Most programmes allow some module choice in second and third years.

Teaching Standards

  • In the NSS over 88% of students satisfied, 2% above national average, second place within the region.
  • First for employability in the North West with over 95% of students employed or in further study within six months of graduation.
  • The University has earned joint first place in the North West for teaching (89%), and academic support (85%) and with a score of 75% CSU is not only the leader in its field in the region, but also 7% above the sector average.

The following subjects ranked top in the UK for overall satisfaction:

  • Others in Social Studies, which includes International Development Studies – 100%
  • Politics 100%
  • Mathematics and Statistics 100%
  • Law 98%.

The following subjects ranked in the top 10 in the UK for overall satisfaction:

  • Accounting 97%
  • Imaginative Writing 96%
  • Tourism, Transport and Travel 94%
  • Nutrition 94%
  • Sociology, which includes Criminology 94%

The following courses achieved 100% overall satisfaction:

  • BSc Nutrition and Dietetics
  • BSc Mathematics
  • BA English

The following subjects ranked in the top 10 for the 'Teaching on my course' question area:

  • Others in Social Studies – 100% (top in the UK)
  • Mathematics and Statistics 97%
  • Politics 96%
  • Sociology 96%
  • Others in Subject Allied to Medicine, which includes Counselling Skills 95%
  • Imaginative Writing  93%
  • Tourism, Transport and Travel 91%
  • Marketing 89%

Research Standards

  • In the 2014 Research Excellence Framework (REF) assessment, 16 of the University’s areas of research were assessed and all have been judged to include internationally excellent (3*) research, with the following areas including world leading (4*) research: Allied Health Professions, Dentistry, Nursing and Pharmacy; Psychology, Psychiatry and Neuroscience; Mathematical Sciences; Geography and Environmental Studies and Archaeology; Business and Management Studies; Education; Sports and Exercise Sciences, Leisure and Tourism; Area Studies; English Language and Literature; History; Theology and Religious Studies; Art and Design – History, Practice and Theory; Music, Drama, Dance and Performing Arts.

For the first time, this major research exercise assessed the impact of the research outside of academic institutions, and examples of the University’s case studies considered to demonstrate significant influence were:

  • research into protecting school pupils from bullying and its harmful effects has contributed to a shift in general perception amongst government publicity makers;
  • research into managing fatigue and recovery in team sports which involved working with Warrington Wolves;
  • the project ‘Visions of Development and Slavery in Contemporary Francophone African Art’ which is raising public awareness and professional understanding of how contemporary development is being viewed in Africa. Research has revealed that artists are depicting economic growth in the region as a form of enslavement;
  • the Adolescent Diabetes Needs Assessment Tool (ADNAT) research programme – the first intervention of its kind, filling a recognised gap in UK service provision, focusing on young people between the ages of 12 and 18 living with Type 1 diabetes.

Academic Strengths

  • Biological Sciences, Business, Education, English, Fine Art, Geography and Development Studies, Health and Social Care, History and Archaeology, Performing Arts, Psychology, Science and Engineering, Sociology, Sport Sciences, Theology.
  • An innovative Work Based Learning programme is available to all second-year students in HEFCE Faculties.

Student Facilities

  • Library, Computer and IT Services are a merged service known as Learning and Information Services.
  • Substantial investment in student study facilities in recent years, with continuing investment across our sites.
  • There are libraries on the Parkgate Campus, Warrington Campus, at the Riverside and Thornton sites, as well as two healthcare libraries at Clatterbridge and Leighton Hospital.
  • Library book stock is approximately 350,000 volumes, with 19,000 e-books and 20,000 e-journals.
  • Excellent online resources, available 24/7 and accessible remotely.
  • There are over 2,500 PCs for student use, including more than 400 Apple computers and 150 loan laptops.
  • 24/7 access to computers and study space in the Seaborne Library, Chester, at the Warrington campus and at the JET library, Leighton Hospital. Wi-Fi available throughout the campuses.

Disability Services

  • Diversity issues (including disability) are currently dealt with by the Equality Officer for staff (Human Resources Management Services) and the Equality Officer for students (Student Support and Guidance).
  • Student Support and Guidance has a Disability Services Manager, Heather Blundell.

Students' Union

  • Chester Students’ Union is top in the North West for student satisfaction and 7% above the national average.
    National Student Survey 2014.
  • £1-million expansion of the students' union at Chester will be completed by September 2015.


  • Sport and Exercise Sciences is a major subject department, so facilities are extensive.
  • The facilities at Chester include a fitness centre, sports hall, gymnasium, floodlist astro hockey pit, floodlit 3G multi-use all-weather pitch, squash courts, floodlit tennis courts, a 25m swimming pool and a 60m running track.
  • Those at Warrington include a sports hall, a floodlit all-weather pitch, athletics track and fitness centre.
  • There is a gym and sports pitches at the Thornton Science Park. A new 4G astroturf football pitch and tennis courts will be completed at the Warrington campus in 2015.

Recent/Prospective New Builds

  • The Thornton Science Park is being developed as an internationally-renowned campus, aligning students directly with engineering, energy and chemicals industries through the new Faculty of Science and Engineering.
  • The University has completed the Food Science and Technology Innovation Centre NoW Food (£4.8M), which will provide state of the art facilities designed to make a direct contribution to the success of the food industries in Cheshire and the North West. Facilities were available from April 2014.
  • A new 202-bedroom accommodation suite was been built for the start of the 2013–14 academic year. This provides large self-contained units, comprising bedroom and study space, an ensuite bathroom and galley kitchen, with laundry facilities, a reception and function room, and cycle storage. In addition, a 160 bedroom Hall of Residence opened in the city centre in the summer of 2013.
  • In September 2011, the Riverside Innovation Centre (RIC) opened for business. Jointly funded by the European Regional Development Fund and the University, the Riverside Innovation Centre is a £6-million project, designed to generate sustainable, added-value economic impact for the local and regional economy. Its purpose-designed facilities include 15 incubation units to help encourage new small business start-ups across all sectors aimed primarily but not exclusively at graduates, modern conferencing facilities, a tele-presence suite, and a fully Wi-Fi enabled networking business lounge.
  • Chester – acquisition of County Hall in Chester city centre from the former Cheshire County Council. Completely refurbished and opened in September 2010 as the Riverside campus for the Faculty of Education and Children's Services and the Faculty of Health and Social Care at a cost of £12.5 million.
  • At Kingsway £6.4 million has been invested in improvements including the new three-storey building housing a ground floor gallery and exhibition space, sound booths and two further floors of staff office accommodation, 2010.
  • Chester – Westminster Building (£4 million), now HQ (Faculty of Business, Enterprise and Lifelong Learning), opened in 2006 remodelled 2010.
  • Chester – new SU Building operational from September 2007.
  • Chester – an additional Chester site for the Faculty of Arts and Media (Kingsway) operational from September 2007.
  • Warrington – major refurbishment of bar, 2006.
  • Warrington – Broomhead Library (£2.35 million) officially opened in February 2008.
  • Warrington: Tucker Building (Business Centre/Teaching Accommodation, £3 million) now operational.

Availability of Part-Time Work

  • A wide range of job opportunities is available.
  • Careers and Employability maintain information about job opportunities.
  • About 45% of full-time students say they undertake some form of paid employment during term-time.
  • Over the past three years, the University of Chester has consistently been at the forefront of the North West's figures for graduate employability.

Careers Guidance

  • Seven Careers Consultants offer one-to-one interviews as well as drop in sessions helping with CVs and interview techniques. Career Consultants also regularly give careers sessions during timetabled lectures across all disciplines.
  • Over the past year, this has resulted in more than 4,000 tailored individual career consultations for students, in person or online, as well as nearly 500 hours of employability sessions via the academic curriculum and extra-curricular workshops.
  • The team continues to collaborate with academic departments on bespoke employability fairs and networking events, and liaises with a network of Careers and Employability Link Tutors in each academic department. The Careers and Employability team has worked with more than 200 local, regional and national employers and this year advertised a record number of job vacancies on the online vacancy portal.

Notable Alumni

  • Alan Bleasdale
  • Dave Brailsford, CBE
  • Duffy
  • Jim Bowen
  • Rob Wotton
  • Matt Greenhalgh
  • Susan Earl
  • Janice Phayre
  • George Courtney
  • Alastair Connolly
  • Dave Vitty
  • Paul Salt
  • Tracey Neville
  • Gillian Burns MBE
  • Roderick Hunt MBE
  • Sir Walter Winterbottom CBE
  • Professor Alan Emery FRSE

For further information

  • +44 (0)1244 511000
  • University of Chester
    Parkgate Road
    CH1 4BJ
UCAS Code C55

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