University of Chester

  • Entry Standards Entry Standards

    The average UCAS tariff score of new students entering the University.

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  • Student-Staff Ratio Student-Staff Ratio

    The average staffing levels at the University.

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  • Research Quality Research Quality

    A measure of the quality of the research undertaken in the University.

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    2.08 / 4.00
  • Academic Services Spend 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 Student Satisfaction

    A guide to how satisfied students are with the quality of teaching they receive.

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    4.12 / 5.00
  • Facilities Spend 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 Graduate Prospects

    A guide to the employability of graduates on completion of their courses at the University.

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    63.1 / 100.0
  • Degree Completion Degree Completion

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

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    80.4 / 100.0
  • Good Honours 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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    63.8 / 100.0


  • 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.
  • In 2015 the university's sixth campus, the Queen's Park Campus, opened in Chester and is home to the Faculty of Business and Management.

Location and Transport

  • The main campus in Chester is known as the Parkgate Road Campus and is approximately 10 minutes walking distance from 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.
  • Queen's Park Campus, the base of the Faculty of Business and Management, which opened in 2015, is approximately 6 minutes driving distance or 25 minutes walking distance from the Parkgate Road Campus.

Entry 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.
  • A minimum of between 240 and 300 UCAS points (180 for foundation degrees), depending on subject, for degree courses.
  • More details on information standards is available on our website.

Student Mix

The 15,130 students enrolled in the academic year 2014/15 comprise:

Level of study

  • Undergraduate 72%
  • Postgraduate 28%

Mode of study

  • Full Time 69%
  • Part Time 31%


  • UK 91%
  • EU 2%
  • Other 7%

Student gender

  • Male 33%
  • Female 67%

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.
  • Most students will undertake the Work Based Learning (WBL) module in Level 5 (Year 2) of their degree programme which involves spending five weeks working for an organisation, followed by submission of a reflective report.
  • A range of full and part time Foundation Degrees are available.
  • The International Exchange programme allows University of Chester students to study for a full academic year abroad at one of the bilateral exchange partners or through ISEP, a network of over 300 additional higher education institutions worldwide.

Teaching Standards

  • In the NSS 88% of students satisfied, 2% above the national average, third place within the region.
  • With a score of 79% satisfaction, the Students’ Union rating has grown by 4% from last year – 11% above the sector average.
  • In the North West, Academic Support at the university was rated at joint second, with the categories of 'Teaching on my Course', and 'Overall Satisfaction' rated third and 'Personal Development' joint third. 'Assessment and Feedback' was rated fourth best in the North West.

The following courses all achieved 100% overall satisfaction:

  • BN Adult Nursing
  • BSc Criminology (Single Honours)
  • BSc Criminology and Sociology
  • BA Events Management (Single Honours)
  • BA History (Single Honours)
  • BA Marketing (Single Honours)
  • BSc Midwifery
  • Foundation Degree (FD) Mission and Ministry (Delivered by All Saints Centre for Mission and Ministry)
  • BA Religious Studies
  • BSc Sociology (Single Honours.)

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

  • Theology and Religious Studies – 100% - Joint first in the UK
  • Law – 98% - Joint third in the UK
  • History – 98%
  • Sociology (which also includes Criminology) – 97%
  • Tourism, Transport and Travel – 97%
  • Imaginative Writing (Creative Writing) – 96%
  • Psychology – 95%.

The following subjects were in the top 10 for academic support:

  • German – 98% - Joint first in the UK
  • Human and Social Geography – 97% - Joint second in the UK
  • Theology and Religious Studies – 95% - Second in the UK
  • Imaginative Writing (Creative Writing) – 95% - Fourth in the UK
  • Journalism – 94% - Second in the UK
  • Media Studies – 94% - Joint fourth in the UK
  • Iberian Studies (Spanish) – 93%
  • Accounting – 94%
  • Law – 92%.

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
  • 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.

Undergraduate Courses

Type of Qualification:

Mode of study:

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 Road Campus, Warrington Campus, Queen’s Park Campus, Kingsway Campus, Riverside Campus and Thornton Science Park, as well as two healthcare libraries at Clatterbridge and Leighton Hospitals and a library at University Centre Shrewsbury.
  • 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 and Payroll Services) and the Equality Officer for students (Student Support and Guidance).
  • Student Support and Guidance has a disability service that offers information, advice and guidance to applicants and students which is led by Disability Services Manager Heather Blundell.
  • Staff with disabilities are supported via Access to Work, the University's proactive Disabled Staff Group and Equality Forum as well as ongoing line management and dedicated HR support.

Students' Union

  • Chester Students’ Union is top in the North West for student satisfaction and 11% above the national average and top in the North West for student satisfaction in the National Student Survey 2015.
  • Chester Students’ Union (CSU) enhances the student experience through a range of social, sporting and non-sporting activities. It represents all students on a local and national basis and provides advice on issues such as accommodation, health and money worries.
  •  CSU invests all its revenue into improving the whole range of facilities and services so that students can maximise their time in higher education.

Availability of Part-Time Work

  • The university offers an innovative vacancy service that advertises paid positions within the university, available to current students who have gained a place on the UniJob bank.
  • Positions within the university include clerical and administrative positions, working at conferences or events, or working in the libraries.
  • The service includes a comprehensive induction and tips on professional conduct, interview technique, and is designed to enhance students' skills, experience and employability.

Careers Guidance

  • Careers guidance at the University of Chester is offered both through core services and curriculum delivery by our team of specialist Career Consultants and other team members.
  • Careers and Employability at the University of Chester is staffed by two offices, at the Chester Parkgate Road and Warrington campuses.
  • Our goal is to enable students to graduate as employable, work-ready, self-aware and resilient so that they can meet the changing demands of the labour market.
  • Core services delivered at the Careers and Employability offices include drop-in CV advice, longer guidance appointments to explore career planning or interview practice, and a wide range of training sessions and workshops on careers skills such as job searching, interview skills, and assessment centres.
  • We run a work-shadowing programme, The Chester Difference Award for extra-curricular activities, a Unijob on-campus recruitment programme and an award-winning suite of entrepreneurship programmes: one-to-one appointments are available for students to discuss participation in all of these schemes.
  • We also provide a smaller range of these services on our other sites, including Queen’s Park, Thornton, Kingsway, Riverside, all affiliated nursing sites and University Centre Shrewsbury.
  • Careers curriculum content is relatively high across many programmes. It is offered through individual degree programmes, both traditional subject areas and those with more vocational or professional focus, and reflects teaching and curriculum objectives as well as exploring careers skills and career planning.
  • It is collaboratively designed between careers specialists and academics, and will also reflect what students feel they need to prepare well to enter the employment market.
  • Sessions range from CV workshops and employability skills audits to employer-led training and sessions on specialist sector knowledge. While these sessions inevitably complement individual degree programmes, Careers and Employability aims to prepare students to enter as wide a range of potential careers as possible.
  • We also collaborate with academic faculties and departments to hold careers events and conferences, where employers share perspectives on their professions with students.
  • There is also a good level of contribution from alumni in both general university and departmental events, where successful alumni return to the institution and share their stories with current students.

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 £6m 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 £12.5m.
  • At Kingsway £6.4m 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 (£4m), 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 (£2.35m) officially opened in February 2008.
  • Warrington: Tucker Building (Business Centre/Teaching Accommodation, £3m) now operational.
  • Queen's Park Campus in Chester opened in September 2015 housing the Faculty of Business and Management. Situated on the banks of the River Dee, a short distance from the city centre, it offers two large lecture theatres and seminar rooms, open access PC suites, a dedicated business library, catering outlets including a top-floor Brasserie-style dining room and formal gardens and walkways down to the river.

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
  • Thomas Plunkett PRWS

Further Details

Address University of Chester
Parkgate Road
UCAS Code C55
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