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University of Chichester

2016 League Table Ranking 77
2016 Overall Score 604
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Entry Standards 306 Help
Entry Standards
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Student-Staff Ratio 17.5 Help
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Research Quality 2.50 Help
Research Quality
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Academic Services Spend 768 Help
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Student Satisfaction 4.14 Help
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Facilities Spend 364 Help
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Graduate Prospects 56.8 Help
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Degree Completion 89.9 Help
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Good Honours 69.3 Help
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Green Score 65.6 Help
Green Score
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  • The University of Chichester can trace its origins back to 1839, marking it out as one of the older institutions of higher education in the country.
  • In 1873 Bishop Otter College in Chichester became a training college for women as a result of a campaign to encourage the acceptance of women as teachers; Bognor Regis College of Education was set up in 1946 as an emergency training college for men and women to meet the severe shortage of teachers after the war. The West Sussex Institute of Higher Education was formed in 1977 as a result of the merger between the two colleges.
  • The Institute changed its name to Chichester Institute of Higher Education in 1995. In 1999 the Institute gained degree awarding powers in its own right and the name was changed to University College Chichester.
  • The title University of Chichester was approved by the Privy Council on 12 October 2005.

Location and Transport

  • Split over two campuses, students experience life in Chichester's bustling, historic market town and relax at the seaside resort of Bognor Regis.
  • Transport to both Bognor Regis and Chichester is good by road and rail.
  • The University runs a subsidised bus service which operates between the Chichester and Bognor Regis campuses, as well as two mini buses that run a flyer service between campuses during the day, and operate as safety buses during the evenings from the Student Union bars.
  • There is also a mainline train station in the centre of each town, as well as bus stations, which are within easy walking distance of each campus.

Entry Standards

  • For entry to bachelor degrees (BA, BSc) we require a minimum of two A levels and three GCSEs (A-C) in subjects other than the A level subjects. These are the absolute minimum requirements.
  • For specific course level information please see the course pages on our website. Typical offers require three A levels (or equivalent qualifications).
  • The University has an alternative entry procedure for applicants who do not hold the formal qualifications.

Student Mix

The 5,635 students enrolled in the academic year 2013/14 comprise:

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

Course Flexibility

  • With almost a third of our students studying part-time, we have the infrastructure and the experience to support you if this is your preferred route.
  • We understand that you may have other commitments that may mean you cannot devote your time to a full time degree. In these instances, a part time can be tailored to your requirements and mean that you can complete a degree over a longer time period. For example, instead of a three year degree with 4 modules per semester, you could complete a 6 year degree with 2 modules per semester.
  • Combined honours programme enables students to study two subjects in depth. Combined honours are available on a number of our courses.

Teaching Standards

  • The University has repeatedly achieved good results in QAA (Quality Assurance Agency) and OfSTED inspections.
  • Ranked 10th in overall satisfaction by the National Student Survey.
  • History at Chichester is the top ranked History course in the country for student satisfaction.
  • English & Creative Writing at Chichester is the top ranked Imaginative Writing course nationally for student satisfaction.
  • Media Studies at Chichester is the 2nd ranked Media Studies course nationally for student satisfaction.
  • Sports Science at Chichester is the 8th ranked Sports Science course nationally for student satisfaction.

Research Standards

  • The University entered the Research Assessment Exercise (RAE) in 1996, 2001 and 2008 with increasing success.
  • The results announced in December 2014 represent a remarkable increase in the amount of research of international renown and particular research classified as world leading.

Headline results

World leading research:

  • 14.9% of the University’s entire submission has been classed as world leading
  • 30.9% of the ‘Impact’ component of the University’s entire submission has been classed as world leading
  • 12.9% of research outputs in the University’s entire submission have been classed as world leading

Internationally renowned research:

  • 89.7% of the University’s entire submission is internationally renowned
  • 87.2% of the University’s research outputs are internationally renowned
  • 93.0% of the ‘Impact’ component of the University’s entire submission is internationally renowned
  • 94.8% of the ‘Research Environment’ component of the University’s entire submission is internationally renowned

Academic Strengths

  • Teacher Education, Sport, Exercise and Health Sciences, Visual and Performing Arts, Cultural Studies, Social Studies.

Student Facilities

  • Library and IT services housed in modern learning resources centres on each campus with a brand new environmentally friendly building at the Bognor campus. W-Fi and full internet access across both campuses with over 230 workstations. Microsoft Office software, state-of-the art printing faciltiies, laptop working areas, group working spaces and bookable individual study room. The library collection contains over 260,000 volumes in total, with 1,270 periodicals including various specialist collections; the growing online library contains over 30,000 e-books. Seven hundred print journals and electronic access to over 4,500 journals online.
  • The Media Centre offers the latest digital video-editing facilities, multimedia production, image manipulation and desktop publishing software. The Media Centre also hosts 46 Apple Macs with new media software; eight dedicated professional Mac-based video editing suites.
  • The ShowRoom is a new, multi-purpose lecture, rehearsal and performance studio, with electrically retractable seating for 212 people, and the latest sound and lighting systems.
  • The Otter Gallery at Chichester has an important collection of 20th century British Art.
  • Specialised physiology laboratories and biomechanic laboratories predominantly used within our sport Science programmes.
  • Three dance studios (with computerised sound and light systems); music rehearsal rooms and recording studio; art centre and gallery.

Disability Services

For information on the disability and dyslexia service at Chichester:

  • telephone 01243 812076 (ext 2076)
  • minicom 01243 812013
  • email or
  • or visit the website

Students' Union

  • The University has an active Students' Union which provides many development and social opportunities for students through its various clubs, societies, and volunteering activities, and provides training and accreditation for participating students.
  • It is also the representative voice for students, on both a collective and individual basis, ensuring that students have maximum input into, and enjoyment out of, their university experience, with many opportunities available for engagement in these processes for those who want to get involved.
  • The Union has a shop, and bars on both campuses and runs many popular events throughout the year including student balls, comedy and live band nights to name a few.


  • As well as the sports-related courses, the University has excellent sport facilities on campus, including an all-weather multi-sport dome, astroturf, gymnasium, rock climbing wall and grass pitches for both rugby and football. There are also some of the best water sport locations in the country.
  • There are over 25 successful teams participating in BUCS (British University & College Sport) fixtures around the country on Wednesdays (in additional to local leagues), so if you are interested in either competitive or recreational sport Chichester offers something for everyone.
  • The University has a well-established Olympic heritage dating back to the 1988 Seoul Games, and continues to be involved in the training and preparation of Olympic athletes.
  • The University hosted training and holding camps for international athletes in the lead up to the 2012 London Olympic Games.

Recent/Prospective New Builds

  • The University has been awarded £8 million in order to build a new Technology Park on our Bognor Regis campus, which will provide cutting edge training to 500 new students, as well as broadening the University’s academic profile.
  • The second floor of our LRC has been renovated, which completes the redevelopment of the entire building, incorporating additional study space, even more PCs, new study rooms, all within a modern, vibrant space.
  • The Chapel, which has been the heart of our community for over 50 years, has been refurbished, ensuring that it remains so for many years to come.
  • Our Tudor Hale Centre for Sport opened in January 2013 and offers incredible facilities for our students, incorporating state-of-the-art laboratories, a refurbished fitness suite, and a Sports Injury clinic.
  • We have had a great deal of redevelopment done on our Bognor Regis campus – the restaurant has been completely refitted to create a fresh and modern eating space, which can also be used for group study and as a social area. The Student’s Union Bar has also been refurbished, and a mini gym has been added to the campus. New toilet and bathroom faculties have also been added to our Longbrook Halls of Residence.

Availability of Part-Time Work

  • The careers department has a JobShop which advertises local part-time jobs and volunteer positions, as well as national graduate positions. The GraduateOn scheme matches graduates to local businesses.
  • Around 90 students are employed by the Student's Union alone, with more students employed by the University itself.
  • 95% of our full time students have some form of part-time work.

Careers Guidance

  • Our Careers Service supports students at all stages of their course and after graduating with a range of resources, information and guidance services.
  • Professional advice is available to assist you in researching opportunities and jobs, CV writing, completing application forms and developing your interpersonal skills for interviews. We also offer a programme of workshops that run throughout the year and work closely with Academic Departments to provide careers advice specific to each course and year group.
  • Chichester graduates can access the full Careers Service for up to three years after graduating.

Notable Alumni

  • Pippa Wilson MBE – Olympic Gold Medal sailor – studied BSc Sport and Exercise Science
  • Isabel Ashdown – Author – studied BA English and Creative Writing
  • Sarah Class – Singer, Songwriter and Composer – Studied BA Music and Art
  • Saskia Clark – Olympic Silver medal Sailor – studied Sport and Exercise Science

For further information

  • +44 (0)1243 816000
  • University of Chichester
    College Lane
    West Sussex
    PO19 6PE
UCAS Code C58

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