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University of Chichester

2015 League Table Ranking 76
2015 Overall Score 606
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Entry Standards 303 Help
Entry Standards
The average UCAS tariff score of new students entering the University.

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Student-Staff Ratio 18.7 Help
Student-Staff Ratio
The average staffing levels at the University.

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Research Assessment 1.96 Help
Research Assessment
The average quality of the research undertaken in the University.

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Academic Services Spend 747 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 4.10 Help
Student Satisfaction
A guide to how satisfied students are with the quality of teaching they receive.

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Facilities Spend 337 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 58.8 Help
Graduate Prospects
A guide to the employability of graduates on completion of their courses at the University.

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Degree Completion 89.8 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 63.7 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 45.0 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 rail and road. There is a mainline train station in the centre of each town, as well as bus stations, both within easy walking distance of each campus. There is also a University subsidised bus service which operates between both the Chichester and Bognor Regis campuses.

Entry Standards

  • Students should apply through UCAS for all full time undergraduate programmes. Applications for part-time courses should be made directly to the University of Chichester.
  • 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

  • Most degrees can be studied on a part-time basis. Part-time students follow the same course structure, but take fewer than eight modules per year. Transfers between day and evening study, and between full-time and part-time modes are easy, allowing students to study at their own pace.
  • Combined honours programme enables students to study two subjects in depth.

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 of Chichester has an international reputation for research. Following an impressive performance in the national Research Assessment Exercise (RAE) 2008, the University was one of the top five most improved institutions in this table when compared to performance in RAE 2001. 
  • Over 70% of the University entry into the RAE 2008 achieved an international standard and just over one quarter of the submission was assessed as 'Internationally Excellent in terms of originality, significance and rigour’. Chichester also achieved within their Sport and Exercise Sciences area output classed as 'World Leading'.
  • The University has been successfully operating a programme of doctoral research study, accredited by the University of Southampton, for almost two decades. The University currently has over 60 research students across the departments of Sport and Exercise Sciences, Sport Development and Management, Physical Education, Adventure Education, Social Work, School Enterprise Management and Leadership, Education, Psychology, Dance, Performing arts, English and Creative Writing, History and Theology.

Academic Strengths

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

Student Facilities

  • 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. Library and IT services housed in modern learning resources centres on each campus with a brand new environmentally friendly building at the Bognor campus. Wifi 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 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 cideo 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. Specialist collections: Bishop Otter collection of 20th-century British art, Gerard Young local history collection, 19th-century British parliamentary papers, Historical Association pamphlets, music scores, dance DVDs, specialist theological collection  and unique historical archive collection.

Disability Services

For information on the disability and dyslexia service at Chichester:

  • telephone 01243 812076 (ext 2076)
  • minicom 01243 812013
  • email disability@chi.ac.uk or dyslexia@chi.ac.uk
  • or visit the website www.chi.ac.uk/studentsupport.

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

  • A new sports dome has recently been constructed to provide an all-weather, multi-sport facility and therefore increasing the amount of time students can use the area. In addition to this, the first stage of a running track has been installed on the top sports field.
  • New dance studios and music rehearsal rooms.
  • Bishop Otter Campus new £4-million accommodation.
  • The University was recently awarded over £8 million by HEFCE and SEEDA, of which £6.35m has gone towards a major internal refurbishment of the Dome to become a centre for business and enterprise. The award has also contributed to a new state-of-art learning resource centre and student support facility.

Availability of Part-Time Work

  • Plentiful opportunities in Chichester, with its many bars, restaurants and clubs. Around 90 students are employed by the Students' Union alone. The student services team run a job shop facility and help to arrange paid and volunteer opportunities on campus.

For further information

  • www.chi.ac.uk
  • admissions@chi.ac.uk
  • +44 (0)1243 816000
  • University of Chichester
    College Lane
    West Sussex
    PO19 6PE
UCAS Code C58

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