Canterbury Christ Church University

  • Entry Standards Entry Standards

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

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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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    4.02 / 5.00
  • Research Quality Research Quality

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

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    2.38 / 4.00
  • Research Intensity Research Intensity

    A measure of the proportion of staff involved in research in the University.

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    0.23 / 1.00
  • Graduate Prospects Graduate Prospects

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

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    57.6 / 100.0
  • Student-Staff Ratio Student-Staff Ratio

    The average staffing levels at the University.

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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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    66.8 / 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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    80.8 / 100.0


  • Canterbury Christ Church 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.
  • The university appoints the Archbishop of Canterbury as Chancellor of Canterbury Christ Church University (the Most Revd and Rt Hon Justin Welby became our Chancellor in 2013).
  • The university was awarded research degree awarding powers in 2009 by the Privy Council.
  • In 2013, Professor Rama Thirunamachandran was appointed Vice-Chancellor and Principal of the university.

Location and Transport

  • As the university is less than an hour from London, and Europe accessible through the Eurostar or ferry, 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 in Kent, each with a different flavour. From a buzzing cosmopolitan city centre in Canterbury, to a historic maritime town in Medway and a relaxed seaside resort at Broadstairs.
  • Canterbury, the world-famous cathedral city, is home to University’s main campus. We are right at the heart of this great student city and we are privileged to be one of only a handful of UK universities located in a UNESCO World Heritage Site. With historic streets, ancient city walls, lively bars, cosy pubs, exciting clubs and top-class restaurants, there’s something for everyone.
  • Broadstairs is a picturesque seaside town. Here you’ll find breath taking sandy beaches, a great mix of live arts and music venues and a variety of independent places to shop, eat and drink. Close by, Margate has a vintage, retro feel with classic seaside heritage attractions as well the cutting-edge Turner Contemporary gallery. In neighbouring Ramsgate, you’ll find pavement cafes and waterfront bars. Three seaside towns, almost touching mainland Europe yet only 75 minutes from central London.
  • The Medway Campus is close to the historic naval town of Chatham and the beautiful cathedral city of Rochester. The campus itself is in an area known as Chatham Maritime, where major developments have created a student-friendly quarter with a real village atmosphere. Here you’ll find a multiplex cinema, a shopping centre and a fully equipped sports centre. London is under an hour away by train.
  • The Salomons Centre, located in Tunbridge Wells, specialises in providing postgraduate study, training and research opportunities. The centre and its staff have a national reputation for excellence in teaching and research in Applied Psychology. Situated in 36 acres of beautiful parkland, Salomons Centre provides a supportive and professional learning environment in the heart of West Kent.

Entry 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.
  • Some university courses 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).
  • A minority of programmes make grade specific offers.

Student Mix

The 16,020 students enrolled in the academic year 2014/15 comprise:

Level of study

  • Undergraduate 81%
  • Postgraduate 19%

Mode of study

  • Full Time 69%
  • Part Time 31%


  • UK 95%
  • EU 4%
  • Other 2%

Student gender

  • Male 33%
  • Female 67%

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, including Combined Honours degrees which allow you to study for a degree that combines two different subjects; beneficial to those who have particular cross-discipline interests or if you are not sure what you want to specialise in.
  • Some courses can be studied at a choice of campuses and many of our courses can be studied part-­time.
  • If you don’t get the grades you need or are returning to study, we offer a number of four year degree courses where the first year (Year 0) is a foundation year which will introduce you to university study in your chosen subject, and help you to develop your self-confidence, knowledge, skills and understanding in a supportive educational environment.

Teaching Standards

  • Our exciting, new Learning and Teaching Strategy underpins and informs our commitment to outstanding higher education, student experience and excellent outcomes.
  • We promote curriculum design for transformation which supports the inclusion and success of diverse student groups, accessibility, graduate employability, internationalisation and social and environmental responsibility.
  • We have, and are developing more flexible learning environments which can mirror workplace experiences, such as clinical Skills Labs, Bloomberg trading floors and forensic crime scene simulation.
  • All staff who teach or support learning are expected to be qualified to teach and actively involved in improving their practice, supported by our programme of academic professional development.
  • We have four National Teaching Fellows and a large network of HEA Fellows at all levels
  • Students are actively involved in the enhancement of learning and teaching across the University.
  • For a third consecutive year the university has recorded its highest ever overall student satisfaction level, at 87%, with improvements in other NSS categories also recorded.

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.
  • You will 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 enjoy successful futures. There has always been a close connection between our research role – with its strong practical and care­giving 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.

Undergraduate Courses

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Student Facilities

  • Our £35m city centre library and learning centre, Augustine House, Canterbury, jointly won the prestigious SCONUL Library Design Award. The library’s unique iBorrow project, allowing student to check out laptops, won the UCISA Higher Education Award for Excellence.
  • Indoor and outdoor sports facilities, close to campus.
  • 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 created in Augustine House in 2014. Enhanced library and new student food and beverage facilities at Broadstairs opened in 2013.
  • New psychology laboratories opened in 2014. In addition, students can hone their practical knowledge across the university in ‘Skills Labs’, including cardiac ultrasound facilities and an operating theatre environment. Health and wellbeing students also benefit from simulated medical wards at the Medway Campus.
  • Students have access to free wifi across the university.
  • We understand that whilst studying with us, students may occasionally benefit from some extra support. We have a wide range of services available, 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

  • Christ Church Students' Union's mission is to support, represent and enable you to have fun during your time at Canterbury Christ Church University, irrespective of whether you are based in Canterbury, Broadstairs or Medway.
  • Central to the union’s mission is to represent the voice of the student body to the university and nationally via NUS, through full-time and part-time elected student officers.
  • The union provides a wide range of independent and impartial support services from academic advice to campaigns on welfare issues.
  • The union supports and subsidises over 50 sports teams with over 1,100 members from American football to volleyball and everything in between, with a year's membership starting at just £40.
  • The annual Varsity competition with the University of Kent, followed by the Sports Federation Dinner, is the highlight of the sporting calendar.
  • The union also supports over 50 societies, all of which are student-led and democratic, which include general-interest subjects such as astronomy and student media (including the first online and FM student radio station in the country) to academic societies such as midwifery, and if nothing currently appeals the Union will help members start something new.
  • The Lounge Bar & Kitchen in Canterbury, Dwell in Broadstairs and the Deep End bar in Medway all have a varied events and entertainment schedule. The highlight of the year is the Summer Ball in June which has previously hosted big names such as Foxes, Chvrches, Labrinth, Example, Girls Aloud and many more.
  • Canterbury Christ Church University and the Students’ Union have a strong sense of partnership working, reinforcing our commitment to enhancing student experiences during their time with us, and beyond.

Availability of Part-Time Work

  • If you are available to work up to 20 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 Development Centre provides students with the opportunity to contribute to research projects through the paid research and knowledge exchange summer internship scheme, enabling students to work alongside academic colleagues and develop their research skills and business acumen in a professional environment.

Careers Guidance

  • All current students and recent graduates have access to a wide range of tailored and relevant careers information, services and opportunities.
  • Access to The CORE, an online information system with hundreds of resources dedicated to CCCU students, to help choose and enhance your future.
  • Access in person to one of the drop-in areas across the campus network for a CV check or some quick advice about job hunting or any part of the application process.
  • Access to any number of 45-minute careers guidance appointments with a qualified Careers Consultant, for more in-depth advice on choosing your future, or to work through a personal statement or take part in a mock interview, for example.
  • Access to support for enterprise, business start-up advice and information on sourcing funding for start-up, should you have an idea or a business model you wish to take forward.
  • The opportunity to attend careers workshops and networking events linked to courses, with industry experts, recruiting organisations and alumni, so you feel prepared to enter the world of work, whatever your chosen future may be.
  • The opportunity to take part in community volunteering with a local organisation, making the most of your time alongside your studies by giving something back to your university community, whilst contributing to your CV at the same time.
  • The opportunity to work towards the university’s extra-curricular Award, Christ Church Extra – not only does this help you to develop personally and professionally, the Christ Church Extra Award is noted on your Higher Education Achievement Report (on your degree transcript), helping to set you apart from others when applying for graduate job roles.
  • Alumni have access to services up to three years after graduating, including discounted postgraduate study, ongoing careers support, retail benefits, duplicate transcripts and reference services.

Recent/Prospective New Builds

  • A £4m investment in sports facilities opened at Polo Farm Sport Complex, Canterbury, in September 2015, jointly funded by Polo Farm and Christ Church.
  • Additional accommodation providing city centre living opened at Petros Court in 2015, adjacent to Augustine House, with 418 bedrooms.
  • The Institute of Medical Science opened at Medway in the summer of 2015, which includes specialised areas of clinical practice within Cardiology, Otorhinolaryngology and Minimally Invasive Surgery related to General Surgery, Gynaecology, Orthopaedics and Urology and supports ground breaking research in the use stem cell technology within clinical practice.
  • Canterbury Christ Church International Pathway College was established on the North Holmes Campus in July 2015.
  • In 2013, Anselm Studios opened, creating dedicated performing arts and dance facilities in Canterbury.
  • In 2012, the university opened the St. George’s Centre in Canterbury City Centre. It is the home of its Students' Union and also provides accommodation for 230 students.
  • The university invested £1.5m 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.
  • The Augustine House Library and Student Services Centre was officially opened in September 2009.
  • As a university that’s always innovating and thinking ahead to the future, we are also exploring exciting plans to transform our Canterbury Campus. We recently bought the former Canterbury Prison site next to our main campus in Canterbury which gives us a great opportunity to provide new and expanded space for learning, teaching and research over the next 10 to 15 years. The plans (subject to planning permission) will give further opportunity to provide an exceptional student experience in first-class facilities, adding to our award-winning Augustine House library and city-based St George’s Centre. In line with other projects, students will be involved in the planning and design stages

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.

Further Details

Address Canterbury Christ Church University
North Holmes Road
UCAS Code C10