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  • Entry Standards Entry Standards

    The average UCAS tariff score of new students entering the University. These tables use the old UCAS tariff.

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    303
  • Student Satisfaction Student Satisfaction

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

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    4.13 / 5.00
  • Research Quality Research Quality

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

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    2.08 / 4.00
  • Research Intensity Research Intensity

    A measure of the proportion of staff involved in high-quality research in the University.

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    0.29 / 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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    64.2 / 100.0
  • Student-Staff Ratio Student-Staff Ratio

    The average staffing levels at the University.

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    13.5
  • 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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    1,660
  • 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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    735
  • 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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    64.0 / 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
  • Originally based on 1 campus in Chester, the university now offers an extensive range of single and combined honours courses to over 20,000 students across a number of specialist sites within the region.
  • This includes 5 sites in or around Chester, a campus in Warrington and the new University Centre in Shrewsbury.
  • A new Faculty of Agriculture and Veterinary Science is located at University Centre Reaseheath in Nantwich, one of the leading land-based colleges in the UK.

Entry Requirements

  • Entry requirements differ by course and are 104, 112 or 120 UCAS points for the majority of courses.
  • The University of Chester makes offers using a mixture of tariff points and grades, or just grades. Students taking A levels are normally expected to present at least 3 A levels for entry to undergraduate courses; exact requirements vary by course. If students are studying a 4th A level or EPQ the university will consider it, but otherwise an offer will be based on GSCE performance and A level predictions as well as the reference and personal statement.
  • A range of qualifications are accepted including relevant BTEC, OCR Cambridge Technical and other vocational qualifications as well as a mix of A levels, Welsh Baccalaureate and BTEC/OCR courses.
  • The university welcomes applications from mature students.
  • Please refer to the university website for details.

Teaching Methods

  • Students are assessed through a variety of methods including formative and summative written assignments, presentations and projects relating to specific areas of study. 
  • The university gives students accessible and expert feedback, whether formally or informally, on a range of assignments.
  • Please refer to the university website for details.

Undergraduate Courses

Type of Qualification:

Mode of study:

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, depending on location and timetables; and most programmes allow some module choice in 2nd and 3rd years.
  • Taught provision includes on-site, distance learning, full-time, part-time and blended options.
  • The university's new Foundation School offers a range of full- and part-time Foundation Degrees.
  • Most students will undertake the Work Based Learning (WBL) module in Level 5 (Year 2) of their degree programme which involves spending 5 weeks working for an organisation, followed by submission of a reflective report.
  • One of only a small number of universities that participate in the International Exchange Programme (ISEP), Chester gives students access to over 300 universities in over 50 countries across Africa, Asia, Europe, the Middle East, North America, Oceania and South America. Experiential Learning opportunities overseas also provide a range of study and work-based learning opportunities on 6 of the 7 continents.

Student Services and Facilities

  • Libraries are on campuses at Parkgate Road, Warrington, Queen’s Park, Kingsway, Riverside and Thornton Science Park, as well as 2 healthcare libraries at Clatterbridge and Leighton Hospitals and a library at University Centre Shrewsbury. Stock comprises around 350,000 volumes, with 19,000 e-books and 20,000 e-journals, over 2,500 PCs (including more than 400 Apple computers and 150 laptops for loan). There is 24/7 access to computers and study spaces across the sites, and online resources can be accessed remotely. Wi-fi is available throughout the campuses and student accommodation.
  • Creative facilities include 4 large fully equipped rehearsal and performance studios, a large outdoor performance space, industry-standard music rehearsal and recording facilities, plus sound and lighting equipment. Art facilities include art and photography studios; a metal casting foundry; sound and video editing suites; dark rooms; a reprographics room; and workshops for printmaking, textiles, digital and sculpting.
  • Media facilities include music and TV studios; radio production suites; a digital dark room; a large screen for film screenings and exhibitions and a new multimedia suite with sound booth recording space and a TV corner. The award-winning radio station The Cat Radio is based at Warrington where students and staff can broadcast locally over the internet.
  • Other specialist facilities include clinical skills laboratories; science laboratories; students can work with computerised mannequins in a simulated hospital ward or practice teaching in classroom settings. Policing students have access to a mock crime scene house as part of their course. High-quality professional engineering software includes an extensive range of computer programming languages and authoring tools. At Reaseheath, students have access to an industry leading food centre, a unique horticultural centre for plant production and research, an equestrian centre and an animal centre and zoo.
  • Student’s welfare benefits from the award-winning student support department and chaplaincy, plus personal academic tutor and student union academic representative schemes.

Disability Services

  • The university organises a Diversity Festival each year with a range of varied and inspirational speakers and workshops for all students and staff to attend. 
  • Student Support and Guidance has a disability service that offers information, advice and guidance to applicants and students, working closely with departments and personal academic tutors, where appropriate.

Students' Union

  • Chester Students’ Union (CSU) is 11% above the national average for student satisfaction in the National Student Survey 2016.
  • 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 Careers and Employability service supports students to find part-time work by advertising paid opportunities both on campus, within the university itself, and off campus with a variety of local employers.
  • Opportunities may include clerical and administrative roles, assisting at conferences and events and working in one of the university libraries to name but a few.
  • Careers and Employability provide students with tips on professional conduct and interview techniques, with the intention of enhancing students' skills, experience, confidence and future employment prospects.

Careers Guidance

  • Careers advice and guidance is delivered both through the main bases at the Parkgate Road and Warrington campuses, with support being provided to satellite campuses. Career specialists also work with academics on course content to ensure all courses, whether vocational or in more traditional subject areas, effectively prepare students for entering employment.
  • Core services include drop-in CV advice, guidance appointments, to assist students to explore career planning or interview practice, and a wide range of training sessions and workshops enabling students to develop valuable career skills such as job searching, interview skills and improving performance at assessment centres.
  • Careers and Employability deliver a work-shadowing programme, The Chester Difference Award which acknowledges extra-curricular activities and an award-winning suite of entrepreneurship programmes through the Venture programme. Students can attend 1-to-1 sessions to discuss initiatives they are interested in joining.
  • Within academic provision, sessions include specialist sector knowledge, CV workshops and employability skills audits, employer-led training, and careers events and conferences where students can hear from employers about their perspectives on their professions and career journeys.
  • University alumni also contribute, with successful alumni returning to share their stories with current students.

Student Mix

14,916 students in 2015–16:

Level of study

  • Undergraduate 73%
  • Postgraduate 27%

Mode of study

  • Full Time 68%
  • Part Time 32%

Where students come from

  • UK 94%
  • EU 1%
  • Other 4%

Student gender

  • Male 32%
  • Female 68%

History

  • The University of Chester was the first purpose-built teacher training college, founded in 1839 by the Church of England. In 2005 it achieved full university status, with research degree awarding powers granted in 2007.
  • In 2014, Thornton Science Park opened at the site of the former Shell Technology, Exploration and Research Centre. In 2015, the University opened its Queen’s Park Campus in Chester which is home to the University’s Business School; and University Centre Shrewsbury, opened to students in partnership with Shropshire Council.
  • The University is currently developing a Faculty of Agriculture and Veterinary Science through a strategic alliance with University Centre Reaseheath. The Institute of Medicine is a new development with a portfolio of postgraduate programmes aimed at a broad range of medical practitioners.

Notable Alumni

  • Alan Bleasdale – writer, best known for social realist drama serials based on the lives of ordinary people.
  • Rob Wotton – regular football presenter for Sky Sports and on Sky Sports News.
  • Matt Greenhalgh – screenwriter behind the BBC TV series Burn It and Channel 4 film Legless.
  • Dave 'Comedy Dave' Vitty – radio presenter known for his work alongside Chris Moyles.
  • Tracey Neville – former England netball player, playing in the 1998 and 2002 Commonwealth Games.
  • Gillian Burns MBE – former England rugby union player from 1988–2002.
  • Roderick Hunt MBE – children's author whose series, The Magic Key (about Biff, Chip and Kipper), was part of the Oxford Reading Tree introduced in 1985, used to teach children in Primary schools to read.
  • Sir Walter Winterbottom CBE – the first manager of the England football team and FA Director of Coaching.
  • Professor Alan Emery FRSE – Emeritus Professor of Human Genetics at the University of Edinburgh and Chief Scientific Advisor for the European Neuromuscular Centre.
  • Thomas Plunkett PRWS – president of the Royal Watercolour Society.

Further Details

Address University of Chester
Parkgate Road
Chester
CH1 4BJ
UCAS Code C55