University of Chichester

  • 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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    4.17 / 5.00
  • Research Quality Research Quality

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

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    2.50 / 4.00
  • Research Intensity Research Intensity

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

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    0.25 / 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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    56.9 / 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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    69.0 / 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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    89.1 / 100.0


  • 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 Requirements

  • For entry to bachelor degrees (BA, BSc) we require a minimum of two A levels and 5 GCSEs (A–C) in subjects other than the A level subjects. These are the absolute minimum requirements.
  • The standard A level offer range is BBB–BCC.
  • Alternate offers are usually – International Baccalaureate 30 points; QAA-approved Access Diploma Pass.
  • 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 5,445 students enrolled in the academic year 2014/15 comprise:

Level of study

  • Undergraduate 85%
  • Postgraduate 15%

Mode of study

  • Full Time 84%
  • Part Time 16%


  • UK 97%
  • EU 1%
  • Other 2%

Student gender

  • Male 39%
  • Female 61%

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 of Chichester has been named among the best in the country for the quality of its teaching.
  • Nine of out ten students made our university their first choice, and a dropout rate of only 5.5% is less than half the national average for our courses and entry qualifications. This brought us close to being named the country’s Best University for Student Retention by the newspaper for a second time in three years.
  • Research scores take account of the proportion of our academics entered into last year’s Research Excellence Framework (REF), which rated 90 per cent as internationally renowned, with 15% classified as world-leading.

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.

The REF assessed research excellence by focusing on three elements that were considered by independent expert review and which collectively informed the overall assessment of the Unit of Assessment (UoA).

  • Quality of research outputs (65%).
  • Reach and significance of the impact of research (20%).
  • Quality and strengths of the research environment (15%).

Academic Strengths

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

Undergraduate Courses

Type of Qualification:

Mode of study:

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

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.

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 department is split into three areas to provide advice to prospective students, current students, as well as graduates and Alumni.

  • Career consultants have a broad range of experience to advise and guide students, and can meet in person or via an e-appointment, Skype or telephone. They also run social media account highlighting new vacancies, job hunting tips, news and events to boost future options - see @chiunicareers

In addition, we have an online careers system – TARGETconnect – available 24/7 from mobiles and computers which allows students to:

  • Search for the latest part-time and graduate opportunities.
  • Book an appointment to see one of our friendly Careers Consultants.
  • Browse and book your place on a workshop, careers fair or employer event.
  • Ask the Careers team a quick question.
  • Set up alerts for newly posted jobs and/or events tailored to your interests.

Recent/Prospective New Builds

  • The university is in the process of building a £23m Engineering and Digital Technology Park on our Bognor Regis campus.
  • This will provide cutting edge training to 500 new students within the STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Maths) sectors.
  • 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.

Notable Alumni

  • Saskia Clark – London 2012 Olympic silver medal sailor, studied Sport and Exercise Science, and her teammate
  • Hannah Mills – London 2012 Olympic silver medal sailor, also studied Sport and Exercise Science. They will be competing together at Rio 2016 Olympic Games in the 470 Women's Class.
  • Pippa Wilson MBE – Beijing 2008 Olympic gold medal sailor – studied BSc Sport and Exercise Science.

Further Details

Address University of Chichester
College Lane
West Sussex
PO19 6PE
UCAS Code C58