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Canterbury Christ Church University

UCAS Code: C10

Location: South-east England Show on Map

Site: Main campus at Canterbury, plus Broadstairs, Medway, Tunbridge Wells and Folkestone.

A modern university

Student Population

Total Students:19,105
FE Students:0%


Total undergraduates:15,020
Full Time:69%
Mature on Entry:28%
UK Students:92%
State school entry:96%

Teaching Staff

436 full-time, 905 part-time.

Broad study areas

Education (including initial teacher training), health & social care (including nursing, midwifery & professions allied to medicine), arts & humanities, social & applied sciences, business & management.


Admission Information:Typical offer is 240 points, including three C grades at A-level.
Points on Entry (Mean):230
Drop Out Rate:5%
Accommodation:First years from outside the immediate area guaranteed accommodation.


Founded:1962 as a teacher training college with a Church of England foundation; later included work previously undertaken by various schools of nursing and radiography. University status in 2005.
Site:Main campus in Canterbury, 5-min walk from city centre, plus other sites in city eg Sidney Cooper Gallery, library, student services centre and sports centre; other campuses at Broadstairs, Tunbridge Wells, Medway and Folkestone.
How to get there:By car, A2/M2; frequent coach service London Victoria to Canterbury; by rail from London St Pancras (fast rail link), Victoria, Charing Cross or Waterloo East to Canterbury West, 20 mins’ walk from campus or Canterbury East, 10 mins from campus.
Special features:Own radio station, CSR Radio, is the first full FM community radio licence (shared with Kent University). Own record label, C3U.

Student services & facilities

Student advice & services:Counsellors, student advisers for health and welfare, financial support, disability (including dyslexia and mental health), and international students; study support services (including ICT use). Out-of-hours support through resident tutors, personal tutors. Chaplaincy, nursery facilities nearby.
Amenities:New library and student support centre, with flexible study zones, 2 cafés. Bookshop on campus, food hall and café on main site. Student Union building,with bar and leisure facilities.
Sporting facilities:New sports centre with 8-badminton-court hall, rockclimbing wall and fitness suite. Tennis and netball court. 12 acres of playing fields a mile from campus, including 1 rugby/Americian football, 1 lacrosse and 4 football pitches; plus 2 football pitches and facilities at Polo Farm Sports Club just outside the city.
Accommodation:First years from outside the immediate area are guaranteed accommodation. Total of 1617 rooms: Canterbury 1360, Broadstairs 179, Folkestone 43, Medway 35; rent £78.50-£167 per week, 41-week contracts or longer. Rents in halls at Broadstairs £99 pw and in head leased houses £83-£90pw. Privately-rented accommodation approximately £85pw.

Study opportunities & careers

Library & information services:New library with 335,450 volumes, 4490 periodicals, 200 PCs and 200 self-loan laptops for use in library. Information provision, £71 pa spent for each student (FTE). Various IT skills courses each term; library tours and inductions offered to all new students.
Other learning resources:1900 PCs across the campus. Inter-active learning resources provided through a virtual learning environment. Also sports labs, commercial music and television studios, city-centre art gallery.
Study abroad:Formal exchange links with universities and other HE institutions across the EU and Turkey; arrangements being developed with partner universities in China, Japan, USA and Canada.
Careers:Employability and careers information, advice and guidance including workshops, drop-in sessions and 1-2-1 appointments with employability and careers specialists. Also the opportunity to engage in a ‘skills for work’ award, to enhance their employability skills.


Living expenses budget:Minimum budget of £530−£678 per month (excluding tuition fees) recommended by university.
Term-time work:Many first-degree students believed to work; term-time work available on campus (library, food court and other catering outlets) and locally (shops, bars etc). University JobShop and TempShop provide information.
Financial help:Help for UK/EU students whose family income is up to £25k pa as follows: scholarships of £3000 in Year 1 (£1000 thereafter) for English students who are care leavers or high achievers in one of the university’s target schools or colleges; fee reductions of £1000 pa for other UK students; bursary of £500 pa for EU students. 20 sports bursaries of £1000 pa and music scholarships of £100−£300 (including one for talented drummers). Government access to learning funds of £363,418 (486 students helped).
University tuition fees:Home students pay £8500 on most first degree courses. International students pay £9150 pa.


Academic features:

Research activity takes place in all faculties; five specialist research centres specialise in research connected to the public services.

Largest field of study:

Teacher education, health-related studies.

Awarding body:

Canterbury Christ Church University

Main undergraduate awards:


Length of courses:

3 years

Main subjects offered:

  • Accountancy
  • Acting
  • Advertising
  • American Studies
  • Animal Science
  • Animation
  • Archaeology
  • Art
  • Arts Management
  • Biology
  • Broadcasting
  • Business Administration
  • Business Studies
  • Chemistry
  • Childhood Studies
  • Communication Studies
  • Computing
  • Conservation
  • Creative/Performance Writing
  • Criminology
  • Cultural Studies
  • Dance
  • Drama
  • Ecology
  • Education
  • English
  • English as a Foreign Language
  • Environmental Biology
  • Environmental Science
  • European Business Studies
  • Events Management
  • Film Studies
  • Finance
  • Forensic Science
  • French
  • Geography
  • Graphic Design
  • Health
  • Heritage Studies
  • History
  • Human Resource Management
  • Humanities
  • Information Technology
  • International Business
  • International Relations
  • Journalism
  • Law
  • Leisure Management
  • Leisure Studies
  • Logistics
  • Marketing
  • Media Studies
  • Medical Imaging
  • Midwifery
  • Multimedia
  • Music
  • Music Technology
  • Nursing
  • Occupational Therapy
  • Ophthalmic Optics
  • Painting
  • Performance Arts
  • Photography
  • Physical Education
  • Plant Science
  • Policing
  • Politics
  • Popular Music
  • Psychology
  • Public Health
  • Public Relations
  • Radiography
  • Religious Studies
  • Retail Management
  • Social Science
  • Social Work
  • Sociology
  • Software Engineering
  • Sports Sciences
  • Sports Studies
  • Teacher Training
  • Theatre Design
  • Theatre Studies
  • Theology
  • Tourism
  • TV Studies
  • Urban Studies
  • Video
  • Visual Arts
  • Web Development/Design
  • Youth & Community Work

Student view

Stacey Hawes (Early Childhood and Fine Art and Design), Union President


What's it like as a place to live?

Canterbury is a lovely city to live in. It is a very friendly city as it is mostly students. CCCU have accommodation across the city, including the campus, above the new SU, Pin Hill, Landfranc and Parham Road (also known as the student village).

How's the student accommodation?

The university own a number, but the city houses a lot of private owned student houses in many different locations. The range of housing is massive in size, number of rooms and price tags.

What's the student population like?

CCCU has a diverse student population. Students tend to be very friendly as the city houses 3 universities. The university attracts locals from Kent and Medway, and we have both a young and vibrant generation, as well as students who are changing their career path at a moment in their life, mainly to work in the public sector.

How do students and locals get on?

CCCU normally gets on with the local community. This year the Students' Union is building relationships and trying to give as much back to the local community as possible. The Sports VP is planning to get his sports teams to coach in schools around the local area. We also sit on diverse committees of the city council to make sure the community takes into consideration the students as local residents, and the council really enjoys our input.


What's it like as a place to study?

I've studied here for three years and really enjoyed it. Canterbury offers a wide range of course across the 5 campuses. We also have brand new facilities such as new accommodation at St George's, a new music centre, and refurbished facilities at Broadstairs campus

What are the teaching staff like?

I think that's something that is down to personal preference. Overall there is a lot of friendly staff based here and they are always very helpful. For both health and education faculties, they have to be really involved in the students' work to make sure they produce top quality nurses and teachers.


What are student societies like?

CCSU has 40 societies and 38 sports teams. There is everything you can thing of, and if there isn't we support people to create their own sports teams and societies.

What's a typical night out?

CCCU students who choose to go out tend to have one massive night out on a Wednesday. This is social night for a lot of sports teams and societies. Also Monday and Friday nights are quite big nights. Christ Church students tend to stick together and end up in the same location depending which night it is.

... And how much does it cost?

Entry is different on each night and there is normally a deal of some kind out there. Drink prices are cheap but that's down to how much you want to consume.

How can you get home safely?

Canterbury is a very safe city. There are always large crowds of students heading in the same directions. People always go out with people they know and get home together. Towards the end of the night there are always taxis about as well.


Is it an expensive place to live?

Canterbury can be an expensive place to live as it is a student city, but it's just the case of shopping around and getting a good deal. There are always cheaper houses the further you are from the city centre. The student accommodation ranges in price levels, so there is something to suit most budgets.

Average price of a pint?

I would say about £2.50 - £2.70.

And the price of a takeaway?

Depends what take away you wish to have. There is so many different types of food and options you are spoilt for choice.

What's the part-time work situation?

There is a lot of jobs always advertised at the start of each year. They tend to be aware that they have employed students who go home over Christmas, Easter and the summer. The university also run a job shop and temp shop, which advertise loads of jobs.


What's the best feature about the place?

Our new student union building which opens this September.

And the worst?

The weather can really bring down the vibrant city.

And to sum it all up?

Canterbury is an amazing city to live in as they there is always something to do.

More info?

Enquiries to SU President on tel 01227 782416, email su.president@canterbury.ac.uk, website www.ccsu.co.uk.



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