Canterbury Christ Church University


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.


In the early 1970s, the first degree programme, the Bachelor of Education, was established. In 1977, the college began to offer joint honours degrees in other subjects. In the late 1980s, the college was substantially enlarged by the addition of health studies.

Canterbury Christ Church is organised into academic faculties that contain schools and centres for teaching and research as well as professional service departments that provide central services.

The four academic faculties are:

  • Faculty of Arts and Humanitiesteaches art, English and language studies, history and American studies, media (both practical and theoretical), music, theology and religious studies.
  • Faculty of Educationdelivers undergraduate and postgraduate initial teacher education programmes, and expanding masters level provision. Programmes include part-time, full-time and work-based learning including some with an element of distance-learning.
  • Faculty of Health and Wellbeingadopts an interprofessional approach to education across the majority of its programmes.
  • Faculty of Social and Applied Sciencesis home to: the School of Human and Life Sciences; the School of Law, Criminal Justice and Computing; the School of Psychology, Politics and Sociology; and the Business School. The Faculty is also home to Salomons Centre for Applied Psychology, as well as Salomons Consulting (formerly the Department of Leadership and Management Development).


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.


As one of the largest providers of education, training and skills to the public services, and with their strong links to the best industry organisations, their students are fully prepared to achieve their goals and enjoy successful futures. There has always been a close connection between their research role – with its strong practical and care­giving emphasis – and their teaching and learning.

They provide a distinctive and broader student experience through opportunities for external engagement through placements, internships, study abroad, language learning and community engagement.

They 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.


Their exciting, new Learning and Teaching Strategy underpins and informs their commitment to outstanding higher education, student experience and excellent outcomes.

They promote curriculum design for transformation which supports the inclusion and success of diverse student groups, accessibility, graduate employability, internationalisation and social and environmental responsibility.

They 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 their programme of academic professional development.

They 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.


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.

The opportunity to take part in community volunteering with a local organisation.

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.

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