The University of Chester is a public university located in the historic city of Chester, England.
Founded as the very first teacher training college in 1839 by the Church of England. Founders included two prime ministers, W. E. Gladstone and the 14th Earl of Derby, and an Archbishop of Canterbury, John Bird Sumner. Later became Chester Diocesan Training College, Chester College of HE, and the University College Chester.
Significant dates: 1975 BA, BSc degrees introduced; 1991 Nursing/ Midwifery courses introduced; 2002 Former HE section of Warrington Collegiate Institute joined Chester College of HE as its Warrington campus; 2003 taught degree awarding powers granted.
2005 full university status achieved; 2007 research degree awarding powers granted.
In 2014 the Thornton Science Park opened at the site of the former Shell Technology, Exploration and Research Centre.
In 2015 the university’s sixth campus, the Queen’s Park Campus, opened in Chester and is home to the Faculty of Business and Management.
The university is a member of the Association of Commonwealth Universities, the Cathedrals Group, the North West Universities Association and Universities UK.
The university is organised into eight faculties of study. Several of these are subdivided into academic departments. The Faculties and departments are:
- Faculty of Business and Management
- Faculty of Arts and Media
- Faculty of Humanities
- Faculty of Social Science
- Faculty of Science and Engineering
- Faculty of Education and Children`s Service
- Faculty of Health and Social Care
- Faculty of Medicine, Dentistry and Life Sciences
For 2017 entry, the University of Chester will accept the new A level, AS level and GCSE qualifications, and will continue to make offers using a mixture of tariff points and grades, or just grades.
Students taking A levels are normally expected to present at least three A levels for entry to our undergraduate courses. Our undergraduate prospectus and website outlines specific subject requirements. We will continue to welcome applications from students studying a fourth AS Level or EPQ, but recognise that this may not be available as an option for all students and will ensure that applicants are not disadvantaged as a consequence. Where an applicant does not offer AS Levels we will base our admissions decision on GCSE performance and A Level predictions as well as the reference and personal statement.
We accept applications from students with relevant BTEC, OCR Cambridge Technical and other vocational qualifications as well as a mix of A Levels, Welsh Baccalaureate and BTEC/OCR courses.
Specific programme requirements for GCSE achievement will be adjusted to fit the new grading format, using guidance from Ofqual on grade equivalences.
More details on information standards is available on their website.
Biological Sciences, Business, Education, English, Fine Art, Geography and Development Studies, Health and Social Care, History and Archaeology, Performing Arts, Psychology, Science and Engineering, Sociology, Sport Sciences, Theology
An innovative Work Based Learning programme is available to all second-year students in HEFCE Faculties.
In the NSS 88% of students satisfied, 2% above the national average, third place within the region.
With a score of 79% satisfaction, the Students’ Union rating has grown by 4% from last year – 11% above the sector average.
In the North West, Academic Support at the university was rated at joint second, with the categories of ‘Teaching on my Course’, and ‘Overall Satisfaction’ rated third and ‘Personal Development’ joint third. ‘Assessment and Feedback’ was rated fourth best in the North West.
Careers guidance at the University of Chester is offered both through core services and curriculum delivery by their team of specialist Career Consultants and other team members.
Careers and Employability at the University of Chester is staffed by two offices, at the Chester Parkgate Road and Warrington campuses.
Their goal is to enable students to graduate as employable, work-ready, self-aware and resilient so that they can meet the changing demands of the labour market.
Core services delivered at the Careers and Employability offices include drop-in CV advice, longer guidance appointments to explore career planning or interview practice, and a wide range of training sessions and workshops on careers skills such as job searching, interview skills, and assessment centres.
Sessions range from CV workshops and employability skills audits to employer-led training and sessions on specialist sector knowledge. While these sessions inevitably complement individual degree programmes, Careers and Employability aims to prepare students to enter as wide a range of potential careers as possible.
They also collaborate with academic faculties and departments to hold careers events and conferences, where employers share perspectives on their professions with students.