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Chester University

UCAS Code: C55

Location: North-west England Show on Map

Site: Main site plus two further sites in Chester; campus at Warrington; partner colleges.

A modern university.

Student Population

Total Students:15,215
FE Students:0%


Total undergraduates:11,900
Full Time:68%
Mature on Entry:22%
UK Students:98%
State school entry:97%

Teaching Staff

389 full-time, 394 part-time.

Broad study areas

Applied sciences; social science; arts & media; business & enterprise; education & children’s services; health & social care; humanities.


Admission Information:All post-16 qualifications accepted, including key skills; students expected to have approximately 240 points from A-level or equivalent. UCAS tariff fully adopted.
Points on Entry (Mean):280
Drop Out Rate:10%
Accommodation:Many first years housed.


Founded:1839 by Church of England. University status 2005.
Site:Main 32-acre Chester campus, 10 mins walk from the city centre; also Kingsway Campus, (arts and media) and Riverside Campus (education, children’s services, health and social care), both 20 minutes walk from main campus. Warrington campus: a self-contained campus at Padgate.
How to get there:Chester Campus: bus and coach service to Vicars Lane bus depot, 10 mins from campus;  Chester railway station 15 mins; campus 10 mins from M56, 30 mins from M6.  Warrington Campus: bus service from Warrington town centre; 5 mins from M6 & M62. Free university shuttle service between campuses.

Student services & facilities

Student advice & services:Chaplaincy; student counsellor, student support and guidance services; student development programme (including mentoring); personal tutorial system; learning support unit.
Amenities:Both Chester and Warrington have shops, attractions and pubs, clubs and restaurants; centrally located in the north west.
Sporting facilities:Chester: swimming pool, sports hall, gymnasium, pitches for summer and winter games, all-weather pitch, squash courts, and fitness centre. Warrington: sports hall, floodlit all-weather pitch, athletics track and fitness centre.
Accommodation:82% of first years in university accommodation. At Chester: 1057 first-year places (405 ensuite; all with internet access); rents £48−£98 per week self-catering, £71−£114 pw semi-catered (41-week contracts); £106−£129.50 pw full-board (mainly term-time only). Meal schemes for those in self-catering accommodation of £280 a term (lunch or dinner) or £550 (lunch and dinner). At Warrington: 355 self-catered places £63.50−£80.50 pw (£95 pw ensuite); 44 semi-catered places £114; all on 41-week contracts. Most students live in privately-owned accommodation for 2+ years: rent £55−£115 pw self-catering. 20% of first-degree students live at home.

Study opportunities & careers

Library & information services:Libraries at both campuses. Total of 350,000 volumes, 1050 periodicals, 13,000 e-journals, 85 databases, 1100 study places, electronic resources and internet access. Three nursing and midwifery libraries. Information provision, £115 pa spent for each student (FTE). Introductory literature, web information, tours etc of libraries; workshops on information retrieval and internet searching. Integrated IT service, access 100+ hours pw (24/7 at main campus). 1600 workstations for student use; Dual boot iMacs in open-access IT suites; ratio workstations to students 1:9. IT support from 46 staff, both central and departmental; IT training suite.
Other learning resources:Human performance laboratory; satellite remote-sensing suite; seminar/group study rooms for student use, digital video edit suite, TV and sound studios; commercial music production suite; darkroom; integrated live arts building (art, design and technology), drama studio; fully-equipped theatre; interactive newsroom (journalism).
Study abroad:Opportunities for students to study in countries worldwide (some open to non-language specialists).
Careers:Individual guidance available.


Living expenses budget:Minimum budget of £6000 pa (excluding tuition fees) recommended by university.
Term-time work:University allows term-time work for full-time students; 45% believed to work. Some work on campus (in learning resources, bar, schools liaison, fitness centre).
Financial help:200 scholarships of £3000 in Year 1, 100 of £1000, all open to students whose family income is up to £25k pa. 100 bursaries open to students whose family income is £25k− £42k pa, who attend one of the university’s partner schools or colleges. Access funds for discretionary help of £228,000.
University tuition fees:Home students pay £9000 pa for first degrees. International students pay £9750 pa.


Academic features:

Modular structure for all first degrees allows subject combinations, named pathways and single subject degrees; includes work-based learning modules with range of employers.

Awarding body:

University of Chester

Main undergraduate awards:

BA, BSc, BEd, BTh, LLB.

Length of courses:

3 or 4 years.

Main subjects offered:

  • Accountancy
  • Advertising
  • Animal Science
  • Archaeology
  • Art
  • Biology
  • Biomedical Science
  • Broadcasting
  • Business Administration
  • Business Studies
  • Childhood Studies
  • Communication Studies
  • Computer Science
  • Computing
  • Counselling
  • Creative/Performance Writing
  • Criminology
  • Dance
  • Development Studies
  • Dietetics
  • Drama
  • Economics
  • Education
  • English
  • Events Management
  • Film Studies
  • Food Science
  • Food Technology
  • Forensic Science
  • French
  • Geography
  • German
  • Graphic Design
  • Health
  • History
  • Human Biology
  • Information Systems
  • Information Technology
  • International Business
  • International Development
  • Internet Technology
  • Islamic Studies
  • Journalism
  • Law
  • Management
  • Marketing
  • Mathematics
  • Media Studies
  • Media Technology
  • Midwifery
  • Multimedia
  • Music Technology
  • Nursing
  • Nutrition
  • Performance Arts
  • Photography
  • Physical Education
  • Popular Music
  • Psychology
  • Public Relations
  • Religious Studies
  • Social Science
  • Social Studies
  • Social Work
  • Sociology
  • Spanish
  • Sports Sciences
  • Sports Studies
  • Teacher Training
  • Theatre Studies
  • Theology
  • Tourism
  • TV Studies
  • Youth & Community Work
  • Zoology

Student view

Katie Badman (Drama and Theatre Studies), Union President


What's it like as a place to live?

The town is not so massive that you lose everyone, but is big enough to have loads of shops, good nightlife and a huge park which is lovely in summer. There are also always loads of events going on!

How's the student accommodation?

There is one long road that is next to the university which is where most students live when they come out of halls, so it's a lovely big community! Halls are very varied - they range from purpose built big blocks, to a small close of cottages on campus, and large beautiful Victorian buildings! There is a great variety including fully catered and en-suite rooms.

What's the student population like?

The student population is really friendly, everyone knows everyone! Due to us all living mostly very close together, it is also very safe as everyone looks out for each other. And it's never more than a 5 min walk to your friends houses!

How do students and locals get on?

The students work really well with the community, we do large clean up days in conjunction with locals. There are some sceptical residents, as I'm sure there is in any community with students, but we are really working on the relations and also won the 2011 NUS communities award!


What's it like as a place to study?

The courses are really varied; you can pretty much combine any two subjects together, which is what initially brought me to look at Chester! Teaching and nursing are two of the larger faculties, and Chester is known for its primary teaching degrees. Performing arts and media also has its own campus, which is an incredible place to study as it's always full of exhibitions.


What are student societies like?

There are over 60 clubs and societies at Chester, they are a really large part of campus life, and Wednesday afternoons are always buzzing with all the sports teams playing. The clubs and societies also provide a large social scene within the university, and our sports presentation evening - a 3 course, black tie, sit down dinner - is always a wonderful and important night on the student calendar, in which the coveted 'team and society of the year' are announced!

What's a typical night out?

There are many bars catering for students in Chester as they are a large part of city life, ranging from well known popular chains, to more independent and individual ones, such as a cocktail bar under the ground! As Chester has a famous racecourse there is also the more posh bars, which you can go to when you're feeling a bit fancy! Our campus bar (CH1) is also open every day!

.... And how much does it cost?

Prices vary, but as students are a very large part of city life they are often very, very reasonable!! There are student nights every day of the week, so there is always lots going on that you won't need to break the bank for!

How can you get home safely?

Chester is a tightly packed city, so everything is very close together - you would never need to get a taxi in the city centre - so the likelihood of ever being on your own anywhere is very slim. There are, however, many taxi companies operating around the city, and the large community feel ensures that everyone is always looking out for one another.


Is it an expensive place to live?

Chester isn't too expensive a room in a typical student house is roughly £65 a week, which is very reasonable, and loans will generally always cover a full terms rent.

Average price of a pint?

In our bar, CH1, a pint is £2.15, but this will vary dependant on venue and night of the week - some places are cheaper and some more expensive.

And the price of a takeaway?

We have all of the standard take away venues, plus some Chester only student orientated ones which are very cheap.

What's the part-time work situation?

The university runs a scheme called 'UniJob' which provides jobs in and around campus; there are also jobs within the student's union such as bar and shop jobs. There is also a wide range of jobs in town, from retail, to the zoo, to office work.


What's the best feature about the place?

The sense of community, and that you are one big family, and students are Chester's priority.

And the worst?

Ladies, with it being an hold historic town, there are lots of cobbles! Be carefull with 6 inch heels!

And to sum it all up?

Best three years of my life, friendly, fun, full of new experiences, amazing friends and you learn more than just academic things along the way!

Past Students

John Carlton (rugby international), Carol Lewis (HM Borstal), Walter Winterbottom (Sports Council), Richard Palmer (British Olympic Committee), The Venerable Francis William Harvey (Archdeacon of London), Lynn Davies (British long jump record-holder), George Courtney (football referee), Rob Wotton (Sky sports).

More info?

Contact President on 01244 513398 (fax 01244 392866), email csupres@chester.ac.uk, website www.chestersu.com.



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