University of Chester
Welcome to University of Chester
The University of Chester’s academic roots stretch back over 175 years, making us one of the oldest providers of higher education in the country. Across our specialised sites, we provide an extensive range of undergraduate and postgraduate programmes, and work hard to offer students a life-changing experience in a creative, caring and encouraging environment.
Through our integrated practical element in degree courses, we aim to develop your experiences both inside and outside of the classroom. We also have a number of opportunities to put your studies in to practice around the globe! At Chester, we aim to provide you with an amazing student experience, and the freedom and support to develop into a unique and highly employable graduate.
And if you’re wondering about the social aspects of Chester, our award winning Chester Students’ Union actively organises events throughout the year, and has over 100 clubs and societies to get involved with. With most sites based only a short distance from the city centre of Chester or the town centre of Warrington, both locations offer a vibrant, cultural and thriving scene for you to enjoy – day or night!
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Courses and fees
Our entry criteria for undergraduate courses are either 280 or 300 UCAS points, with offers usually made in either grades or a mixture of points and grades. We offer around 90 single honours courses, and 300 combined honours courses. Some of our courses have specific subject requirements, so we would advise checking our course pages for more information.
We have eight faculties in total, providing an extensive range of courses and a fantastic range of faculty specific facilities to assist your studies. Faculties at the University of Chester include: Arts and Media; Business, Enterprise and Lifelong Learning; Education and Children's Services; Health and Social Care; Humanities; Life Sciences; Science and Engineering; and Social Science.
Our International Centre and Student Support and Guidance teams are available to provide you with support throughout your time at the University of Chester. We have a dedicated and confidential student advice and welfare service, we offer a meet-and-greet service during specific arrival periods, and offer comprehensive English language and study skills support.
Tuition fees vary from each academic year. The 2015/2016 fees are outlined below:
- UK/EU – £9,000 a year for an undergraduatedegree
- £7,650 a year for foundation degrees
- Full time international undergraduate students - £10,800 a year
Bursaries and scholarships
We have a range of bursaries and financial support packages available at Chester, including Music and Sport Scholarships. Visit our website to find out if you could be eligible for any of our financial support packages or bursaries.
Situated in the North West of England, the University of Chester is one of the oldest providers of higher education in the country - with an academic history of over 175 years. Across our specialised sites we offer students a life-changing experience in a creative, caring and encouraging environment.
Library and study facilities
Our libraries are fully resourced to help you with your studies, whether that’s through our extensive range of books, e-journals and e-books; subject librarians; or enjoying our late night opening hours. We also have a range of bookable multi-media rooms for students to use, such as: Smart Space; Viewing Space; Podcast Space; Edit Space; Video Conference Space; and Pod spaces for practicing individual/group presentations.
We have an extensive selection of computer suites available, and two 24 hour access computer suites. We also have library loan laptops available for students, Wi-Fi access, and subject specific computer suites.
Our graduates are consistently among the most employable in the North West. Our fantastic Careers and Employability team provides you with countless opportunities to enhance your future employment prospects - throughout your studies and up to three years after you’ve graduated.
Each location has a range of different amenities to help you enjoy your time at Chester - these are just some of the things available: a range of catering facilities; Students’ Union shop; an onsite Starbucks; an onsite laundrette; an onsite Bank; an onsite bookshop; chaplaincy and multi-faith spaces; an extensive range of sport facilities; a selection of studios and rehearsal spaces; and our award winning student radio station!
Winners of the Students’ Union of the Year at the Educate the North 2015 awards, Chester Students’ Union actively organises events throughout the year, and has over 100 clubs and societies for you to get involved with.
We have an extensive range of sporting facilities available for students to use, often for free! Our facilities include: a Gymnasium, Fitness Suite and Sports Hall; a sprint and athletics track; dance studio; squash courts; 25m swimming pool; outdoor tennis courts; a floodlit hockey pitch; grass pitches; an artificial grass pitch; a floodlit 3G Multi-Use Games Area (MUGA); and an all-weather pitch at our Warrington Campus (used by the Warrington Wolves rugby team!). So, whether you are a seasoned competitor or just want to give something a go, our clubs and societies and Team Chester provide you with a variety of sporting opportunities.
Our award winning Student Support and Guidance (SSG) team endeavour to empower students to achieve their full potential through the service that it provides. Incorporated within SSG is: Student Welfare; Student Skills Development; Disability Support; Student Counselling; and the University Proctor. It provides support for academic, financial or personal issues.
We have a range of bursaries, scholarships and financial support packages available at Chester. Information about what’s available is listed on our website.
Through our range of on and off-campus properties, we offer a safe and secure environment for you to live and study in.
When it comes to applying for University accommodation, you don’t need to choose a residence, just your preferred board basis.
- Full board – Breakfast, lunch and evening meals
- Semi-catered – Lunch and evening meals included from Monday to Friday
As we currently can’t accommodate all first year students in University owned accommodation, we have a great relationship with the private sector; and are currently working in partnership with Fresh Student Living – Tramways, to accommodate just under 400 students to accommodation in the heart of the city centre.
We also have Hall Wardens who are current students either in Year 2, Year 3 or Postgraduate stage, to assist first year students on any issues they might have.
When it comes to moving out of University accommodation in the first year, and preparations for where to move in the second year, the Chester Students’ Union are on hand to help. They offer advice and guidance on a range of accommodation issues: from helping you find accommodation, to checking contracts.
We also offer meal schemes at the University to help students living in self-catered accommodation, private sector accommodation, or at home.
No matter which campus you might be based at, there are lots of things for you to get involved with. From enjoying our fantastic faculty specific facilities, designed to enhance your course interest; to attending events organised by our award winning Chester Students’ Union (CSU) - we aim to provide an environment that develops your academic and social experiences.
With campuses based only a short distance from the city centre of Chester or the town centre of Warrington, both locations offer a vibrant, cultural and thriving scene for you to enjoy – day or night! Check out our Chester and Warrington videos to see for yourself.
Undergraduate open days
The best way to find out what the University of Chester is really like, is to come and visit us at one of our upcoming Open Days!
- Saturday 3rd October 2015 – Warrington Campus only
- Saturday 10th October 2015 – all campuses except Warrington. Riverside Campus is only open for students interested in Education and Children's Services
- Saturday 17th October 2015 - all campuses except Warrington. Riverside Campus is only open for students interested in Health and Social Care
- If you can’t make one of our Open Days, we have Campus Tours available during the week for you to book on to.
Postgraduate open days
Unfortunately our Postgraduate Open Events for 2015 have now finished, information about 2016 dates will be available on our website after the summer.
Although our Open Days are predominantly for undergraduate study, representatives from postgraduate will be available on the day, should you want to discuss postgraduate options at Chester.We also provide Campus Tours during the week if you are unavailable to attend our Open Days.
Online campus tour
We have an online campus tour booklet available for self-guided tours, or to just get a brief insight into the Parkgate Road Campus or Warrington Campus. A lot of the central services for students are based at these campuses, so although your course might be based at another location, you will have full access to the facilities outlined within the booklet.
The University year runs as an academic year and is split into three terms. Although term dates can differ slightly depending on what course you are studying, the general dates for 2015/16 undergraduate study will be:
- Autumn: 5th October – 18th December 2015
- Spring: 11th January – 18th March 2016
- Summer: 11th April – 8th July 2016
Pre-registration nursing and midwifery programmes run for a calendar year rather than an academic year. A timetable will be provided at the start of the programme indicating when you’re at University, on placement and on holiday.
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