Canterbury Christ Church University Entry Requirements & Scholarships | Student Connect

Canterbury Christ Church University

Located in Kent’s historic city of Canterbury, Canterbury Christ Church University houses over 15,000 students. The university prides itself in having a vibrant community of international students from over 80 countries, at both the undergraduate and postgraduate level.

One of medieval Europe’s most prominent cities, modern day Canterbury boasts of being a vibrantly multicultural site of academic learning.

One of the Top 10 UK universities for Graduates in Work, the Canterbury

Christ Church University was recognized as an internationally recognized institute for research by the

Research Excellence Framework (REF) in 2014.  

The history of the university goes back to 1960 where it started as a Teacher Training College and was awarded the power to grant degrees in 1995.

Integration of excellent teaching, research, and knowledge exchange have been instrumental in shaping young minds who are willing and able to tackle national and global social issues.

Research and Enterprise forms the core identity of Canterbury Christ Church University. It is committed to providing a distinctive student experience through continuous innovation, research, and teaching excellence. The university’s quality of imparting academic training surpasses the national quality requirements and is awarded the prestigious silver rating in the Teaching Excellence Framework.




70 undergraduate courses

and 40 graduate

globally recognized courses and professional skill development trainings through a team of excellent faculty members and state of the art facilities.

Canterbury Christ Church University has been instrumental in helping the regional economy flourish

through investments and creation of employment opportunities.

It is strongly committed in its support to a diverse range of community engagement activities and actively sponsors major collaborative events with local enterprises every year.

The seven core values of the university include – Connected, Dynamic, Collaborative, Inspiring, Valued, Creative and Sustainable.

Why study at Canterbury Christ Church University?

  • One of the Top 10 universities in the UK for graduates in work, the university is also ranked above the national average for graduates in highly skilled employment.

  • Ranked 9th out of the 102 large multi-subject universities.

  • The university actively supports a variety of sport and sponsors Sports Scholarships to over 40 talented young athletes every year, including a world record-holder and several international competitors.

  • Actively shaping local policies through research contribution in Health and Social Care, Education, Sport and Arts and Health.

  • Awarded highest ever score for student satisfaction by National Student Survey.

  • Nearly 90% Canterbury Christ Church University’s research was recognized as ‘world leading’ or ‘internationally significant’ by the Research Excellence Framework.

  • £324M impact on the Canterbury economy and £535M impact on the South East economy, while helping in the creation of over 5000 jobs outside the university.
  • Careers+ team offers dedicated support for securing valuable placement opportunities


  • Study abroad, Erasmus + and sandwich years options for international students.

  • Investments in multi-million-pound developments to provide state of the art, cutting edge facilities.

  • Vibrant university campus at the heart of the city of Canterbury with dedicated work and social spaces, providing a vibrant, creative, research intensive academic environment.

  • Notable contribution of the student community as teachers and research scientists in the healthcare sector and creative industries.

Entry Requirements

General Minimum Entry Requirements:

The University has general minimum entry requirements which all students must meet before they register with us.

At the point of registration onto the first year of a degree, we require you to have achieved:

  • a minimum of two A Levels or
  • a BTEC National Diploma or
  • a combination of BTEC and A Level qualifications equivalent to two A Levels, such as a BTEC subsidiary certificate and one A Level or
  • an Access to Higher Education Diploma or
  • an International or Welsh Baccalaureate or
  • a Higher National Diploma/Higher National Certificate or
  • a minimum of two Advanced Highers from Scotland or
  • the Irish Leaving Certificate or
  • the European Baccalaureate Diploma or
  • an equivalent overseas qualification

For specific course entry requirements, please check the individual course pages.

Advice for Mature Students:

If you've taken some time out of studying you may not need to meet our general minimum entrance requirements.

If you're returning to education and are able to demonstrate your commitment to studying a degree we will consider your application and take into consideration experience and any qualifications you may have.

GCSEs and their Equivalent:

For a small number of courses there is either a national or a University requirement to achieve grade C passes in specific GCSEs or the equivalent.

GCSE English and Maths exams are graded 9 (highest) - 1 (lowest) instead of A-G. From summer 2019 all GCSEs will be graded this way.

We will require applicants to achieve four or higher for those courses with GCSEs as part of the entry requirements.

If you do not have GCSEs, the University will only accept Level 2 credits from accredited Access courses completed in 2014 or earlier as the equivalent to GCSE passes.

Functional skills at Level 2 are accepted for the Adult, Child and Mental Health Nursing degrees and for Operating Department Practice. However, the University does not currently accept functional skills at level 2 as the equivalent of GCSEs passes for any other degree programmes that recruit via UCAS. O-Levels sat in, or after, summer 1975 must be at grade C or above. CSE grade 1 is accepted as equivalent to GCSE at grade C.

Additional Entry Requirements:

Generally, offers will be made in terms of UCAS Tariff points but there are exceptions to this. Some courses require you to achieve specific grades in the qualifications you are taking and for some, you will need to have studied a particular subject at Level 3 (A-Level, BTEC, IBCP, OCR, or equivalent). This will be made clear when an offer of a place is made. 

Some courses, particularly those in the health and education subject areas, have their own additional entry requirements for instance English and Maths GCSEs, or evidence of work experience.

Please check individual course pages for specific requirements.

Accepted Qualifications:

The University considers applications from those with a wide range of general qualifications that attract UCAS Tariff points either on their own or in combination with others.

Below shows the list of frequently accepted qualifications.

The list is not exhaustive and if your qualification does not feature here then you should contact our Course Enquiry Team for advice.

  • A-levels
  • Vocational A-levels
  • T Levels
  • Accredited Access qualifications
  • Diploma in Foundation Studies (Art and Design)
  • BTEC Qualifications
  • CACHE qualifications
  • Cambridge Pre-U
  • OCR qualifications
  • Certificate/Diploma in Financial Studies
  • Higher Apprenticeships
  • International Baccalaureate
  • Irish Highers
  • NVQ 3 qualifications
  • International Baccalaureate Career-related programme
  • Scottish Highers
  • European Baccalaureate
  • Welsh Baccalaureate

English Requirement



Indian: Standard XII Examination -CBSE/ICSE

65% or above in English

Indian: Standard XII Examination State Boards (Kerala, Karnataka, Tamil Nadu, Maharashtra, and West Bengal)

70% or above in English

IELTS Academic or Oxford International English Test

IELTS 6.0 overall no less than 5.5 in all other bands.


Reading : 13-18

Listening : 12-19

Speaking : 18-19

Writing : 21-23


PTE Academic

50 with no module less 42 in each


Scholarships and Bursaries:

  • Canterbury Christ Church University Grant 2021/22

  • Care Leavers Bursary 2021/22

  • Partner Schools Award

  • Support for medicine, health, and social care students

  • Sanctuary scholarship

  • Sports scholarships

  • Music scholarships

  • Choral scholarships

Postgraduate Research Scholarships:

  • Law, Policing and Criminal Justice PhD Scholarship 2021-22

*The information’s are correct at the time of publishing, however it may change if university makes any changes after we have published the information. While we try our best to provide correct information, It is advisable to call us or visit university website for up to date information.

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