University of Chester Entry Requirements & Scholarships | Student Connect

University of Chester

With a rich history tracing back to 1839, The University of Chester is the fifth oldest higher education establishment in the UK. In 2005, it gained the university status. The university offers an open, inclusive, and supportive environment for active collaboration between teaching and research with business and innovative industry practices.

The university is committed in its effort to provide an outstanding student learning experience by developing the expertise of staff, providing teaching excellence, and actively growing research and scholarship.

Located at one of eight world-famous British Heritage cities, the university is home to over 20,000 students, and has a strong representation of international students from over 130 countries globally.

Investments of several million pounds in teaching facilities, research and accommodation have been instrumental in enhancing the student experience.

Over 300 courses are offered by the seven faculties of the university, namely, Faculty of Arts and Humanities, Chester Business School, Education and Children's Services, Health and Social Care, Medicine and Life Sciences, Science and Engineering and Social Science.

A modern and contemporary city, Chester is voted as one of the Top ten city in the UK by the Telegraph.  Recognised as the second most student friendly city in the UK, the university has five sites in Chester - Exton Park (Parkgate Road), Creative Campus (Kingsway), Queen’s Park, The Wheeler and Hammond.

Apart from Chester, other facilities for teaching, learning and student life includes University Centre Shrewsbury, University Centre Warrington, Thornton Science Park, University Centre Reaseheath, Health and Social Care Sites.

With an estimated annual economic investment of half a billion pounds, the university is committed in its effort to engage in community development through creation of employment opportunities, partnering on social issues and campaigns, collaborating on research and evaluations, offering access to volunteering support etc.

Why study at University of Chester?

  • Offers High Graduate Employability with 90.4% of graduates are in employment and/or further study.
  • The Vitae HR Excellence in Research Award for six years in a row by the European Commission.
  • University of Chester’s dedicated team of Study Skills Service providing one-to-one support, online workshops, and webinars.
  • Careers and Employability Service provides employability-enhancing experiences through individual advice and guidance, mentoring, tailored group sessions, employer connect etc.
  • Proximity to Liverpool and Manchester and a two-hour train journey from London helps in convenient commuting across the UK.
  • Expert team of Career Consultants provide free and confidential career guidance, for up to three years after graduation.
  • Venture Programme equips students with necessary entrepreneurial skills and knowledge for establishing start-ups, innovation programs or self-employment opportunities.
  • Degree apprenticeship programs developed in collaboration with employers offers opportunity for hands on training and experience.
  • Experiential Overseas Learning offers the opportunity to participate in various placement opportunities around the world.
  • The International Exchange programme and offers students to choose from over 300 institutions globally for a full academic year abroad. Aimed to foster personal, academic, and professional development
  • #2 Best University for International students amongst 150 universities in the UK by WhatUni Student Choice Awards 2020.

Entry Requirements

Home Students Undergraduate:

  • Typical Entry- 112 UCAS points
  • GCE A Level - 112 points from GCE A Levels. Typical offer BCC-BBC.
  • BTEC- BTEC Extended Diploma - DMM. BTEC Diploma - D*D*

Irish/Scottish Highers-

Irish Highers - H3, H3, H3, H3. Scottish Highers - BBBB

  • International Baccalaureate

     - 26 points.
  • Access requirements - Access to HE Diploma, to include 45 credits at Level 3, 30 of which must be at Merit or above.


OCR National Extended Diploma: Merit 2

OCR Cambridge Technical Extended Diploma - DMM

OCR Cambridge Technical Diploma - D*D*

Extra Information / General Entry Requirements:

Applicants must also have GCSE Maths at grade C or grade 4 or above. A Level General Studies accepted; Welsh Baccalaureate accepted alongside A Levels/BTEC/OCRs.

Postgraduate Admission Policy:

  • Postgraduate Taught Programmes:

For MA / MSc taught programmes, candidates should normally possess at least a lower second class (2ii) honours degree (or equivalent alternative), however some programmes require a higher academic entry requirement so candidates should always refer to the respective individual programme requirements.

  • Postgraduate Research Programmes:

For DProf, MPhil or PhD research programmes, candidates will be expected to have a first degree, normally an upper second class (2i) honours degree (or equivalent alternative) in a relevant subject, or a relevant postgraduate Master’s qualification (or equivalent). For admission to a Masters by research, candidates should normally possess at least a lower second class (2ii) honours degree (or equivalent alternative). Some programmes require a higher academic entry requirement so candidates should always refer to the respective individual programme requirements.

  • PGCE Programmes:

candidates will be expected to have a first degree, normally an upper second class (2i) honours degree (or equivalent alternative). For Primary and Early Years programmes, candidates must be able to offer an academic profile that offers a suitable base for the development of teaching across the full range of subjects within the primary National Curriculum; for Secondary programmes, the degree content must be broadly appropriate to the secondary school curriculum. Candidates must also offer GCSE grade C or above (or equivalent) in English Language and Mathematics, and a Science for Primary and Early Years programmes.

  • References

  • Interviews

  • Accreditation of Prior Learning (APCL/APEL)

  • Verification of Qualifications

English Language Requirements:

We accept the following SELT tests at the levels identified for entry:

  • IELTS for UKVI Academic
  • PTE Academic UKVI
  • Trinity College London ISE
  • Langauge Cert
  • IELTS Academic/Indicator
  • PTE Academic
  • International Baccalaureate (A or B Higher)
  • International Baccalaureate (B Standard)
  • GCSE/IGCSE English Language
  • OxfordAQA GCSE
  • Oxford International (OIETC) ELLT
  • Gatehouse International ESOL
  • AES Bellerbys Foundation
  • Cambridge Upper Main Suite
  • OET

With the exception of foreign language modules, all courses at the University of Chester are taught and assessed in English. International students must have an appropriate level of English proficiency certification before applying. For the majority of postgraduate courses, the University recognises the following English language proficiency qualifications:

  • IELTS 6.5 (with no less than 5.5 in each of the sub-skills)
  • Trinity College London ISEII with Pass in all four components

For DProf Counselling, DBA, MSc Applied Psychology, Physician Associate Studies, Nutrition and Dietetics, and professional Nursing programmes, the University requires:

  • IELTS 7.0 (with no less than 6.0 in each of the sub-skills)

For (EU) applicants whose first language is not English, the University will also consider the following qualifications:

  • Cambridge Proficiency/Advanced Test (from Jan 2015) with 176 overall (no element below 169); 185 overall for courses that require IELTS 7.0 equivalence
  • Cambridge Advanced Test (CAE) (prior to Jan 2015) with grade C
  • Cambridge Proficiency Test (CPE) (prior to Jan 2015) with grade C
  • GCSE/IGCSE English Language at grade C or above
  • PTE Academic with overall score of 58 and no less than 51 in any component
  • TOEFL (IBT) with a score of 88 (minimum of 19 in writing and listening; 20 in reading; 22 in speaking)

Applicants who do not have the required English language level may be able to attend a presessional English language course.


International Scholarships:

The University of Chester offers generous international and merit-based scholarships for both undergraduate and postgraduate study, providing a significant reduction to the published headline tuition fees. You will automatically be considered for these scholarships when submitting an application and any award given will be shown on your offer letter.

Other Scholarships and Discounts:

  • International Alumni Scholarship
  • Masters Scholarships £5000
  • Chevening Scholarship
  • DIKTI Scholarships
  • Goa Education Trust Scholarship
  • Snowdon Masters Scholarships
  • Commonwealth Scholarship
  • Sport Scholarships 2021-22
  • Chester Bursary- Bursary: £1500
  • Chester Bursary for part-time students
  • Foundation Year Bursary
  • Care Experienced Bursary
  • Young Adult Carers Bursary
  • Estranged Student Bursary
  • Scholarship boost for legal minds of the future
  • Mechanical Engineering Scholarship in Multifunctional Composite
  • Scholarship in Organic Chemistry
  • Scholarship in Multifunctional Energy Harvesting
  • Music Scholarships 2020-21
*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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