OFS Transparency Return

The information published on these pages shows:

  • The number of applications for admission on to higher education courses that we have received.
  • The number of offers we have made in relation to those applications.
  • The number of those offers accepted and the number of those who have registered with us.
  • The number of students who registered and went on to complete their course with us.
  • The number of students who attained a particular degree or other academic award, or a particular level of such an award, on completion of their course with us.

It also shows these numbers by reference to:

  • The gender of the individuals to which they relate.
  • Their ethnicity.
  • Their socioeconomic background.

It is important to note that the data presented has not been contextualised. This means, for example, that you will not be able to see from this data how many of those applying to courses met the entry criteria. It is also the case that universities and colleges will often receive many more applications than they have spaces on courses, and so offer rates will necessarily be lower than application rates in those circumstances.

With regard to information that is split by the three characteristics of gender, ethnicity and socioeconomic background you will see that some figures may be highlighted. This is because those differences between groups of students with particular characteristics are notable.

The Canterbury Christ Church context

The University is proud to welcome and support large numbers of students from nationally under-represented groups.  Its widening participation strengths are recognised in its Teaching Excellence Framework Silver award.

The University has reported to the Office for Students that across most groups of under-represented students, it has met or exceeded national averages.

We have a higher number of young black students than the national average, and mature student numbers are above the sector average as are disabled student numbers. The number of students with caring responsibilities is higher than the average, as is the number entering the University with a non-A-level qualifications profile.

Analysis shows there is an attainment gap for our black students and the University is fully committed to reducing this. We are working in partnership with students to understand the barriers to success and to implement measures to reduce the attainment gap.

We are increasing inclusive practice in our curriculum to ensure that all students can easily access, and relate to, the curriculum, while supporting them to thrive and attain.

We are focussing on all students with attainment gaps and are improving how we support and engage students.

A number of evidence-based projects are being designed to improve retention, progression and attainment.

Further details of our approach may be found in our Access and Participation Plans:

Access and Participation Plan, 2019/20

Access and Participation Plan 2020/21 - 2024/25

Summary of applications, offers, acceptances and regulations for 2018-19 entrants

Table 1a:

  Number of applications Percentage of applications that received an offer Percentage of applications that  accepted an offer Percentage of applications that led to a registration
Full Time Ethnicity White 8830 84.9% 37.6% 31.5%
    BAME 3040 74.4% 36.5% 30.7%
  EIMD quintile 1 and 2 5000 77.4% 38.2% 32.3%
    3 to 5 7110 84.2% 35.0% 29.0%
  Gender Male 3860 87.9% 36.9% 31.4%
    Female 8570 78.2% 35.9% 29.8%
    Other N N N N
Part Time Ethnicity White 670 96% 93% 84%
    BAME 220 96% 96% 87%
  EIMD quintile 1 and 2 400 92% 90% 80%
    3 to 5 660 94% 91% 79%
  Gender Male 310 90% 87% 74%
    Female 770 94% 91% 81%
    Other N N N N
Apprenticeships Ethnicity White 50 DP DP DP
    BAME N N N N
  EIMD quintile 1 and 2 N N N N
    3 to 5 40 DP DP DP
  Gender Female 50 DP DP DP
    Male N N N N
    Other N N N N

Percentage of first degrees at grade 2:1 or above by characteristic for 2017-18 qualifiers

Table 2a:

Ethnicity BAME 43%
White 76%
EIMD quintile 1 and 2 61%
3 to 5 74%
Gender Female 70%
Male 66%
Other N






Not applicable as no applicants to this mode of study


24 or fewer students in this population


Data suppressed for data protection reasons

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Last edited: 20/01/2021 13:10:00