Learning and teaching at Christ Church is driven by innovation, diversification and partnership, and the ambition to empower graduates with real-world skills and professional expertise.
From our earliest days as a teacher education college we have taken an innovative approach, engaging students in the development of their professional skills as well as a broader social education, to ensure they qualified as fully-rounded educators.
The subject specialisms in our teaching curriculum allowed us to diversify our education offer, when in the 1970s and 80s teacher training places were nationally reduced. Our expertise in Arts, Divinity, Geography, Science, Maths, English, Music and Crafts became the seed bed from which new courses grew.
We also broke new ground, moving into Film, Radio and Television Studies, leading to what is now significant training provision for the digital and creative media industries.
We established a partnership with the NHS, which ultimately led to the creation of our School of Nursing as part of the national initiative Project 2000, which embedded professional health training into higher education.
Christ Church’s academic offer is still developing and with it are the opportunities available to our graduates.
As well as hundreds of nurses, midwives, occupational therapists, radiographers and paramedics, we train surgical specialists through our Institute of Medical Science, and now GPs through our Kent and Medway Medical School, which is run in partnership with the University of Kent.
We are expanding our Science and Technology provision, building on our history of delivering life sciences and our innovative industry partnerships at Discovery Park in Sandwich.
We are breaking into Engineering, a significant new development made possible by the outstanding facilities now available in our new Verena Holmes building. We are one of only a handful of universities to offer the pioneering CDIO (Conceive, Design, Implement, Operate) education model that gives our students the opportunity to work on real-world challenges.
Our commitment to creating opportunities to join emerging industries is matched by our ambition to encourage participation in higher education from students of all backgrounds, through our work as part of the Kent and Medway Progression Federation.
Our leaning and teaching continues to provide relevant skills and training for future generations, just as we have done since 1962.
Find out about our Jubilee project to celebrate Canterbury Christ Church’s long history of collaborative partnerships, delivering dynamic courses and widening access to Higher education.
Canterbury Christ Church's Schools and College Engagement team is working with local schools to inspire them to think about the past, present and future.