We pride ourselves on the high quality of our teaching. In fact, we’re in the top 20 in the UK for teaching staff qualifications* and we have received a prestigious Silver rating in the Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF) exceeding national quality requirements for UK universities.

The academic year

Check our semester dates page to get an idea of when you're required to be at university. 

For most undergraduate courses** (most health and teacher education courses are exempt from the changes), the teaching for the academic year will be spread across two semesters, running from September to January and January to May. This differs from how we previously structured the academic year across three separate terms.

Semesters give you the opportunity to immerse yourself in your course with in-depth study, and dedicated time will be set aside to develop your academic, personal and employability skills, allowing you to get involved in all that University life has to offer.

Typically you will be studying three modules of 20 credits each (total of 60 credits) per semester. You will normally be assessed at the end of each semester. 

  • Academic development week: Most courses offer a dedicated week in the first semester when there is no formal teaching. This gives you the chance to meet with your Personal Academic Tutor, consolidate your learning, prepare for assignments and develop your academic learning skills. This week will typically coincide with the Kent school half term break. 
  • Personal development week: Most courses will offer a dedicated week at the start of the second semester in January, allowing you to develop your skills and employability. This week will offer lots of opportunities for you to participate in different social activities. 

Learning facilities

Throughout the academic year, you’ll be taught in top quality facilities that we’re constantly investing in and improving.

You can enjoy access to a range of facilities across our campuses;

  • Library: Our facilities suit different working styles, with group study spaces, silent study rooms, dedicated PCs and loanable laptops. Wi-Fi and printing services are available. You’ll have access to library collections across the University, as well as specialist support from our dedicated subject librarians.
  • Bookshop: The on-campus bookshop is one of the largest university-owned academic bookshops in the UK, with over 25,000 titles. Our bookshop also supports the Canterbury Festival and the Folkestone Book Festival, as well as many author readings and events throughout the year.
  • Sports centre: The Christ Church Sports Centre boasts top-rate performance analysis and research facilities for sports students. For sports enthusiasts, or those interested in keeping fit, it has a state-of-the-art gym and sports hall.

*79% of our academic staff hold a teaching qualification in addition to their academic and professional qualifications (HESA 2017/18).

**View the list of courses exempt from the changes to semesters.


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