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University Centre Reaseheath is a specialist land-based college in Cheshire, offering courses in subjects such as Agriculture, Animal Science, Sport and Equine, to name just a few. Around 700 students are currently learning at its stunning, rural campus which is set in 330 hectares of farms, lake and parkland.

Taught by expert staff, Reaseheath delivers industry-focused courses which provide students with the transferable skills and knowledge that employers demand. In addition, during their studies students are encouraged to take part in work-based learning and attend optional overseas study tours to gain extra experience helping them become career-ready.

University Centre Reaseheath has a beautiful campus, which in recent years has received an £80 million investment, resulting in outstanding cutting-edge teaching facilities and student resources, as well as a new on-site student accommodation block.

Outside of lectures, students can join a range of clubs and societies at University Centre Reaseheath, and enjoy the wide variety of additional social events organised by the Student Association. From ornithology to photography, sport to conservation – there’s something to suit all tastes.

Job Prospects
Job Prospects

Job Prospects

University Centre Reaseheath courses ensure that graduates leave with the knowledge, skills and qualifications that employers are looking for.

The degree programmes provide students with the opportunity to study a range of additional qualifications. These extra practical qualifications offer industry relevant skills and training that employers look for and offer graduates a leading position in a competitive job market.

The on-site careers service at University Centre Reaseheath provides information, advice and guidance to all students, even after graduating. Students can access support for anything from writing their CV or searching for jobs, to helping assess their skills and qualities. Students can also get advice on any career ideas they have, helping to give them a head start in the graduate job market.

Course and lecturers
Course and lecturers

Course and lecturers

University Centre Reaseheath offers a supportive learning environment with a focus on vocational provision.

The University Centre has 13 subject areas:

  • Adventure Sports
  • Agriculture
  • Animal Science
  • Business and Events
  • Countryside and Conservation
  • Equine Science
  • Floristry
  • Food Science
  • Landscape Design
  • Plant Science
  • Public Services
  • Sports
  • Teacher Training

There is also opportunity to study an Access to Higher Education diploma which can be completed in a range of land-based subjects, studied part-time over a year. The course is equivalent to two A-Levels and is a route into Higher Education. University Centre Reaseheath works in close partnership with the University of Chester to ensure that undergraduates receive a first-class learning experience across a wide range of degree programmes. University Centre Reaseheath also offers higher level apprenticeships.

All lecturers at University Centre Reaseheath are experts in their field, which when combined with world-class facilities and a high number of teaching hours, enhances the learning experience for students.

Reaseheath has strong links with both regional and national employers, and offers research opportunities, work placements and industry relevant programmes. Studying at University Centre Reaseheath gives students transferable skills and opportunities to gain additional qualifications, to further enhance their future career prospects.

As well as benefitting from relevant day trips, workshops and visits from guest speakers, students may also have the opportunity to join a field trip or an overseas study tour, to gain additional experience relevant to their course whilst making life-long memories.

Students' Union
Students' Union

Students' Union

University Centre Reaseheath offers a great social environment with lots of activities to get involved in outside of lectures.

Reaseheath’s Student Association represents all University Centre Reaseheath students, and ultimately acts as their voice in a range of ways. The Student Association is there to ensure that each students’ experience is as positive and enjoyable as possible. Based in the student social area, the Student Association is made up of current students from different courses. There are a number of roles within the association including President, RAG Chair, College and Academic Board Reps, Health and Safety Reps, Sports Reps and more.

The Student Association also organises a lively programme of social events including the popular Thursday Night Social event, karaoke and live bands as well as exciting off-site activities such as bowling, go-karting and cinema visits.

In addition, students can relax in the student social area and bar. This is located in the centre of campus and has pool tables, table tennis and large screen TVs.

The RAG (raising and giving) society is also an integral part of student life. This society has raised over £280,000 for nominated charities since it began in 1987. Each year students are asked to select a charity to raise funds for through socials, raft races, helping at community events and much more. This year’s chosen charity is Make A Wish UK.



University Centre Reaseheath offers a range of accommodation options for up to 1,000 students on its campus. There are both catered and self-catered options to choose from.

The halls of residence offer single en-suite bedrooms with a work station, WiFi and 24-hour security, including a Safeguarding Officer and CCTV.

The latest halls of residence contain 200 purpose-built bedrooms in modern, town house style blocks, each containing a communal ground floor with shared kitchen, lounge and dining area. Bedrooms and bathrooms are on the upper floors.

Catered accommodation includes breakfast, lunch and evening meals, which are served daily in the restaurant. Self-catered accommodation has a self-catering kitchen area designated to a number of students. Other dining outlets include the Feast Café and the HE Café where students can purchase meals, snacks and drinks.

After applying, staff will contact students to explain how to secure their place in one of the halls of residence. All full-time higher education students can apply for residential accommodation, and all first-year students are guaranteed a place in halls. This offer is made to all applicants who live more than a reasonable daily travelling distance from Reaseheath and who apply during the normal admissions cycle.

For students who require specialist facilities, there are a limited number of residential places available. Rooms are allocated on assessment of disability but no provision is available in halls for students who need specialist medical or nursing care. For full details on the halls of residence, visit Reaseheath’s website.

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Based in rural Cheshire and surrounded by 330 hectares of countryside, while still being close to the big cities of Manchester, Liverpool and Chester, the campus offers a range of state-of-the-art facilities to boost learner experience.

Over the last few years, University Centre Reaseheath has invested over £80 million across its campus on new builds, modern technology, facilities and student accommodation.

Facilities include:

  • Higher Education Centre which has had a recent extension, with open-access IT suites, classrooms, a dual screen lecture theatre, tutorial rooms and a quiet study area. The students’ social area, which currently offers space to relax and a café, is being refurbished to give HE students a great space to socialise, day and night.
  • Animal Management Training Centre including award-winning teaching zoo, home to over 1,000 animals.
  • Dedicated dog training area, commercial standard grooming parlours and kennelling facilities.
  • Reaseheath Equestrian Centre which has scientific research laboratories and equipment, an international standard indoor arena and two outdoor arenas with competition surfaces.
  • New Agri-Technology Centre, which is one of the most sophisticated in the UK.
  • 272-hectare farm which offers a range of industry-standard facilities, including plans for a new robotic milking system.
  • £8 million National Centre for Horticulture, the Environment and Sustainable Technology, which houses facilities which are used for trials within the crop production industry.
  • Reaseheath Food Centre which is home to one of the best food processing halls in Europe.
  • £6 million Sports Science and Performance Academy with elite performance testing lab and international standard 3G rugby pitch.
  • State-of-the-art laboratories
  • High quality residential student accommodation for up to 1,000 students, including a new £13 million 200 bed townhouse style halls of residence.
City life
City life

City life

Set in a stunning rural location in Nantwich, Reaseheath is based in the heart of Cheshire.

A medieval market town with a contemporary edge, Nantwich is an attractive town with numerous shops, cafés and restaurants. And once lectures are over, Nantwich offers a great night out for students, with plenty of pubs and nightclubs hosting regular student nights.

There are also some great places to visit nearby including Chester Zoo, Oulton Park race circuit, Go Ape at Delamere Forest and Alton Towers.

Transport links for Nantwich are excellent with the nearby M6 motorway, Crewe railway station and a bus and train station in Nantwich. Liverpool John Lennon Airport, Liverpool Ferry Port and Manchester Airport are approximately an hour’s journey from the campus.

The nearby cities of Chester, Liverpool and Manchester all offer great days and fun nights out too. Spend a day in Chester at the races, hire a rowing boat on the River Dee or walk the famous City Walls. Liverpool is a UNESCO World Heritage Site, with more listed buildings, museums and galleries than any other city outside of London. Renowned for its football and music, Manchester offers something for every taste, from live music and sports, theatres and art to shopping.

There’s loads to see and do in the great outdoors too and the campus location provides excellent opportunities for a wide variety of outdoor pursuits. For real adventure and beautiful scenery, North Wales, the Peak District and Lake District are all within easy travelling distance with plenty of opportunities for walkers, mountain bikers, horse riders, water sports enthusiasts and rock climbers.

Clubs and Societies
Clubs and Societies

Clubs and Societies

There are lots of clubs and societies to join at University Centre Reaseheath, which allow students to take up a new sport, meet like-minded people or try something new. There's something to suit most interests, but if not students can always form their own too!

Just a few of the clubs include:

  • Raising and Giving (RAG Committee)
  • Birds of Prey Society
  • Canine Society
  • Climbing Club
  • Conservation Society
  • Ju Jitsu Club
  • LGBTQPA+ Society
  • Media Club
  • Netball Club
  • Photography and the Film Society
Student support
Student support

Student support

University Centre Reaseheath has a team of dedicated professionals on hand to offer you support if and when you need it during your time there, whether it’s academic or personal.

The Student Services team can support you with things like:

  • Accommodation and transport
  • Financial support
  • Medical and personal support
  • Social and sporting activities

The Student Wellbeing team offer a confidential service to students who may be suffering with homesickness, difficulties with coursework, financial problems, health or family issues. The counselling service provides ongoing support with specific problems and the Chaplain can offer additional support and pastoral care to students of all faiths or of no faith.

There’s also a specialist Higher Education Support Team (HEST) which offers advice for students with a range of disabilities, including learning difficulties such as dyslexia, dyspraxia, ADHD, ASD, health conditions and mental health needs. HEST has a team of experienced mentors and specialist tutors for one to ones and mentoring sessions. The team can also provide confidential advice and guidance in order to apply for the Disabled Students Allowance (DSA). As an Approved Assessment Centre for the Disabled Student Allowance (DSA), they can assess any student wishing to attend a higher education institution anywhere in the country.



Tuition fees are charged for each academic year of a course and are set by the University Centre annually.

Whether studying full or part-time, student loans or grants are available to help with living costs and tuition fees. Other financial support, including non-repayable bursaries and scholarships, may be available to eligible students depending on individual circumstances.

Full-time UK/ EU students (2020/21 fees)

  • £9,250 for BSc programmes
  • £9,250 for BSc Top-Up programmes
  • £9,250 for Foundation degree programmes
  • £8,250 for Foundation Year 0 programme year 1 (BSc fees apply for subsequent years) 
  • £1,230 for the sandwich placement year

Part-time UK/ EU students (2020/21 fees)

  • £4,625 for BSc programmes
  • £4,625 for BSc Top-Up programmes
  • £4,625 for Foundation degree programmes
  • £4,125 for Foundation Year 0 programmes
  • £3,570 for the FdSc Countryside Conservation and Recreation Management
  • £3,930 for the Professional Certificate in Food Technology for International Students

Full-time International Undergraduate Students (2019/20 fees):

  • £11,800 for BSc programmes
  • £11,800 for Foundation degree programmes
Scholarships/ Bursaries
Scholarships/ Bursaries

Scholarships/ Bursaries

University Centre Reaseheath is committed to providing financial support to those who need it.

They have several means-tested bursary schemes available which are designed to ensure that students can all thrive and succeed during their time at Reaseheath.

Additional financial support is available to students on directly funded programmes. For more information please contact the HE team on 01270 613284.

Bursaries include:

  • The Deal at Reaseheath
  • The Reaseheath Bursary Diagnostic Assistance Bursary (DAB)
  • Aspire: The Student Assistance Fund (SAF)
  • Study Tour Support Fund

For more information on any of the above please visit the University Centre Reaseheath's website.

Academic strengths
Academic strengths

Academic strengths


Situated in the dairy county of Cheshire, the agricultural degrees cover a range of farming practices and reflect the latest developments within the industry. The latest addition to the industry standard facilities on campus will soon be the new robotic milking system, which will give students the chance to develop their knowledge of alternative dairy farming systems and technologies. University Centre Reaseheath has a national reputation for delivering quality training within the specialist field of dairy herd management and is the only institution in the UK to offer a degree in this area.

Animal Science

The Animal Management Training Centre was the first educational establishment in the UK to be granted a zoo licence and is dedicated to education, training, conservation and the welfare of domestic and exotic species.

Equine Science

The equine science courses are designed to produce graduates who are industry-ready by combining scientific research and technological advances with access to relevant industry experience. Since 2011 four equine undergraduates have been awarded the prestigious BEF MAREC Internship at Virginia Tech in the USA, the world’s leading equine breeding and research centre.

Food Science

The Reaseheath Food Centre is an industry-leading academy with an international reputation in the food and drink sector. The £7 million Centre provides one of the best equipped food processing teaching facilities in Europe. The food department is the National Skills Academy for Food and Drink Dairy Champion and the state-of-the-art BRC7 Grade AA facilities include a commercial dairy, butchery, commercial bakery and innovation rooms. Dairy courses are run in conjunction with Project Eden which ensure that the UK dairy industry has access to some of the best dairy technology training. Undergraduates also become an Associate Student Member of the Institute of Food Science and Technology (IFST).

Landscape Design

The garden design degree programme is approved by the Landscape Institute and aligns with the Pathway to Chartership syllabus and Landscape Institute areas of practice. Student also take part in garden design and builds at prestigious events such as the RHS Tatton Flower Show. Over the last decade former students have won 2 Best in Show, 4 Gold, 8 Silver Gilt and 4 Silver Awards for their RHS medal winning gardens.

Plant Science

With £8.3 million invested into Reaseheath’s National Centre for Horticulture, the Environment and Sustainable Technology, University Centre Reaseheath is proud to be supporting one of the UK’s largest industries. Their large-scale commercial production units are one of the most modern glasshouse training facilities in the UK and are often used for innovative, industry-led crop trials. Plans for a vertical farming unit are also currently underway, enabling students to keep up with the latest data and digital technologies.

Entry requirements
Entry requirements

Entry requirements

Each course has their own entry requirements. Full entry requirements can be found on the course pages in the University Centre Reaseheath's prospectus and on their website.

They use the UCAS tariff system for the full-time entry requirements. The number of UCAS points needed to join a particular course is listed on their course pages both in their prospectus and on their website.

BSc (Hons) or BA (Hons) 1 year top-up

The entry requirement for all top-up programmes is a foundation degree in a relevant subject.

Part-time courses

For all part-time courses, A Levels or a Level 3 subject in a relevant discipline is required. However, in some circumstances relevant work experience will be taken into consideration and applicants will be considered on an individual basis. Each application is considered on its merits. University Centre Reaseheath is flexible in their normal offer if the applicant can show a commitment to succeed and has relevant skills and experience, for example, through employment, voluntary work or private study.



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Undergraduate students Source: HESA, 2019 (note: only applies to undergraduate records)


TEF score The Teaching Excellence Framework is how the standard of teaching at this institution is judged by an independent panel of experts. It's broken down into three levels; gold, silver and bronze, and looks at teaching quality, learning environment and student outcomes.

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