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Birmingham City University

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Birmingham City University is situated in the vibrant and diverse centre of Birmingham and is the second-largest university in the city. The university has a rich history and multicultural community, providing students with a unique and enriching experience. Spread across two main campuses, it has invested over GBP 340 million into state-of-the-art facilities, including new biomedical science labs, a mock operating theatre, a crime scene room and broadcasting facilities. Birmingham is also one of the greenest cities in Europe, offering botanical gardens and parks for students to relax in.

It is possible to earn while studying through the student employment agency OpportUNIty, which helps students fit a job around their own study programme and commitments. The institution also has plenty of industry partnerships, making it easy for students to gain work experience and internships.

Students have the chance to study abroad during their time at the university through an exchange programme or with Erasmus+, helping them to stand out from the crowd after graduation while making new friends and gaining new experience. The university also offers the chance to take part in a summer programme with partner universities around the world.

Birmingham City University has a dedicated Career Support team, which has resulted in over 97% of graduates finding work – or going on to further study – within six months of finishing their degree (Destination of Leavers from HE survey 2017/18). Students can book in to see Career Consultants for help with all aspects of their career plan and advice on searching for jobs. Further resources are available when it comes to interview preparation or writing outstanding CVs.

There is excellent student support through a number of services, which focus on everything from financial advice, childcare support and information on visas and immigration, to mentoring and counselling.

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What’s new

What’s new

Birmingham City University is constantly looking at ways to improve the student experience. Recent changes include:

  • A new GBP 41 million extension to the City South Campus, which opened in 2018. It includes specialist laboratories for Sports and Life Sciences students, as well as broader social learning spaces and classrooms that sees Education students developing as future educators. The campus also has a lecture theatre and a café.
  • In 2017, the Royal Birmingham Conservatoire music building opened at the City Centre Campus. The centre of the new complex is the 500-seat concert hall and there are five public performance spaces in total, plus rehearsal and training spaces. It is the first new, purpose-built conservatoire in the UK for over 30 years, and includes the only permanent jazz space in any UK conservatoire.

Birmingham City University provides updates to any changes across the university relating to COVID-19. Prospective students should use this information source to understand any changes that will impact future study at the University.

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Teaching quality

Teaching quality

Birmingham City University has an excellent reputation for teaching and was awarded silver by the government’s Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF). The TEF – the first scheme of its kind – recognises excellent teaching and learning across the UK’s world-class higher education sector.

Silver grades have been awarded by the government to universities offering courses with “high levels of stretch that ensure all students are significantly challenged, and acquire knowledge, skills and understanding that are highly valued by employers”.

Birmingham City University was particularly praised for its student support, world-class facilities and the professionalism of its teaching staff.

“We have worked tirelessly to ensure we provide our students with a practice-led, knowledge-applied education that is interdisciplinary, employer-driven and has a global outlook,” said Vice-Chancellor Professor Philip Plowden.

A number of factors are assessed, including completion rates, student satisfaction and graduate employment. The assessment looks at teaching, the environment students are taught in and the outcomes they achieve, taking into consideration both their subject and their background.

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Department structure

Department structure

There are four faculties at Birmingham City University:

Business, Law and Social Sciences

The faculty offers a wide variety of courses, including some that are vocationally focused, and available on a flexible basis. The faculty also supports lifelong learning and equips students with the skills needed to thrive.

The faculty is recognised for the quality of its academic programmes. Many of the courses on offer have accreditations from professional bodies, an advantage when students seek jobs and further study after leaving university.

Arts, Design and Media

The faculty has impressive links with industry, including many high-profile brands and companies. Creative Skillset has accredited a number of the Faculty’s media courses.

It has the only centre in the Midlands approved by the Chartered Institute of Public Relations (CIPR) to offer their Advanced Certificate and Diploma courses and runs courses in Hong Kong and Thailand.

Health, Education and Life Sciences

The focus of the faculty is on training for health and education professionals. However, its emphasis on life sciences is growing. It has a good record when it comes to graduate outcomes, and students are successful in finding employment after studying the practically-minded courses. Experienced practitioners teach the courses and help guide students into their chosen industries.

Computing, Engineering, and the Built Environment

With close links to industry partners, the Faculty of Computing, Engineering and the Built Environment (CEBE), helps students to get involved in the latest research and to make real and lasting contributions to their chosen industries.

The faculty also has good international links, allowing students to explore emerging technologies from across the world, and offering changes for exchange programmes abroad.

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Entry requirements

Entry requirements

The type and level of qualifications students require will vary depending on their chosen course, but there are some guidelines on entry to the university for all international applicants:

Competence in English requirements

International students from a non-EU country where the vast majority of people are not English-speaking are usually required to take a Secure English Language Test (SELT). BCU accepts a wide range of English language qualifications in lieu of SELT.

If they are planning to study a course which is below degree level, they must take a SELT with one of UK Visas and Immigration’s (UKVI) approved English language test providers, unless UKVI has already accepted their high school qualification.

Pre-sessional courses

If the SELT result is below the required standard, students will be eligible to study the university’s pre-sessional courses, where they will learn general English and be introduced to Academic English.

Students will also practice writing, reading, grammar, listening, speaking and complete a mini-project while finding out more about British culture and society.

Courses in country

In addition to running pre-sessional English courses in the UK, the university also arranges in-country courses which help students improve their English skills before coming to the UK to begin their main course.

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Scholarships & funding

Scholarships & funding

Birmingham City University offers a range of scholarship opportunities for international undergraduate and postgraduate self-funding students. Students are only eligible to receive one bursary - whichever is greater.

Non-EU only

The university provides a number of scholarships based on merit, with a contribution towards tuition fee costs for new international students. Those enrolling as undergraduates are automatically considered for a scholarship of up to GBP 2,000, based on the applicant’s academic background.

EU only

All new students from the EU who are undertaking undergraduate awards are eligible for GBP 150 of credit, which can be spent on learning materials, books and other items.

Prompt Payment Bursary

Students who pay their tuition fees in full before arriving in the UK, or during the enrolment process, will be entitled to a discount on their tuition fees worth GBP 300. It is deducted on top of any scholarships or bursaries already awarded.

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The university has invested GBP 340 million in its facilities. Whether it's the state-of-the-art Parkside Building which includes the largest concentration of TV studios between London and Salford or the simulated operating theatre and hospital wards at the City South Campus, Birmingham City University ensures students have the best possible space to learn. Birmingham also offers facilities and services that students can take advantage of such as the largest public library in Europe.

The Curzon Building

The Curzon Building is a state-of-the-art addition to the university’s City Centre Campus. It features modern facilities including the psychology labs, mock court room and CITY trading room.

Millennium Point

Millennium Point is home to the university’s Computing, Engineering and Built Environment courses, and has recently undergone a GBP 6.5 million refurbishment and facilities upgrade. It is also home to Thinktank, an award-winning science museum.

City South Campus

City South Campus in Edgbaston, to the south of the city centre, is home to the university’s Health and Social Care courses. The new GBP 41 million building is the home of specialist laboratories for the university’s new courses in Sport and Life Sciences, and its School of Education. Students learn in the most realistic settings – from a mock operating theatre and hospital wards to a fully-equipped birthing room and virtual radiotherapy suite.

Royal Birmingham Conservatoire

The Royal Birmingham Conservatoire features 9,000 sq m of purpose-designed teaching, rehearsal and state-of-the-art performance space. The audio and video digital infrastructure is designed to enhance and support live performance and to allow students to experiment with new technologies.

Vittoria Street and Assay Office

The internationally renowned School of Jewellery at Birmingham City University is the largest in Europe, with unrivalled facilities and expertise to develop students’ careers.

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Birmingham City University is a large, diverse and increasingly popular place to study. It?s early history can be traced back to the five individual colleges which would be brought together as The City of Birmingham Polytechnic in 1971. In 2007 the University changed its name to Birmingham City. It has an enviable reputation for providing quality, student-focused education in a professional and friendly environment. The superb courses, state-of-the-art facilities, first-rate staff, and focus on practical skills and professional relevance is producing some of the country?s most employable graduates.

The University is made up of four faculties, each covering a range of subjects and specialisms. It?s teaching staffs are recognised around the world for their excellent industry connections and research impact. The students will experience the latest teaching methods, software and equipment designed to give them practical knowledge of what to expect in the workplace. The university has over 130 Bachelor's degrees in the UK available to international students, covering a wide range of subjects which open up a world of fascinating learning and career opportunities. Masters degrees are for students who have completed their Bachelor?s degree and want to take up further study.

Birmingham City comprises three main campuses, with additional sites located throughout the city. It is based in the heart of the UK?s second-largest city.
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