Birmingham City University
Welcome to Birmingham City University
Birmingham City University gained University status in 1992, although its history dates back to 1843, through a series of predecessor institutions. These days, the University has around 23,500 students from 80 countries, making it one of the largest and liveliest institutions in the West Midlands region.
In addition to its strength in the creative arts, the University offers a wide selection of qualifications in subjects such as health, education, media and technology. The University is very career-focused, having almost 40 professional accreditations and a large number of successful industry partnerships; within six months of leaving, 9 in 10 of their undergraduate and postgraduate students are in employment or further study (DLHE survey 2012/13).
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Courses and fees
The University uses the UCAS points system and requires on average 310 points for entry to standard degree-level courses. A range of qualifications are considered including Access courses, plus there are a number of Foundation courses which provide a route to study for those who do not meet the standard entry requirements to go straight onto a degree.
Many courses can be studied part-time to fit in around your schedule and a large number of courses offer a practice-based learning experience through placements or work experience.
There are four faculties at Birmingham City University: the Faculty of Arts, Design and Media; Faculty of Health, Education and Life Sciences; Faculty of Computing, Engineering and the Built Environment; and Faculty of Business, Law and Social Sciences.
The Faculty of Arts, Design and Media is the driving force behind the University’s creative provision. Its internationally-renowned arts training includes a specialist music conservatoire and drama school, a leading provider of media training, and the UK’s largest regional centre for art, architecture and design education, incorporating Europe’s largest jewellery school.
The Faculty of Health, Education and Life Sciences has a strong focus on the training of health and education professionals, while the University is currently growing its life sciences portfolio. The Faculty has a proven record for graduate recruitment and its courses are taught by a range of experienced practitioners, many of whom still have links in the education and healthcare sectors.
The Faculty of Computing, Engineering and the Built Environment comprises four schools that, together, are able to respond dynamically to the technological challenges posed by fast-paced industries. Their shared vision is to create a powerful centre of technological excellence and innovation, and close links to industry allow students to become involved in the latest research or make a real contribution to business.
The Faculty of Business, Law and Social Sciences offers an innovative learning environment, as well as outstanding facilities and resources. It specialises in the fields of business, law, criminology, sociology and psychology, and has a strong record of teaching, research and consultancy. In September 2015 all business, law and social sciences courses moved to the new Curzon Building at the University's City Centre Campus.
There are over 2,400 international students at Birmingham City University and, as part of their studies, students have the option of studying abroad as part of the EU's Erasmus student exchange scheme, which enables higher education students to study for part of their degree in another European country.
For 2015/16 entry, a standard fee of £9,000 will apply to all full-time first-degree programmes. All HNDs and foundation degrees taught at the University are priced at £6,000. International students will pay from £11,500 for standard courses and can expect to pay from £12,000 for postgraduate courses. For home and EU students, you should visit the individual course page which will have more information on its cost.All of the course fees are now listed under individual course entries on the University website. For many of undergraduate courses, information is also included about any additional costs you will need to budget for.
Birmingham City University is mid-way through a £260 million investment programme in its estates and facilities; The state-of-the-art £62 million Parkside Building, housing design and media students, opened in 2013 at the City Centre Campus and construction is now under way on Phase 2 of the City Centre Campus development, which will provide a 24,300 sq m building to house business, law, social science and English courses, as well as new library, IT and student support facilities from September 2015. A third phase of development with additional teaching accommodation at the City Centre and City South campuses, including the first new conservatoire building in a generation, will follow in 2017.
The University is currently in the process of moving more of its courses and facilities to its City Centre Campus in Birmingham’s fast-developing Eastside district. There are currently three main campuses – City Centre, City North and City South – with additional satellite sites located in the city centre.Birmingham is one of Europe's largest cities, home to a world-class cultural scene, fascinating history and heritage – as well as having a vibrant nightlife. Birmingham as a whole has great links to London and the rest of the country via rail and air, plus a local bus and metro network providing easy transportation around the city.
Library and study facilities
Birmingham City University's libraries provide access to over 62 million resources including books, journal articles, ebook chapters and conference proceedings. The Centre for Academic Success offers workshops and one-to-one tutorials to improve your study and English language skills, while the Centre for Enhancement of Learning and Teaching is there to improve the quality of your experience as a student.
Birmingham City University has invested in innovative student support with mobile learning and teaching resources to enhance its courses. These include the Virtual Case Creator in the Faculty of Health – a pioneering online simulation tool for Health students; the School of Law's Virtual Solicitors' Office; and the School of Education's virtual school. The University's online learning site, Moodle, provides 24-hour access to resources and flexible approaches to learning.
There are more than 70 computer rooms across the campus, most of which are open access, plus free wifi available.
The experienced careers consultants from the Careers and Job Prospects team offer advice on developing your employability skills and identifying career opportunities. You can access jobs, work experience and internships through the University's online jobs board.
There is also the chance to gain work experience in real paid roles around the University through the pioneering student employment agency, OpportUNIty – Student Jobs on Campus.
When you join Birmingham City University, you automatically become a member of Birmingham City Students’ Union. The Students’ Union is independent from, but works closely with, the University. It has a variety of clubs and societies to join and organises a number of events and social gatherings throughout the year. The Students’ Union also offers free and impartial advice on a range of issues that may affect you during your study.
The renowned Alexander Stadium, a short walk from the City North Campus, is open for athletics and gym training and Birmingham City University's own £8.5 million Doug Ellis Sports Centre opened in 2010, housing a sports hall big enough to accommodate eight badminton courts, an 80-station fitness suite, dance and aerobics studios, and a full sized all-weather pitch. The University's other site, The Pavilion at Moor Lane, provides 12 grass pitches for football and rugby, an all-weather pitch for five- or six- a-side football and hockey, changing facilities and a fully licensed bar for a post-match drink! Birmingham is home to world famous running clubs, golf courses, cricket and football clubs.
Medical and welfare services
Health and Wellbeing team offers support for your physical, mental, emotional and spiritual wellbeing, helping you to make the most out of your time at university. Birmingham City also offer extensive practical support and advice for prospective and current students with physical or sensory disabilities, specific learning difficulties (eg dyslexia), autism or chronic medical conditions.
The Finance and Money Matters team, based within Student Services, is on hand to help students with any questions or problems they may have, both before and during their time as a student at the University. They are there to help you on issues of fees, funding, budgeting and money management.
Birmingham City University has eight different accommodation options available for students who want to live on campus. Whether you want an en suite room, or shared facility accommodation, there are a variety of rooms on offer. What's more, each hall is conveniently situated for each faculty, so you don't have to worry about being late to class!
Birmingham City University’s owned accommodation is managed by their Accommodation Services team. You can call them during office hours, or put forward any concerns to a Student Assistant who works closely with the team. There is adapted accommodation for students with special requirements and you can take a virtual tour of the accommodation on their web page. The University also supports students in finding accommodation through Birmingham City Student Homes, a student-focused letting agency, owned and operated by Birmingham City Students’ Union.
Work has begun on creating accommodation for over 650 students in the city centre from September 2016 in the No1 City Locks development. It is located right opposite the Curzon Building.
Birmingham City Owned Accommodation
With 419 en suite rooms, you'll be sharing kitchen facilities with your other classmates here. A range of large and standard rooms are on offer and this halls is situated ideally for all the facilities of the City North Campus. Rent costs £125.50 per week for a standard room in 2015/16.
A similar setup to Oscott Gardens, The Coppice has 432 study rooms on offer close to the City North Campus. Rooms are grouped into flats of six with shared dining and bathroom facilities; a great chance to get to know some of your fellow students! It costs £96.50 per week to live here in 2015/16.
Based two miles from the city centre, these halls are perfectly located if you're studying on one of the health courses. Grouped into self-catered flats of four to 10 it costs £98 or £99 per week to live here.
Boasting on site facilities such as a gym and launderette, there are 350 en suite rooms on offer here, grouped into flats of five or six bedrooms. There's also a large common room area with TV and a pool table. Rent costs £121 per week (43 week contract) to stay here.
Aston Student Villages
Single en suite rooms are available here with shared kitchen facilities. Based at Aston University, the halls are just a short walk from the City Centre Campus and cost £126 per week (42 week contract) or £117 per week (51 week contract).
clv birmingham is a modern block of flats which is located just a mile from the city centre. There are 280 en suite rooms to choose from and rent costs £113 (43 week contract) and £107 (51 week contract) per week.
Jennens Court is another privately owned hall which is slightly larger with 351 single en suite rooms. Just a short walk from the main city centre campus, it costs £121 (43 week contract) per week to live here.
Just a 10 minute walk from the city centre, Unite Students – The Heights is convenient for students based at City Centre Campus. With gym access and two large study rooms, this offers ideal city living.
The rooms are grouped into five-bedroom flats, which means you share a well-equipped kitchen, dining area and lounge with fellow residents, it costs £114 per week (43 week contract)
Open days take place at Birmingham City University throughout the year, giving you the chance to see the University for yourself. The open days will give you an overview of the course you're interested in studying, the facilities and accommodation on offer at the university and the chance to meet with key members of staff.
Whether you want to find out more about the specifics of your course, see what social activities there are or simply meet with people who are already studying at the University, attending an open day is a great way to find out more.
You can also arrange to visit the University at a time outside of the above dates if they are inconvenient for you. Simply get in touch with Birmingham City University and they can arrange a private visit.
After you have applied, you may be invited to an Applicant Visit Day to find out more about the University and its courses. If this is relevant to you, an invite – including details of the dates, timetable and activities for the day – will be sent to you via email. Applicant Visit Days normally take place between February and April.
The next open days for both postgraduates and undergraduates take place on:
- Saturday 11th June 2016
- All faculties are open except Birmingham Conservatoire
- Saturday 8th October 2016
- All faculties are open except Birmingham Conservatoire
The academic year is divided into three terms. The dates for the 2015/16 year are as follows:
- Autumn term: 21st September - 18th December 2015
- Spring term: 11th January - 18th March 2016
- Summer term: 11th April - 24th June 2016
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