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Itsthatguy
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Could someone with any previous experience at the Unitversity possibly tell me if its any good in terms of teaching and support from lecturers and so on.
If I choose BCU I would be studying Marketing, Advetising and PR, so anyone with knowledge about the business school would be brilliant!
My choices are;
Birmingham City University
University College Birmingham
University of Wolverhampton
Coventry University

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I study media at BCU
I like it here, not just the lessons but the atmosphere etc
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I'm not a particular fan to be honest. I study Law there and i really wish i went elsewere now (couldn't at the time becuase of family circumstances.)

To be honest, it depends on the staff, some of my teachers have been really interested and helpful where as other have done what they need to do and nothing more. I can NEVER get a reply from some members of staff over email and find it impossible to find them as they are never in there office. One of these is my PDP Tutor (someone whos supposed to help your personally, give references, stuff like that.) It's impossible.

I don't have any experiences of the other unis though, sorry.

If you have any questions feel free to ask.
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It's better than the other choices you listed, on par with Coventry....probably better.
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It depends on the course you are doing I suppose but I do nursing and I love it. The staff are all very friendly and supportive, and the facilities are great. I am in my final year and never had any regrets about choosing BCU. The atmosphere is great
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Well depends on your course.. A friend of mine went from doing foundation engineering in BCU to a B.Eng Automotive Engineering in Coventry University and he said he regretted it ever since. Asked why and he said despite the reputation that Cov Uni enjoys, the lecturers are too old school, the lecturers can be difficult to get hold of and many of the old school types teach you in a way that assumes you know what they know already. The classes are also massive.

Contrast with BCU where there are a few core subjects with maybe 50 students but then these break off to 20 or so in the specialist stuff. It's what I'm experiencing myself here now.

Facilities wise:

Library:

Coventry:
In town, 4 floors and covers all subjects. No specific help with subjects but library assistance is available on all floors. Transport by bus to library regular but not frequent. Close to main campus and next door to engineering and computing.

BCU: Main Library, 4 miles out of town open until 11pm. Library service available until 6pm but self service thereafter. In Perry Barr - not dangerous BUT don't walk around at night on your own, especially if carrying a laptop. Close to main campus and also close to main sets of halls. highly connected by bus and train to ALL parts of town until late.

The clincher for me - subject specific satellite libraries are available AT FACULTY, so the TEE which covers engineering and technology has a learning centre with specialists in the field on hand to help you with your mathematics and engineering work. ALL lecturers will pass through there at some point in the day and so they are easy to grab hold of for a chat. The BIAD has a library for arts, media, and communication and a centre for design management - you can even hire movie DVD's from the library!!!... Adrian Boult Conservatoire. Music library, and audio media equipment available, practice rooms. Mary Seacole (Nursing) has a nursing and medical library.

ATMOSPHERE:

Coventry:
Relatively safe place to live and study but also really rather boring, especially in town (it gained the reputation for the city that sleeps at 17:30!!) Whilst there is the usual towny entertainment, concentrated on the spot of the Skydome (I was tempted by the ice rink on top actually) there isn't much of an alternative scene there. Put simply Coventry city centre is very poor and has been in decline ever since the early '80s when the car factories got torn down for out of town retail arks that have sucked the life out of the centre even further. Everyday truly is grey and the summer sun barely makes it bearable. It is cheap however. Be wary of Hillfields though.. this and Stoke Aldermoor are the most crime soaked areas closest to the edge of town. Study wise, the classes can be huge and socialising generally tends to mean you stick to your own group. Certainly in terms of auto-engineering things may have changed in terms of the lecture rooms as the new Engineering and Computing building has been built - however one word of warning, your classes may take place at random locations across the town if there isn't any room in the building. They have been known to put lectures close together for you to find you have to walk a mile down the road to the next one! It feels like a Poly University - not sure if that's a good thing or not but I got the feeling you never left college.

BCU: What can we say - Birmingham has LOTS of place to go out in but they are spread out, so town is not the be-all and end-all. Moseley, Digbeth and the Jewellery Quarter for alternative, The Arcadian, Broad Street more mainstream (Arcadian better), and for a bit of posh chicness, try Brindley Place or the Mailbox - Hurst Street has a cool gay scene which still needs a bit more development but they're a friendly bunch.

Study wise, Again depends on the course but most of the buildings are new/refurbed.

TEE - at Millenium Point- Very business like, feels and looks very professional ALL lectures done in this building and it feels like a 'technical' place without feeling too intimidating. Doesn't feel like a uni. Lecturers are great and don't seem arrogant - hardly any seem old school.

BIAD - It's a lovely atmosphere there. It feels like a closely knit network and almost family like, despite the number of students there. The building will be given up soon and the students will move next door to the TEE.. Not sure if the new building will affect the mood but generally if you're a sociable person, you will suddenly have access to a large network of friends - the interesting thing is, this lasts well past your graduation as many stay in the city for a few years to build their careers before heading out. BIAD opens it's doors for everyone to see the graduate show and gives everyone a chance to meet up again and say hi.

Nursing at Mary Seacole - well nurses can be a bit bonkers anyway but again they are incredibly sociable and the campus looks very professional after its refurb. A friend of mine is doing a second degree in Mental Health Nursing and she went to Aston Uni before this. Her opinion was that 'BCU ****s on anything Aston does'... I think she likes it....

It's late but I guess I've only touched the tip... oo-er.. give me a shout on this thread.. I know a fair bit about BCU and Cov uni in terms of engineering studies but I also have a bit of knowledge with some of BCU's faculties and facilities.

Generally this Uni is rated better AND your chances of finding a job thereafter are likely to be 9/10 with good alumni news and support.
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God willing i want to apply for bcu adult nursing for oct 2013 i hope my ucas is not too late as i will not be sending it till at least two weeks time. I really want to get in as is my number one choice and i am local as well. Is it hard to get into.


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(Original post by Leanora)
God willing i want to apply for bcu adult nursing for oct 2013 i hope my ucas is not too late as i will not be sending it till at least two weeks time. I really want to get in as is my number one choice and i am local as well. Is it hard to get into.


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I hope you do, however demand these courses was quite high last year even despite the fact that the funding system and fees are different to a normal degree. It could be that demand might be high again this year and they may defer you to the following year.. That said, potential students do change their minds and you would get moved up the queue.

As for your campus, you'll be in leafy Edgbaston and if you go to halls they may put you on campus (I think it's still cheaper but than the rest). You do have the option to stay in halls (although this may change) and many students live in the Estate by Waterworks Road, simply because it's cheaper, or Bearwood is a great little town for cheap shopping, and Harbourne has more class - and it's a smart little town to go out in too.

You will be within spitting distance of Broad Street (the main entertainment hub), and the nearest hospital is the Queen Elizabeth super hospital, although you could be put on placement at City (north Birmingham near Winson Green) or Heartlands, right on the other side of town. Don't worry because the bus network is pretty good and the campus is well connected.

You've got a great modern building to study in and you have an on-site nurse if you have any medical probs or need contraception etc etc.. It's all there.
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Thanks secretenglistudent😄 im
Local soo hoping to
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Birmingham, Wolves and Conventry? You must not enjoy life very much
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Ok a lil update i got into BCU wolves and university of bham. Im doing nursing at the mo its out of BCU and UOB aint got a clue which one its gonna be.


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i want to do msc accounting and finance at bcu but im a lil worried about the dissertation. any previous students here who can give me a heads up as to what im getting myself into?
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Pl let me know how was your experience in bcu? Are you international student? I am desiring to take admission for my daughter in bcu.she will be international student . Please give your frank opinion .you can also whats app me on 919819892894 . Kindly let me know job prospects in legal firms in birmingham .Thanks
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Anyone have experience with their Visual Effects Course?
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