• Entry Standards Entry Standards

    The average UCAS tariff score of new students entering the University. These tables use the old UCAS tariff.

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    312
  • Student Satisfaction Student Satisfaction

    A guide to how satisfied students are with the quality of teaching they receive.

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    4.06 / 5.00
  • Research Quality Research Quality

    A measure of the quality of the research undertaken in the University.

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    2.64 / 4.00
  • Research Intensity Research Intensity

    A measure of the proportion of staff involved in high-quality research in the University.

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    0.14 / 1.00
  • Graduate Prospects Graduate Prospects

    A guide to the employability of graduates on completion of their courses at the University.

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    68.7 / 100.0
  • Student-Staff Ratio Student-Staff Ratio

    The average staffing levels at the University.

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    18.7
  • Academic Services Spend Academic Services Spend

    A guide to how much the University spends on supporting services such as libraries and IT.

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    1,198
  • Facilities Spend Facilities Spend

    A guide to how much the University spends on supporting facilities such as the careers service, health and counselling services and sport facilities.

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    573
  • Good Honours Good Honours

    The percentage of graduates achieving a first or upper second class honours degree – the class of degree achieved can impact a graduate’s employment prospects.

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    67.3 / 100.0
  • Degree Completion Degree Completion

    The proportion of students expected to successfully complete their studies and gain a degree from the University.

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    81.2 / 100.0

Birmingham City University successfully combines innovative teaching and learning, sector-leading student support and effective partnerships with some of the country’s top employers. With a history dating back to 1843, university status was achieved in 1992, with the Birmingham City University name adopted in 2007.

Entry Requirements

  • A wide range of qualifications, including Access courses, are accepted. Entry to the highly competitive Art, Design, Music and Acting courses is dependant on the standard of a portfolio or audition performance.
  • The university’s approach to admissions is to always carefully consider the full range of applicant information including personal statements, references, predicted and actual academic achievement – and where relevant, interviews, auditions and portfolios.
  • Average UCAS points are c.125 on the new tariff. 
  • Foundation courses may provide entry routes and degree progression for students with lower entry qualifications.

Teaching Methods

  • Employability skills, enterprise and practice-based project work are built into the curriculum, giving students hands-on experience of the sort of careers they may wish to enter.
  • An international perspective is incorporated into all courses, including the opportunity to study abroad for those who want to.

Undergraduate Courses

Type of Qualification:

Mode of study:

Course Flexibility

  • Courses offer a wide variety of specialisms enabling students to choose and concentrate on their chosen area of interest.
  • Students are offered the chance to gain hands-on experience through year-long or shorter placements, giving them a real advantage in the jobs market.
  • Many courses can be studied part-time, allowing students to fit study around work or family commitments.
  • The increasing use of modern technology to deliver course materials allows students to access background reading and information at a time and place that suits them.
  • The new Graduate+ scheme helps embed career-related skills into all degree courses, from becoming a course rep to studying abroad.

Student Services and Facilities

  • University libraries provide access to over 62m resources including books, journal articles, e-book chapters and conference proceedings. There is also wireless access across the University, including Eduroam, for staff, students and visitors.
  • The Centre for Academic Success provides students with access to a range of academic support services to help develop their study skills, including report writing, revision and exam techniques, stress management and time management.
  • A one-stop confidential student enquiry service, Ask, to answer all student queries, including issues such as health and wellbeing, visas, student records, the Students’ Union, childcare, accommodation or IT.
  • New facilities for the Birmingham Conservatoire at the City Centre Campus are due to open in autumn 2017, to incorporate 5 public performance spaces including a concert hall for orchestral training and public performance, private rehearsal and practice rooms, and teaching spaces for musicians from a variety of disciplines.
  • Health courses can access a fully-functional radiography suite and 3D imaging diagnostic suite, mock operating theatre and hospital wards, a fully-equipped birthing room, a simulated home environment and a specialist resource room for speech and language therapy students. Students can also make use of virtual learning environments, such as the Virtual Case Creator in the Faculty of Health, Education and Life Sciences which offers complex, unstructured problems that realistically represent aspects of health practice.

Disability Services

  • The university provides practical support and advice for prospective and current students with physical or sensory disabilities, specific learning difficulties (e.g. dyslexia), autism or chronic medical conditions.
  • The university also provides information about additional funding, runs a personal assistance scheme, and offers a dyslexia screening and diagnostic service.
  • Please refer to the university website for details.

Students' Union

  • Students can join one of the many clubs and societies or represent the interests of the university community on the Student Council. There is also a packed entertainments programme, with a variety of events taking place throughout the year.
  • The well-established Advice Centre operates at most campuses to ensure all students have access to free, impartial and independent advice.
  • The union offers the opportunity for students to help others and gain valuable experience by volunteering on a wide range of projects.

Availability of Part-Time Work

  • The university’s in-house employment agency 'OpportUNIty – Student Jobs on Campus' provides students with the chance to apply for various part-time roles within the university, gaining experience through a formal application process, including the submission of CVs and interviews.
  • The university's student enquiry service, Ask, offers access to full-time work, part-time jobs, work experience and internships via its online jobs board.

Careers Guidance

  • The Careers and Job Prospects service offers impartial advice and support to current students wanting to find out more about work experience opportunities while they study, as well as identify opportunities available when they leave university and for up to five years after they’ve graduated.
  • Students can access job or work experience opportunities and internships through an online jobs board.
  • Students can also benefit from face-to-face and e-mentoring support by students and professionals through the Ask@BCU and Inspiring Futures mentoring projects.

Student Mix

24,064 students in 2015–16:

Level of study

  • Undergraduate 82%
  • Postgraduate 18%

Mode of study

  • Full Time 79%
  • Part Time 21%

Where students come from

  • UK 88%
  • EU 3%
  • Other 9%

Student gender

  • Male 37%
  • Female 63%

History

  • The university’s contribution to transforming the prospects of the people of Birmingham and beyond stretches back though a succession of predecessor institutions for over 170 years. 
  • The university enjoys historical strengths in the creative and performing arts: the Birmingham Government School of Design was the first college of design outside London, opened in 1843, and Birmingham School of Music (later Birmingham Conservatoire) in 1886. Both were incorporated into the university. 
  • University status was achieved in 1992, and the new name of Birmingham City University was adopted in 2007, reflecting the university’s commitment to, and pride in, its home city.

Notable Alumni

  • Laura Mvula – singer.
  • Frank Skinner – comedian.
  • Jonnie Irwin – TV presenter.
  • Catherine Tyldesley – actress.
  • John Taylor – musician and Duran Duran founder.
  • Jim Crace – author.
  • Ian Emes – filmmaker.
  • Makhdum (Mak) Ali Chishty – Commander in the Metropolitan Police.
  • Mark Williams-Thomas – investigative journalist.
  • Andrew Higginson – chairman of Morrisons supermarkets.

Further Details

Address Birmingham City University University House 15 Bartholomew Row Birmingham B5 5JU
UCAS Code B25