Birmingham City University

At a glance

Birmingham City University (BCU) successfully combines innovative teaching and learning, sector-leading student support and effective partnerships with some of the country’s leading employers.

Birmingham City University is made up of four faculties, each covering a range of subjects and specialisms, these include: Arts, Design & Media; Business, Law & Social Sciences, Computing, Engineering & the Built Environment. 

Its courses have a strong focus on preparing students for the world of work, with many offering the option of a four-year ‘sandwich’ mode, with a full year in industry providing valuable work experience. This emphasis has helped ensure that nine in 10 of its graduates are in work or further study within six months (DLHE 2012/13).

The university encourages entrepreneurship - Birmingham City Business School’s ground-breaking Student Academic Partners (SAP) scheme gives you the chance to team up with other students and staff as part of an equal project partnership.

The university’s annual Extra Mile awards highlight some amazing student achievements, as well as crowning the Entrepreneurial Student of the Year.

The University is investing £260 million in new facilities, including a major expansion of its City Centre Campus. It welcomes some 22,500 students from 80 countries onto its courses, ensuring all students benefit from a global perspective and insight.

Birmingham is the UK’s second largest city, home to 65,000 students. It has excellent transport links to the rest of the UK, as well as internationally with many overseas direct flights from Birmingham Airport. 

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Higher Education Provider (HEP). Student Sponsor - Track Record

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Birmingham (England)

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Why choose Birmingham City University

Birmingham City University (BCU) courses are practice-based; firmly rooted within industry to boost your employment prospects.We work with leading global names such as Microsoft, Cartier, the BBC, Sony and Rolls-Royce to inform our course content and set live projects for you to work on.

  • BCU on-campus student employment agency OpportUNity gives you the chance to earn while you learn. There are many part-time jobs available on campus, with 160 EU and international students currently working through the scheme.
  • Birmingham City Business School’s new twice-yearly ‘Employability Challenge’ gives you two whole weeks to develop and demonstrate skills that make you stand out from the crowd.
  • Many of BCU courses have internationally recognised accreditations, such as the ACCA (Association of Chartered Certified Accountants), CIMA (Chartered Institute of Management Accountants) and RIBA (Royal Institute of British Architects).
  • The university is mid-way through a £260 million investment plan, including a major expansion of the City Centre Campus to avail more resources for students.
  • BCU’s state-of-the-art facilities are what you’d find in the workplace. Its Law students debate in simulated court rooms, Business students can access an authentic boardroom, media facilities include radio, TV and ‘green screen’ studios and Engineering students can make use of an environmental lab, emissions test facilities and over £11million worth of computer equipment.
  • BCU is ranked 6th out of 130 universities for student teaching time (Daily Telegraph course finder).
  • 90 per cent of BCU’s 2013 graduates had found employment within six months of graduating (DLHE survey 2012/13).
  • Many of BCU academics are globally recognised within their fields, including the UK’s leading criminologist, Professor David Wilson.
  • Seven members of staff are currently National Teaching Fellows – the most prestigious award for excellence in university teaching and learning.
  • In the Research Excellence Framework 2014, which measures universities’ research performance, 90 per cent of Birmingham City University’s total submission was judged to have delivered ‘outstanding’ or ‘very considerable’ impact externally.
  • BCU’s Centre for Academic Success provides all 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.

  • BCU students have a great reputation for putting their ideas into action - a group of Business School students emerged as winners of the International Entrepreneurial Brains Made on Campus 2015 Competition, hosted in Stuttgart, Germany. MA Visual Communication graduate Claire Farrell established her company EC Arts while still at University and current students are now given opportunities to work with her. Film and Animation students have had their work shown nationally and internationally at various prestigious film festivals, such as the Canada Stop Motion Festival, Canterbury Animation Festival, Flip Festival, Flatpack Festival, and xHumed.

  • The Careers and Job Prospects Service helps students and graduates to develop employability and career management skills. Services include providing access to jobs and work experience opportunities, employer mentoring and recruitment events.
  • Knowledge Transfer Partnerships (KTPs) create three-way partnerships between graduates, leading businesses and the University. BCU is one of the top ten UK Universities for KTP programmes.
  • BCU’s bespoke Knowledge Innovation Technology Transfer Scheme (KITTS) matches the skills of qualified graduates and postgraduates with the specific needs of businesses.
  • The Centre for Enhancement of Learning and Teaching (CELT) is working with academic staff and course teams to develop student employability in the classroom as an integral part of the curriculum.
  • The University has a reputation for widening participation and working with local communities. It welcomes a broad mix of cultures and nationalities, and over half of its students come from the city or the surrounding area. There are also over 2,200 international and EU students who are attracted by the social and ethnic mix of the University’s student population.

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