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Saturday 4 October, 9am-3pm
Meet lecturers and current students. Find out about fees and funding opportunities.
Studying English at Birmingham City University gives you a wealth of opportunities to combine subjects to suit your interests. The openness of our BA (Hons) degree allows you to enjoy a wide range of areas from literature and language to original writing and drama; ideal if you don’t want to focus on one of our named awards.
What's covered in the course?
Following the common first year, you start to choose the study areas best suited to your interests in language, literature, creative writing and/or drama.
Literature modules include 21st Century Poetry; Early Modern Drama; Gender, Sex and Culture; and more. Language modules consider the description, analysis and context of language in use, and modules in drama and creative writing are also available.
Regular contact with your fellow students and our team of expert staff encourages a cross-flow of ideas, thoughts, opinion and creative inspiration. Besides class teaching and discussion, you benefit from the intimacy of small group work and minilectures which allow you to both share and absorb perspectives and insight.
Assessed group work, such as presentations, helps to boost your confidence as well as competence and, alongside the development of research skills, enhances your employability.
This course covers a range of periods from Ancient Greece to the present day, and balances your literary studies with practical, workshop-based experience of scripting, adaptation, performance theory, and theatre history and criticism. Your first year offers a general study of drama before you move on to consider early modern drama and contemporary theatre. Our highly qualified teachers, and close collaboration with local theatre groups and creative individuals, will help you to prepare and produce a final-year performance.
“My English degree changed my life. It was the best thing I’ve ever done. It made me a better human being and more analytical.”
Frank Skinner, comedian, writer and alumnus*
“I’ve discovered, having been at the University for a year-and-a-half now, that the tutors are fantastic – they are always there to help the students, and they are enthusiastic about the modules they teach, which is always something that gives your own enthusiasm a boost.”
*Taken from the Metro, 20 Sep 2011
Why Choose Us?
- The only English course in the region offering such a flexible combination of subjects which can be adapted to suit your interests.
- You can enjoy the inspiring tuition and support of internationally and nationally renowned experts and writers.
- A number of staff can call on their experience of teaching at worldranking universities including Oxford, Cambridge and Vienna.
- The University is an important research centre in linguistics, and the latest Research Assessment Exercise results found 80 per cent of the School’s research to be international standard, some of it ‘world-leading’.
- You’re supported by a richly-stocked library, the electronic resources of which give you access to every printed book published in the UK between 1470 and 1800.
- Moodle, our University’s online learning environment, offers the perfect platform to conveniently source, collate, refine and present the richness of information at your fingertips.
We accept a range of qualifications, the most popular of which are detailed below.
|Typical UK Qualification||Requirements 2014/15|
You must have the minimum of 5 GCSE's at Grade C or above which MUST include English Language C+. No other equivalence (including Key Skills) will be considered.
|GCE A Level/ AS Level||280 UCAS Tariff points from 3 A level subjects including English at grade C or above. This may also include General Studies and Critical Thinking. Remaining points can be made up with AS levels in different subjects. AS level in the same subject of an A level will not be accepted.|
|Access to Higher Education Diploma||Pass with 60 credits, 45 at level 3 and 15 at Level 2 including English at Level 3. Distinction/merit in 18 credits at Level 3 plus answer set essay question.|
|BTEC National Diploma (12-units not including early years)||D*D* or combined with other level 3 qualifications to achieve a minimum total of 280 UCAS points|
|BTEC Extended Diploma (18-units not including early years)||DMM (280 UCAS points) in related area (e.g. Media, Performing Arts).|
|BTEC Subsidiary Diploma/ National Award (6-units not including early years)||D* or combined with other level 3 qualifications to achieve a minimum total of 280 UCAS points|
|International Baccalaureate Diploma||26 points overall|
|Irish Leaving Certificate||280 points, including 4 higher level passes|
|Scottish Higher/ Advanced Higher||280 points, including 3 higher level passes|
|Welsh Baccalaureate (core plus options)||120 tariff points combined with other level 3 qualifications to achieve a minimum total of 280 UCAS points|
Unconditional Offers 2014/15
If you are a full-time undergraduate applicant for the 2014/15 year, and show particular potential, we may be able to make you an unconditional offer if you make us first choice and satisfy certain criteria.
|Typical EU/Non-EU (International) Qualifications||Requirements 2014/15|
|IELTS||6.0 overall with 5.5 minimum in all bands|
|International Baccalaureate Diploma (or equivalent, including internationally accredited Foundation courses).||26 points overall
Country-specific entry requirements and qualifications.
How to Apply
Full Time: Apply through UCAS.
UCAS Code: QW34.
Apply via UCAS
Part-time: Applications for part-time undergraduate courses should be made direct to the school.
Application form for part-time undergraduate English courses
Non-EU (International) students:. There are three ways for international students to apply: direct to the University, through a country representative or through UCAS. Please read our guidance on how to apply.
The Universities and Colleges Admissions Service (UCAS) is a UK organisation responsible for managing applications to university and college.
UK, EU and international students applying for most undergraduate degree courses in the UK will need to apply through UCAS.
You submit an application via the UCAS website with a list of up to five courses. All choices are confidential during the application process so universities and colleges considering an application cannot see your other choices. Applications must be completed by mid-January of the year that you wish to start university.
You can monitor the progress of your application using the UCAS Apply system.
Fees and Finance
Fees for students from the UK or EU countries?
|Sep 2015||FT||3 years||BA (Hons)||£9,000 per year|
|Sep 2014||PT||6 years||BA (Hons)||£940 per 15-credit module|
Fees for students from non-EU countries (International)?
|Sep 2014||FT||3 years||BA (Hons)||£10,100 per year|
Most of our undergraduate and postgraduate courses start in September/October, at the beginning of the academic year. However, some courses also have January/February or April start options. Short courses take place throughout the year.
Many of our courses can be studied on a Full-Time (FT) or Part-Time (PT) basis.
We also offer a Sandwich (SW) option for some courses – this usually involves two periods of Full Time study separated by a 'sandwich' placement spent working in an occupation related your course.
Online Learning (OL) courses can be studied remotely, usually using online learning tools.
Fees quoted are only for the academic year or start date stated. Fees may change in future years.
The University reserves the right to increase fees broadly in line with increases in inflation, or to reflect changes in government funding policies or changes agreed by Parliament.
You should allow approximately £100 per semester for buying books.
Financial Options and Advice
We have deliberately tried to set fees that reflect the cost of course delivery in order to help our students avoid debt.
Full-time students won't have to pay for tuition fees until after their studies - there are government tuition fee loans available. If you are a full-time student, after leaving university you will start to pay back your loan once you are earning over £21,000 a year, at a rate of nine per cent on any income above £21,000. So if you were earning £25,000, you would pay back nine per cent of £4,000, or £30 per month.
Money Saving Expert Martin Lewis offers key facts on fees, loans and grants:
We offer further information on possible financial support. This includes the type of loans, grants and scholarships available both from the government and from Birmingham City University.
Birmingham City University is a vibrant and multicultural university in the heart of a modern and diverse city. We welcome many international students every year – there are currently students from more than 80 countries among our student community.
The University is conveniently placed, with Birmingham International Airport nearby and first-rate transport connections to London and the rest of the UK. Our reputation for excellence is soaring globally, thanks to the superb links we forge with industry, our international alliances, and our focus on practical, vocational learning.
Our international pages contain a wealth of information for international students who are considering applying to study here, including:
- Explore some of the good reasons why you should study here.
- Find out how to improve your language skills before starting your studies.
- Find all the information relevant to applicants from your country.
- Learn where to find financial support for your studies.
- Discover what current and former international students have to say.
Saturday 4 October and Saturday 15 November 2014 (9am - 3pm)
Our Open Days provide you with the perfect opportunity to visit the University and discover just what we have to offer.
You can learn more about our courses, great teaching and links with leading employers - as well as our £260 million investment in facilities.
There is a non-stop programme of events and activities running throughout the day, so we recommend that you arrive at 9am to ensure you get the most out of the day.
Who is it for?
The day will cover all levels of study but is predominantly for undergraduate courses.
University Approach to Employability
Birmingham City University is committed to preparing students for successful employability and professional careers. We have an innovative approach to employability that will help you obtain an interesting and well-paid graduate job.
Read our Employability Statement to find out more.
Due to their ability to analyse and interpret text, accurately communicate information, work independently or collaboratively and present material with confidence, English graduates are highly employable. Our alumni have found employment in arts administration, teaching, lecturing, law, media and marketing, management, research and writing, politics and public relations, social work and social administration and librarianship, information services and many other areas.
Further study in creative writing can be undertaken on our MA in Writing course. Alternatively, Birmingham School of Acting offers graduate training in acting and other drama-related fields. For further information on courses contact Birmingham City University Choices - Tel: 0121 331 5595 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
About KIS data
From September 2012, all universities and colleges are publishing standardised information for all undergraduate courses in the form of a Key Information Set (KIS). The KIS data is designed to meet the needs of prospective students and allow for informed decision-making when choosing a university course.
Putting our students first
We pride ourselves on our student satisfaction levels which have risen from 73 per cent to 83 per cent between 2010 and 2012. Our dedication to improving the student experience is illustrated by our award-winning student engagement, our close links with business and industry and our £180 million investment in new facilities.
78.9% of graduates from the School of English who responded to our survey went into either employment and/or further study. The average full-time salary for a leaver was £16,700. Employers hiring graduates from the School include Headline Communications and Nottingham Trent University, offering positions such as Junior Account Executive and Sessional Lecturer.
Working with your Students’ Union
Improving student satisfaction is a priority commitment shared by both Birmingham City University and its Students’ Union. In its strategic planning, the Union has pledged to be more accessible, more relevant and provide more opportunity to engage with a diverse student community.
The Students’ Union is already a key stakeholder in supporting an excellent teaching experience at Birmingham City University, through joint projects such as the Extra Mile Teaching Awards and the Student Rep scheme, which allows students to share their ideas on how they are taught.
As Birmingham City University moves towards a two campus strategy where it can better support enhanced learning and student support facilities across a two-mile radius, the Students’ Union will also be better able to implement its commitment to improve communication and engage with its valued student membership.
Our joint honours degrees offer study to the same level in two named areas – either English Literature and English Language, or English and a related subject. The latter gives you the option of developing your interests in reading, writing and critical thought alongside practical study in another area, broadening your skills base and suggesting a possible career path.
Each of these courses is composed of an ‘English half’ and a ‘specialist subject routeway’. For joint degrees where the specialist subject routeway is outside the School of English (English and Media; English and Psychology), students will study designated modules in their subject specialist schools from the first semester onwards. For joint degrees where the subject specialist routeway is within the School of English (English and Drama; English and Creative Writing), students will study the same foundation first semester as all other students on BA English programmes.
|All year 1 modules|
|Early Modern Drama|
|Contemporary Theatre and Theory|
|Plus any other module|
|Any Drama option|
|Plus any Literature option|
Depending on the modules you choose, your assessments may include coursework essays, group and individual presentations, seen and unseen examinations, reports, portfolios, essay plans, annotated bibliographies and creative work.
We are constantly investing in our estate and are currently in the process of spending £260 million on new learning facilities. It’s no surprise that the Complete University Guide placed us in the UK top 10 for spending on facilities in both 2012 and 2013.
Moving to the City Centre Campus
In September 2015 all business, English, law and social sciences courses will move to our City Centre Campus – and specifically The Curzon Building. The £63m building will offer students a unique social learning space, including a dedicated student hub incorporating student support services, in the heart of Birmingham’s Eastside development.
If you are from the UK or EU please enquire using the Course Enquiry Form or contact +44 (0)121 331 5595.
If you are from outside the EU please use the International Enquiry Form or contact +44 (0)121 331 6714.