Undergraduate Fees FAQs
What fees will Birmingham City University be charging?
For 2016/17 entry, a standard fee of £9,000 will apply to all full-time first-degree programmes to enable the University to provide the best student experience. The fees for HNDs and Foundation degrees taught at the University will be confirmed shortly.
Why have we set this fee?
Following a range of policy changes and the potential of future cuts (including those to Student Opportunity Funding, Access to Learning Fund, Disabled Students’ Allowances and the National Scholarship Programme) there will be much less funding available to support outreach activity, widening participation, support for student retention and progression, support for student hardship, all of which are critical elements to the nature of our student profile and indeed mission as an inclusive University.
Therefore, the decision has been taken to charge a standard fee of £9,000 for all full-time first-degree programmes. Depending upon the level of the funding cuts, much of the additional income to the University from fees will merely replace the income lost from other forms of funding.
Now that costs are higher, is it still worth going to university?
The lifelong value of higher education far outweighs any short-term costs. You will develop personally, intellectually and, of course, professionally - gaining a distinct advantage in the job market. Figures from Department for Business, Innovation and Skills in 2015 show graduates earn an average of £9,000 more per year, or over £360,000 over a 40-year working life, than someone without a degree. And by 2022, half of all jobs are expected to require a degree-level qualification (UK Commission for Employment and Skills 2014).
Birmingham City University specialises in preparing students for careers and has excellent links with businesses - including Microsoft, Cartier and Cisco. That’s why nine in ten of our students were in work or further study within six months of graduating (DLHE survey 2013/14). Our web page on the value of higher education offers more information.
How can people afford to pay the tuition fees?
All full-time undergraduates studying at university for the first time won’t have to pay for tuition fees until after their studies – there are government tuition fee loans available.
What other financial support is available?
Students at universities outside London who are studying away from home will be able to apply for a loan of up to £8,200 to help with living costs such as food, accommodation and travel. Students living with their parents can apply for a loan of up to £6,904 per year.
What are you doing to ensure students from lower income backgrounds can still come to university?
For over 170 years, Birmingham City University has been helping people from the region and around the world to improve themselves and their career options. We’ve always believed that people with the ability to enter Higher Education should have the opportunity to do so.
That’s why we have tried to set affordable fees wherever possible to give our students the best value for money. It’s also why we’ll be offering National Scholarships to over 650 students from the lowest income backgrounds who demonstrate excellence in academic achievement, performance or potential.
Can students expect to see an improvement in facilities/teaching as a result of this increased cost?
Our fees have been set at a level which will protect future investment. We want to maintain our reputation for cutting-edge facilities - like our state-of-the-art virtual and simulation environments in our law, health, social work and construction departments.
We have already invested in a state-of-the-art extension to our City Centre Campus, which provides our design and media students with purpose-built, modern facilities in the heart of Birmingham. Work is currently under way on a second phase of this development, providing improved student support facilities and concentrating more of our teaching on a single, central site.