10 Reasons to Choose Us
Taking a Higher Education course is a big investment in your future, and you’ll want to be sure that you’re choosing the right course and the right university.
If you decide to come to Birmingham City University, you can be confident that you’ll be transformed with the skills and confidence to succeed when you graduate.
You'll receive a first-class education with a focus on practical skills and professional relevance. Not only that, but Birmingham offers so many opportunities for transforming lives and setting up a business. Just look at our Chancellor, Sir Lenny Henry!
Birmingham has transformed...
Sir Lenny Henry
"I auditioned for a talent show in Birmingham and it transformed my life completely."
Multiculturalism in the city influenced Aktar Islam and his successful restaurants.
BCU is transforming...
We build our students' confidence and personalities through our support networks.
We transform our graduates from student life to work life to kickstart their careers.
Why choosing Birmingham City University can make a real difference to your future:
Investing in your future
Although we have a rich heritage, we’re constantly investing in improvements to our facilities, ensuring that you benefit from a state-of-the-art learning environment. Our £260 million investment programme includes the new state-of-the-art Curzon Building at our City Centre Campus, a new £57 million home for Birmingham Conservatoire due to open in 2017 and a £41 million investment in our City South Campus.
Getting you job-ready
Our commitment to developing graduates with the skills and experience employers need means that within six months of graduating, 94 per cent of UK undergraduate students are in employment or further study (DLHE survey 2014/15). Whatever subjects you choose, we focus on giving you up-to-date knowledge and real-world experience, so you’ll be ready to launch into your chosen career. Find out more about our commitment to your employability.
£150 free credit for books and other learning materials
To welcome all new home and EU undergraduate degree students starting in 2017 or 2018, we're giving away at least £150 worth of credit to spend in a host of ways, on books and a range of learning materials. Even better, it doesn't have to be repaid.
Learn from the best
From the UK's leading criminologist to a 'Hot 100' jeweller, our teaching staff come from and maintain links with industry, ensuring you benefit from their knowledge and insight. Our schools and courses regularly rank highly in national league tables.
In the most recent audit of our research expertise - the 2014 Research Excellence Framework (REF) – 90 per cent of Birmingham City University’s total submission was judged to have delivered ‘outstanding’ or ‘very considerable’ impact externally.
Earn while you learn
Our student employment agency, OpportUNIty - Student Jobs on Campus, allows you to apply for temporary and casual staffing roles at the University, providing experience in crucial aspects of job application, as well as employability skills to take into the workplace.
We’ve invested in innovative student support, such as groundbreaking mobile learning and teaching research which brings our courses to life, including the Virtual Case Creator - a pioneering online simulation tool for Health students; the School of Law's Virtual Solicitors' Office; and the School of Education's virtual school. Our online learning site, Moodle, provides 24-hour access to resources and flexible approaches to learning.
Working in partnership
We work with our students to ensure we are meeting your needs and aspirations at all times. When you enrol at Birmingham City University, either for the first time or as a returning student, you enter into a formal agreement with the University, with responsibilities on both sides. Find out what our students said about us in the National Student Survey.
Internationally accredited courses
We pride ourselves on the range of professional accreditations - almost 40 at the last count - and the number of successful industry partnerships we have. Professional bodies accrediting our courses include the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants, British Psychological Society, Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development, Health and Care Professions Council and Royal Institute of British Architects.
ASK@BCU online employer mentoring teams students up with alumni and employer mentors to provide industry insight, employability skills and contacts.
Work with global brands
Many of our courses offer work placements with leading companies – offering vital opportunities to get your foot in the door. Microsoft, Cisco and Jaguar Land Rover are just some of the major brands we have links with. Working closely with these companies enables us to develop cutting-edge curricula and collaborate on course projects.