BCU Admissions 2022: Requirements, Fee Details & FAQs ,,UK

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Shilpa Saxena

Birmingham City University is an experience of a lifetime because of its diversity, with about 24,000 students from 100 countries studying there. Birmingham City University places students at the forefront of all they do, meaning that they have the highest possible shot of career performance.

The university has a longstanding reputation for delivering high-quality, student-centred education in a professional and conducive environment. Its excellent classes, cutting-edge infrastructure, top-notch faculty, and emphasis on functional skills, and technical relevance produce some of the world’s most employable graduates.

The university has spent GBP 270 million in the local community. It is investing GBP 340 million in the properties, including a massive extension of our Eastside campus in the heart of the capital, giving students access to world-class amenities. Their pedagogy prioritises practice-based learning which makes the university the breeding ground of intellect and innovation.

Table of Contents
  1. Courses Offered
  2. Eligibility & Documents Required
  3. Application & Tuition Fees
  4. Scholarships & Financial Aid
  5. Admission Process
  6. Student Diversity & Preferred Profile
  7. Part Time Work While Studying
  8. Campuses & Accommodation
  9. University Contact Information

Courses Offered


What are all the courses that international students have access to?


International students may enrol in the foundation, undergraduate, postgraduate, research, and pre-masters courses offered by Birmingham City University. In separate entrance years, 368 undergraduate and 312 graduate taught programs are open at the university.

Aspirants may choose their programme and specialisation across various disciplines through the following faculties:

Birmingham Courses

While there are 27 graduate study programs offered at the university, a significant proportion of undergraduate students enjoy courses like:

Popular Majors

Accountancy

Law

Acting

Marketing

Architecture

Nursing

Education

Radiography

Engineering

Social Work

All these courses are offered in either three or four-year undergraduate degrees. Besides, various majors are offered as part of graduate studies.


Eligibility & Documents Required


What are the eligibility requirements?


Birmingham City University accepts applicants based on their proven ability to excel and each degree of education has some entrance criteria. Refer to the undergraduate and postgraduate requirements as follows:

Undergraduate Eligibility —

The Indian Certificate of Secondary Education (Standard XII) is required for most of our programs, with a minimum average of 55% based on the exam board. However, specific courses involve a higher score. The faculty-wise undergraduate programme requirements are given below:

Art, Design, and Media Faculty

  • Requires either a 60% cumulative score in the 12th grade, or
  • Any classes require a minimum of 65% in Mathematics from grade 10 CBSE or the ICSE Board, or
  • Students must have a minimum of 60% in Mathematics from grade 12

Business, Law, and Social Sciences Faculty (BLSS)

  • Requires either a 60% score in the 12th grade, with a minimum of 60% in Mathematics
  • Also, Mathematics at Level 10 from CBSE and ICSE boards with a 65% passing score is considered

CEBE (Computing, Engineering, and the Built Environment)

  • Requires either a minimum of 65% in Mathematics is expected in the 10th grade from both the CBSE and the CICSE Board, or
  • Mathematics at a minimum of 65% in the 12th grade is needed for BEng Telecommunication and Networks, or
  • Both engineering classes require a minimum of 65% in the 12th grade, with 65% in Mathematics, Physics, and Chemistry

Graduate Eligibility —

  1. Requires either a 3 or a 4-year bachelor’s degree (depending upon course requirements) with at least 55% scores from a recognised degree along with the following –
  2. Standardised exams proving English proficiency and qualifying test scores:

Accepted Exams

Required Scores

Qualifying Tests (either of)

GMAT

590

GRE

Accepted

English Tests (either of)

TOEFL

80

PTE     

64

IELTS

6.0 bands

Note: Minimum eligibility varies with different programmes and specialisations. Students are advised to check the exact eligibility requirements for the respective programme page on the university website.


What all documents are needed for the application?


The following sets of documents are necessary for the admission of international students at Birmingham City University:

Common Documents:

  • English proficiency certificates
  • Copy of biographical page of passport
  • Original, completely accredited translations (if the documents are in any other language than English) of the following documents are required:

Undergraduate Documents:

  • Personal Statement
  • Academic recommendation by a professor, tutor, psychologist, or another expert who is familiar with your academic abilities (at least one)
  • Job records (if any)
  • Portfolio (for Art and Design programs)
  • Interview (on invitation only)

Graduate Documents:

Note: Document requirements may vary with different programs. Therefore, it is recommended to check the university's official website to understand the actual documentation required for the intended programme.


Application & Tuition Fees


Is there any application fees?


For international aspirants, the application fee for applying to various undergraduate courses via the UCAS admission portal is GBP 20 when using one course. The application fee is GBP 26 when applying for multiple courses via UCAS. Graduate applicants may apply directly through the university’s application portal free of cost. It means that the international aspirants are not charged any fee at the time of graduate application at Birmingham City University.


What is the fee structure of courses offered by the university?


The graph below depicts annual tuition fees for various courses offered to international students by Birmingham City University for the academic year 2021-2022:

Birmingham Tuition Fee

Source: Birmingham City University

Note: Tuition fees might be different for different courses and majors. Additionally, the overall cost of the study is likely to include additional charges such as books, supplies, health insurance, student fees, living expenses, and miscellaneous expenses. University reserves all rights to revise the tuition fee before a new academic session. To learn about the latest course fees, it is recommended to check the university website.


Scholarships & Financial Aid


Is there any scholarship or financial aid available for international students?


Institutional grants are only open to self-funding students at Birmingham City University. They cannot be combined; only one benefit with a higher value is permitted at a time.

Scholarships, student work, bursaries, discounts, and grants are among the financial aids accessible to international students at Birmingham City University.

When international students pay their tuition in full before moving to the United Kingdom or after their enrolment there, they are entitled to the timely payment of 300 GBP. It applies to college payments after any grants have been deducted.

Discussed below are some of the overseas student scholarships available in the United Kingdom:

International Undergraduate Grants for Non-EU Students

There are entrance scholarships for international students who are self-funding in September 2020. It has a monetary value of 2,000 GBP, which is used to cover the expense of tuition fees. Successful candidates can be selected based on their academic qualifications. ACCA and Conservatoire courses are exempt from this scholarship (Music and Theatre).

Scholarships for Academic Excellence at BCU

These GBP 3,000 scholarships are awarded to graduating foreign undergraduate students and are only available to students who have earned a first or second-level undergraduate degree. Students who initiate a master's degree program in September 2020 or January 2021 are eligible.

International Postgraduate Grants for Non-EU Students

This scholarship, like its undergraduate equivalent, is worth 2,000 GBP and is offered to international students beginning in September 2020. Academic history and previous degree grade will decide selection and award amount, and such degree must be equal to a United Kingdom degree. PGCE and PCET, ACCA, MTL/MEL (Masters of Teaching and Learning/Educational Leadership), Conservatoire courses (Music and Theatre), and Continuing Professional Development (CPD) courses in Health are also exempt. The below are the ratings used to assess the quantity to be awarded:

  • A 1st-degree holder would earn 2,000 GBP
  • A 2:1 degree holder would get 1,500 GBP
  • A 2:2 degree holder can earn 1,000 GBP
  • A 3rd-degree holder would get 500 GBP

Note: Scholarship deadlines and amounts may vary. For more details on the scholarship application process and deadlines, please visit the university’s scholarship webpage.


Admission Process


When do the admissions start?


International aspiring applicants must apply for their applications by the deadlines specified. If an application is sent late, the dates are set appropriately. Below are the dates for enrolling on-time and late submissions.

Application Type

Application Deadline*

Early applications

Mid-January

Late applications

Late April

*Deadlines vary depending on the course and can change frequently. We encourage students to check the school/department’s website for the exact deadlines.


What are the steps to an undergraduate application?


International undergraduates may apply to Birmingham City University digitally via the UCAS’s application portal designed for UK universities. To start a foreign application, new users need to register first with personal information. Applicants are allowed to review and track their applications online at any time.

Applicants may apply to the UCAS referring to UCAS Form Filling Process and Tips or the step-by-step UCAS undergraduate programme application process given below:

Step 1: Sign in on the UCAS Portal by visiting www.ucas.com.

Birmingham UG Application Steps

Step 2: Create an account on the UCAS portal.

Birmingham UG Application Steps

Step 3: Enter the compulsory fields and click next.

Step 4: Create a password for your account and select security questions.

Birmingham UG Application Steps

Step 5: Verify your email address.

Step 6: Add personal details, choices, education, employment, statement, reference, and view all the details.

Birmingham UG Application Steps

Step 7: Pay the application fee.

Step 8: Save the application for further use.

Next, wait for the results.


What are the steps to a postgraduate application?


There are two ways to apply to postgraduate courses including PG Certificate, PG Diploma, MA, MSc, MMus, and MBA. These are:

Method 1: Self-Apply – Apply directly to the University

Step 1: Complete the BCU Online Graduate Application Form for graduate programmes.

Step 2: Complete the Equal Opportunity section (do not leave it blank because it is a mandate by UK law).

Step 3: Submit the scanned form along with scanned academic transcripts and other required documents and certificates.

Note: Application forms are different for each course and are available on the respective course pages on the official university website.

Method 2: Apply with BCU Agent – Apply with the help of BCU Country Representative

The university has various in-country representatives that help students make their application as well as apply for a study visa. They also offer essential guidance related to travelling and living in the UK as well as studying abroad as part of the BCU curriculum.

You may seek this guidance on visit the university’s ‘Help in your Country’ page and look for Indian agents.

Both ways the applications are considered equally. The university does not favour or prefer any one method over the other.


When will I hear from the university after I submit my application?


The university tries to review all applications as rapidly as possible and strives to answer sooner.

Undergraduate Decisions

Undergraduate application decisions are usually taken within 15 working days, although it can take longer if the school department has to evaluate the application or conduct interviews. Please bear in mind that the UCAS deadline for universities to judge applications received by the mid of January is the first week of May. You will be informed through UCAS as soon as a decision is taken via email and can be checked on the portal as well.

Graduate Decisions

From the day of application until the course start date, graduate applications can be considered at any time up. Hence, it is advisable to apply to the university well in advance. This will allow you to have plenty of time to apply for a study visa, seek and book accommodation, and arrange finances and the remaining admission requirements, if any, before flying to the UK.

Note: It is recommended to register with an active email ID and check it frequently for the latest updates on admission related information.


Student Diversity & Preferred Profile


What are the chances of getting into this university? What is the acceptance rate for international students at the university?


Birmingham City University is committed to maintaining a good student body. It accepts more students every year, so the competition is moderate. With an acceptance rate of 79%, the university grants a fair chance of getting accepted to international candidates. It means that 79 out of 100 students get admission. Students with average academic records may get into the university.


How many Indian/international students are studying at the university?


Birmingham City University (BCU) is a comprehensive, student-focused institution of higher learning. Hundreds of international students appreciate learning in its professional and welcoming setting.

BCU International Diversity

The university has over 24,500 students from over 100 different nations. Indian students make up to 8% of the university’s international students.

Birmingham Indian Students

Source: Birmingham City University

The university is a diverse learning community that provides professional body-approved programs. The BCU’s curriculum allows students to acquire hands-on experience and build knowledge to help them succeed in the workplace.


Part Time Work While Studying


Can I work while studying here?


As an international student with a Tier 4 visa, you can work while studying at BSU if your study visa allows the same. Before accepting or applying to any job opportunity, you must ensure the following:

  • If you're enrolled in a full-time degree program, you may be expected to work 20 hours per week during the school year and full-time during the summer.
  • Suppose you're doing a course below the standard of a bachelor's degree (such as a foundation course or a Pre-sessional English course). In that case, you may be expected to work 10 hours per week throughout the academic year and full-time throughout the summer.
  • You would not be able to work in the UK if you are a Standard Tourist or a Short-term Resident.
  • If you're allowed to work, you can do almost everything. You can't be self-employed, a skilled athlete or entertainer, or a doctor or dentist in training if you're a Tier 4 undergraduate. You just won't be able to work full-time permanently.
  • It's also important to keep in mind that "employment" encompasses both compensated and unpaid labour. The UKVI distinguishes between "voluntary service" (regular work that is rewarded in some way) and "volunteering," which is more informal and irregular and often unpaid.

Undergraduate Students

If you're enrolled in a full-time college degree program, you can work part-time during the school year and full-time during the summer.

The term "term time" applies to the University's instructional calendar's teaching times and test cycles. Please bear in mind the reading weeks are part of term time, and you cannot work full-time during these weeks.

Postgraduate Students

During the Christmas and Easter holidays, master's students can work full-time, but they are limited to 20 hours a week during the season. This is because you will be focusing on your research over the season, so it will not be a break.

Note: International students are advised to check the conditions of working in a foreign country on their study visa. They are also advised to confirm any specific instructions on the same from their respective departments and faculties. Under no circumstances should they be found compromising with the law and order of the country.

Students must also get familiar with the rules and regulations of working in a foreign country and learn about the minimum wages they are entitled to. For more details, students can check the on and off-campus opportunities on the university website. Also, refer to the UK Student Visa Guide.


Campuses & Accommodation


How many colleges and campuses does the university have?


The university has six campuses. City South Campus, University House, City Centre Campus, Birmingham School of Art, Royal Birmingham Conservatoire, and School of Jewellery are among the university's campuses and learning areas.

Birmingham Campuses

Birmingham City University is categorised into four faculties, each of which provides several courses and specialisations. The university has to offer a plethora of study fields for both undergraduate and postgraduate students. The university has a total of 19 schools.

All schools and campuses under the university are international. It means that international applicants may a place in their dream course through either of the colleges on either of the campuses.


Is on-campus housing available? How much does it cost?


Yes, on-campus housing is available at Birmingham City University. It has seven halls of residence positioned throughout the city. Further, it offers a range of different facilities and amenities close by.

Accommodation Cost 2021-2022

Given below are the types and options of accommodation name along with room type and its cost per week:

Accommodation

Room Type

Weekly Cost (in GBP)

Bentley House

Ensuite (Three - quarter beds)

158

University Locks

Ensuite (Three - quarter bed)

150

Jennens Court

Ensuite (Three - quarter bed)

142

The Heights

Ensuite

141

Lakeside

Ensuite (Three - quarter bed)

143

Staniforth House

Ensuite (Three - quarter bed)

152

Queens Hospital Close

Ensuite (Three - quarter bed)

119

Source: Birmingham City University

Note: These rates are applicable for the academic year 2021-2022 and are subject to change. Students are advised to check the university’s website for the latest rates.

How to Apply?

Students may apply to book the accommodation options online on the official university website. Selected candidates receive an email from Accommodation Services confirming that they have been offered a room. Upon receiving such email, please ensure you accept and make the payment required before the offer deadline.

Birmingham Cost of Living

Given below is a detailed breakdown of the cost of living as a student at Birmingham City University:

General Expenses

Annual Cost (in GBP)

University accommodation

5,483-7,013

Food and other shopping

2,600

Gas and electricity

2,080

Insurance for personal belongings

15-117

Laundry

240

Course-related costs

450

Subscriptions to journals/magazines

36

Bus pass – 3 terms + summer pass (travel)

390

Television licence

146

Mobile telephone

240

Social activity costs – depends on activities

600-960

Kitchen utensils, plates, and cutlery

35

Police registration (if applicable)

34

Source: Birmingham City University

Note: Living costs vary depending on students’ lifestyle choices. Additionally, housing and dining rates are subject to change with progressive years. To know the exact costs of on or off-campus accommodation, please check the university’s accommodations webpage.


University Contact Information


Whom should I contact in case of any doubts?


If any doubts occur, students can contact the university:

Website: www.bcu.ac.uk

Address: University House, 15 Bartholomew Row, Birmingham B5 5JU United Kingdom

Telephone: +44 (0) 121 331 5389

Email: international.enquiries@bcu.ac.uk


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