Study at Birmingham City University

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Founded in 1971, Birmingham City University (BCU) is located in the heart of the dynamic city of Birmingham. The University has invested £340 million in its campuses and facilities, providing cutting-edge facilities and real-world experience. It offers first-class education that focuses on practical skills and professional relevance, preparing students for work after graduating. Offering practice-based research and innovative teaching, the university is ranked among the top 1000 in the world. This blog explores how to study at Birmingham City University!

University Name Birmingham City University 
Location Birmingham, United Kingdom
University Type Public
Founded in 1971
International Students  25%
Acceptance Rate 79%
Student-Teacher Ratio 16:1
Intakes September, January
CGPA 2.5-3.0
GMAT 590
IELTS 6.5

Why Study at Birmingham City University

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  1. Offers a Plethora of Courses

BCU offers 650+ courses including undergraduate, postgraduate and research programs, foundation courses, short & part-time courses, apprenticeships and distance learning courses. Many of the courses provided have internationally-recognised accreditations.

  1. You can Earn while Studying

The university allows students to apply for paid roles on campus through their student employment agency, helping them to support their expenses of studying abroad.

  1. Work Experience and Placements

Through work placements, mentoring schemes and Study Abroad exchanges overseas, BCU helps students to gain industry and professional practice experience.

  1. Enhanced career prospects

The University provides career support and advice for upto three years even after graduation. BCU’s employability ratio is 97.4% which means that 97.4% of students were employed within six months of graduating. Also, the average salary earned by BCU graduates is £22,900 (2.30 Lakhs).

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Birmingham City University Admission Deadlines

Students can apply through UCAS or directly through the university’s website or a country’s representative. The important deadline of applying through UCAS is given below:

UCAS Application deadline  26 January 
UCAS Extra Opens (if students don’t receive any offers, they can apply to a new course through UCAS extra) 25 February 
UCAS Final Deadline (final deadline for application to a September course) 30 June

Eligibility Requirements to Study at Birmingham City University

Undergraduate Courses

To study undergraduate courses at Birmingham City University, you require an Indian Certificate of Secondary Education (Standard XII) with a minimum average of 55%, depending on the exam board. Some courses may require a higher grade. Given below are the specific requirements for different departments:

Faculty of Art, Design and Media

  • A good portfolio of artwork.
  • 12th Standard average of 60% overall.
  • Some courses require Maths with a minimum of 65% from Standard 10 on the Central Board or the CICSE Board. Otherwise, students require 60% from Standard 12.

Faculty of Business, Law and Social Sciences (BLSS)

  • 12th Standard average of 60% with a minimum of 60% in Maths.
  • Maths at Standard 10 with 65% from Central Board and CICSE Board.

Faculty of Computing, Engineering and the Built Environment (CEBE)

  • Mathematics at the 10th Standard minimum of 65% from Central and CICSE boards.
  • Mathematics is required at O Level for all courses.
  • For BEng Telecommunication and Networks, Mathematics is required at 12th Standard minimum 65% ( at AS Level minimum Grade C or the equivalent)
  • All engineering courses require the 12th Standard with a minimum of 65% overall and 65% in PCM.

Postgraduate Courses

To study postgraduate courses at Birmingham City University,  you require a  3 or 4 year Bachelor’s degree with 55% overall (50% from top universities). These students will directly get admission to Postgraduate Diploma, MBAs or Master’s Degree courses. However, some programmes may require a higher grade. Given below are the specific requirements for different departments:

Faculty of Art, Design and Media: Some courses require a portfolio or a proposal of studies; some require both.
Engineering courses Holders of a 3 or 4 year Bachelor degree with 60% overall (55% from top universities).

English Language Requirements

All undergraduate and postgraduate courses at Birmingham City University require you to meet English Language Proficiency requirements. The acceptable tests and minimum score requirements are given below:

IELTS Academic IELTS 6.0 with no band below 5.5
Pearson test of English (PTE) – Academic  64
TOEFL iBT 80 (Reading-20, Listening- 18, Speaking- 21 Writing- 19)
Cambridge C1 Advanced (formerly Cambridge English: Advanced/CAE) 169
Cambridge C2 Proficiency (formerly Cambridge English:  Proficiency/CPE) 169

For Indian Applicants, the university also accepts scores from boards like Andhra Pradesh, Central Board Secondary Education (CBSE), CISCE, Maharashtra and Tamil Nadu

  • 65% – For courses requiring IELTS 6.0 overall
  • 70% – For courses requiring IELTS 6.5 overall
  • 80% – For courses requiring IELTS 7.0 overall

Documents Checklist

  • Completely filled application form
  • Personal Statement.
  • Copy of bachelor’s degree or equivalent 
  • Copy of english language test scores
  • Copy of GMAT/GRE test scores
  • Self-attested X & XII marksheet and certificates
  • 2 references, if required 
  • Copy of Passport
  • Resume
  • Portfolio (for design courses)
  • Research Proposal (for PG research programs)

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Birmingham City University Admission Process

Start the application process by loggin in to UCAS with the Apply Now button to access the application and create an account. Then, for master-level programs, the candidates should apply from Northumbria University Application Portal. Here’s a detailed step-by-step Northumbria University admission process for international students: 

Step 1: Visit the Official Website of the University of Northumbria 

Select your desired course and register with UCAS. Discover the course through the course finder. Before applying, research the university’s placement records, tuition fee break up, living costs, course curriculum, and work permit rules. If you are facing issues in gathering this data, get in touch with Leverage Edu instructors at 1800 57 2000 and from the application process to the visa process, get entry into your dream university with ease. 

Step 2: Gather Test Scores of Proficiency Exams

GMAT, GRE, IELTS or TOEFL are a mandatory part of the documents required for the application process. Register for Leverage Live and commence with your preparations today. A few courses may ask for the online portfolio or assignment that takes place on Skype.

Step 3: Gather other Documents

LOR, SOP, bank statements, essays, updated resumes and official transcripts of previous academic degrees are also part of the supporting documents. Start collecting all the necessary documents to get ahead with your application process. 

Step 4: Submit your Application 

Once you are qualified, collected all the documents and fulfilled the language requirements you are ready, to begin with, the application form. To secure your admission at Northumbria University make sure you enter all your personal and professional credentials thoroughly. Later on, check the deadlines, and submit your saved application form at the right time to the university. 

Step 5: Hang Tight for the Evaluation Period

The university will take a few weeks to evaluate the application form. You will be informed via email about your acknowledgement or rejection. As soon as you receive the offer letter, apply for Visa, apply for subsidising, apply for nearby convenience and start pacing for your study abroad journey!

UK Admission Process for Indian Students

Cost of Studying at Birmingham City University

Level of Study  Average Tuition Fees
Undergraduate courses £12000 – £13000 (INR 12.05 – 13.06 Lakhs)
Postgraduate Courses £12000 – £15000 (INR 12.05 – 15.07 Lakhs)

Cost of Living

Food, and other shopping £2,600 (INR 2.61 Lakhs)
Gas and electricity £2,080 (INR 2.09 Lakhs)
Insurance for personal belongings £15 – £117 (INR 1507 – 11.75k)
Laundry (using a laundrette) £240 (INR 24.11k)
Course related costs: books/stationery/photocopying/binding £450 (INR 45.21k)
Bus pass – 3 terms + summer pass (travel) £390 (INR 39.19k)
Television licence £145.50 (INR 14.62k)
Mobile telephone £240 (INR 24.11k)
Social activity costs (depends on activities) £600 – £960 (INR 60.29k – 96.46k)
Kitchen utensils, plates and cutlery £35 (INR 3517)

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Scholarships offered by Birmingham City University

The following scholarships are provided to international students:

Scholarship  Amount
Undergraduate Merit-Based Scholarship up to £2,000 (INR 2 Lakhs)
Prompt Payment Discount £300 (INR 30.14k) discount if tuition fees is paid in full before travelling to the UK
Postgraduate Merit-Based Scholarship £2,000 (INR 2 Lakhs)  if a 1st class degree holder£1,500 (INR 1.5 Lakhs) if a Second Class (Upper Division) or 2:1 degree holder£1,000 (INR 1 Lakhs) if a Second Class (Lower Division) or 2:2 degree holder£500 (INR 50.24k) if a 3rd class degree holder
GREAT Scholarships Upto  £12,000 (INR 12.05 Lakhs).

Student Visa For UK

To study in London, UK, you have to apply for a General Student Visa [Tier 4]. You will become eligible for a study visa once you are enrolled in a full-time study course. The requirements include:

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Post-Study Visa

  • After you’ve completed your masters, you would be allowed to stay in London if you hold a job offer with an annual salary of GBP 20800
  • You need to switch to a Tier 2 general visa, which lasts for 5 years post completion of studies.
  • You can qualify for permanent residence provided your income is at least £35000 (INR 35.17 Lakhs).

For more details, you can check out this blog on UK Post Study Work Visa.

This is was all the information you need about admissions at the Birmingham City University. If you have any questions or need help for admission, call us at our toll free number 1800572000.

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