Category Archives: Applications

Why Birmingham City University Should Be Your First Choice

If you haven’t yet made your mind up about your university choices for a full-time undergraduate course commencing in September 2011, you’ve only a few weeks to submit your UCAS application by the on-time deadline, which is 15 January 2011 for the majority of courses.  As a university, we’re currently seeing a 40% increase in UCAS applications compared to the same time last year so, with increasing competition for places on university courses commencing next Autumn, it’s important to act now.

Why Choose Birmingham City University?

We’re one of the most increasingly popular universities in the UK, having seen our applications rise by a phenomenal 78% since 2008. With a real commitment to providing courses that are relevant and robust and a reputation for being a university that listens to its students, it’s not difficult to see why we are frequently becoming the first choice for many prospective students.

Find out more about our fantastic range of courses by visiting the courses section on our website and, if you have any questions, why not get in touch with one of our course advisers?

New Era for Nurse Training Courses

BCU000000-572Back in September 2008, the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) ratified proposals to make nursing an all-graduate profession. As a result of their decision, universities who offer qualifications at diploma level will be phasing out these courses over the next couple of years. All nurse training courses will be offered at degree level from September 2013.

 

When is Birmingham City University phasing out its pre-registration nursing diploma?

Birmingham City University is already in the process of phasing out our nursing diploma qualifications. The children’s nursing branch of the diploma course will cease to be offered after April 2010, and the other branches (adult, mental health and learning disabilities nursing) will not be offered again after the final intake in April 2011.

 

Does Birmingham City University offer a pre-registration nursing degree?

Yes. The University already has a well-established nursing degree course  which offers training in all four branch specialisms and this course continues to go from strength to strength, providing students with the knowledge and skills they need in order to succeed in becoming a qualified nurse.

Continue reading New Era for Nurse Training Courses

Links Round-up 16-02-10

A brief round-up of news and events for prospective Higher Education students:

2010 Entry: Applying for Undergraduate Art & Design Courses Through UCAS

Applicants who are opting to apply for full-time undergraduate art and design courses will now be thinking about making their applications through UCAS. There are two application deadlines for art and design courses. Universities decide which deadline to use for each of their courses – these are either 15th January or 24th March.

If you’re unsure as to which application deadline date applies to the university courses you are looking at, the UCAS Course Search facility displays the application deadline.

If you decide to apply for art and design courses with different deadlines, you can submit your application before 15 January for courses with that deadline, then add further course choices before the 24 March deadline using UCAS Track as long as you haven’t used all five choices on your UCAS application form.

How to… decide which offer to accept

So you’ve received offers on your application choices. For some the decision of which one to accept is easy, but what if you’re still unsure of which one to accept? Is there anything you can do to help you make this important decision?

Have you had the opportunity to visit the universities you’ve applied to yet? If not, then why not contact them to find out if there are open days or visit days that you can attend. These events often provide a useful means of finding out more about the course you’ve applied to and the university environment itself. If the universities you’ve applied to are in other cities to your hometown, it also gives you the chance to have a look round the area and get a feel for whether it is somewhere that you’d like to spend the next three or four years!

Do you have any questions about the course that you feel you really need to ask before making your decision? Admissions Tutors and advice staff within universities are ready to help prospective students who need further information and help and understand the complexities faced when making such an important, and potentially life-changing, decision. Contact them – they’re there to help you and can provide you with additional information that may help you to weigh up your options. Here at Birmingham City University, the Choices team are here to help. Call us on 0121 331 5595 or email choices@bcu.ac.uk.

UCAS Extra

UCAS Extra allows applicants who’ve used up all their choices on the UCAS application form and have not secured an offer of a place with these choices an additional chance to be considered for another course or university before Clearing starts.

It allows eligible applicants to approach individual universities to see if they can be accepted onto a course there.

To be eligible to use Extra you need to have:

• already made five choices;
• received decisions from all these choices; and
• either had no offers or declined all the offers you have received.

UCAS created the Extra scheme to specifically help those who are still seeking places to try and avoid having to go through Clearing if at all possible. Continue reading UCAS Extra

Missed the boat for courses in 2008? Why not consider joining a course in early 2009?

If you missed out on joining a university course in the autumn, you may not have been aware that a second bite of the cherry for this academic year may be possible, as a selection of courses offered by universities start in the New Year.

Birmingham City University are offering a range of courses commencing in January 2009, including options at undergraduate and postgraduate levels. Subjects include ICT, engineering, computing, management and business. Further information about the specific courses available can be found at http://www.bcu.ac.uk/january/index.html.

In addition, there are a range of courses commencing in January that are available to international students. Information about these can be found at http://www.bcu.ac.uk/students/international/jan_starts.html. International students considering applying for a course should ensure that they do so as soon as possible so that they have sufficient time to expedite any required documentation regarding their student visa and other important paperwork.

Application methods for part-time and postgraduate courses

Applications for part-time and postgraduate courses are usually made directly to the university. In some instances, applications may need to be made through another agency. For example, Birmingham City University’s full-time Graduate Diploma in Law course fields applications through the Central Applications Board, whilst the part-time version requires applicants to complete a university application form. Information about the method of application for individual courses can usually be found in the university’s prospectus or on their website, but if you’re unsure, contact the university for confirmation.

Deadlines for applications made directly to universities can vary widely, so it’s advisable to check with the individual universities to clarify whether or not a deadline applies to the course you’re applying for.

Applying for a full-time undergraduate course starting in 2009

If you’re now entering the final year of your course at college or already have completed qualifications and are planning to apply for full-time undergraduate Higher Education courses commencing in September 2009, applications can now be submitted through UCAS. Applications should be made online at www.ucas.ac.uk.  

Remember, that in order to guarantee that your chosen universities will look at your application form, you must apply by UCAS’ early application deadline of 15th January 2009. Applications received at UCAS after this date will only be considered if there are remaining vacancies on the course you’ve applied for after ‘early’ applicants have been considered.

If you’re applying through a college:

Your college should guide you through the application process. When completing the application form through a college, you’ll need to obtain their UCAS ‘buzzword’ in order to use the system. Check with your college for more information.

If you’re applying independently:

You can apply online to UCAS independently. Access the UCAS website and click ‘Apply’. You’ll be asked to register your details before an account is created for you. Once your account has been confirmed and you have a username and password, you can then log in and complete the online application form.

If you experience any technical difficulties in using the application system, UCAS have a dedicated Technical Support team to provide support for users. There are useful FAQs and known issues which you can find on their website. If these don’t resolve the problem you can contact the UCAS webmaster.

Updated: 18.10.08 The Guardian’s ‘Road to University’ has a great feature about completing the UCAS online application that’s worth a look.

Applying to Birmingham City University?

Some of you may be aware that we changed our name from UCE Birmingham to Birmingham City University back in autumn 2007. For those applying to the university through UCAS, please ensure you make a note of our new institution code:

B25 Birmingham City University

Good luck to those of you applying for courses starting in 2009!

Autumn Links Round-up for Prospective Undergrad Students

The new academic year’s now underway, meaning that our first year students have reached the end of the application process and are at the beginning of their life at university! Many people will now be in the same position they were in this time last year, with the seemingly daunting task of applying to university ahead of them.

As prospective students start thinking about where to begin, here’s a quick round-up of some useful websites to get you started:

UCAS (Universities and Colleges Admissions Service):

Information about the admissions process, deadlines, available subjects and links to university websites. You can apply for full-time undergraduate courses at universities across the UK using their online application system.

Opendays.com

Searchable calendar of university open days. Open days are a must if you want to be in a good position to decide which universities end up on your UCAS form! Seeing the university first hand will help for you to get a feel for the place and decide whether it’s right for you.

Direct.gov.uk

A good site for general information about student finance, housing and student life. There are also links to online student finance application forms.

Additional resources for prospective students considering studying in Birmingham:

Birmingham Live and Learn

A new blog-based website written by university students in Birmingham for prospective or new students. Bloggers are students from Birmingham City University, Aston University and the University of Birmingham. A great way of getting a students-eye view of the city.

Visit Birmingham

General information about the city of Birmingham, and a good starting point for those travelling to Birmingham for an open day who may be looking for accommodation in the city during their visit.