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?
Simon Spencer, Course Director of the Secondary Education PGCE programmes in the Faculty of Education, Law and Social Sciences is joining the panel of experts taking part in a live Guardian web chat on 2nd September between 1pm until 4pm. The theme is ‘Acing your teacher Training’ and the discussion will be centred around the question ‘What does it take to be top of the class as a trainee teacher?’ This should appeal to anyone interested in starting an initial teacher training course or indeed currently training to be a teacher. Questions can be posted online at the Guardian site.
Simon Spencer is the PGCE Secondary Course Director at Birmingham City University, training teachers in a range of secondary school subject routes with a particular emphasis on arts subjects. Prior to that he worked for 17 years in secondary and further education as a head of department. Simon’s subject specialism is drama and theatre.
A brief round-up of news and events for prospective Higher Education students:
If you have a degree but not in Law and you would like to pursue a career in the legal sector as a barrister or solicitor our Graduate Diploma in Law (GDL) programme will help you achieve your goal. The GDL also known as the Common Professional Examination (CPE) satisfied the requirements of the Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA)for intending Solicitors and the General Council of the Bar (for Barristers) as completion of the academic stage of training. It can be studied on a full-time or part-time basis.
We are holding two open days designed to help you find out more about the GDL and about career opportunities in law. Come along and speak to staff and current students, experience a mini-teaching session, and pick up some literature about the course.
Wednesday 2nd December 2009
1-3pm and 6-8pm
Room D123 (Dawson Building)
City North Campus
Wednesday 10th March 2010
1-3pm and 6-8pm
Room C116 (Cox Building)
City North Campus
For more information, contact 0121 331 6248/5640 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
The final deadline for late applications to UCAS for the 2009/10 application cycle is June 30th 2009. Universities who still have vacancies on their courses may still be able to consider you as a late applicant if you apply by this deadline.
Applications are made online via the UCAS website.
Organised by Birmingham City University, the New Generation Arts Festival champions the independent cause of showcasing the brightest emerging graduate talent in the arts world today. Taking place from 12 – 27 June 2009, events taking place will cover acting, creative writing, design, music and the visual arts. With Birmingham City University graduates at the heart of the event, it’s a fantastic opportunity for those interested in studying in one of the subject areas covered to see the high calibre of graduates we produce.
Find out more about this exciting event at the New Generation Arts Festival’s website.
One of the best ways to help you narrow down university choices is to attend university open days in advance of making your UCAS application. Open days provide the chance to talk with academic staff from courses which may interest you, see the facilities available to students and generally get a feel for where you could potentially be studying. Open days are a great opportunity to find out more information and ask any burning questions you may have that may not have been answered in the course literature, prospectus or website. It’s all about giving yourself the best chance of being in a position to make an informed decision when the time comes to complete your UCAS form.
Birmingham City University are holding open days on Friday 19th and Saturday 20th June. If you’d like to come along and find out more about the wide range of exciting courses on offer here, please visit the main website for more information and to register in advance.
If you can’t make our June events, there will be more opportunities to visit us with further Open Days on 22 and 26 August 2009 (for clearing) and 9 and 10 October 2009.
The deadline for applications for Route B Art and Design courses is 24 March 2009. However, applicants are strongly advised to submit their applications to reach UCAS by 6 March 2009.
If you’ve firmly accepted an offer of a place at Birmingham City University on either our Diploma in Higher Education in Nursing or Graduate Diploma in Nursing course commencing in April 2009, please ensure that you complete and submit the required paperwork for your Criminal Records Bureau Disclosure and occupational health forms if you’ve not already done so. (Please note that if you’ve only very recently firmly accepted your offer and are awaiting the necessary paperwork for occupational health and CRB Disclosure, the faculty should be sending these to you shortly). It’s important that you do this now so that the necessary clearances, financial support and accommodation (if appropriate) can be processed or allocated in a timely manner.
You should receive information separately about applying for the NHS Bursary directly from the NHS Student Grants Unit whom we notify of your acceptance of offer once this information has been received from UCAS. Please act upon this information once you receive it.
If you wish to apply for university accommodation, you can do so online at http://www.bcu.ac.uk/accommodation/application.html.
If satisfactory CRB and occupational health clearances have not been received by the time you start the course, there could be delays in allowing you out on clinical placements and you won’t be able to fully enrol as a student of the University. If your bursary is delayed, you will need to have sufficient funds of your own to cover your living costs until such time that bursary funding has been confirmed. Don’t leave it until the last minute to send off this important paperwork – sorting it now can avoid such problems!
If you’re looking for a higher education course which starts before next September, there’s still a chance to apply for available courses commencing in January at Birmingham City University. With a range of courses on offer, from Business to IT-related subjects at both undergraduate and postgraduate level, you could be on your way to achieving a qualification in the new year. To find out more click here.
If you wish to be considered for one of these courses, you need to complete and submit an application form as soon as possible. Please see the individual course pages on the main website for further details.