Category Archives: Subject areas

Applying for a Professionally-Focused Course: Researching Subject Areas

When prospective students are applying for courses which offer a particular professional focus, it’s often important to ensure that the application demonstrates clear justification as to why an applicant thinks they are suitable for the given subject. Supporting knowledge and practical skills may be things that university admissions tutors look for when considering applications. As a general rule, it’s advisable for prospective students to check with individual institutions to find out what constitutes a good personal statement in relation to the subject they’re applying for.

The following weblinks are useful sources of information for prospective students considering applying for specific professionally-orientated subject areas offered at Birmingham City University. Whilst not an exhaustive list by any means, it may be helpful in terms of providing a starting point to research particular professions or to refer to when considering relevant personal skills and/or experiences that might be discussed within a personal statement. Continue reading Applying for a Professionally-Focused Course: Researching Subject Areas

Teaching Maths – it adds up to a rewarding career

 

In the current climate of economic uncertaintly teaching is becoming an increasingly popular career choice for all kinds of people.  Many people come to teaching later in life looking for a more satisfying career, whether it be in primary or secondary schools, or in colleges of further education.  Teaching maths in secondary schools is a particularly important and challenging role and it is a subject area that attracts career changers from a number of different professions.  At Birmingham City University we have trained former accountants, financial advisors, banking clerks and engineers to become successfully qualified maths teachers. Continue reading Teaching Maths – it adds up to a rewarding career

Teacher Training: Information and Resources for Prospective Students

Teaching is a highly an enjoyable and thoroughly rewarding career for those who are motivated by helping others to learn and develop in an educational environment. The teaching profession offers a competitive starting salary for newly qualified teachers, opportunities for career progression into more senior teaching or management roles and the chance to make a real difference to the lives of those whom they teach.

There are specific routes to qualifying as a teacher depending on the sector individuals wish to teach in. The information detailed below is intended as a general guide to teacher training courses so it’s important that, whichever course you choose to apply for, you carefully research individual course providers’ requirements to ensure that you have a good understanding of their individual entry criteria.

Early Years and Primary Education

Early Years and Primary teaching can be studied for through an initial teacher training qualification as a BA or BEd degree which leads to Qualified Teacher Status. Continue reading Teacher Training: Information and Resources for Prospective Students

New courses at Birmingham Institute of Art & Design

A number of new design courses are being offered at BIAD for entry this September to complement the University’s well-established existing provision in this area.

Richard Snell, Head of the Department of Fashion, Textiles and Three Dimensional Design told us: ‘These new courses and pathways have been designed in response to the ever changing and expanding employment market for designers.  They embrace the new technologies available in the Department and the creative opportunities these generate’.

BA (Hons) Interior Products is designed to appeal to students who are interested in designing lighting, furniture, tableware, architectural glass and other fittings or office products.  The course can be tailored to accommodate personal interests and to include study in related areas such as interior design or industrial design.  Students will work with a range of materials including wood, metal, plastic, ceramics and glass and will study in a well-equipped department with facilities including rapid prototyping and some of the latest digital technology as well as workshops for more traditional processes.

The MA Design & Visualisation explores the role of visualisation in the design process and allows students to specialise in either model making or the creation of two dimensional images through a variety of media.

A new subject route is also available on the BA (Hons) in Textile Design enabling students to opt to specialise in Surface Pattern. The introduction of this new route will appeal to students who are interested in exploring the creation of surface pattern designs for wallpaper or tableware as well as textiles.

Applications are now being considered for September 08 entry.  For further information please contact Choices on 0121 331 5595.