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New Directions: Create beautiful spaces…..

Courses which enable conversion from one subject to another can be hidden gems if you’re wondering about the possibility of completely transforming your area of knowledge after you’ve graduated from a first degree.

There are a range of courses that provide a means of doing this, from Graduate Diploma conversion courses in areas such as psychology, law  and even landscape architecture, to postgraduate qualifications to train to become a teacher, gain new knowledge in management or computing, or to train to enter professions in town planning, construction, surveying or real estate. Some of these courses include professional qualifications or provide routes to membership of professional bodies.

Through our New Directions series you can discover more about opportunities for graduates to retrain in subjects including teaching, law, construction and surveying, real estate, planning, management, computing and landscape architecture at Birmingham City University.

First in the series is an opportunity to create beautiful spaces through a graduate conversion course in Landscape Architecture…

Graduate Diploma in Landscape Architecture

The Graduate Diploma in Landscape Architecture at Birmingham City University offers a conversion route into the professional discipline of landscape architecture for students with a first degree in a different subject. The course is accredited by the Landscape Institute (LI) – the professional body for landscape architecture in the UK – and successful completion of this course, followed by the Postgraduate Diploma, will make you eligible for licentiate membership of the LI. We can potentially look at quite a wide range of non-cognate degree subjects for entry onto the course, so it appeals to variety of graduates seeking a change of direction. You can learn more about careers in landscape architecture here.

The Graduate Diploma course commences each September. It takes place over one year and attendance is on one day each week, apart from the Induction Week at the end of September where students attend the University for 3-4 days. Days run from 10.00am to roughly 5.30pm, to allow for travel to the University, as our students attend from a fairly wide geographical area – some from up to 100 miles away!

We invite all applicants and those interested to one of our Interview Days which we hold throughout the year. The Course Director, Mark Cowell, gives an illustrated presentation on both the Graduate Diploma and PGDip/MA courses, a tour of the School of Architecture and also conducts individual interviews during the day. If you’re a graduate interested in finding out more about converting to landscape architecture, please contact Mark on 0121 331 5857 or email Mark here.

Formal applications for this course are made directly to the University and you can download an application form from our website.

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?

Links Round-Up 10.09.10 | Freshers’ Special

Here’s a brief round up of useful links for our new freshers!

The exam results are out! Guide to confirmation and clearing 2010

It’s A-level results day and you finally found out what grades you’ve achieved! You’ll probably be eager to find out if you’ve got into your chosen university course. If you have access to the internet, you’ll be able to check your applicant status from today (19th August) via UCAS Track. Alternatively, you can telephone the university directly.

If you’ve met the conditions of your offer – great! If not, don’t panic, as in some circumstances the admissions tutor may still decide to confirm your offer if you have only narrowly missed the conditions of your offer. If you haven’t met the conditions and find that you are no longer holding an offer, be prepared to contact universities to find out about vacancies through clearing.

What if you haven’t got the grades you were hoping for? Here we look at potential scenarios for applicants who may not have met the conditions of their offers and explore what action they could consider taking.

Contact the University

First of all, try not to stress. If you have narrowly missed the conditions of your offer, the university may still be able to offer you a place if the Admissions Tutor agrees to this. The Tutor’s final decision may be dependent upon how many other applicants holding conditional offers have met their conditions and whether any vacancies remain on the course.

If you’ve missed the conditions of your offer by a larger margin, there may still be a possibility of being accepted onto your chosen course or you may be offered an alternative course by the university. This is very much at the discretion of the Admissions Tutor and you should understand that there’s no guarantee that if you’ve not met the conditions of your offer that the university will still be able to accept you.

In either instance, once you know your results you can contact the university to discuss them. The sooner you get in touch, the sooner you can find out what’s happening with your place. Continue reading The exam results are out! Guide to confirmation and clearing 2010

Clearing 2010: top tips to guide you through it

Here at Choices we’ve helped thousands of students to explore their options and make the right decision about higher education. We work alongside clearing helpline staff and admissions tutors to help students find their way through the Clearing process and secure a place at university.

Here are our top ten tips for surviving Clearing and finding the course that’s right for you.

1 Don’t Panic!
If your exam results are not quite as good as you expected remember to keep calm; the right course for you may still be out there. There’s a good chance that you will be able to secure a place at university through Clearing. Many students find university places through Clearing! You are certainly not alone and you have some excellent options awaiting you.

If you narrowly miss the grades you require you should check the status of your application on UCAS track before you start ringing universities to enquire about places on alternative courses through Clearing. In some cases if you are only a few UCAS tariff points short of the required grades the university may still be able to confirm your place, but this will be at the discretion of the admissions tutor. Continue reading Clearing 2010: top tips to guide you through it

Clearing 2010: make sure you’re ready

Here at Birmingham City University’s course guidance centre, we’re already receiving a fair number of enquiries from prospective students asking about applying to the University for full-time undergraduate courses through UCAS Clearing! Demand for places in Clearing this year is likely to be fiercer than ever as a large number of unplaced applicants compete for places at institutions across the country.

Many prospective students who may be trying to gain places have already applied through the UCAS system, so should be ready with the necessary information they’ll need to approach institutions through Clearing from mid-July onwards. However, there are many prospective students who have not yet applied through UCAS but can do so now so that their application will automatically be held for Clearing, meaning that they will then also have the right information to approach institutions with.

Why do I need to apply to enter Clearing?

You need to apply through UCAS to enter Clearing if you have not aleady done so, as your Clearing Number helps to demonstrate to institutions you wish to consider you that you are not already holding an offer of a place elsewhere – and that you’re free to be considered by them.

How do I apply now that the late application deadline has passed?

You apply in the normal manner by submitting an online application via UCAS. You can apply online at www.ucas.ac.uk/students/apply.

When can I approach institutions through Clearing?

Clearing starts from mid-July. You can approach universities and colleges once you have your exam results to see if they can consider you for any available places through Clearing. If you do not have your exam results, you should wait until you have them before approaching any universities or colleges.

What is the Clearing process itself?

See the Clearing section of the UCAS website for more details about the process of applying through Clearing.

Will all universities and colleges know if they have places now or will I have to wait?

Once universities have received exam results for applicants who are holding conditional offers of places they will then be in a position to determine whether enough applicants have achieved the grades they needed to confirm a place on their courses.  If not enough applicants have met the conditions of their offers then places can become available and that is when these places can be offered to others through the Clearing process. As exam results are received throughout the summer, not all universities and colleges will know whether places are available in Clearing until they have received A-level and/ or GCSE results in August. Find out which courses have vacancies by viewing the vacancy lists published on the UCAS website.

Think to the future: gaining advantage through experience at university

There are a plethora of things to consider when looking at university course options. Amongst the questions of which subject to go for, which university to study at, whether to study full or part-time and how much is it all going to cost comes another incredibly important factor to consider: how exactly will this course help me with my future aspirations?

If you have a particular career in mind, you may well be looking at a degree which is directly related to that career or one which provides relevant skills and knowledge to enable you to prepare for entering a particular industry or field. If you’re more flexible in considering post-degree career options, you may still wish to consider transferable skills you could develop whilst at university that will make your CV shine.

Industrial placements, work experience, simulated situations and extra-curricular activities all have a part to play in helping students to develop their skills and knowledge and are all worthy of consideration when looking at university and course options. Continue reading Think to the future: gaining advantage through experience at university

Mature Students: An Overview of Applying for a University Course

Many students who enter Higher Education do so at a later stage in their lives. There are many reasons why they didn’t enter HE study after they finished their education – they chose a different career path, they may not have had the financial means to study at the time, they may have had other commitments or raised a family or they may not have thought that studying at university was for them at the time. However, it’s never too late to take up an undergraduate course.

It can feel like a minefield when setting out on the path to applying for a course. Whilst prospective students who may be studying for A-levels tend to receive a lot of support for applying to university from their college, mature students don’t always have the same level of access to information and advice. Many universities, like Birmingham City University, have dedicated staff who can help with any questions mature students have about applying for their courses – our Choices department has a dedicated adviser who can help with queries made in person, by email or by phone.

We’ve put together a few key points for mature students to consider to help try and make sense of the process and what sort of things to consider if you’re a mature prospective student and are thinking about applying for a university course. Continue reading Mature Students: An Overview of Applying for a University Course

Mid-UCAS Application Cycle Activities: Interviews, Offers and Late Applications

With competition for places on undergraduate courses fiercer than ever this year, it’s important that applicants are well-prepared for upcoming interviews and the subsequent decision making process once offers have been received from institutions. If you’ve not yet applied, you’ll need to think about doing so if you’d still like to be considered for a course commencing this Autumn.

Interviews and Offers

You may find the following articles we previously posted of help if you’re about to start attending interviews or are wondering about choosing which offers to accept:

Late Applications

If you’ve not yet applied and are thinking about studying at university in Autumn 2010, there may still be the chance to apply as a late applicant if there are still vacancies on the course or courses you are interested in. You can use the course search facility on the UCAS website to search for courses of interest. The search results returned will show you a list of courses (and the universities offering them) based on the search criteria you have specified. You will be able to tell whether a course is closed or not by whether or not the letter ‘C’ is shown against a particular course. Where the letter ‘C’ is shown against a course, this means that the course is closed to further applications at the time and you cannot, therefore, enter this particular course choice on your UCAS application form. If a course is available, you are free to add that course as a choice on your form.

Whatever stage of the process you’re at, action is key to ensuring that you optimise your chances of success in securing a university place.

For more information about courses available at Birmingham City University, please call Choices on 0121 331 5595 or email us.

Q&A: Applying for a full-time degree through UCAS

A Choices’ course adviser answers some common questions about applying through UCAS.

What happens when I make an application through UCAS?

When you submit an online application to UCAS, UCAS forward a copy of your application to the institution or institutions to whom you have applied. Once your application has been received by an institution they start processing it in accordance with their admissions policies.

For some courses, the institution may make an offer on the basis of the information provided within the application. Other courses may require further selection stages, such as interviews, tests or a portfolio review. Once the appropriate selection process for the course has been completed, the institution will communicate their decision to you. You can check progress of your application through the UCAS Track online system.

I’m no longer taking all of the qualifications I listed on my application form. What should I do?

You should put this in writing to the University as soon as your academic profile has changed. The University needs this information to ensure that any decision made on the application is made using the most accurate information provided by the applicant. Should the university make a decision based on information which subsequently changes, the Admissions Tutor will need to review the application in light of the new information. If the changes to the academic profile mean that the applicant will not be able to meet the minimum entry requirements (or specified academic conditions if an offer has already been made) this will be taken into account when reviewing the application. Continue reading Q&A: Applying for a full-time degree through UCAS