Success Programme - 2018/19 Entry

Course Overview

The essential course information

Course Code:

3 weeks

City Centre

This course runs on the following dates:

The maths classes will be held in October. You will be able to book a space via the Event advertising on iCity from the 21st September 2018 The rest of the content will be available online – on Moodle and Xoodle

This course will be available from the 21st September, 2018

The Success 2018 course, previously known as Head Start, has been designed to help you develop and enhance your academic skills. Whether you are doing your first degree, or your Master's or PhD, we are here to provide support and information to help you achieve your full potential at Birmingham City University.

There are two subjects available on this course: Your First Assignment and Maths.

You can complete one or both of these subjects.

Your First Assignment - Module only

This is available on Moodle. It provides guides and exercises to help you assess and develop your academic skills and academic writing before you start your first assignment.

Maths - Xoodle and classes (bookable on iCity at the end of September)

This is available on Xoodle with additional lab-based workshops during term time.

For the Maths classes – booking will be available on iCity Events.

Feedback from students:

"It was a great course, but additionally it gave you an early insight/introduction to University. I felt I greatly benefitted, and I was assured I had help in the future."

"Yes, it was a good taster for uni, it really helped!"

"It was very helpful and it refreshed the academic memory after a long break from college!"

"The course was very valuable to me as I was returning to education and had not covered these topics during secondary education. The course on the whole was presented really well by interesting and knowledgeable lecturers. It covered everything you need to know to study."

For further details or queries, please email

Course Details

Your First Assignment

Academic Skills

You can learn more about how your study skills can be improved before dealing with the workload of your course. The content covers an introduction to the following topics:

  • Making changes
  • Time management and organisation
  • Getting the most from lectures
  • How to proofread and edit.
Academic Writing

To get the highest marks it is essential to learn and understand the academic writing rules. The content covers an introduction to the following topics:

  • The key rules of academic writing
  • Researching
  • Planning
  • Academic language
  • Structure.

The online part of the course is available through our online learning environment, Xoodle, and uses a mixture of slide shows, quizzes and online activities. You do not need any special software or equipment to access the course.

Numeracy topics available for study on the course:

  • Calculation strategies (including long division and multiplication)
  • Positive and negative numbers
  • Fractions
  • Decimals and Percentages
  • Rounding and Estimation
  • Indices and Unit Conversions.

Algebra topics available for study on the course:

  • Introductory Algebra (collecting terms, simplifying expressions)
  • Using Brackets
  • Solving Equations
  • Using Formulas
  • Applications of Numeracy and Algebra.

The one-hour workshops will be led by one of our experienced maths tutors who will introduce and assist with using the online course materials.

Please note, this course is for students studying a wide variety of subjects and doesn't cater specifically to any one group.

Application Details

 You will need your student email address and password (after you have completed your enrolment) to access the university iCity system.

Success 2018 will be available from the 21st September, 2018.

Fees and Finance

There is no fee for this course.


For further information about Success 2018: Your First Assignment and Maths please contact the Centre for Academic Success:

Phone: +44 (0)121 331 7685