Making your application

Step 1: Entry requirements

Once you’ve found the course you’d like to apply for, it’s important that you make sure you have, or are aiming to achieve, the entry requirements for that course. We accept a wide variety of qualifications to meet the general entry requirements for our first (or undergraduate) degrees, foundation degrees and higher national courses.

Some courses have specific entry requirements. For the majority of health courses, an interview is an essential part of the selection process. Places are also subject to satisfactory Occupational Health checks and enhanced DBS (Disclosure and Barring Service). You can contact our advisers for guidance on +44 (0)121 331 5595.

Read more about DBS and FAQs

If you already have an advanced qualification or significant relevant experience, you may be eligible for admission with credit, enabling you to be admitted to a later stage of the course.

First degree courses

In general you will require at least:

  • Two passes at GCE A Level/AVCE, and
  • Five GCSE passes (or equivalent) including English Language and Mathematics at Grade C or above

In addition you will need to meet the entry requirements specified in each individual course outline.

Foundation Degrees/Higher National Diplomas/Certificates (HND/C)

Normally, you should satisfy one of the criteria for first degree courses. However, for some foundation degrees and higher national courses, one GCE A Level/AVCE is acceptable.

Progression Agreements (PA)

If you are applying using a Progression Agreement, indicate this in your UCAS application by adding ‘PA’ into the ‘Further Details’ box when entering your Birmingham City University course choice.

Competence in English language

Our courses are taught and assessed entirely in English. Therefore, if your first language is not English, you will need to demonstrate appropriate proficiency, such as an IELT score of 6 or better (for Speech and Language Therapy, a score of 7.5 overall with no sub-test below 7.00 is required). More information is available on the International section of the website.

We’re committed to an admissions policy that provides opportunities for people from all educational backgrounds and experience. We welcome applicants with a mix of academic and vocational qualifications and consider each application on its merits. For those without standard entry qualifications we may take account of alternative qualifications and/or relevant experience.