Centre for Academic Success

We're sure that you will want to make the best of every opportunity at Birmingham City University. To help you to achieve your full potential, the Centre for Academic Success can give you advice on study skills and help you improve your Academic Writing skills.

You can book online for a one-to-one tutorial to discuss aspects of your work, or attend a variety of study skills and Academic Writing workshops free of charge.

Our Academic Skills tutors can be found at City Centre Campus, Millennium Point (3rd floor). To find out more, visit the Centre for Academic Success website. (University log-in required)

Students in lecture


We hold confidential one-to-one tutorials at various locations around the University where you can discuss your academic work with a focus on academic writing, referencing, maths and other study skills. It is advisable to book tutorials well in advance.


We run workshops throughout the year at our City Centre Campus on topics such as academic writing, critical analysis, presentation skills, writing dissertations, time management, exam preparation, and maths and statistics.

Study guides

A wide range of study guides is available giving advice on academic writing, study skills, maths and statistics, and grammar. See an exampleHow to write an essay(PDF).

STAARS project

Find out more about our STAARS project, an initiative designed to give students a more prominent voice during their academic journey

Head Start courses

If you’re about to start your degree and would like to learn more about academic writing rules, improve your maths skills, sharpen your study skills and practise presentations, our Head Start courses in Maths and English may be just what you need.

They are organised by the Centre for Academic Success and will help you prepare for your degree and get the most out of your time here.

Apply for a Head Start course