Widening Participation

At Birmingham City University

Accessing Higher Education

The Widening Participation (WP) team advise and support learners from less advantaged backgrounds to access BCU and participation in higher education generally. Our aim is to help remove any barriers that still surround entry to higher education, in turn supporting progression to university. 

ABOUT US

Our experienced team can provide activities tailored to the needs of your learners, raising their awareness of higher education and helping them make an informed decision about university study.

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ACTIVITIES AND VISITS

We offer a range of interactive higher education activities and workshops, designed to enhance careers and progression education for primary and secondary level students.

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BCU FORWARD

This exciting new programme enables engaged learners to access higher education workshops, subject specific activities and tailored mentoring for information, advice and guidance. 

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LITERACY TUTORING SCHEME

Working within local schools, BCU students provide support to young learners aged 4-11. Learners are encouraged to develop reading comprehension and confidence by practising reading. 

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PARTNERSHIPS

In partnership with universities, schools and colleges, we deliver collaborative summer schools, co-ordinate undergraduate mentoring schemes and facilitate higher education outreach activities.

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STUDENT JOBS

Work alongside the BCU team as a Widening Participation Student ambassador. Open to current BCU students only.

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Accommodation

Find your home from home at BCU. We offer eight halls of residence options, ranging from on-campus to inner-city living. You can take a virtual tour of each accommodation option to find the one for you.

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Admissions

Read our admission FAQs to get your application questions answered. If your question isn’t covered, we have all the details of how to get in touch.

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Student Support

From disability and mental health support to CV and job interview training, BCU ensures you have all you need during your time here – and beyond – to succeed and flourish in your studies and career.

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Social Media

Follow our social media channels and discover more about life at BCU, including what the University and city will offer you if you study here.

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Coronavirus

For information and updates in relation to coronavirus, including details on how we are supporting our applicants, please see our dedicated webpages.

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