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. 


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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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 Accelerate

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

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