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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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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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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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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Open Days

When possible, the best way to explore what's on offer is to come and see us in person, and we host a number of Open Days throughout the year. Come and be taught by our trailblazing academics and study in our innovative £400m facilities.

Open days