Applicant Taster Day – FAQs

We’ve put together a handy FAQ blog post to help answer any queries or concerns you may have about an Applicant Taster Day. Here are our most commonly asked questions.

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What is the difference between an Applicant Taster Day and an Open Day?

An Open Day is great to attend when you’re not quite sure about what course to study or what university you want to choose. The day will provide a generic overview of what to expect at university, what facilities we have and to ask any questions about university as a whole. However, an Applicant Taster Day offers a more tailored experience for each student.

You will only be invited to an Applicant Taster Day if you receive an offer from us. ATDs will provide you with detailed insight into your chosen course and you can meet course tutors and leaders. You can also ask questions about specific modules and any course information.

As well as this, you will take part in a hands-on activity for your course. For example, if you’ve come for a Mechanical Engineering ATD, you may get the chance to use the CAD systems. Likewise, if you’re attending a Film Technology ATD, you might get the opportunity to utilise cinematography techniques in our high-tech studios.

I have already attended an Open Day, why do I need to attend an Applicant Taster
Day?

Open Days are a great way to explore the University and see what it has to offer. However, they don’t provide extensive insight into course information.

Applicant Taster Days are an excellent opportunity for you to gain in-depth knowledge about your course. You will take part in various taster seminars and practical activities. You will also meet and liaise with academic staff and current students on the course. This all ensures you get a flavour of what university life entails.

I have applied for more than one course and have received an offer on both, can I attend more than one Applicant Taster Day?

Yes! You are more than welcome to attend as many Applicant Taster Days as you like.
I am waiting for other offers from different universities and I’m not sure where I want to go yet. Can I still attend an Applicant Taster Day?

If you have received an offer and you’re still undecided, we strongly recommend you attend an Applicant Taster Day. This is a good opportunity for you to get specific course information. As well as meeting your lecturers and teaching staff on a one-to-one basis, which is a great way to get a true feel for the course.

Do I need to attend the entire day?

We recommend that you attend the entire day to get the full student experience. Attending the whole day ensures you will not miss any important information.

What transport links are available in to the city?

Birmingham City University is located within the vicinity of Birmingham’s road and rail networks. Public transport in and around the city is excellent. From the recently refurbished Grand Central Station to the newly extended Metro system, there are so many ways to get around. There are a few train stations within walking distance to the City Centre campus:

Birmingham Moor Street: 10-15 minute walk
Birmingham New Street: 15-18 minute walk
Birmingham Snow Hill: 15-20 minute walk

If you are looking to travel by car, Millennium Point is clearly signposted from all main routes into the city centre. You can find out further information about how to get to the city centre and plan your journey.

How many guests can I bring and do I need to bring anything with me?

We advise that you bring no more than two guests with you – this is for room sizing purposes. We also recommend that you bring a pen and a notepad to write down any notes.

Where can I get more information about the course?

View our schedules for each individual school:

School of Computing
School of Digital Technology
School of Engineering
School of the Built Environment

Choose your preferred course on the drop-down list and then pick the day you’d like to attend.

We also have a course enquiries team who deal with any concerns applicants may have.

Course enquiries number: 0121 331 5595
Course enquiries email: courseenquiries@bcu.ac.uk 

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