10 reasons to study with us
Here are our top 10 reasons to choose the School of Education and Social Work.
1. Students are happy with our courses!
The latest NSS (National Student Survey) 2020 figures show that the majority of our courses received a 90% or above for student satisfaction. So if you're looking to study somewhere that makes you feel fullfilled, empowered and satisfied, we might be right for you.
2. State-of-the-art facilities
We’ve invested £41 million in an extension to our existing £30 million campus in Edgbaston to provide professional-level learning facilities for all Health, Education and Life Sciences courses. This includes specialist facilities for the teaching of primary and secondary science, design and technology, physical education, computing, art and design, drama, and music.
3. We get you ready for employment
As an undergraduate student you’ll get hands-on experience on your course through placements in appropriate settings, ensuring you’re ready for employment when you graduate.
And you're not alone when searching for the right place to carry out work experience. Our faculty Careers+ team are on hand to help you to secure work experience and placement opportunities if they are a compulsory part of your course, or if you're just looking for some relevant professional work experience alongside your studies.
4. Our courses are approved by professional bodies
Many of our courses provide qualification for a profession, including our teacher training programmes which result in QTS (Qualified Teacher Status) and Social Work, which allows you to register with Social Work England.
5. You could be eligible for our Meet or Beat Scholarship of £1000
If you apply to an undergraduate course at BCU and secure results in the qualifications you are studying that either match or better (‘meet or beat’) our published entry requirements you could be eligible for our Scholarship. The £1,000 is made up of £850 cash and £150 credit to spend in an online shop. See full information about the Meet or Beat Scholarship.
6. Earn while you learn
Our student employment scheme offers student jobs on campus, which allows you to apply for paid roles with us at the University, and gain valuable experience for your CV and future employment.
This is a great and convenient way to earn money when you need alongside studying, by working for the University - for example, at Open Days - and gives you the opportunity to use your student journey to help prospective students make the best decision.
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7. Opportunities to travel abroad
Erasmus allows you to study or work in another EU country and receive a grant that will cover part of the costs during your stay.
HELS Go Abroad travel scholarships are available to all Education and Social Work students to apply for once you have enrolled for the chance to gain work experience in a different country - which is great for helping your CV stand out from the crowd!
*Due to current circumstances surrounding the COVID-19 pandemic, our Go Abroad programmes may be put on hold.
8. Continue your professional development
We run a range of postgraduate and short courses, and can be flexible to allow you to study single modules at this level, so you can be sure we’ll look after your professional development even once you’re in employment.
9. Study in the City of Birmingham
Study with us and you’ll be located at the heart of the dynamic city of Birmingham – with all the employment possibilities that a big, multicultural city brings. Plus the social life’s not bad either!
10. Experienced staff
Our staff are experienced professionals and maintain links to ensure you get the most up-to-date learning during your course. Many are research active, contributing to scholarship in education, childhood and youth, and social work.