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Top tips for applying for a teacher training course

If you're wondering about taking the next step and applying for a course then we've got the help you need to make an application for our teacher training courses.

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Top tips for applying for an education course

If you're wondering about taking the next step and applying for a course then we've got the help you need to make an a...

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Top tips for applying to BSc Social Work

If you're wondering about taking the next step and applying for a course then we've got the help you need to make an ap...

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Everything you need to know about returning to life on campus

With restrictions now beginning to ease, we understand that you may be anxious about either returning to campus, or joi...

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Explore what Edgbaston has to offer

There are lots of great and interesting places to visit and things to do in Edgbaston, close to our BCU City South Camp...

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What does a Play Therapist do?

Read our blog about how you could become a Play Therapist, and help children cope with negative experiences and challen...

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What does an Education Officer do?

Find out about the role of an Education Officer, and how you can inspire others outside of the classroom.

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What does a Family Support Worker do?

Find out more about the role of a Family Support Worker, and what you need to do to get into this type of work.

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The benefits of studying a computing degree with QTS

Our BSc (Hon) Secondary Computing with QTS course allows you to gain degree-level knowledge of computer science, while ...

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How to become a PE teacher

Find out more about the role of a P.E. teacher, and what it takes to become one. 

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A career at BCU: My journey from Early Childhood Studies (ECS) student to Deputy Course Lead

Shannon Ludgate joined BCU on the BA (Hons) Early Childhood Studies (ECS) programme, and never did she think that on co...

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Six benefits of attending a Nursing Applicant Taster Day

Find out here what a BCU Virtual Applicant Taster Day (ATD) is and what is included. Plus, read our list of the top six...

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Shaun Keeling: A teaching marathon ‘teach-a-thon’

Shaun Keeling, a Primary School teacher who is currently working on his Doctorate at BCU, launches a 24-hour teach-a-th...

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Why I chose to study Secondary Computing at BCU

BCU BSc Secondary Computing with QTS student, Ravina Nahal spoke to us about why she chose to train as a Secondary Comp...

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On the 12 days of Christmas: Ideas to make, do, attend and games to keep you busy over the festive period

We have compiled some activities you can make, do, attend and play over Christmas to keep you busy over what we know wi...

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Anti Bullying Week 2020

As it’s anti-bullying week, we spoke to Gary Pykitt, Senior Lecturer in Primary Education, about the different forms t...

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Five ways Health and Education students can still get work experience during the Pandemic

Read five ways you as Health and Education students can pull on your previous work and voluntary experiences to bolster...

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Why we chose to study Education at BCU

Children are placed at the heart of the School of Education and Social Work. Our courses are centred on their wellbein...

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Margaret Duckhouse: Why I chose to study BSc (Hons) Social Work at BCU

BSc (Hons) Social Work student, Margaret Duckhouse spoke to us about why she chose to study this course at Birmingham C...

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Katie Goodacre (Education Studies student): My First Children's Book

Birmingham City University BA (Hons) Education Studies student, Katie Goodacre would like to tell you about how her dre...

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Seven benefits of a Virtual Open Day

University open days are looking different at the moment.  Here's seven reasons why you should attend a virtual open da...

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World Dream Day: Making your dream career a reality

We all have one thing in common, dreams. World Dream Day was established to encourage everyone to concentrate on their ...

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Childhood, Youth and Community Courses Open Day: Frequently Asked Questions

Welcome to our Virtual Open Day! If you’re interested in one of our Childhood, Youth and Community courses, today is a ...

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Social Work Open Day: Frequently Asked Questions

Welcome to our Virtual Open Day! If you’re interested in Social Work, today is a great way to get to know more about ...

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Teacher Training Open Day: Frequently Asked Questions

Are you thinking about studying Teacher Training? Our Virtual Open Day is a great opportunity to find out some more in...

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Where can a degree in Social Work take you?

Discover nine career areas your degree in Social Work could lead you to, by  improving the lives of some of the most vu...

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Exploring the parks around our City South Campus

If you're looking for places to go around campus to enjoy some exercise, fresh air and scenery, check out our Parks blo...

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Welcome to the Mary Seacole Library

Get to know the library at our City South Campus, before you start your studies, and give yourself a head start. 

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‘Corona’ – Turning the Word into Positive Steps to Help You Keep on Top of Your Wellbeing

If you are struggling with any of the challenges that Covid-19 has brought to our lives, read our tips to help you keep...

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Alex’s Erasmus experience

Second-year Working with Children, Young People and Families student, Alex, studied at the University of Barcelona fo...

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What stationery supplies do I need for university?

Ready to start a new chapter this September? Our third-year student Shelby has made a short vlog about some key station...

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Primary PE lecturer launches free resource via social media

Senior Lecturer in Primary Physical Education Angela Whitehouse  launches PE at Home - a free resource to help familie...

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Social Work students help to 'Mend the Gap'

Recently, our Social Work Department hosted a ‘Mend the Gap’ project on behalf of the Regional West Midlands Social Wor...

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How to manage anxiety during the Coronavirus pandemic

It’s not easy with the daily updates of Coronavirus infection rates to stay calm and anxiety free. It’s a worrying time...

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Keep moving to beat the blues

Ever considered Coronavirus Bingo while watching the news or shadow boxing in the front room? Senior Lecturer in Sports...

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Ben Hobbis: My placement experience

BA (Hons) Primary Education with QTS student, Ben, is half way through his second-year of course and recently began a b...

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Social Work students share creative practice in the Netherlands

In February, three staff and five students from our Social Work Department were welcomed to the eighth International We...

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A day in the life of a trainee primary school teacher

Have you ever wondered what a typical day in a primary school is like? Second-year Primary Education with QTS student, ...

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The first Master of Conductive Education

We are proud to work with NICE – Centre for Movement Disorders and their Conductive College, awarding their BA (Hons) i...

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Gabby's Camp America adventure

Spending time abroad can enrich your studies, broaden your cultural horizons and help you develop key skills valued by ...

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Why youth voice matters

According to former President of the USA, Barack Obama, "The future belongs to young people with an education and the i...

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Six reasons why I love being a teacher

Do you have a passion for inspiring and educating young learners? Teaching is one of the rewarding career options avai...

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Welcome week: Get to know your City South campus

As part of our Welcome Week celebrations, we thought we’d introduce you to your campus, here in the heart of Edgbaston ...

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Trainee Computing teacher makes mark on placement

We met with Mansur Zubeidi who had just completed his PGCE in Secondary Computing and IT to talk about why he chose to ...

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Wear Red Day: My experience with Sepsis

Almost four years ago, on the 23 December 2015, Ellie began to feel ill. But this wasn’t just your common cold. Below...

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Why study for a Master's in Education?

We’ve spoken to a full-time, a part-time and an international student to find out what motivated them to go on to furth...

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Student teacher stationery essentials

We don’t want to make assumptions, but teachers – including student teachers – seem to have a bit of a thing about stat...

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Five things to do in Edgbaston

City South Campus is nestled in the leafy suburb of Edgbaston, just to the south of Birmingham city centre. But don’t t...

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Subjects in action: learning to teach primary art

We grabbed second-year BA (Hons) Primary Education with QTS student, Lois Kitchen, just before she put her Post-it note...

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10 ways to be greener at City South

Here at City South, we’re very proud of how green our campus is. We’re very lucky to be surrounded by beautiful greener...

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Social Work students gain confidence at conference

Every March Saxion University in Enschede holds a conference to coincide with International Social Work day. Countries ...

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Going with the flow: My period and me

To mark Menstrual Hygiene Day BCU Research Fellow, Gemma Williams, writes about the stigma of menstruation and her own ...

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Eight ways to look after your mental health as a student

University is usually hailed as some of the best years of your life – and 99% of the time, it really is. However, somet...

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A day in the life of an Education Studies student

We spoke to Mollie Zacarias, a second-year BA (Hons) Education Studies student to find out what she gets up to on a ty...

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Primary Education student prepares for great start to career

With 100 per cent of our 2017 students in employment six months after graduation* and those in graduate positions on a...

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Teacher training placement travel tips

We know that placements are an important part of your experience during your course. We’ve already covered what to wear...

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10 reasons why you should study social work

We speak to Social Work student Jessica Tout on why studying BA Social Work is great. 

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A day in the life of a student conductor

Have you ever wondered what a conductor does? Conductive Education student, Megan, kept a diary of one day in her life ...

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Mollie Zacarias: My financial life as a student

Second year Education Studies student, Mollie tells us what she spends her money on as a student in Birmingham and offe...

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What to wear on placement

We know that placements are an important part of your experience during your course. What do you wear on placement? And...

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Working with people with learning disabilities

Are you considering a career working with people who have disabilities? There's a whole of host of ways in which you c...

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Are you looking for a career working with children?

Looking for a career with children? There's a whole of host of ways in which you could develop a career if you want to ...

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How does childhood studies make a difference?

When you learn to look at the world from a child-centred point of view, it quickly becomes clear how much impact we can...

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How do I become a teacher?

So you’re thinking about training to be a teacher either now or at some point in the future? Congratulations! Teaching...

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How do our education graduates inspire communities?

Read the stories of Birmingham Live’s '30 Under 30' nominees and Education alumni Abed and Casey, and also Joseph who w...

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Ten top tips for surviving a PGCE!

Check out these ten top tips for surviving a PGCE written by a former BCU Secondary Drama PGCE student Natalie Rose. 

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How working abroad can benefit your degree!

Education Studies student, Jess, went on a journey of a lifetime to Peru with the BCU Go Abroad programme spending two...

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