Application Guidance

Preparing to apply for one of our Health, Education and Life Science courses? Look no further, as we've put together a handy guide full of everything you need to know to ace it.

How to apply

There are different ways to apply for our courses, depending on whether you are a full-time or part-time student, or want to study for an undergraduate course or a postgraduate programme.

Step 1: Follow our guide to applying and find out what financial help you could receive.

Step 2: Please take a look at our Occupational Health requirements.

Step 3: If you want to find out more about the University, you can come to a University Open Day, or if you submit a strong application, you may be invited to an Applicant Taster Day for a closer look at life as a student here.

Step 4: See below to find out about the interview procedure. For course fees or to speak to an adviser about making your application, please contact Admissions on +44 (0)121 331 6295.

  • Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS)

    Some courses at Birmingham City University will require a DBS check as part of the application process. Find out more about this process.

  • Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL)

    All you need to know about Recognition of Prior Learning, transfer of credits and progression agreements in the Faculty of Health, Education and Life Sciences.

Book an interview

So, you’ve completed your application form and received an email inviting you to book an interview. What’s next?

We're planning a mixture of online and in person interviews, depending on which course you have applied for. Your invitation will make clear whether you are being invited to a virtual or in person interview. The booking process is the same for both. 

How to access the applicant portal

You can log onto our applicant portal and select the interview session you want. The link and instructions will be in your email. You will usually have at least two sessions to choose from and our Admissions team add new sessions throughout the year.

Don’t worry if you can’t attend a session currently available on the portal as interviews run until a course is full. If no new sessions appear, or you have any other concerns, you can get in touch with Admissions via telephone on 0121 331 6295.

If you need to rearrange your interview session you can cancel the interview via the applicant portal and re-book onto a new session. The exception to this is if it’s a few days before your current interview session booking, in which case you won’t be able to book a new interview session until your current date has passed.

Interview Advice


Follow our guidance on how to prepare for your Teacher Training interview.

Education interviews

Social Work

Get advice on how to prepare for your Social Work interview.

Social work interviews

Nursing and Midwifery

Tips and tricks for your Nursing or Midwifery interview.

Nursing and Midwifery interviews

Allied Health Professions

Follow our advice on how to get ready for your interview with Allied Health Professions. 

Allied Health Professions interviews

More information


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.

More about accommodation


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.

More about admissions

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.

More about student support

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