Student support

We help you achieve your personal goals, make the most of your skills, and realise your full potential while studying at University. The Personal Development Department (PDD) is staffed by our academic support staff who understand your concerns and will answer any questions you have either by email, over the phone or face-to-face in person.

Academic Skills Development

This support will help you develop across the two broad areas of academic writing and numeracy applied to practice. This support can be workshops and small group or individual tutorials, related to academic writing, critical analysis, literature searching skills, referencing and numeracy.

We are happy to discuss any aspects of your work that are causing you concern and to point you in the right direction.

There is also English language support if your first language is not English. 

Find out how we can help you develop academic skills.

Personal development for learning

We have a dedicated 'Professional Navigator' who can help you to develop a Personal Development Learning Plan as part of your Continuous Professional Development.

This can help you meet your individual academic development needs with a range of modules and short programmes.

Gain accreditation for prior learning

You can apply to be accredited for modules within programmes if you can provide evidence that you've previously met the module's learning outcomes at the appropriate level.

Also you can use previously attained credits in conjunction with your current study at Birmingham City University, leading to an academic award.

If you have don't have enough credits to enter a course, but do have a wealth of experience, you can work with us to gain the further credits you need to access your desired course.

Find out how to gain accreditation for prior learning.


The department also offers a short course: AP(E)L Academic Writing Skills and a variety of stand-alone modules.

Courses and modules available about your level of study and future career in the health and social care professions.

Contact Sherron Parkes on 0121 331 7011 to book an appointment, or Contact Us to find our office location.