Undergraduate Open Day - 1 October
Birmingham City University
Join us for an on-campus Open Day where you'll be able to explore our campus and facilities in person. You'll be able to hear more about your chosen subject area in our course talks. There will be opportunities for you to get all your key accommodation, finance and admissions questions answered, as well as the chance to hear what student life at BCU and in Birmingham is like.
Please note that Royal Birmingham Conservatoire is not part of this event and holds separate Open Days for acting and music courses.
WHO IS THIS FOR?
It’s open to everyone, but it’s definitely for you if you:
Want to study at a modern university in a major city: We’re at the heart of the UK’s second-largest city with a population of over 1.1 million people – over 85,000 of which are students at the city’s five universities (West Midlands Growth Company 2021). Birmingham is also the youngest major city in the UK, with under-20s accounting for 28% of its population (ONS 2020).
Want to study a course which develops your employability: Our courses are designed to deliver practice-based learning at every stage. We provide the chance to gain industry and professional practice experience through work placements, mentoring schemes, study and work abroad through the Turing Scheme, and courses incorporating professional placement years.
Want to study in ultra-modern facilities and learning spaces: We are currently undertaking a £340 million investment programme in our facilities, including a major expansion of our City Centre Campus.
Need an affordable university experience: Our typical cost of university accommodation starts at £125 per week (2022/23 prices). This includes heating and water.
Are the first generation in your family to apply to university: We are ranked 4th in the UK for social mobility, recognising how we help students from less advantaged backgrounds to succeed (Higher Education Policy Institute English Social Mobility Index 2022).
Are a friend, family or carer of someone who’s considering a place at university: You’re very welcome to come along and experience the day.
Enjoy a tailored and personalised experience: You'll be able to attend subject-specific talks and sample lectures, as well as having the opportunity to chat with lecturers, staff and current students to get your questions answered and see if BCU's the right fit for you. There are also general talks and info for things like finance and accommodation.
Research different courses: Can't decide between a few areas or courses? This is the perfect way to do some in depth research and compare a few courses, hearing from academics who teach each course and exploring what careers you could end up in depending on the course you choose.
WHAT CAN I DO AT THIS OPEN DAY?
Meet lecturers and staff: From handy course overview talks from the staff who would be teaching you, to Q+A sessions on the day covering subject-specific information and then more practical information, getting to meet our friendly staff and asking them your burning questions is a great way to decide on the right course for you.
Explore our facilities and take tours: Part of choosing your university course is ensuring the facilities you'd be using are up to scratch. From our computing labs to mock wards for Nursing students, you can find out everything you need to know about our state-of-the-art facilities at our Open Day to ensure you'll be using the industry standard, preparing you for the world of work before you even graduate. You can also check out the locations and quality of accommodation on bookable tours that happen throughout the day.
Ask our students questions: You can ask them how they picked their courses, and what made them choose BCU (or where to get the best pizza in Brum, the choice is yours!). On campus, you'll find lots of student ambassadors who can give you a great insight into student life at BCU and answer all your questions in person.
Ask about placements, careers and employability: An important part of choosing a course is figuring out what career options this opens up for you, and what the employability is like in that field. We have a Careers+ and Graduate+ team to help you build your skills, and at our Open Day you can chat to our Student Support team, as well as the relevant academics for your subject area, to find out about the options to get experience during your studies, and what careers alumni have gone on to.
Find out about other services on offer to enhance your learning experience: Whether it's help with structuring your essays, referencing advice or just how to make the most of your time at university, you can find out more about those little extras that make all the difference at our Open Days. Our academics will explain how their roles are more than just teaching, and you can explore more of the library and student support services on offer.
WHAT HAPPENS AFTER I REGISTER?
We’ll send you an event guide to help you plan your day and find your way: This includes a campus map, a schedule of talks and tours, and info about the drop-in information desks you’ll find on the day.
Use your QR code for quick and easy check-in on the day: Have your programme handy to whiz through check-in with minimal queueing.
We’ll send you helpful emails with exclusive content: We’ll keep you updated with student stories and news about what students studying your subject area are doing. We’ll also post you super-useful exclusive guides like ‘The Personal Statement Checklist’. Or if you'd prefer not to, you can opt out at any time.
This is an undergraduate Open Day, if you are interested in postgraduate study, find out about our other events.