10 reasons to study with us
Here are our top 10 reasons to choose the School of Nursing and Midwifery.
1. Over 99 per cent of graduates employed
The latest DLHE survey (2016/17) showed that 99.6 per cent of ALL our students were in work or completing further study six months after graduation - that's nearly all of our graduates! So if you're looking to study somewhere that can help you secure a career, we could be the place for you.
2. Specialist facilities
We’ve invested £41 million in an extension to our existing £30 million campus in Edgbaston to provide specialist learning facilities for all Health, Education and Life Science courses.
Our learning spaces and equipment include mock wards, a home birth room and simulation manikins that allow you to practice real-life skills before going out on placement and into the workplace. We also have a place dedicated to helping you improve some of those key skills you need - SPACE (Skills Practice and Care Enhancement) - which is stocked with all you need to feel more confident when faced with real life service users.
3. We get you ready for employment
You’ll get hands-on experience of the profession you’re training for through a variety of placements, 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 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 study.
4. Our courses are approved by professional bodies
Our undergraduate courses are regulated by professional body the NMC (Nursing and Midwifery Council). The Student Nursing Times Awards also named us Post-Registration Education Provider of the Year (2017) for our post-qualification courses that help you to continue your professional development. The Faculty has also been awarded the, the Skills for Health Quality Mark for our Health related courses.
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 to 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
You’ll have opportunities to travel abroad and observe practice in other countries, like some of our midwives who’ve been to Tanzania and nurses from a variety of branches who've been to Pittsburgh in the USA.
The travel scholarships through our Go Abroad scheme are available to all Health and Life Sciences students to apply for once you've enrolled for the chance to gain work experience in a different country - which is great for helping your CV stand out from the crowd!
8. Continue your professional development
We run a range of postgraduate-level courses (both short courses and full Master's degrees) through our Professional Practice framework. These courses can help you progress in your career after you've qualified. Want to specialise in cardiac care, neonatal critical care or cancer care? Well, we've got a course for that! We were even named Post-registration Education Provider of the Year (The Student Nursing Times Awards 2017) so you can be sure we’ll look after your professional development even once you’re working.
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 with specialist healthcare facilities brings. Not to mention the social life…
10. Experienced staff
Our staff come from the professions they teach, maintaining their links to ensure you get the most up-to-date learning during your course. Some even go to the length of doing shifts in their profession to stay hands on!