Parent and Guardians' hub

Advice for parents and guardians

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Important dates

January 31

Apply now 2024 entry UCAS application deadline

February 28

UCAS Extra UCAS Extra opens for applications

June 30

Application deadline Submit your firm and insurance choices

July 5

Clearing You can now apply through Clearing

August 6

SQA results day Students receive their SQA results

August 15

A Level results day Students receive their A Level results

August 15

Hotlines open Clearing/Adjustment hotlines open

Open days

The best way to explore what's on offer is to attend an Open Day - be that in person, or via our Virtual Open Days. Our Open Days provide the perfect opportunity to chat to our staff and students, and check out our state-of-the-art facilities. Study here and you'll be at the heart of it all.

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How to apply

Why BCU?

Wondering what BCU has to offer your child? Find out here; we explain all the reasons BCU stands out from the crowd to give your child a great education and lots of opportunities!

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Application advice

Here, we give you an overview of how the application process works, plus a timetable of what happens when in the year. There's also a list of things to be thinking about outside of UCAS.

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Personal statements

Find out what staff are looking for in students' personal statements, and explore how to help your child craft a winning application to help them on their way to studying at university!

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Clearing is how we fill any places we still have on our courses. Clearing runs from early July and helps prospective students without confirmation of their firm or insurance choices, and those who apply late, to find courses where places are still available.

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Exams and revision

Help with revision

Looking for tips on how to help your child to revise? We've got a whole heap of advice right here.

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Helping with exams

If exams are looming, here's some ideas on what to do to make things easier for you child (and you!).

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Free revision guide

Download our free exams and revision guide to understand how to help your child get through this stressful time.

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Practical information


Our guide to fees and finance covers everything you need to know if your child is considering going to university.

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Our accommodation overview covers the options available at BCU if your child is moving away from home.

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Myth busting

We set the record straight on commonly misconceived ideas about university with our myth busting article.

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Preparing for university

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Preparing for university guide

Download our free preparing for university guide to understand what your child needs to do to get themselves ready for starting university soon.

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Life lessons to teach your kids

Here are the top life lessons you need to think about imparting to your kids before they start university! From duvet covers to cooking, we've got it covered.

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The emotions of your child leaving home

Is your son or daughter flying the nest soon? We understand how you feel, so we've taken a lighthearted look at this rollercoaster of emotions...

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Life at BCU

Why Birmingham?

Explore what makes Birmingham the ideal place in which to study for your child, from socialising to employment opportunities.

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Full campus tour

Check out our video that takes you round all of our buildings, across our campuses in and around the city centre of Birmingham.

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Student support

Explore all the services and support on offer for your son or daughter when they study with us, from mental health to disability support.

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Postgraduate guide for parents

If your child is considering studying at Master's level after their undergraduate degree, then you might have some questions. Download our postgraduate guide for parents and guardians to find out how studying a Master's could benefit them and what the application process is like.

Memory lane

University: then vs now

Is your child heading off to uni soon? This is the perfect time to reminisce on your own uni days and think how different things are now!

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Looking back on uni in the 80s

Back in the 1980's, your main priorities included big hair, Duran Duran and Top Gun. Things are a bit different these days!

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Remembering our Perry Barr campus

We said goodbye to our Perry Barr Campus, but couldn't resist a trip down memory lane to relive some of the best bits...

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