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Making offers for courses starting in 2021

Our Admissions team will make decisions based on a range of information provided in your application form including qualifications, personal statement, reference and other contextual data. Please check our course entry requirements on UCAS (Institution code B25) or the BCU website. This information will show whether a selection process such as an interview, audition or portfolio review is required.

BCU Offer Types

Contextual Offers

To support our targets on increasing participation from under-represented groups in higher education under our Access and Participation Plan, we make contextual offers to students who hold 5 GCSEs at grade 4/C or above including English Language and Mathematics at first sitting and meet any of the following criteria:

  1. Home address postcode falls under POLAR4 quintile 1 or 2 using the Office for Students’ Low Participation Neighbourhood data.
  2. You have been looked after or in care for more than three months.
  3. You have disclosed a disability, long-term health condition, mental health difficulty, autism/Asperger’s or a specific learning difficulty such as dyslexia.

Contextualised Unconditional Offer

If predicted to meet or exceed the published course entry requirements.

Contextualised Conditional Offer

If level 3 qualifications are below the published entry requirements, you may receive an offer at a reduced tariff of up to two grades.

Course Exclusions from Contextual Offers

The following courses are excluded from contextualised offers as they have professional, regulatory or statutory body or other course specific requirements;

  • BA (Hons) Architecture; BA (Hons) Interior Architecture & Design
  • BEng (Hons) courses in Automotive Engineering; Biomedical Engineering; Civil Engineering; Electronic Engineering; Manufacturing Engineering; Mechanical Engineering
  • BA (Hons) Primary Education with QTS; BA (Hons) Secondary PE with QTS; BSc (Hons) Social Work; BSc (Hons) Secondary Computing with QTS; BSc (Hons) Secondary Science Biology with QTS; BA (Hons) Conductive Education
  • BSc (Hons) courses in Diagnostic Radiography; Midwifery; Nursing (Adult, Child, Learning Disability or Mental Health); Operating Department Practice; Paramedic Science; Radiotherapy; Speech and Language Therapy; BSc (Hons) Sports Therapy
  • All integrated Masters courses
  • Royal Birmingham Conservatoire Music courses

Other exclusions: HNDs, Foundation Degrees, Foundation Year courses and 2 year fast track degrees.

Other specific requirements:

  • All Sports courses in the School of Life Sciences require a GCSE in Science
  • English courses require an A-level English at grade C or above

Standard Offers

Conditional Offer

If you fall outside the contextual criteria but are predicted to meet or exceed the published entry requirements for a course, you will receive a standard conditional offer.

Alternative Offer

If you are not predicted to meet the published entry requirements for your chosen course, you may still receive an offer. We operate an alternative course offer strategy so the offer could be for the original course or an alternative at degree, Foundation Year, Foundation Degree or HND level based on your predicted grades.

Unconditional Offers

If you already hold your qualifications and these meet our minimum entry requirements, you will receive an unconditional offer. If you accept this offer, you will be required to provide evidence of the qualifications stated in your application. Unconditional offers are also made for courses in art, design and media where the mandatory portfolio is assessed as exceptional. Please see our portfolio guidance for further information.

Want to defer your offer?

You may defer your offer for one cycle if you meet the published entry requirements by 31 August 2021.

I have exceptional, extenuating circumstances which have disrupted my studies

If you have experienced issues of a personal, social or domestic nature that have affected your studies, or your ability to meet our published entry requirements or offer, we'd encourage you to let us know by completing our Disrupted Studies form and providing a supporting statement from your school or college.

UCAS Guidance

Further advice is available from UCAS.