10 reasons to attend our Virtual Open Days
Thinking about going to university? It’s that time of year where you’re starting to decide what course you’re interested in pursuing, and where you want to study. Traditionally, this would involve going to university campuses and having a good old nose around. However, this year, due to the pandemic (you may have heard about this?!) most universities are offering virtual open days.
So how does that work I hear you ask? Looking round without actually looking round? Here’s what you can expect from a Birmingham City University Virtual Open Day, and why it’s worth your while to attend one.
1. Comfort and safety
The main draw for attending a virtual open day is comfort – you can be curled up on your sofa in your PJs whilst scoping out your future uni, but also you don’t need to worry about social distancing, or just generally leaving the safety of your own home. You’ll have the chance to take part in live talks with lecturers and students on your course, as well as personal statements and student finance. There’s also video tours of our campuses and accommodation to help you get an idea of what it’s like to be a student with us.
After you've attended a BCU Virtual Open Day, you’ll then have access to replay the course talks and information webinars you took part in so you can re-watch them to your heart’s content. This makes it easier when you’re making your decision in a few months’ time and will have something to refer back to. Great news if your Amazon parcel arrived halfway through and you missed an important point!
3. Explore as many courses as you like
Although when you sign up you express your interest in a certain subject area, on the day you can explore as many courses and subjects across our schools and faculties as you like. This is ideal if you’ve still not decided on exactly which course you’d like to study.
4. Meet our tutors
Each subject area is accompanied by a specific introduction from a relevant academic, giving you an overview of what it’s like to study one of their courses, and what sets them apart. It’s a great way to meet our academics in a relaxed setting, and find out more about your chosen course.
5. Meet our students
You’ll also get the chance to see what our students think about studying at BCU, as well as putting your questions to them on the day to get answered via social media. We also have students involved in our live webinars, meaning you get insight not only from staff but also current students who will have a relatable insight and answers to your questions.
Find out when our next open day is and book your place.
6. Enjoy live webinars
There’s a whole host of live webinars going on throughout the day, covering everything from finance to accommodation and student support. This is your chance to get your question answered live (without having to put your hand up and have everyone in the room stare at you…).
7. Let your parents entertain themselves
Our Virtual Open Days feature dedicated parent pages, with talks and relevant info to keep your mum and dad busy while you crack on with your webinars and exploring your course information. At least from home your dad won’t have an audience for his terrible jokes…
8. Explore what’s on offer
From our facilities, to the Students’ Union, to our international student community, our Virtual Open Day covers everything you need to know – not just about your course, but where you’ll study, your accommodation options, and what student life is like.
9. Go on a tour
You can go on a detailed video tour of our accommodation buildings to find the right one for you, and you can also take a peek around each of our main buildings across our campuses. This will help you get a feel for where you could be studying (and where to get the nearest frappe!).
10. Discover Birmingham and student life
Last but not least, our Virtual Open Days will give you an insight into what Birmingham has to offer and what student life is like in the UK’s second city, with live student Q&As, lots of articles and student vlogs. Boasting indie restaurants and cafes, loads of shopping options and endless socialising choices, you’ll be spoilt for choice.