11 Reasons to Choose Us
If you decide to come to Birmingham City University, you can be confident that you’ll be transformed with the skills and confidence to succeed when you graduate.
You'll receive a first-class education with a focus on practical skills and professional relevance. Not only that, but Birmingham offers so many opportunities for transforming lives and setting up a business. Just look at our Chancellor, Sir Lenny Henry!
Birmingham has transformed...
Sir Lenny Henry
"I auditioned for a talent show in Birmingham and it transformed my life completely."
Multiculturalism in the city influenced Aktar Islam and his successful restaurants.
BCU is transforming...
We build our students' confidence and personalities through our support networks.
We transform our graduates from student life to work life to kickstart their careers.
Taking a Higher Education course is a big investment in your future, and you’ll want to be sure that you’re choosing the right course and the right university. So here's our top reasons to choose Birmingham City University.
1. 7th in the UK for employability
We’re committed to giving you the skills you need to progress your career. Over 97 per cent of our students are employed or in further study within six months of graduating. (Destination of Leavers from HE survey 2016/17). This is the highest figure in Birmingham. (Multi-faculty universities with a student population of more than 1,000).
2. Meet or Beat scholarship and £150 free credit for books and learning materials
We want all our students to achieve their full potential. So, if you hold an offer and Meet or Beat our published entry requirements, you could be eligible for a £1,000 scholarship, which includes the £150 free credit outlined below. Whether you use it to get a new laptop, kit for your course, or anything else you'd like to spend it on, we want to reward you for your hard work. Find out more.
To welcome all new home and EU undergraduate degree students starting in 2020 or 2021, we're giving away £150 free credit to spend in a host of ways, on books and a range of learning materials. Even better, it doesn't have to be repaid. Find out more about the £150 free credit.
3. Investing in your future
We’ve invested £340 million in our campuses and facilities, including a major expansion of our City Centre Campus and a £41 million extension at our City South Campus with specialist laboratories for our new courses in sport and life sciences, which opened in 2018.
4. Earn while you learn
Our student employment agency, OpportUNIty – Student Jobs on Campus, allows you to apply for paid roles at the University, gaining experience in crucial aspects of job applications and valuable feedback on your work.
5. Work experience and placements
You'll have the chance to gain industry and professional practice experience through work placements, mentoring schemes, Erasmus+ and Study Abroad exchanges overseas. We also work on course-related projects with companies and organisations like Microsoft, Cisco, Jaguar Land Rover, Sky UK and the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra.
6. Internationally accredited courses
Many of our courses have internationally recognised accreditations, such as the ACCA (Association of Chartered Certified Accountants), CIMA (Chartered Institute of Management Accountants) and RIBA (Royal Institute of British Architects).
7. Enhanced career prospects
We offer career support and advice throughout your time with us and for up to three years after you graduate. Our Graduate+ scheme embeds career-related skills into every one of our degree courses, from becoming a course rep to studying abroad. Graduate+ embeds career-related skills into every one of our degree courses. We’re committed to giving you the skills you need to progress your career. Over 97% of our students are employed or in further study within 6 months of graduating. (Destination of Leavers from HE survey 2016/17). This is the highest figure in Birmingham and in the top 10 multi-disciplinary institutions in the UK. Multi-Faculty Universities with a student population of more than 1,000.
8. A global city
Study with us and you will be located at the heart of the dynamic city of Birmingham – with all the social and employment possibilities that brings. Birmingham is the most popular destination for people moving out of London, with 6,000 individuals making the switch in 2016 (BBC) as well as being the youngest major city in Europe, with under-20s accounting for 29% of its population (West Midlands Growth Company).
9. Learn from the best
From the UK’s leading criminologist to a ‘Hot 100’ jeweller, our teaching staff come from and maintain links with industry, and are some of the leading figures in their fields.
10. Practice-based research
Almost 90 per cent of our research was judged to have delivered ‘outstanding’ or ‘very considerable’ external impact (Research Excellence Framework 2014).
11. Transformed teaching
We have transformed our curriculum with a new range of contemporary, flexible courses with practice-based learning and international opportunities built into every stage. Our 1,700-strong team of teaching staff come from and maintain their links with industry and the professions, ensuring you benefit directly from their knowledge, insight and contacts.