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Birmingham City University

Reputed for providing quality, student focused education in a professional and friendly environment, the Birmingham City University is credited for producing some of the most employable graduates in the UK. 26,900 students from over 100 countries have chosen BCU as the destination for pursuing their higher education journey.

The history of the university can be traced back to 1843 where the Birmingham Government School of Design was established. In 1992, the University status was granted under the name of 'University of Central England in Birmingham' and in 2007, it was rechristened as Birmingham City University.

Located at UK’s second largest city, students at Birmingham City University also gets the opportunity to live and work in the youngest major city in Europe with world-class restaurants, entertainment, and shops.

The four faculties of the University namely Faculty of Arts, Design and Media , Faculty of  Business, Law and Social Sciences, Faculty of Health, Education and Life Sciences, Faculty of Computing, Engineering and the Built Environment.

Practice-based learning and research curriculum has been instrumental in making BCU students highly employable. The university actively collaborates with major companies like Microsoft, Cisco, and Jaguar amongst many others to develop cutting-edge curriculum and employment opportunities for its students.

The excellent faculty team comprising of academic experts and experienced business leaders, equipped with latest knowledge and industry contacts, impart employable skills for the graduate job market.

Ranked as one of the top 30 UK university for spending on facilities by the Complete University Guide, BCU has significantly contributed to the transformation of the region by accelerating growth in the local economy, driving innovation, enterprise, and skills for the region.

The university is guided in its vision by the core values of Excellence, People focused, Partnership working and Fairness and integrity.

Why study at Birmingham City University?

  • Internationally recognized accreditations, such as the ACCA (Association of Chartered Certified Accountants), CIMA (Chartered Institute of Management Accountants) and RIBA (Royal Institute of British Architects). 
  • 97% of graduates in employment or starting further studies within six months of graduating (Destination of Leavers from HE surveys 2017/18). 
  • OpportUNIty, Birmingham City University’s student employment agency assists students in securing paid Student Jobs on Campus. 
  • Graduate+ scheme provides career related support to all degree students, thereby enhancing their career prospects. 
  • Knowledge Transfer Partnerships (KTPs) and Knowledge Innovation Technology Transfer Scheme (KITTS) offers employability opportunities students. 
  • £340 million investment in the university’s estate and facilities. 
  • A truly multicultural cosmopolitan, Birmingham is voted the second most cost-effective city for students in the UK by Unidays in 2017. 
  • Over 90% of the university’s international students stated they were satisfied with its quality of lectures and course content as per the I-graduate International Student Barometer 2018. 
  • Opportunity to gain work experience opportunities for international students through work Study Abroad exchange programs overseas, Erasmus+ years and sandwich courses. 
  • The Careers and Job Prospects Service offers career management, mentoring and employability skills development support. 
  • Over 90 per cent of research being judged to have delivered ‘outstanding’ or ‘very considerable’ external impact (Research Excellence Framework 2014). 
  • A whopping £270 million was invested in the region to support the creation of employment opportunities. 
  • The student support system including student groups and student welfare teams ensures that students truly feel at home at the University.

Entry Requirements


  • A level or Equivalent - BBC or 112 UCAS tariff points from a maximum of 3 subjects.
  • IELTS - 6.0 overall with 5.5 minimum in all bands


  • Honours degree at minimum of 2:2 or equivalent in relevant subject area.
  • IELTS - 6.0 overall with 5.5 minimum in all bands

Accepted English Language Test:

  • BCU English Proficiency Test -
  • IELTS Academic
  • IELTS Indicator
  • Pearson Test of English (PTE)
  • LanguageCert International ESOL SELT
  • Euro exam Academic English C1
  • IGCSE: Cambridge Board – Grade C in English


Every year we provide merit-based scholarships recognising the talents of our international students, which will be discounted against the cost of your tuition fees.

All international students enrolling on an Undergraduate and postgraduate course in September 2022 will be eligible for a partial scholarship of up to £2,000 discounted from your tuition fees. This is awarded based on your academic background, and your grade will need to be the equivalent to a UK degree:

  • £2,000 if a 1st class degree holder

  • £1,500 if a Second Class (Upper Division) or 2:1 degree holder

  • £1,000 if a Second Class (Lower Division) or 2:2 degree holder

  • £500 if a 3rd class degree holder

The following courses are exempted from this scholarship:

  • PhD

  • ACCA

  • MSc Accounting & Finance (Top-Up)

  • Conservatoire and BSA courses (Music and Theatre)

  • PGCE and PCET

  • Masters in Teaching and Learning/Educational Leadership (MTL/MEL)

  • Continuing Professional Development (CPD) courses in Health

  • Short courses that are less than one academic year

  • Part-time or distance learning

  • Study Abroad programmes

  • Exchange programmes

  • Pre-sessional English

  • PGDL in Law

Please note that scholarships are only available to self-funding students and those studying full-time for at least one academic year.

Prompt Payment Discount:

If you pay your tuition fees in full {for each year of your studies} before or during your enrolment {within 30 days of the invoice date}, you will be entitled to a £300 prompt payment discount. You can deduct £300 from your fees when paying your full fees if you plan to pay within 30 days. However, any payments received after 30 days will not attract this discount.

*The information’s are correct at the time of publishing, however it may change if university makes any changes after we have published the information. While we try our best to provide correct information, It is advisable to call us or visit university website for up to date information.

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