|Study Guide to Masters and Bachelors Degree Courses|
|Birmingham City University|
|Address||International Admissions, International Office, BCU Birmingham, Perry Barr, BIRMINGHAM, B42 2SU, UK|
|Tel. No.||+44 (0) 121 331 5389|
|Fax No.||+44 (0) 121 331 6314|
|Undergraduate degree programmes|| |
|Postgraduate degree programmes|| |
|Accommodation|| Birmingham City University has four student residences based at three of its sites: Hamstead Campus, Oscott Gardens, the Coppice, and Westbourne Campus. We also have rooms available in the city centre with private sector student accommodation. |
International Students are given priority in allocation for accommodation for the whole duration of their course. Whilst there are some minor variations on each campus, a typical room is furnished with a single bed, pillow, mattress and mattress cover, curtains, wardrobe, chest of drawers, study desk and chair, easy chair and a mirror. The majority of residences are self catered equipped with an electric cooker, fridge/freezer, microwave, kettle and an ironing board.
|Admission requirements|| For undergraduate courses, students should be educated to a standard comparable to British GCE 'A' Level standard, such as the Malaysian STPM, Hong Kong Advanced Level Certificate, Botswana Bachelor Degree (Part 1) or Pakistan BA/BSc/BCom (Honours) - second division or above. Some qualifications may enable you to enter a later stage the course, for example directly into Year 2.
For postgraduate courses you should hold a qualification which is comparable to a British Bachelor's degree. Some postgraduate courses also require you to be above a specific age or have relevant work experience.
English Language Requirements
- IELTS: overall band of 6.0 or above for most courses, 6.5 for undergraduate Business top ups and Business postgraduate courses, 7.0 for LLM Corporate and Business Law, LLM International Human Rights and MA English Linguistics
- TOEFL: paper based 550, computer based 213 for most courses, paper based 575, computer based 232 for postgraduate Business courses, paper based 600, computer based 250 for LLM Corporate and Business Law, LLM International Human Rights and MA English Linguistics
- JMB University Test: minimum Pass
- Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency in English: minimum grade C
- Cambridge Certificate of Advanced English: minimum grade C
- GCSE or IGSCE English Language: minimum C
- BEC Higher: Pass (grades A, B or C)
- Caribbean Examination Council General Proficiency (CxC): grade I, II or III
- Cambridge overseas School Certificate: minimum grade C
- Cameroon GCE O Level: minimum grade C
- East African Certificate of Education: minimum grade C
- Hong Kong Use of English Test: minimum of grade C
- Hong Kong Certificate of Education (HKCEE): minimum grade C
- Standard XII-Council for the Indian School Certificate Examination (CISCE): 70-75% in English
- Standard XII – Tamil Nadu Board of Secondary Education: 75-80% in English
- Kenyan Certificate of Secondary Education (KCSE): minimum grade C
- Malaysian SPM 1119 Syllabus (UCLES): minimum grade C
- Singapore GCE O Level: minimum grade C
- Sri Lanka GCE O Level: minimum Credit
- Uganda Certificate of Education: minimum grade 6
- West African Examinations Council School Certificate (WAEC SSCS): minimum grade C/6
- Zambian Secondary School Certificate: minimum grade 6
- AS Level English Language: minimum grade E
- A Level English Language: minimum grade E
- A Level General Studies: minimum grade C
- Scottish Certificate of Education Standard Grade English: minimum grade C
- Scottish Certificate of Education-Higher Grade English: minimum grade D
- Irish Leaving Certificate-Ordinary Level English : minimum grade C
- Irish Leaving Certificate-Higher Level English: minimum grade D
- Oxford High Lever Certificate: minimum Pass
- Warwick English Language Test (WELT): minimum CCC (IELTS 6.0)
- International Baccalaureate (Higher/Second): minimum 5+
- Anglia Certificate of Attainment in English (Edexcel): minimum level 4 for UG, minimum level 5 for PG
|Fees|| Birmingham School of Acting (BSA) - £10,975|
Master of Business Administration (MBA) - £10,600
Technology Innovation Centre (tic) PG - £10,600
Birmingham Conservatoire UG - £10,300
Birmingham Institute of Art and Design (BIAD) - £8,800
Business UG and other PG Degrees - £8,500
Law, Humanities, Development & Society (LHDS) - £8,800
Technology Innovation Centre (tic) UG - £8,800
BTEC Foundation Diploma - £6,200
BTEC National Diploma - £6,200
FCEAP - £6,200
5 – week Pre-sessional English - £870 (£570 tuition + £300 accommodation)
10 – week Pre-sessional - £1740 (£1140 tuition + £600 accommodation)
|Financial Assistance|| We have the following scholarships for our international students on offer for September 2008. |
BCU Institute of Art and Design Scholarships
Number of Scholarships of £1000 available
Subjects: Architecture, Art, Design and Visual Communication, Fashion, Horology, Jewellery, Landscape Architecture, Media, Multimedia and New Media
BCU Law, Humanities, Development and Society Scholarships
Number of Scholarships available with up to 20% reduction off fees
Level: Undergraduate and Postgraduate
Subjects: English, Housing, Law, Criminal justice, Real Estate, Property, Construction and Planning, Architectural Technology, Social Sciences
BCU Business School Scholarships
Number of £1000 and £2000 Scholarships for excellent students
Level: Undergraduate and Postgraduate
Subjects: Accountancy and Finance, Banking, Business Management, Computing, IT
Countries: Africa, Bangladesh, China, India, Japan, Pakistan, Malaysia, Taiwan, Thailand and Vietnam
BCU Conservatoire Bursaries
Number of bursaries available for Music applicants awarded following a successful audition. These are normally £2000 for PG and £2500 for UG students. Larger scholarships (up to full fees) to be awarded at the discretion of the Conservatoire.
Level: Undergraduate and Postgraduate
BCU Technology Innovation Centre Bursaries
Number of bursaries for well qualified international students of up to 20% reduction off fees for students
Level: Undergraduate and Postgraduate
Birmingham Loyalty Bursaries
A loyalty bursary of 15% will be offered to BCU Birmingham’s international graduates continuing onto one of our postgraduate courses. This is also available to students who have successfully completed a National Diploma, HND, Foundation Degree or Foundation Year and progress onto one of our degree courses
Terms and Conditions:
a) Applicants must be holding an offer and have paid the full deposit (as stated on the offer letter) to qualify for a scholarship or bursary.
b) Students are only eligible to receive one scholarship or bursary in any given academic year.
c) The value of any scholarship or bursary will be deducted from the tuition fee at registration. This means that the sum you will be asked to pay will be the equivalent of the international tuition fee (as stated on your offer letter) minus the value of the scholarship or bursary.
d) The prompt payment discount is deducted after any scholarships and bursaries have been deducted.
e) Where the tuition fee is paid in instalments scholarships may only be paid pro rata according to the proportion of the tuition fee that has been paid.
f) Applicants must complete the relevant application form to apply for a Technology Innovation Centre Bursary, Business School Bursary or Friends and Family Referral Bursary.
g) All scholarships and bursaries are awarded for one year only. The tuition fee will return to its normal level when you progress onto the next year of your course or transfer to another course.
5% Prompt Payment Discount
International students can receive a 5% discount on their tuition fees if they are fully paid by:
September entry - 1st November
February entry - 15th March
April entry - 31st May
Birmingham Institute of Art and Design (BIAD) has a proud tradition of arts education that dates back to 1843. BIAD is the largest centre for art, architecture, design and media education outside London and has 5 campuses in the city of Birmingham.
Birmingham City University Business School is a major centre for business, computing and management education. It has a strong regional base and a national and international perspective. With over 4,000 students studying on full- and part-time courses, it is one of the largest business schools in the UK. The Business School offers a comprehensive portfolio of undergraduate, postgraduate, post-experience and professional qualifications in all the main areas of business, computing and management. The research, consultancy and training opportunities which have resulted from such collaborative links with industry form an essential part of staff development and provide evidence of our entrepreneurial and innovative approach.
BCU’s Technology Innovation Centre (TIC) is among the UK’s most sought-after technology faculties. It has been ranked among the top ten comparable university faculties in the UK’s authoritative Guardian University Guide. At its Birmingham City-centre campus, tic encompasses some 50 technologies, enabling it to deliver wide-ranging, career-enhancing, postgraduate and undergraduate degree courses.
The Faculty of Law, Humanities, Development & Society (LHDS) delivers high quality courses, research and consultancy in five areas; Law and Legal Studies, Criminal Justice and Criminology, English, including Literature, Linguistics, Drama and Cultural Studies, Housing Studies, Sociology and Policy Studies and Property, Construction and Planning. Their excellent learning facilities, flexible course design and strong team of academic staff combine to maintain their established reputation as a provider of high quality full and part-time courses, research and consultancy activity. Many of their programmes offer vocational and social relevance as well as academic challenge to a wide cross-section of students from a diversity of backgrounds.
UCE Birmingham Conservatoire is based in the heart of the UK’s largest regional city, only a few minutes’ walk from the internationally acclaimed Symphony Hall (home of the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra). Students enjoy the use of some of the finest performing and teaching facilities of their kind in the country, including the renowned Adrian Boult Hall, state-of-the-art Recital Hall, three recording studios and a specialised music library with around 95,000 individual scores and parts and 10,000 sound recordings.
The Birmingham School of Acting (BSA) is a leading vocational drama school. They produce up to 16 live public performances, 6 radio plays and short films every academic year. The School is accredited by the National Council for Drama Training (NCDT) who are responsible for ensuring the quality of actor training in the UK, they are in partnership with industry, employers and training groups. BSA are also a member of the Conference of Drama Schools (CDS) who are an organisation representing the leading UK drama schools.
Faculty of Health is the largest faculty within the university with nearly 7,000 full and part-time students studying each year and one of the UK’s largest higher education centres for health and social care. Over the years they have developed strong links with NHS Trusts and other health and social care partners and have become the largest provider of qualified staff to the NHS and Social Services in the region.
The needs of children and schools are the top priority of the Faculty of Education. Their courses for intending teachers and serving teachers cover the entire range of school age-phases from infant to continuing education at every study level from undergraduate to PhD. Short courses designed and offered in collaboration with the teaching profession are also a feature of their work.
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