Birmingham city university, a complete student guide

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Last updated Dec 24, 2020

Birmingham City University (abbrev. BCU) was established as the Birmingham College of Art at the beginning with roots going back to 1843. BCU was nominated as a polytechnic in 1971 and given university status in 1992.

It is the second-largest of 5 universities in the city, the other 4 being the University of Birmingham, Aston University, Newman University and University College Birmingham. It is ranked 3rd of the 5 according to the Complete University Guide, below both the University of Birmingham and Aston University. The university oversees access and foundation programmes through an international network of associated universities and further education colleges. It has the highest intake of foreign students in the Birmingham area. Approximately half of the university’s full-time students are from the West Midlands, and a large percentage of these are from ethnic minorities. 


Located in the UK’s second-largest city, the university has a convenient location with Birmingham International Airport nearby and fast access to London, Manchester and the rest of the UK. 

Address: 15 Bartholomew Row, Birmingham B5 5JU, United Kingdom


  • City Centre Campus- City Centre Campus is made up of five buildings: The Curzon Building, Millennium Point, The Parkside Building, The Joseph Priestley Building and The Royal Birmingham Conservatoire.

  • City South Campus– City South Campus in Edgbaston, to the south of the City Centre, is home to the Faculty of Health, Education and Life Sciences. They have a wide range of courses in health and social care, education (teacher training and non-teacher training), life sciences, and sport, and their students benefit from practical learning facilities such as a mock operating theatre, hospital wards, laboratories, sports clinics and specialised educational facilities. Their City South Campus consists of 3 buildings, Seacole Building, Bevan House and Ravensbury House. 

  • Royal Birmingham Conservatoire– Royal Birmingham Conservatoire’s £57 million, performance and teaching facility is the 1st of its kind in this digital age and is the ideal fusion of traditional and contemporary. Showcasing 9,000 sq m of purpose-designed teaching, rehearsal and state of the art performance space, it proffers unrivalled opportunities for students. The audio and video digital infrastructure are designed to enhance & support live performance and to let students experiment with new technology. Located a short walk away from New Street and Moor Street train stations, the Conservatoire has a city-centre location. It is also just minutes away from cutting edge media and recording facilities, including 4 TV studios and Europe’s most massive static green screen, proffering fantastic collaborative opportunities for students from different disciplines. Their students are at the centre of the most substantial concentrated provision of creative arts education in the UK outside of London, with incomparable opportunities for interdisciplinary work.

  • Birmingham School of Art– This extraordinary listed Venetian Gothic building is a fitting home for a stunning modern art school. Glass lifts, floating mezzanine levels and cutting-edge specialist workspaces are comfortably housed beside the original stained glass windows and mosaic floors of this extraordinary art school. They’re right in the city centre, perfectly placed next to the city’s museum and art gallery. The biggest jewellery school in Europe stands right in the heart of Birmingham’s widely known Jewellery Quarter, where most of today’s Britain jewellery is manufactured. Their multi-award-winning building houses a beautiful complex of traditional-style workshops, teaching and exhibition accommodation. 

  • Birmingham City University International College– Housed in the University House, Birmingham City University International College (BCUIC) provides unparalleled pathways leading to undergrad and postgrad degrees at the university. These programmes are specifically designed for international students, offering smooth progression to a Bachelor’s or Master’s programme at the university. 


Birmingham City University is made up of 4 faculties, each covering a range of subjects and specialisms.

  • Faculty of Health, Education and Life Sciences
    • School of Nursing and Midwifery
    • School of Health Sciences
    • School of Defence Healthcare Education
    • School of Education and Social Work
  • Faculty of Computing, Engineering and the Built Environment
    • School of Computing and Digital Technology
      • Computing
      • Digital Technology
    • School of Engineering and the Built Environment
      • Built Environment
      • Engineering
  • Faculty of Business, Law and Social Sciences
    • Birmingham City Business School
    • School of Law
    • School of Social Sciences
  • Faculty of Arts, Design and Media
    • Birmingham School of Art
    • Birmingham School of Architecture and Design
    • School of Fashion and Textiles
    • School of Jewellery
    • School of Visual Communication
    • Birmingham School of Media
    • School of English
    • Birmingham School of Acting
    • Royal Birmingham Conservatoire
    • New Technology Institute (NTI)

Entry Requirements

MBA (2 Courses)IELTS: 6 & Above PTE: 50 & Above
BSc (1 Course)IELTS: 6 & Above PTE: 50 & Above
BE/BTech(4 Courses)IELTS: 6 & AbovePTE: 50 & Above
MS (9 Courses)IELTS: 6-6.5PTE: 50-58
MIM (7 Courses)IELTS: 6 & AbovePTE: 50 & Above
BBA (3 Courses)IELTS: 6 & Above PTE: 50 & Above
MA (1 Course)IELTS: 6 & Above PTE: 50 & Above
MArch (1 Course)IELTS: 6 & AbovePTE: 50 & Above
Other Courses (1 Course)IELTS: 6 & AbovePTE: 50 & Above


  • Undergraduate Scholarships – Non-EU only

Every year they provide several scholarships recognising the talents of their international students, which will be applied towards the cost of your tuition fee. International students enrolling in an undergrad course in September ’20 will be eligible for a scholarship of up to £2,000. This will be awarded based on your academic background. The following courses are exempted from this scholarship: ACCA and Conservatoire courses (Music and Theatre). The scholarship offer will be made when they make you a course offer.

  • Undergraduate Scholarships – EU only

To welcome all new EU undergraduate degree students starting in ’20, they’re giving away at least £150 worth of 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. The following courses are exempt from this scholarship: ACCA and Conservatoire courses (Music and Theatre). The scholarship offer will be made when they make you a course offer.

  • Prompt Payment Bursary

If the tuition fee is paid in full before travelling to, or during one’s enrolment in the UK, they will be entitled to a £300 prompt payment discount. This discount applies to the amount one owes after any scholarships or bursaries have been deducted from their tuition fee. The ACCA course is exempt from this scholarship.

* There are various scholarships offered by private organisations too. 

*The following list below are the courses that are exempted from a bursary:

  • PhD
  • Top-ups for Masters courses
  • Conservatoire and BSA courses
  • ACCA
  • Short courses that are less than 1 academic year
  • Study Abroad programmes
  • Part-time or distance learning
  • Exchange programmes
  • Pre-sessional English
  • Postgraduate Diploma in Law (PGDL)


  • Arts & humanities
    • Languages, Literature & Linguistics
    • Architecture
    • Art, Performing Arts & Design
  • Clinical, pre-clinical & health
    • Other Health
  • Psychology
    • Psychology
  • Computer science
    • Computer Science
  • Social sciences
    • Communication & Media Studies
    • Sociology
  • Engineering & technology
    • Electrical & Electronic Engineering
    • Civil Engineering
    • General Engineering
    • Mechanical & Aerospace Engineering
  • Law
    • Law
  • Education
    • Education
  • Life sciences
    • Sport Science
    • Agriculture & Forestry
    • Biological Sciences
  • Business & economics
    • Business & Management
    • Accounting & Finance
    • Economics & Econometrics

Nearby Accommodations 

Birmingham City University accommodation

Londonderry House Birmingham is located on Newton Street, Birmingham. It is located right opposite Aston University. You will reach Birmingham City University and University College Birmingham within 5 minutes or less. No matter if you’re looking for an independent space or intend to share with your friend, you have both the options available. The rooms are similarly furnished with a spacious living area and offer a perfect setting for you to interact and socialise with friends.

Address: Londonderry House, 2 Newton Street Birmingham B4 6NB

Price Range: £130 – £164/week

Room Type: en-suite as well as studio apartments

Amenities: a high-tech kitchen, a Wi-Fi connection and a common room with a large TV and seating will be provided. There is staff on-site for helping the students out of a bind, fortnightly kitchen cleans, games room, vending machines and a laundry room.

Birmingham City University Accommodation

Functional modern living mixes with turn-of-the-century heritage at The Emporium. This stylish BCU accommodation is in a desirable location, in the heart of Birmingham, directly opposite the city centre campus of Birmingham City University and on the edge of the new Eastside City Park. Aston University and Birmingham Metropolitan College are both under 5 minutes’ walk.

Address: 6 Fox Street, Birmingham B5 5AD

Price Range: £171 – £285/week

Room Type: en-suites, studios and apartments.

Amenities: high-speed Wi-Fi, 24×7 CCTV camera, management team, laundry facilities, bike storage, TV room, secure key, and various communal spaces like a cinema room, study room, and a games room

Birmingham City University Student Accommodation

Jennens Court is a modern Birmingham City University student accommodation located in the very heart of Birmingham. Just an eight-minute walk to Birmingham City University – BCU, you can roll out of bed and be in lectures in no time. You get to choose from a range of en-suite rooms in shared flats or studio rooms. There are excellent facilities such as study spaces, social spaces, laundry facilities and more. 

Address: 250 Jennens Road, B5 5JR

Price Range: £143 – £198/week

Room Type: en-suite room and studio

Amenities: CCTV, On-site service team, Maintenance support, 24/7 assistance, Secure access and Contents insurance, Wi-Fi, Heating, Laundry, Bike storage, Printing, Recycling, Common area, Communal study space and Outdoor social space

BCU student accommodation

Mary Sturge is a fashionable, modern and contemporary student accommodation. It is situated on Aston Street, which is a part of the Aston Student Village; thus, it allows you to live in a big student community. You get options to choose from a range of en-suite rooms in shared accommodations offered at this student housing Birmingham. These shared flats have a modern and comfortable communal space and a fully equipped shared kitchen where you can come home and live together as one community.

Address: Aston Street, B4 7UJ

Price Range: £147 – £250/week

Room Type: en-suite room and one-bed flat 

Amenities: CCTV, On-site service team, Maintenance support, 24/7 assistance, Secure access and Contents insurance, Laundry, Bike storage, Printing, Recycling, Vending machine and Common area

Want to live somewhere with bags of character? The Old Fire Station in Birmingham is Grade II Listed landmark, with lots of original features to admire (that have appeared on the BBC!). Located close to Aston University Campus & Birmingham City University, it’s a fantastic choice for students in Birmingham. Voted 5* on Student Crowd as Best for Social Experience and Best Value for Money.

Address: The Old Fire Station, Aston Street, Birmingham B4 7DA,

Price Range: £139 – £209/week

Room Type: up to 6-bed en-suite and studio rooms

Amenities: Laundry room, a Wi-Fi connection, a bed and 24/7 on-site staff, study room, communal area, gym and outdoor courtyard, Social events

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