Tag Archives: 2009

New Generation Arts Festival

Organised by Birmingham City University, the New Generation Arts Festival champions the independent cause of showcasing the brightest emerging graduate talent in the arts world today. Taking place from 12 – 27 June 2009, events taking place will cover acting, creative writing, design, music and the visual arts. With Birmingham City University graduates at the heart of the event, it’s a fantastic opportunity for those interested in studying in one of the subject areas covered to see the high calibre of graduates we produce.

Find out more about this exciting event at the New Generation Arts Festival’s website.

April 2009 Dip HE/ Grad Dip Nursing Students – Reminder

If you’ve firmly accepted an offer of a place at Birmingham City University on either our Diploma in Higher Education in Nursing or Graduate Diploma in Nursing course commencing in April 2009, please ensure that you complete and submit the required paperwork for your Criminal Records Bureau Disclosure and occupational health forms if you’ve not already done so. (Please note that if you’ve only very recently firmly accepted your offer and are awaiting the necessary paperwork for occupational health and CRB Disclosure, the faculty should be sending these to you shortly). It’s important that you do this now so that the necessary clearances, financial support and accommodation (if appropriate) can be processed or allocated in a timely manner.

You should receive information separately about applying for the NHS Bursary directly from the NHS Student Grants Unit whom we notify of your acceptance of offer once this information has been received from UCAS. Please act upon this information once you receive it.

If you wish to apply for university accommodation, you can do so online at http://www.bcu.ac.uk/accommodation/application.html.

If satisfactory CRB and occupational health clearances have not been received by the time you start the course, there could be delays in allowing you out on clinical placements and you won’t be able to fully enrol as a student of the University. If your bursary is delayed, you will need to have sufficient funds of your own to cover your living costs until such time that bursary funding has been confirmed. Don’t leave it until the last minute to send off this important paperwork – sorting it now can avoid such problems!

Forthcoming Subject Specific Open Days – January and February 2009

If you missed the chance to visit Birmingham City University at one of our main open days, a number of our faculties will be holding subject specific open days throughout the academic year. Information about confirmed dates is updated periodically on our website at http://www.bcu.ac.uk/opendays/faculty/.

Many courses also offer the opportunity for prospective students to attend a visit day once they have applied to us. Subjects such as Media and Communication and undergraduate Education courses don’t have specific subject open days but can offer these opportunities for applicants to visit at an appropriate point in the admissions process. Continue reading Forthcoming Subject Specific Open Days – January and February 2009

Still time to apply for a course beginning in January 2009

If you’re looking for a higher education course which starts before next September, there’s still a chance to apply for available courses commencing in January at Birmingham City University. With a range of courses on offer, from Business to IT-related subjects at both undergraduate and postgraduate level, you could be on your way to achieving a qualification in the new year. To find out more click here.

If you wish to be considered for one of these courses, you need to complete and submit an application form as soon as possible. Please see the individual course pages on the main website for further details.

Early application deadline reminder for PGCE Primary courses

Prospective students wishing to apply for PGCE Primary Education and Early Years courses are reminded that the deadline for receipt of applications for courses commencing next September is 1st December 2008.

Applications are made through the Graduate Teacher Training Registry website at www.gttr.ac.uk.

Missed the boat for courses in 2008? Why not consider joining a course in early 2009?

If you missed out on joining a university course in the autumn, you may not have been aware that a second bite of the cherry for this academic year may be possible, as a selection of courses offered by universities start in the New Year.

Birmingham City University are offering a range of courses commencing in January 2009, including options at undergraduate and postgraduate levels. Subjects include ICT, engineering, computing, management and business. Further information about the specific courses available can be found at http://www.bcu.ac.uk/january/index.html.

In addition, there are a range of courses commencing in January that are available to international students. Information about these can be found at http://www.bcu.ac.uk/students/international/jan_starts.html. International students considering applying for a course should ensure that they do so as soon as possible so that they have sufficient time to expedite any required documentation regarding their student visa and other important paperwork.

Application methods for part-time and postgraduate courses

Applications for part-time and postgraduate courses are usually made directly to the university. In some instances, applications may need to be made through another agency. For example, Birmingham City University’s full-time Graduate Diploma in Law course fields applications through the Central Applications Board, whilst the part-time version requires applicants to complete a university application form. Information about the method of application for individual courses can usually be found in the university’s prospectus or on their website, but if you’re unsure, contact the university for confirmation.

Deadlines for applications made directly to universities can vary widely, so it’s advisable to check with the individual universities to clarify whether or not a deadline applies to the course you’re applying for.

Applying for a full-time undergraduate course starting in 2009

If you’re now entering the final year of your course at college or already have completed qualifications and are planning to apply for full-time undergraduate Higher Education courses commencing in September 2009, applications can now be submitted through UCAS. Applications should be made online at www.ucas.ac.uk.  

Remember, that in order to guarantee that your chosen universities will look at your application form, you must apply by UCAS’ early application deadline of 15th January 2009. Applications received at UCAS after this date will only be considered if there are remaining vacancies on the course you’ve applied for after ‘early’ applicants have been considered.

If you’re applying through a college:

Your college should guide you through the application process. When completing the application form through a college, you’ll need to obtain their UCAS ‘buzzword’ in order to use the system. Check with your college for more information.

If you’re applying independently:

You can apply online to UCAS independently. Access the UCAS website and click ‘Apply’. You’ll be asked to register your details before an account is created for you. Once your account has been confirmed and you have a username and password, you can then log in and complete the online application form.

If you experience any technical difficulties in using the application system, UCAS have a dedicated Technical Support team to provide support for users. There are useful FAQs and known issues which you can find on their website. If these don’t resolve the problem you can contact the UCAS webmaster.

Updated: 18.10.08 The Guardian’s ‘Road to University’ has a great feature about completing the UCAS online application that’s worth a look.

Applying to Birmingham City University?

Some of you may be aware that we changed our name from UCE Birmingham to Birmingham City University back in autumn 2007. For those applying to the university through UCAS, please ensure you make a note of our new institution code:

B25 Birmingham City University

Good luck to those of you applying for courses starting in 2009!

Applying for PGCE courses commencing in 2009

If you’re planning to apply for a PGCE initial teacher training course commencing in September 2009, applications can now be submitted through the Graduate Teacher Training Registry (GTTR). Applications should be made online at www.gttr.ac.uk.

Deadlines for applications are as follows:

  • 1st December 2008: Primary and Early Years courses for ‘on time’ applications. Applications received after this date up until 30th June 2009 will only be sent to universities if they have remaining vacancies on the course.
  • 30th June 2009: Last date for receipt of applications for PGCE courses at Secondary and Post-Compulsory Education and Training level.

Due to the popularity of PGCE courses in areas such as Primary and Early Years teaching, early applications are advisable – don’t wait for the deadline to creep up before making your application, as places on these courses are often being filled throughout the autumn. Whilst Secondary and Post-Compulsory Education and Training PGCE courses have a more flexible deadline, it’s worth bearing in mind that popular specialist subject areas, such as Art & Design, can fill quickly, so you should apply as early on in the application cycle as possible to be in a good position to be considered for your chosen courses.

Up-to-date vacancy information for PGCE courses can be found on the GTTR website.