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Pathways at BIRMINGHAM CITY UNIVERSITY 2015/16 Birmingham, United Kingdom INTERNATIONAL STUDENT GUIDE
BCUIC Your pathway to BIRMINGHAM CITY UNIVERSITY 2015/16 Your future starts here • Birmingham City University is one of the larger UK universities, with around 22,000 students. • The University offers more than 350 undergraduate and postgraduate courses. • International students rate the University highly for its sports and social facilities, affordable accommodation, interaction with lecturers, and the advice and guidance they receive from University staff. • BCUIC’s flexible entry system, personalised educational philosophy, dedicated support team and picturesque location make it an ideal place for international students to study and live.
1 YOUR PATHWAY OVERVIEW TO A DEGREE FROM BIRMINGHAM CITY UNIVERSITY Undergraduate pathway Stage 1 Stage 2 Stage 3 Stage 4 High School University Foundation First Year Degree Second Year Degree Final Year Degree Birmingham City University International College (BCUIC) is part of the global Navitas Group, an internationally Postgraduate pathway recognised education provider with the knowledge and staff resources in more than 100 different colleges and campuses worldwide. Minimum 15 years Stage 1 Stage 2 education Pre-Master’s Master’s BCUIC offers academic pathways in partnership with Birmingham City University that lead to undergraduate and postgraduate degrees. Our unique approach to education transforms international students into Birmingham City University graduates and lifelong learners. Innovative courses are delivered by highly qualified teachers in a modern, dynamic environment, backed up by our friendly support team. At BCUIC you will be expected to work hard, but you will also have plenty of opportunities to enjoy your studies and the many social activities available both in Birmingham and the surrounding area. Your constant interaction with teaching and support staff, your peers and an ever widening network of contacts will complete your learning experience and contribute to your success. Undergraduate pathway Stage 1 Stage 2* Stage 3 Stage 4 High School University Foundation First Year Degree Second Year Degree Final Year Degree Postgraduate pathway Minimum 15 years Stage 1 Stage 2 education Pre-Master’s Master’s * Please note that students can directly enter stage 2 of the undergraduate pathway depending on prior learning and qualifications. Undergraduate: Stages 1 and 2 are delivered at BCUIC in Bournville, Birmingham (with the exception of Law and Art and Design). Stage 2 Law and Art and Design and Stages 3 and 4 are delivered at one or more of the following: Birmingham City Universities' City Centre Campus; School of Art, Margaret Street; or at the School of Jewellery in the Jewellery Quarter. Postgraduate: Stage 1 is delivered at BCUIC in Bournville. Stage 2 is delivered at at one or more of the following: Birmingham City Universities' City Centre Campus; School of Art, Margaret Street.
2 BCUIC Your pathway to BIRMINGHAM CITY UNIVERSITY 2015/16 Welcome Message from the Vice-Chancellor of Birmingham City University Birmingham City University offers a vibrant and develop graduates with relevant skills, giving them diverse learning community that is supported by a real world advantage in a highly competitive world-class research, cutting edge teaching and global marketplace. enviable links to business and industry. Birmingham is a wonderful place to live and study, To reflect this diversity and connectivity, our courses with its cosmopolitan culture offering many exciting span a full range of disciplines, including art and restaurants, music and theatre venues, plus first- design, business, computing, education, engineering, class sports and shopping opportunities. Because health, law, media, the performing arts, and technology. there is a level of energy and confidence about this city and this university, I know you will enjoy your What these courses have in common is the experience with us. University’s commitment to practice-based learning which places great importance on the need to Professor Cliff Allan Vice-Chancellor, Birmingham City University Message from the College Principal of BCUIC Welcome to Birmingham City University International degree level work while providing a great opportunity College! We are delighted that you are considering to make new friends from many different countries BCUIC as your pathway to degree studies at and cultures during your time at BCUIC. Birmingham City University. Your chosen pathway will lead to Birmingham City The College offers a very special experience for our University; a great higher education institution offering students. You will be supported by a highly experienced some of the best employability opportunities of any team of staff who will guide you through your academic UK university; a vibrant and diverse study community programme leading to successful progression to your with enviable links to business and industry. chosen degree. You will experience a unique and very traditional study environment, and be taught by our We look forward to welcoming you to BCUIC highly experienced team of academic teaching staff. to undertake the start of your academic journey and we are sure that you will not only enjoy your At BCUIC we pride ourselves on offering a warm time with us, but find it hugely rewarding and a welcome and a caring environment to assure the successful pathway enabling you to fulfil your success of our students in this important transition future dreams and career aspirations. to university study. Your programme will not only Cheryl Badhams enhance your specialist knowledge in your chosen College Principal, BCUIC area, but will develop your study skills ready for
3 OVERVIEW "During my MBA studies I am putting my academic knowledge into practice whilst working in the city centre. This is supporting my ambition of becoming an excellent sales manager in my home country." My BCUIC: Yan Long, China MBA International
4 BCUIC Your pathway to BIRMINGHAM CITY UNIVERSITY 2015/16 Birmingham City University: discover your future Our reputation for excellence is soaring globally, thanks to the superb links we forge with industry, our international alliances and a vibrant student community from more than 80 countries. Student support • Our new Inspired festival brings together • Awarded ‘Outstanding Support for the exhibitions and performances which Students’ — Times Higher Education showcase graduate talent to hundreds Awards 2010. of thousands of visitors each year. • Dedicated support services for all • 90 per cent of our 2012 graduates had students including health, finance, found employment six months after accommodation, disability support. graduating. (Destinations Survey 2011/12). An educational powerhouse Facilities • A centre of excellence in art, design • Vibrant city based campuses with and architecture, business, engineering, outstanding specialist facilities; a technology, built environment, media, fantastic place to live and learn. education, law, health and training for • The University is mid–way through a the professions. £260 million investment plan, including • Construction is now underway on Phase • Several members of our academic staff a major expansion of its City Centre 2 of our City Centre Campus development, (currently seven) are National Teaching Campus, together with ongoing which will provide a 24,300m2 building Fellows — the most prestigious award development of existing sites. to house our Business, English, Law and for excellence in university teaching • The new, recently opened £62 million Social Science courses, as well as new and learning. Parkside Building at our City Centre library, IT and student support facilities. A Campus, provides a new home for design third phase of development with additional • In the 2014 Research Excellence courses from The Faculty of Arts, Design teaching accommodation at our City Framework (REF), almost 90 per cent of and Media (formerly Birmingham Centre and City South campuses, and a the BCU’s research was deemed to have an Institute of Art and Design) as well as new home for Birmingham Conservatoire, ‘outstanding’ or ‘very considerable’ impact. state–of–the–art media facilities, will follow in 2017. including four industry standard TV • We operate six specialist libraries, Outstanding performance studios with the latest Sony equipment, including the Mary Seacole Library, one • A number of our courses are accredited and ‘green screen’ MILO studio. of the biggest health libraries in the UK. by Creative Skillset on the strength of our professional capability and work with industry in the media sector. • Winner of the Best International Strategy award at Times Higher Education (THE) 2011. • Ranked 6th out of 130 universities for student teaching time (Daily Telegraph course finder). • Ranked 7th in the UK for Drama and Dance and 11th for Media Studies, Communications and Librarianship (The Guardian League Table 2014). Employability • Launching careers since 1843, we’re dedicated to ensuring our students develop the skills employers need. • Teaching and learning remains our core business, producing graduates that are ready for the modern workplace. • Graduate employability is at the heart of what we do. Our pioneering approach includes a wide range of student clinics and guest lectures, placements and community projects.
5 OVERVIEW • The £8.5 million Doug Ellis Sports • our in–house employment agency, • We’ve pioneered virtual learning Centre at our City North Campus, OpportUNIty: Student Jobs on Campus environments for our students. features an indoor sports hall, 80 gives you the chance to gain real life, • Our business students benefit from our station fitness suite and dance and paid work experience in a variety of Student Enterprise Society, which helps aerobic studios, as well as changing roles at the University (subject to visa them to start businesses together. and social facilities. limitations for international students). • The Pavilion is a £4.5 million, purpose Find out more built sports facility featuring 12 grass Learning through doing Here are some more of the ways we’re pitches, an all–weather pitch, two As at all universities, our students learn in working to ensure our students are among rugby pitches and two cricket nets. lecture theatres and in tutorials. But our the most employable in the UK: students get the added bonus of learning • Creating Future–Proof Graduates is English language skills through doing, which prepares them for a unique toolkit of resources to help. • Overall satisfaction with the quality of our the workplace. • our students to develop the key skills courses was 84 per cent in the 2014 • Our law students debate in simulated they need. National Student Survey (NSS); with court rooms and our teaching students 88 per cent of our students agreeing that enjoy replica classrooms. • the Careers and Job Prospects team staff were good at explaining things and provides careers advice and coaching • Many of our courses are practice 86 per cent saying staff were enthusiastic to students and graduates to help based — most health students, for about what they taught. them develop their employability example, spend 50 per cent of their and manage their career. • 100 per cent of students on our Creative time in hospitals. Arts and Design (other) courses are • we also provide access to jobs, work • Our media and art students enjoy state– experience opportunities, placements, satisfied overall, as are 99 per cent of of–the–art blue screen video production students on our Accountancy courses and internships by advertising work suites and photographic studios. opportunities online. and 96 per cent of our Finance students. Activities • The Students’ Union endeavours to create and promote a positive student experience. • A welcoming environment for all its members, employees and visitors. • Numerous societies as varied as basketball, dance and cheerleading, debating, chess and rock climbing. • Plenty of opportunities to join volunteering groups, write for the student magazine or even present on the university TV station. Gain an advantage Our graduates gain an advantage in the job market because: • we work with companies like Apple, Cisco and Cartier to develop cutting edge curricula and to collaborate on course projects • we attract the best staff — including both academic experts and experienced business leaders with the latest knowledge and industry contacts • we offer students opportunities for work placements, Erasmus years and sandwich courses • we operate an ‘employer mentoring scheme’, which gives second and third year students the chance to learn from employers or successful alumni
6 BCUIC Your pathway to BIRMINGHAM CITY UNIVERSITY 2015/16 Why choose BCUIC? BCUIC is an affiliate college of Birmingham City University. • Smaller classes with personalised attention: BCUIC has a personalised Here, as an international student you’ll find all the support and supportive educational philosophy you need to be successful in your ongoing degree studies. that encourages students to reach their maximum academic potential. Academic classes usually have no more than 35 • Birmingham City University degree • Flexible entry: BCUIC’s flexible entry students and English language classes are pathways: the partnership between system of three intakes per annum restricted to a maximum of 16 students. Birmingham City University and enables you to start your studies at • Dedicated student support services: BCUIC not only allows you to access the time best suited to you. It also BCUIC’s dedicated support service Birmingham City University’s facilities means you can join the pathway of your team can offer advice and help 24 hours and services while studying at BCUIC, choice and finish your studies ahead a day, seven days a week. The team but also helps you to move seamlessly of students who have opted for the can organise an airport pick–up, as through your study pathway to achieve traditional UK academic entry system. well as accommodation allocation and a Bachelor’s or Master’s degree • Accommodation: Birmingham is a referral services. They also provide a full from Birmingham City University. great place to live and our expert orientation programme for the college, • Campus location: BCUIC is located student support staff can help find University and the city of Birmingham. on the stunning Bournville campus, the ideal accommodation for you. • Superb student lifestyle: Birmingham just minutes from the world–famous • Value for money: BCUIC tuition fees has one of the best student lifestyles of Cadbury World and factory. are competitively priced among UK any university in the UK, with a fantastic • One of the UK’s most innovative institutions. The college provides range of social activities available to universities: Birmingham City University an affordable, quality education BCUIC students. Through these activities, has an ongoing reputation as one of the that gives you the maximum you can immerse yourself in the history, UK’s leading universities, thanks to its high return on your investment. culture and society of the local area — quality teaching and fantastic facilities. improving your English language skills and further enhancing your career prospects. BCUIC location map
7 OVERVIEW "I chose BCUIC because it is multi-cultural. Studying with people from different cultures has given me a great opportunity to learn about their customs and values. I had never travelled to any other country before coming to BCUIC. I was worried at first, but the college staff and my new friends helped me settle in quickly." My BCUIC: Norma Ngwenya, Zimbabwe Foundation in Law
8 BCUIC Your pathway to BIRMINGHAM CITY UNIVERSITY 2015/16 Pathways at Birmingham City University BCUIC offers a modern and dynamic educational experience, and is committed to providing academic and support services in an environment that encourages you to achieve excellence in your studies. The college offers a range of undergraduate and postgraduate pathways, as well as an English Language course. Undergraduate pathways understanding of each module to prepare An undergraduate pathway is a single you for Stage 3 (the second year of your course comprising four stages of study. After chosen degree) and Stage 4 (the final year successfully completing this programme you of your degree pathway). will be awarded a Bachelor’s degree from Birmingham City University. Second Year Degree and Final Year Degree Undertaking the Pre-Master’s programme University Foundation The Second and Final Year Degrees are will allow you to adjust to the rigorous stages 3 and 4 of the undergraduate research and independent study requirements The University Foundation programme is pathway, and are taught at Birmingham of a postgraduate degree and help you get Stage 1 of the undergraduate pathway. The City University. the most out of your Master’s studies at transition from high school to university is a Birmingham City University. big step, perhaps the most important in your life. The staff at BCUIC understand this, and Postgraduate pathway Master’s will provide you with ongoing guidance and A postgraduate pathway is a single course support, as well as the knowledge and skills comprising two stages of study. When you The Master’s degree is Stage 2 of the you need. This partnership between you and successfully complete the pathway you postgraduate pathway, and is taught the BCUIC staff will make your transition a will be awarded a Master’s degree from by Birmingham City University. smooth one. Birmingham City University. English language First Year Degree Pre-Master’s English language is a full-time course The First Year Degree is Stage 2 of the The Pre-Master’s programme is Stage 1 of specifically designed for international students undergraduate pathway. You will experience the postgraduate pathway. It is one, two or who need to improve their level of English the first-year curriculum of Birmingham three semesters long, depending on your before starting undergraduate or postgraduate City University, but with smaller class sizes chosen pathway. It has been designed to academic studies. The course suits students and extra academic contact hours. The prepare international students who have with different levels of English competence teaching and learning experience will enable not qualified for direct entry to Birmingham and is offered by Birmingham City University’s you to fully develop your knowledge and City University’s Master’s degrees. Centre for Academic Success.
9 OVERVIEW Your student life on campus BCUIC is committed to helping you achieve your goals for you. The University offers a wide range of recreational and sport facilities by providing many support services. As a BCUIC student, that you can use, including a gym, you will have access to a variety of BCUIC and Birmingham playing fields and sports halls. City University services. Being part of sports and cultural societies while you are at Birmingham City University will open up many social and career Services available at BCUIC • registration with BCUIC opportunities for you. We encourage our students to participate in such activities BCUIC encourages you to use the support • registration with Birmingham as much as possible. services available and contact our friendly City University staff at BCUIC for advice and assistance • social activities when you need it. • student welfare Once enrolled, all BCUIC students will • study skills training also have immediate access to the BCUIC • English language support online student portal, which houses all BCUIC timetable and academic information • academic performance as well as extracurricular information monitoring, including the from the Students’ Union, and the BCUIC Students in Jeopardy programme support services and academic teams. • assignment help The student support team is responsible • attendance monitoring for providing: • disability support • an airport pick-up service (on request) • learning support. • enrolment • orientation programmes to familiarise Activities at BCUIC you with the college, the university If you are interested in getting involved and the city of Birmingham in sports and societies, Birmingham City University is the perfect university
10 BCUIC Your pathway to BIRMINGHAM CITY UNIVERSITY 2015/16 Your life in Birmingham: a great place to live Birmingham is the second–largest city in the United Kingdom, with an area of 80 square miles and a population of over a million people, including more than 65,000 students. It is a vibrant, multicultural city where people enjoy living, studying, working and playing. Where is Birmingham? Here are just some of the many things Birmingham is located in the centre of the to do and see in and around Birmingham: • Visit Cadbury World and live out Birmingham West Midlands region of England. The city is at the centre of England and at the hub of all of your chocoholic dreams. its transport network, making it a great base • Visit Shakespeare’s birthplace in from which to explore the UK and mainland nearby Stratford–upon–Avon. Europe. London is only one and a half hours • Enjoy the peaceful surroundings away by train. Birmingham Airport, just 30 and beautiful plant life at minutes by taxi from the Bournville campus, Birmingham Botanical Gardens. offers direct ﬂights to the USA, North Africa, • Visit the Jewellery Quarter where Dubai and European destinations with • Shop till you drop in the Bullring and The Mailbox. some of the most innovative connections worldwide via Amsterdam, jewellery in Europe is made. Frankfurt and Istanbul. • Check out the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra at Symphony Hall. • Enjoy London’s West End shows when they come to Birmingham’s theatres. Things to do • Take a ride on the canal boats at Gas Street and Brindleyplace. • Go wild at Alton Towers theme park. Birmingham is a European centre for retail, commerce and culture, with a proud heritage • Watch a football match — Birmingham • Gaze at the aquatic life in and modern outlook. The city offers excellent is home to three top football the Sealife Centre. entertainment for all tastes, with a range teams: Aston Villa, Birmingham • Enjoy a world-famous balti. of leading theatres, museums, art galleries City and West Bromwich Albion. • Visit the Thinktank science and music venues. It is also home to one of • Wander around art galleries such museum at Millennium Point to Europe’s largest city centre shopping malls, as Ikon and the Birmingham be amazed and educated. The Bullring, with over 160 shops including Museum and Art Gallery. • Relax in one of Birmingham’s many parks. Selfridges, Apple and Top Shop. Climate FAST FACTS Birmingham experiences a climate similar to almost all of the United Kingdom, classified as a temperate maritime climate, with average maximum temperatures in summer (July) reaching around 21.5 °C (70.7 °F); and in winter (January) around 6.5 °C (43.7 °F). Population 1,074,000 County West Midlands Average daily Currency UK Sterling (£) Season Period temperature Time zone UTC/GMT Winter December to February 5˚C to 9˚C Electricity 230 V Spring March to May 6˚C to 18˚C Language English Summer June to August 13˚C to 23˚C Autumn September to November 8˚C to 15˚C
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12 BCUIC Your pathway to BIRMINGHAM CITY UNIVERSITY 2015/16 Undergraduate pathways at Birmingham City University There are many advantages of undertaking BCUIC undergraduate pathways. They include a seamless transition from high school to university. While the initial stages of your university life support, English language assistance are the most important, often this is when and unparalleled personalised attention. many students feel anxious and homesick. The extra academic contact hours will allow you to fully develop your knowledge We understand this and have put processes and understanding of each module. You in place to ease the transition from will also be studying in small groups, high school to university-level studies. which will give you an unmatched BCUIC also offers you additional study level of access to your teachers. Pathways Duration Intakes Structure Assessment University One, two or three semesters September, January The two-semester programme normally Assessment for most modules Foundation (depending on subject area and and May comprises four or five modules each semester, is continuous, and consists of (Stage 1) level of prior studies) combining academic studies in your subject examinations, assignments and area with skills modules. Each module is tailored case study analysis. towards your chosen undergraduate degree. The three-semester extended Art and Design Foundation comprises an extra four modules. First Year Two semesters September and January You will normally undertake four or five modules Assessment for most modules Degree (the January intake is only each semester, which mirror the curriculum is continuous, and consists of (Stage 2) available for Accountancy, taught at Birmingham City University. Current examinations, assignments and Business, Economics and or former academic staff from Birmingham case study analysis. Marketing pathways) City University often teach these modules. You will receive extra support through tutorials and individual consultations with teachers, as well as access to computer laboratories. Second Year Two semesters September You will undertake four to five modules each Assessment is via a mix of course Degree semester to further study the key areas within work, examinations, essays and (Stage 3) your degree. You will receive extra support other written assignments. Course through tutorials, individual consultations with work may include problem-solving teachers, English language assistance and activities, consultancy projects, access to computer laboratories. presentations, business simulations and individual and group reports. Final Year Two semesters September You will undertake four to five modules each Assessment is via a mix of Degree semester to further study the key areas within examinations, assignments, (Stage 4) your degree. For some degrees, you will be able group projects and presentations, to specialise in, or concentrate on, a particular practical and laboratory work stream within a subject area. You will receive extra (for science-based degrees) support through tutorials, individual consultation and a final dissertation. with academic staff, English language assistance and access to computer laboratories.
13 PROGRAMMES Undergraduate pathways available at Birmingham City University Stage BCUIC undergraduate pathway Duration Intakes 1 University Foundation in Accountancy, Business and Marketing One semester September, January, May 1 University Foundation in Accountancy, Business and Marketing Two semesters September, January, May 1 University Foundation in Architecture, Art and Design Two semesters September, January 1 University Foundation in Architecture, Art and Design (Extended) Three semesters September, May 1 University Foundation in Built Environment Studies Two semesters September, January 1 University Foundation in Economics and Finance One semester September, January, May 1 University Foundation in Economics and Finance Two semesters September, January 1 University Foundation in Engineering Two semesters September, January 1 University Foundation in Law Two semesters September, January 1 University Foundation in Technology Two semesters September, January 2 First Year Degree Accountancy, Business and Marketing Two semesters September, January 2 First Year Degree in Built Environment Studies Two semesters September 2 First Year Degree in Economics and Finance Two semesters September, January 2 First Year Degree in Engineering Two semesters September 2 First Year Degree in Technology Two semesters September Undergraduate degrees available to BCUIC students Accountancy and Finance Built Environment Studies Law • BA (Hons) Accountancy • BSc (Hons) Architectural Technology • LLB (Hons) Law • BA (Hons) Accounting and Finance • BSc (Hons) Building Surveying • LLB (Hons) Law with • BSc (Hons) Construction Management American Legal Studies Architecture, Art and Design • LLB (Hons) Law with Business Law • BSc (Hons) Quantity Surveying • BA (Hons) Architecture • LLB (Hons) Law with Criminology • BSc (Hons) Real Estate • BA (Hons) Art and Design Business Marketing • BA (Hons) Fashion Business and Promotion • BA (Hons) Accountancy and Business • BA (Hons) Marketing • BA (Hons) Fashion Design • BA (Hons) Business • BA (Hons) Marketing, Advertising and PR • BA (Hons) Fine Art • BA (Hons) Business and Economics Technology • BA (Hons) Furniture and • BA (Hons) Business and Finance • BSc (Hons) Business Lifestyle Products • BA (Hons) Business and HRM Information Technology • BA (Hons) Horology • BA (Hons) Business and Management • BSc (Hons) Computer Games Technology • BA (Hons) Interior Design • BA (Hons) Business and Marketing • BSc (Hons) Computer Networks • BA (Hons) Jewellery Design • BSc (Hons) Computer Networks and Related Products Economics and Finance and Security • BA (Hons) Product Design • BA (Hons) Economics and Finance • BSc (Hons) Computer Science • BA (Hons) Textile Design Engineering • BSc (Hons) Digital Media Technology • BA (Hons) Theatre, Performance • BEng (Hons) Automotive Engineering • BSc (Hons) Film Production Technology and Event Design • BEng (Hons) Electronic Engineering • BSc (Hons) Film Technology and • BA (Hons) Visual Communication (Electrical Engineering pathway) Visual Effects • BA (Hons) 3D Designer Maker • BEng (Hons) Electronic Engineering • BSc (Hons) Forensic Computing (Microelectronics pathway) • BSc (Hons) Information and • BEng (Hons) Electronic Engineering Communications Technology (Telecommunications pathway) • BSc (Hons) Motorsports Technology • BEng (Hons) Mechanical Engineering • BSc (Hons) Sound Engineering and Production
14 BCUIC Your pathway to BIRMINGHAM CITY UNIVERSITY 2015/16 Choose your undergraduate course Accountancy, Business and Marketing Modules Stage 4: Final Year Degree Birmingham City Business School is one of • Accounting and Finance§ the UK’s most respected business schools. • Business Economics and Law ‡ Location It enjoys close and collaborative links with • Business Fundamentals † Birmingham City University industry; your course reflects real business • Creative Concepts † challenges so it’s recognised and valued Course fee • Design in Marketing† by employers. £11,500 • Economic Environment § Employment and career options • Fundamentals of Financial Accounting‡ Successful completion of this pathway Potential careers in: accountancy, actuarial • Fundamentals of Management Accounting‡ leads to the award of one of the following, work, advertising, banking, finance, government • Interactive Learning Skills and Communication from Birmingham City University: policy development, government work, HRM, (all pathways) • BA (Hons) Accountancy insurance, manufacturing, PR, public sector • Managing People, Organisation and Self § • BA (Hons) Accountancy and Business management, retail management. • Marketing Fundamentals † • BA (Hons) Accounting and Finance • New Venture Creation§ • BA (Hons) Business Average starting salaries • Professional and Financial Skills ‡ • BA (Hons) Business and Economics According to The Complete University Guide • Service Design† • BA (Hons) Business and Finance 2014, average graduate starting salaries are: • Understanding Consumer Behaviour† • BA (Hons) Business and HRM Accounting and Finance: £21,383 • BA (Hons) Business and Management Business Studies: £22,103 Stage 3: Second Year Degree • BA (Hons) Business and Marketing Location • BA (Hons) Marketing, Advertising and PR • BA (Hons) Marketing Apply business theory to the working world, see Birmingham City University examples from industry that bring theory to life, Course fee learn to impress employers and see whether you * One semester variant £11,500 have what it takes to build a business and become † Marketing an employer yourself. ‡ Accountancy § Business Stage 1: University Foundation Location BCUIC at Birmingham City University Intakes September, January and May Duration One or two semesters Course fee £7,670 (one semester) £11,070 (two semesters) Modules • Accounting* • Business Management • Business Mathematics* • Business Studies* • Economics • Globalisation • Interactive Learning Skills and Communication* • Marketing/HRM (Business and Marketing pathway only)* • Statistics (Accounting pathway only) Stage 2: First Year Degree Location BCUIC at Birmingham City University Intakes September and January Duration Two semesters Course fee £11,275
15 PROGRAMMES Architecture, Art and Design Course fee: Stage 3: Second Year Degree Highly flexible and practical, the courses £11,070 (Two semesters) allow you the freedom to explore a range of Location £15,200 (Three semesters) art and design practices and to find your own Birmingham City University creative strength and inspiration. Innovative Modules structure and a broad staff team means it’s • Creative Workshop* Course fee easy to change direction, or explore new • Critical Thinking* £11,500 ideas, media or ways of working. • Extended Media Experimentation Employment and career options • Information Research, Recording Stage 4: Final Year Degree and Responding In Art and Design Potential careers in: architecture, art Location • Interactive Learning Skills and design, fashion design, fashion retail and Communication* Birmingham City University management, interior design, interior products • Interactive Learning Skills and Communication design, jewellery design, performance and Course fee and Preparation and Progression in Art and event design, product design, textile design, Design with recommended changes £11,500 theatre, watchmaking. • Knowledge and Understanding Of Creative Practice In Art and Design Successful completion of this pathway Average starting salaries leads to the award of one of the following, • Mass Communication* According to The Complete University from Birmingham City University: • Media Experimentation In Art and Design Guide 2014, average graduate starting • Personal Combined Experimental • BA (Hons) Architecture salaries are: Studies In Art and Design • BA (Hons) Art and Design Architecture: £19,320 • BA (Hons) Fashion Design Art and Design: £17,635 Stage 2: First Year Degree • BA (Hons) Fashion Business and Promotion • BA (Hons) Fine Art Location • BA (Hons) Furniture and Lifestyle Products The Times Good University Guide 2013 ranks our Birmingham City University • BA (Hons) Horology Art and Design research in the UK’s top 10 — the • BA (Hons) Interior Design Intake highest-ranked institution outside London. • BA (Hons) Jewellery Design and Related Products September • BA (Hons) Product Design Stage 1: University Foundation Duration • BA (Hons) Textile Design Location Two semesters • BA (Hons) Theatre, Performance and Event Design BCUIC at Birmingham City University • BA (Hons) Visual Communication Course fee • BA (Hons) 3D Designer Maker Intakes £11,500 September, January and May * Additional four modules in the three Duration semester programme. Two or three semesters (depending on Students on the Architecture Pathway require qualifications upon entry) 60 per cent in relevant modules to progress to the main degree course.
16 BCUIC Your pathway to BIRMINGHAM CITY UNIVERSITY 2015/16 Choose your undergraduate course (continued) Built Environment Studies Stage 1: University Foundation Duration Learn from staff whose practical experience of Two semesters the industry offers clarity and contemporary Location relevance. The course creates graduates with BCUIC at Birmingham City University Course fee a breadth of technical skills and business £11,275 awareness; you’ll be a valued member of any Intakes September and January large or small design/construction practice, Stage 3: Second Year Degree or a confident and credible sole practitioner Duration or partner in a construction/design-related Location Two semesters field. Courses equip you with a working Birmingham City University knowledge of sustainable development. Course fee Course fee £11,070 Employment and career options £11,500 Potential careers in: architectural engineering, Modules city development planning, construction, • Interactive Learning Skills and Communication Stage 4: Final Year Degree consultancy, environmental management, • Numerical Techniques 1 town planning. • Physics 1 Location • ICT skills Birmingham City University Average starting salaries • Numerical Techniques 2 Course fee According to The Complete University Guide • Design Concepts 2014, average graduate starting salaries are: £11,500 • Programming Techniques Architecture: £19,320 • Business Studies Successful completion of this pathway Building: £21,864 leads to the award of one of the following, Town and Country Planning and Stage 2: First Year Degree from Birmingham City University: Landscape: £20,606 • BSc (Hons) Architectural Technology Location • BSc (Hons) Building Surveying BCUIC at Birmingham City University • BSc (Hons) Construction Management Intake • BSc (Hons) Quantity Surveying September • BSc (Hons) Real Estate
17 PROGRAMMES Economics and Finance Finance Stage 2: First Year Degree By aligning these two key areas of global The Finance pathway is designed to provide an in– importance and controversy, this course Location depth understanding of the principles and practice offers an enlightening, forward-looking BCUIC at Birmingham City University of finance, together with a foundation of business and practical investigation into economics knowledge and personal transferable skills. Intakes and finance and explores the sustainable business models of the future. The programme develops the intellectual September and January knowledge and technical skills necessary to Employment and career options Duration ensure that, as you enter the profession, you Potential careers in: accounting, finance, can cope with new developments and business Two semesters government policy development, change, and be able to bring critical and analytical Course fee manufacturing, public sector management, problem-solving skills to contemporary challenges. £11,275 retail management. Modules Average starting salaries Stage 1: University Foundation • Accounting and Finance According to The Complete University Location • Economic Environment Guide 2014, average graduate starting • Interactive Learning Skills and Communication BCUIC at Birmingham City University salaries are: • Managing People, Organisation and Self Accounting and Finance: £21,383 Intakes • Marketing Fundamentals Economics: £26,940 September, January and May • New Venture Creation Duration One or two semesters Stage 3: Second Year Degree Economics Course fee Location The economic standpoint is crucial in any issue £11,070 Birmingham City University which involves deciding the allocation of scarce resources, or the improvement of the well– Modules Course fee being of an individual or society. This pathway is • Accounting £11,500 designed to provide an in-depth understanding of • Business Management the principles of economics and their application • Business Mathematics Stage 4: Final Year Degree in problem-solving for a wide variety of business, • Business Studies social, and political issues. • Economics Location The study of economics provides a strong • Globalisation Birmingham City University intellectual and practical background to business • Interactive Learning Skills and Communication Course fee strategy, behaviour, and performance, as well as • Statistics £11,500 developing key personal transferable skills. Successful completion of this pathway leads to the following award, from Birmingham City University: • BA (Hons) Economics and Finance
18 BCUIC Your pathway to BIRMINGHAM CITY UNIVERSITY 2015/16 Choose your undergraduate course (continued) Engineering Intakes Course fee Alongside practical, technical ability, September and January £12,600 you’ll be able to put adaptability, creativity, problem solving and logical reasoning Duration on an employer’s table. The course will Two semesters Stage 3: Second Year Degree educate you in technologies and engineering Course fee Location and equip you with the technical skills to Birmingham City University £12,600 contribute to the workplace as well as to the wider industry. Modules Course fee • Design Concepts £11,800 Employment and career options • ICT skills Potential careers in: automotive engineering, construction, manufacturing, systems • Interactive Learning Skills and Communication Stage 4: Final Year Degree • Numerical Techniques 1 consultancy, telecommunications engineering. Location • Numerical Techniques 2 Average starting salaries Birmingham City University • Physics 1 According to The Complete University Guide • Physics 2 Course fee 2014, average graduate starting salaries are: • Programming Techniques £11,800 Engineering: £26,294 Successful completion of this pathway Stage 2: First Year Degree leads to the award of one of the following, Location from Birmingham City University: The University’s close links to industry allow you to become involved in the latest research or make BCUIC at Birmingham City University • BEng (Hons) Automotive Engineering a real contribution to business. Intake • BEng (Hons) Electronic Engineering (Electrical Engineering Pathway) September Stage 1: University Foundation • BEng (Hons) Electronic Engineering Duration (Microelectronics Pathway) Location • BEng (Hons) Electronic Engineering Two semesters BCUIC at Birmingham City University (Telecommunications Pathway) • BEng (Hons) Mechanical Engineering Law the Solicitors Regulation Authority and Bar Duration Our LLB course is renowned both nationally Standards Board of England and Wales. The LLB Two semesters and internationally for its originality and at Birmingham City University is one of the select innovative quality. Academically rigorous, our numbers of UK universities whose LLB is recognised Course fee LLB will expose you to a practical real–world by the Bar Council in India. £11,500 application of the law. We will develop your problem solving, research and personal skills, Stage 1: University Foundation Stage 3: Second Year Degree equipping you with the academic knowledge and key transferable skills embedded into Location Location the LLB programme that are in demand BCUIC at Birmingham City University Birmingham City University by employers. Course fee Intakes Employment and career options September and January £11,500 Potential careers: barrister, Duration legal advisor, solicitor. Stage 4: Final Year Degree Two semesters Average starting salaries Location Course fee According to The Complete University Guide Birmingham City University 2014, average graduate starting salaries are: £11,070 Course fee Law: £19,629 Modules £11,500 • Interactive Learning Skills and Communication • Legal Foundations Successful completion of this pathway The School of Law is home to two mock law courts • Mass Communications leads to the award of one of the following, and our Student Mooting Society is considered as • Globalisation from Birmingham City University: one of the best in England and Wales. • Introduction to English Legal System • LLB (Hons) Law The School’s Centre for American Legal Studies • Criminal Law • LLB (Hons) Law with American Legal Studies operates the UK’s largest student internship • Constitutional Law • LLB (Hons) Law with Business Law programme to the USA — and has placed over • Contract Law • LLB (Hons) Law with Criminology 500 students in Federal and State Public Defender offices, private attorney offices, American Stage 2: First Year Degree Please be aware that some of the Law modules University Law Schools, and law projects. The contain sensitive information and by signing your School regularly welcomes visiting speakers from Location acceptance form you have indicated an agreement the profession; eminent guests. An opportunity to Birmingham City University and acknowledgement. study for a year at our partner college in Singapore Intake — it is the first LLB in Singapore to be accredited by September the Joint Academic Stage Board, which represents
19 PROGRAMMES Technology Alongside practical, technical ability, Stage 1: University Foundation Stage 3: Second Year Degree you’ll be able to put adaptability, creativity, Location Location problem solving and logical reasoning Birmingham City University BCUIC at Birmingham City University on an employer’s table. The course will educate you in modern technologies Intakes Course fee and equip you with the technical skills September and January £11,500 to contribute to the workplace as well Duration as to the wider industry. Stage 4: Final Year Degree Two semesters Employment and career options Location Course fee Potential careers in: business analysis, film Birmingham City University production, forensics, games development, £11,070 Course fee internet systems development, IT consultancy, Modules motorsports, project management, £11,500 • Business Studies security systems, software development, • Design Concepts Successful completion of this pathway sound engineering. • ICT skills leads to the award of one of the following, Average starting salaries • Interactive Learning Skills and Communication from Birmingham City University: According to The Complete University • Numerical Techniques 1 • BSc (Hons) Business Information Technology Guide 2014, average graduate starting • Numerical Techniques 2 • BSc (Hons) Computer Games Technology salaries are: • Physics 1 • BSc (Hons) Computer Networks • Programming Techniques • BSc (Hons) Computer Networks and Security Communication and Media Studies: £17,930 Computer Science: £22,793 • BSc (Hons) Computer Science Stage 2: First Year Degree • BSc (Hons) Digital Media Technology • BSc (Hons) Film Production Technology Location The University’s close links to industry allow • BSc (Hons) Film Technology and Visual Effects BCUIC at Birmingham City University • BSc (Hons) Forensic Computing you to become involved in the latest research or make a real contribution to business. Intake • BSc (Hons) Information and September Communications Technology • BSc (Hons) Motorsports Technology Duration • BSc (Hons) Sound Engineering and Production Two semesters Course fee £12,600 Note: Fees may change on an annual basis. Current fees are listed at bcu.ac.uk/bcuic.
20 BCUIC Your pathway to BIRMINGHAM CITY UNIVERSITY 2015/16 Postgraduate pathways at Birmingham City University The BCUIC postgraduate pathway is • have been away from studies • help you develop your intellectual designed for students who: for a period of time. and practical skills building to a set • require additional English language training of transferable skills that will support The Pre-Master’s programme will: you in your onward academic studies/ • come from an academic background • help you develop fundamental knowledge careers and decision-making different to that of the UK and do not and an understanding of the basic meet university direct entry requirements • ensure you have attained the principles relevant to your particular degree prescribed level of interdisciplinary • are looking to fine–tune skills already • help you develop numerical techniques, language competence. gained during their undergraduate research methodologies and ICT, studies or employment presentation and communication skills Pathways Duration Intakes Structure Assessment Pre-Master’s One, two or three September, While at BCUIC, you will study a series of modules that will Assessment for most modules (Stage 1) semesters (depending January, March prepare you for a seamless progression to Stage 2 of your is continuous, and consists of on your subject area and and June chosen taught Master’s degree. All modules include core examinations, assignments and case level of prior studies) academic skills relevant to postgraduate degree study. study analysis. Master’s 12 or 18 months September and During the Master’s (Stage 2) programme, you will build on Modules will be assessed through (Stage 2) depending on January (certain what you have learned during the Pre-Master’s programme examinations, assignments, essays or chosen pathway Master’s only) and extend your professional understanding about your area seminar performance. Assessment may of study. A course work Master’s degree usually consists of also include individual or group projects a series of specialist modules in structured class, seminar and presentations. For most Master’s or tutorial formats. A short research thesis component degrees, preparing and submitting a may be included and this prepares you for what is required major project or dissertation will form for a research Master’s degree. However, most course a large part of the assessment and work Master’s degrees will have a final major project or final grade. dissertation component. Postgraduate pathways available at Birmingham City University Stage Postgraduate pathway Duration Intakes 1 Pre–Master’s in Art and Design Two semesters September and January 1 Pre–Master’s in Art and Design (Extended) Three semesters September and June 1 Pre–Master’s in Business One semester September, March and June 1 Pre–Master’s in Business (Extended) Two semesters September, January and June 1 Pre–Master’s in Law One semester September, March and June 1 Pre–Master’s in Law (Extended) Two semesters September, January and June 1 Pre–Master’s in Management One Semester September, March and June 1 Pre–Master’s in Management (Extended) Two semesters September, January and June 1 Pre–Master’s in Media Two semesters September and January
21 PROGRAMMES Postgraduate degrees available to BCUIC students Art and Design Business • MA Luxury Product Management • MA Art and Design • MBA International • MSc Oil and Gas Management • MA Arts and Education (no previous work experience required) • MA Textile Management • MA Arts and Project Management • MSc Management and Finance • MSc Management and Media • MA Arts Practice and Education International Business • MA Creative Industries and • MA Contemporary Curatorial Practice • MSc Management and Marketing Cultural Policy • MA Design and Visualisation • MA Event and Exhibition Management • MA Design Management Law • MA International Journalism • MA Fashion Accessory Design • LLM International Business Law • MA Music Heritage • MA Fashion Design • LLM International Human Rights • MA Music Industries • MA Fashion Promotion • MA Social Media • MA Fashion Styling Management • MA Fine Art • MSc Data Analytics and Management • MA History of Art and Design • MA Design Innovation Management • MA Interior Design • MA Fashion Management • MA Media Arts Philosophy Practice • MA Fashion Media Management • MA Product Design • MA Fashion Retail Management • MA Queer Studies in Arts and Culture • MA Global Education Management • MA Surface Design • MA Global Media Management • MA Textile Design • MA Global Media Management • MA Visual Communication (Advertising Industry) • MA Zero Carbon Architecture • MA Global Media Management and Retrofit Design (The Music Business) • MA Global Media Management (The News Business) • MA Luxury Brand Management • MA Luxury Jewellery Management
22 BCUIC Your pathway to BIRMINGHAM CITY UNIVERSITY 2015/16 Choose your postgraduate course Art and Design Stage 1: Pre-Master’s Duration The Faculty of Arts Design and Media (FADM Two semesters and formerly BIAD) is one of the most Location established, largest and most significant Course fee BCUIC at Birmingham City University centres for art, design and architecture £11,500 education in the world. Intakes Successful completion of this pathway Employment and career options September, January and June leads to the award of one of the following, Potential careers in: 3D design, arts, fashion Duration from Birmingham City University: design, fashion retail management, interior Two or three semesters • MA Art and Design design, interior products design, jewellery (depending on academic background) • MA Arts and Education design, performance, textiles, visual • MA Arts and Project Management Course fee communications. • MA Media Arts Philosophy Practice £10,550 (two semesters) Average starting salaries • MA Arts Practice and Education £15,200 (three semesters) According to The Complete University Guide • MA Contemporary Curatorial Practice Modules • MA Design Management 2014, average graduate starting salaries are: • Creative Practice (three semesters only) • MA Design and Visualisation Art and Design: £17,635 • Critical Thinking for Postgraduate Study • MA Fashion Accessory Design • Interactive Learning Skills and Communication • MA Fashion Design • Research Methods for Postgraduate Study • MA Fashion Promotion FADM has an excellent reputation for working • Final Project • MA Fashion Styling with business. We are one of the leading • MA Fine Art providers of design–related Knowledge Transfer Partnerships nationally and one of Stage 2: Master’s Degree • MA History of Art and Design • MA Interior Design the UK’s largest and most important centres Location • MA Product Design for art, architecture and design education. Birmingham City University • MA Queer Studies in Arts and Culture Intake • MA Surface Design • MA Textile Design September • MA Visual Communication • MA Zero Carbon Architecture and Retrofit Design Business Stage 1: Pre-Master’s Course fee Birmingham City Business School is one of MBA International the UK’s most established, respected and Location £14,000 (18 months) largest Business Schools. It enjoys close and BCUIC at Birmingham City University £14,000 (12 months) collaborative links with industry; your course reflects real business challenges so it’s Intakes MSc Management and Finance recognised and valued by employers. September, January, March and June £11,100 (15 months) £11,500 (12 months) Employment and career options Duration MSc Management and International Business Potential careers in: accountancy, actuarial One or two semesters £11,500 (18 months) work, advertising, banking, finance, government (depending on academic background) £11,500 (15 months) policy development, government work, HRM, Course fee £11,500 (12 months) insurance, manufacturing, PR, public sector £7,875 (one semester) management, retail management. MSc Management and Marketing £10,550 (two semesters) (September start date only) Average starting salaries Modules £11,500 (12 months) According to The Complete University Guide • Business and Economics † 2014, average graduate starting salaries are: Successful completion of this pathway • Critical Thinking for Postgraduate Study leads to the award of one of the following, Business Studies: £22,103 • ICT Skills for Postgraduate Study † from Birmingham City University: • Interactive Learning Skills and Communication • MBA International (no previous work • Management† experience required) Apply business theory to the working world, see • Research Methods for Postgraduate Study • MSc Management and Finance examples from industry that bring theory to life, learn to impress employers and see whether you • MSc Management and International Business Stage 2: Master’s Degree • MSc Management and Marketing have what it takes to build a business and become Location (September BCU intake only) an employer yourself. Birmingham City University Local companies respect, and often recruit, Birmingham City Business School’s graduates. Intakes Birmingham City Business School is home to September and January around 3,000 students from over 80 countries, Duration so you have a whole world of experiences, business and social, on your doorstep. Two semesters
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