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Studying at Birmingham City University
Birmingham City University is one of the largest universities in the country with around 25000 students and is the second biggest in the city itself. One of the main focuses of Birmingham City University is getting students ready for employment including a large focus on careers supported by the careers service.
The University is spread out throughout the city and buildings host a variety of courses, from Performance, Media and English, Law and Social Sciences, the Conservatoire, to Engineering and the Environment and the Faculty of Technology. All the faculties are equipped with state of the art technology including at the Seacole building which hosts a virtual hospital, simulation dummies and a mock operating theatre, the first to be built in the UK. There is also an I.T training centre and an up to date sports centre including fitness suite and fitness classes.
There are seven different halls of residence spread throughout the city located near to particular faculties. The University aims to house those in particular faculties in the relevant halls of residence although this is not guaranteed. Accommodation ranges from self-contained flats to specially fitted rooms for those with specific requirements.
Birmingham City University has been recognised as a ‘centre of excellence in television and interactive media’ and also as a ‘centre of excellence in teaching and learning’ for Health and Social Care. The University was also awarded the highest mark in Ofsted for the training it provides for primary and secondary teacher training.
Living in Birmingham, students will find a vibrant and lively city with people from all over the world finding their home there. Outside of London, Birmingham hosts the largest number of students from the three Birmingham universities. The city has multiple theatres including the Hippodrome which regularly hosts large productions and musicals, the Midlands Arts Centre which regularly shows films and holds events and exhibitions and the Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery, holding huge collections of art. All within easy access are the O2 Academy and Jools Hollands Jam House for music nights out as well as the Conservatoire and the Symphony Hall. Birmingham also has plenty of small and large clubs on offer for evening entertainment as well as an eclectic mix of places to eat out from all over the world. More than £550 million was also spent on the Bullring Shopping Centre which holds over 160 shops for all tastes and preferences, from budget to designer, including Selfridges.
CoursesAcademic studies in educationAccountingArchitectureAural & oral sciencesBuildingBusiness studiesCinematics & photographyComputer scienceCreative arts & designCreative writingDesignDramaEconomicsElectronic & electrical engineeringEnglish studiesFinanceFine artForensic & archaeological scienceHuman resource managementInitial teacher trainingLandscape designLawManagementMarketingMaterials engineeringMechanical, production & manufacturing engineeringMedia studiesMedical technologyMedicineMusicNursingNutritionPlanning (urban, rural & regional)PsychologySocial policySocial workSociology
Read Birmingham City University Reviews
Without a doubt the most vile institution in the U.K. They said I could still achieve a BA degree without the Honors as I was falling short of the mark, mainly due to the negligence of support I was given during that time which by the way I was entitled to because I suffer with Asperger Syndrome but that wasn't good enough from their point of view. So now I'm boxed in all Summer moving heaven and earth trying to get everything done on my own without any help and surprise, surprise I failed. In all honesty I knew it was going to happen so I wasn't at all surprised but then I learned that the whole being able to achieve a standard BA was a bunch of bull l, so I left empty handed. All those years of hard work flushed down the crapper. Anyone who's thinking of applying here, take it from me. DO NOT. They are most evil, amoral people (dare I call them that) on the face of this country, you may as well be joining the Taliban if you join up with these people.
Overall I regret choosing this university. Since the campuses now share a common space (they are moving everything to Millennium Point area) there's no additional parking, no additional transport, and the canteens are busier (and more expensive) than ever before. Course content: generally poor value. Tutors do their best in the convoluted and restrictive framework to which they work in. Courses are shortened/deadlines extended/assessment criteria changed/etc at the drop of a hat. Lecturers are either (a) so sedentary they're complacent and just do the bare minimum, (b) blag their way through the lecture they were given just this morning to deliver, or (c) recognise the failings of everyone else so work twice as hard as a result, in the quest to give the students some actual value. Student engagement has plummeted since 2014, which is when I started. Staff turnover is quite high (see above!) so consistency is absent. Complaints about couse content get ignored.
Don't let the fancy new buildings fool you. If you have any mental issues or are an international student, AVOID AT ALL COST! Also, the lecturers are unprofessional and really have no idea what they were talking about.
Spent £63 million on a brand new campus which is excellent but they have neglected students needs in the meantime in terms of teaching due to the change over and teachers having to learn new things. Could have made a bigger library as there is never any room unless you get there at 8am for a seat and sit there all day.
I attended the conservatoire which when through a lot of changes whilst I was there. What didn't change was the lack of facilities, based on the plans for the new building the same over crowding issues will exist. There simply aren't enough practice rooms. The teaching is mostly good. Feedback for performances can be somewhat subjective. There are too many orchestral projects to distract from personal practice and improvement.
Personally I am not supprised that this uni has dropped so much on the league tables. I would not recommend Birmingham City university for anyone wanting to do the Economics and Finance degree. The reason being the level and quantity of teaching is very lacking. During my second year of uni teaching hours were only 8 hours per week where as other uni's which offer very similar courses such as Coventry uni's 'financial economics' degree had double the teaching hours if not more. During the entire year we felt like BCU were trying to get away with the bare minimum of teaching hours and what was actually taught. Personally I don't believe it should even be called a BA, more a foundation degre due to the lack of mathematical modules or even Econmetrics, a very important component of Economics, that's right a finance degree with little maths, something that would quite badly affect post graduate prospects, I would personally recommend doing this course elsewhere
Poor tutoring from lazy or stubborn individuals. Not near enough computers available to use at the university. Car park is not big enough and the price went from £1 per day to £2, costing students even more money that they can't afford.
Shambles. Joke modules which were easier than gcse. Yet when you tell lectures that they don't like it and somehow your grades drop and when you ask why they can't provide any feedback! Corrupt bastards. Email proof I have as well.
BCU provides a lot of experiences for all students. The nightlife is amazing as there is somewhere for everyone, depending on varying music tastes. The uni is full of friendly, enthusiastic lectures and staff who do their best to get the best out of their students!
millennium point university is a brilliant modern uni and my course fashion business and promotion is a brilliant course lots of opportunities. But it would be a lot better if it was a campus university and the student union actually had nights out which people wants to go to.