University College Birmingham

About University College Birmingham

The University College Birmingham (UCB) is situated in the heart of the second largest city in the United Kingdom. It originated as a technical college in the early twentieth century and was granted full degree awarding power in 2007.

UCB's high-quality and affordable programs attract more than 7,500 students, including around 1,100 international students from 65 countries. University College Birmingham is Europe's leading specialist in management courses for hospitality, tourism, aviation, business, education, culinary arts, sport and a wide range of health-related courses delivered within its four core disciplines.

The majority of courses are accredited by the University of Birmingham, one of the world's leading higher education institutions. In addition to its accreditation by the University of Birmingham, UCB is affiliated with a variety of professional bodies such as the Chartered Institute of Marketing (CIM) and the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA).

University College Birmingham has close links with business, inspiring students to make progress in the future. It has close relationships with local national and global organizations and professionals, ensuring that students have the skills and qualifications to job opportunities.

UCB holds the Erasmus University Charter, which allows the students to obtain a grant to study for three to 12 months at one of the partner universities in the European Union. International programs of study include partner universities in Australia, China, Malaysia, Thailand and the United States.


University College Birmingham consists of four campuses: Summer Row, McIntyre House, Richmond House and Moss House. All campuses are within walking distance of each other in the center of the city centre.

Facilities in Campus

  • Seminar and private meeting rooms
  • UCB’s award-winning training restaurants,
  • Industry standard kitchens, 
  • Specialist makeup studios 
  • Health Hub, 
  • strength and conditioning suite 
  • replica trading room for finance students
  • Health Hub simulation suite with a six-bed hospital ward.
  • relaxing ‘living room’

Location Specialities

Birmingham is the biggest city in the UK outside of London. It is one of the most culturally and ethnically diverse regions of the country. With its central location, excellent road and rail links, it is the ideal place to travel to other cities.


Accommodation for more than 1,000 students are availabl in the university-owned halls of residence.

The two main residence halls, The Maltings, in the center of town, are about 15 minutes' walk from the university and The Cambrian Hall is just 150 meters from the largest Summer Row campus.

Teaching Quality

The reputation for teaching has been recognised with a Silver rating in the Teaching Excellence Framework. 

Academic Divisions

  • The Business School
  • College of Food
  • School of Education, Health and Community
  • School of Sport and Creative Services

Study Options

  •  Hospitality and the culinary arts, 
  • Hairdressing and beauty,
  • Tourism, 
  • Business enterprise, 
  • Marketing, 
  • Business management, 
  • Accounting, 
  • Finance, 
  • Events management, 
  • Sports management, 
  • Sports medicine,
  •  Sports therapy 
  •  Early Years education.


  • A large number of courses are accredited by professional bodies or have been recognized for their high standards.
  • It is located in the heart of the largest city in the country.
  • University College Birmingham is highly regarded by employers and industry for offering vocational education and training.
  • Most of the courses both undergraduate and postgraduate courses are approved by the University of Birmingham.

How to Reach? Or Travel

As all the campuses are within a short walking distance of each other in the heart of the city centre, it makes easy to reach by all mode of public as well as private transport.

Birmingham City University Financial Aids/Scholarships

  • Institutional scholarships offered at Birmingham City University are only available to self-funding students and they are cannot be mixed; one aid, the one with a higher value, is allowed at a time.
  • International students at Birmingham City University are eligible for several financial aids and they are scholarships, student jobs, bursaries, discounts, and grants
  • There is prompt payment of 300 GBP that international students are eligible to when they pay their tuition in full before traveling to the United Kingdom or during enrolment there. It applies to tuition fees when scholarships, if any, have been deducted from it.
  • Some of the scholarships for international students in the UK are as follows:
    • Non-EU International Undergraduate scholarships: These are entrance scholarships awarded to self-funding international students in September 2020. It carries an amount of 2,000 GBP and it is applied towards the cost of tuition fees. Successful applicants will be chosen based on academic background. Exempted programs from this scholarship are ACCA and Conservatoire courses (Music and Theater).
    • BCU Achievement Scholarships: Awarded to graduating international undergraduate students, these scholarships have a value of 3,000 GBP and are only eligible for students graduating with a first or second class undergraduate degree. Students who are progressing into a master’s program in September of 202 or January of 2021 are eligible.
    • Non-EU International Postgraduate scholarships: Similar to its undergraduate counterpart, this scholarship has a value of 2,000 GBP and it is awarded to international students entering in September of 2020. Selection and award amount will be based on academic background and previous degree grade, and such degree needs to be the equivalent to a United Kingdom degreeExempted programs are PGCE and PCET, ACCA, Masters in Teaching and Learning/Educational Leadership (MTL/MEL) Conservatoire courses (Music and Theater), and Continuing Professional Development (CPD) courses in Health. The grades to award amounts are:
      • 2,000 GBP for a 1st-degree holder
      • 1,500 GBP for a 2:1 degree holder
      • 1,000 GBP for a 2:2 degree holder
      • 500 GBP for a 3rd-degree holder

English Language Requirements:

UG & PG:

  • IELTS – Overall score of 6.0 with no less than 5.5 in each component
  • TOEFL – 80 overall with a minimum of 17 in listening, 18 in reading, 20 in speaking and 17 in writing.
  • PTE – Overall 72, Minimums: Reading 18; Listening 17; Speaking 20; Writing 17

​​The Requirements may Defer for some Programs.​​

For further Details on Entry Requirements, Click HERE.

University College Birmingham Highlights

Institution Type Public
Student Population 25,800
FAFSA Code G12215
Application Cost 20-26 GBP for UCAS
Accreditation ACCA, CIMA, RIBA, and, many others
Average Cost of Attendance 18,086.5-27,575.5 GBP

Birmingham City University Average Tuition Fees And Other Expenses

This figure is an estimate of the basic living costs during the first nine months of studies, which covers most expenses including average tuition fees.

Items Amount per annum in GBP
Tuition and fees 5,700-13,200
Accommodation 5,483-7,013
Food 2,600
Books and supplies 450
Utilities like gas, laundry, electricity, etc 2,355
Transportation 390
Leisure/social activities 600-960
Miscellaneous such as TV license, telephone cost, police registration, subscriptions, etc 490.5
Insurance 15-117
Total 18,086.5-27,575.5

Birmingham City University Application Process

Application fee:

  • Undergraduate: UCAS applications cost 20-26 GBP
  • Graduate: Not available

Supporting documents:

  • Transcripts
  • Copy of passport
  • 2 references
  • Personal statement
  • English proficiency test scores
  • Research proposal (if applicable)
  • Portfolio
  • Work experience and CV.

English Language Tests Scores

English requirements differ per program but the average IELTS accepted minimum scores are 6.0 overall with 5.5 minimum in all elements.

IELTS equivalence in some other accepted tests

IELTS (Indicator also applicable)equivalence Duolingo TOEFL overall PTE
4.0 55-64 48 43
4.5 65-74 56 48
5.0 75-84 64 53
5.5 85-94 72 59
6.0 95-104 80 64
6.5 105-114 88 70
7.0 115-124 95 76

There are various country accepted qualifications, applicants are to check in to see what language test is accepted for their country. An example is the Indian Standard XII qualification that requires a grade of 65% and above in the following boards: CBSE, CISCE, Maharashtra, Tamil Nadu, and Andhra Pradesh t match the IELTS 6.0 with no element lower than 5.5 requirements.

Average Tuition Fee Per Year


£ 11,200


£ 9,800

Costs per year

Overall cost of living

£ 3,600

Campus accommodation

£ 4,550

Please note that fees will vary. Always check the exact cost of the program and bear in mind likely additional expenses.

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