University College Birmingham

University College Birmingham offers in addition to higher education also vocational training (Further Education). The applicant must be over 16 years old. Studies have different levels: Levels 1, 2, 3 and BTEC and CACHE Levels.

BTEC Level is equal to Level 3 or 1 A Level. Higher education such as Bachelor’s are levels 4-7.

Topics being taught:

  • Chef Catering, Hospitatilty, Restaurant Service and Bakery Courses (Professional Cookery, Hospitality, Professional Food and Beverage Service)
  • Childhood and Education, Health and Social Care Courses (Childcare&Education, Health&Social Care)
  • Hairdressing and Beauty Therapy Courses (Hairdressing, Beauty Therapy, Hairdressing and Beauty Therapy Combined, Theatrical Special Effects& Hair and Media Make-Up, Nail Services)
  • Sport, Travel and Tourism Courses (Sport: Development, Coachig&Fitness; Travel&Tourism)

For many of the Chef Catering  courses there are no specific academic requirements except good levels of literacy and numeracy and a good attendace and school report. Time of studies varies from 1 to 3 year.

Childhood and Education courses mostly require 3-4 GSCE’s with grades C or D and demonstrate their passion for working with children. Time of studies varies from 1 to 2 years.

Beauty-related courses are offered from Level 2 and there are different requirements for different courses. It usually takes 1 year to complete one level. For Hairdressing , Beauty Therapy and Nail Therapy applicant needs to have at least two GSCE’s with grades C or above. For rest of the courses applicants needs to have at least four GSCE’s with grades A to C.

For sports and tourism applicant needs minimum of four GSCE’s with grades starting from C  or BTEC First Diploma in a related subject.

Studying is free of charge to students aged 16-18 (on September 1st of the starting academic year). 19-23 study free of charge if they do not already have a full level 3 qualification or are currently unemployed and accounted for in UK. Courses excursions apply.

Students can also apply for financial support from different sources. For example, ‘Discretionary’ Bursary Scheme (DBS) Administered by the Attendance Team, in liaison with the Student Services Department - those students whose household income is less than £20,817 per annum and who satisfy strict attendance and behaviour criteria may be eligible for Bursary payments of £20 per week up to a value of £720 over the academic year. 

‘Hardship’ Bursary Administered solely by the Student Services Department - those students whose income falls between £20,817 and £30,810 are eligible to apply for specific 'hardship' support, although the provision of actual support, or its level, cannot be guaranteed.



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