Information for Parents (College Students)


UCB is different to other colleges, we offer both post 16 courses, undergraduate and postgraduate courses. From the moment your son or daughter arrives, they will benefit from outstanding support from teachers, career advisors, and our student services team. We believe in making every student feel valued and opening up a world of opportunities through: 

  • Quality courses that prepare students for employment
  • Superb practical facilities
  • Highly-effective links with industry providing excellent placement and career opportunities

Term dates

  • Autumn Term: 11 September - 15 December 2017 (Activity Week 23-27 October 2017)
  • Spring Term: 8 January - 29 March 2018 (Activity Week 19-23 February 2018)
  • Summer Term: 16 April - 29 June 2018 (Activity Week 28 May - 1 June 2018) 

Activity Weeks

At UCB we don’t have half term holidays – we have Activity Weeks which reflect the specialist, highly vocational nature of the subjects we offer. Highlights include visits from guest speakers and industry-related visits. 

Dates for our activity weeks:

  • 23-27 October 2017
  • 19-23 February 2018
  • 28 May - 1 June 2018

Standard times for daytime classes

Below are examples of timetables for each area of study. Please be aware that these change each year and students will be issued with their own timetable before their course starts.

Student support

Academic Skills Centre

UCB wants every student to exceed their potential. Our Academic Skills Centre can provide guidance with skills such as report and essay writing, time management, approaching coursework and preparing for exams. 


We believe that successful students make the best mentors. Here at UCB we have a team of university students who are trained to offer guidance and help to college students. They have been through the process, and can talk knowledgably about everything from revision skills to finances. 

On-campus nurse

Our nurse offers free and confidential advice on all health matters. 


Whether a student has a problem relating to their studies, or their personal life, UCB’s trained and impartial counsellors can help. The service is confidential and counsellors work within the British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP) code of ethics and practice.  

Specialist careers advice 


We take the future of our students and alumni seriously; that’s why we have our own Careers, Employability and Enterprise Service - hired@UCB. Our employability tutors offer one-to-one support, and can help students secure work experience, internships, and volunteering roles.  


We’re lucky to have our own recruitment agency at UCB, called Unitemps. It sources part-time and seasonal positions for students and alumni. 

Our industry partners

UCB works with hundreds of employers to give our students first-hand industry experience. Our high-profile partners include: Hyatt Regency Birmingham, West Midlands Fire Service, Mitchells and Butlers Plc and the Institute of Directors. 


Tuition Fees

Understanding tuition fees can be daunting, but we’ve made it as easy as possible. College courses are free for students up to the age of 18. Beyond that, there may still be help available, and in some cases tuition is free for those aged 19 or over. More information regarding tuition fees can be found here.

Transport and Uniform

UCB’s discretionary Learner Support Fund can assist with course-related costs such as essential uniform, equipment and travel. The fund is available to students who have a total household income of less than £30,810 per year. Application forms will be sent out to all students in their pre-enrolment pack. Alternatively, you can download a  Learner Support Fund form.

Living on a budget

When you are living on a budget, every little helps. We can offer free lunch-time meals to students who are aged 16 to 18, in full-time education, and deemed eligible by the Government. Our lunch scheme is discreet. All students need is their ID card to claim their free meal. To apply, you will need to complete a Discretionary Bursary Scheme form.

Contact us

How to apply

Students can apply for a college course via our website. Select ‘college courses’ and a list of the subject areas we offer will be displayed. When you have found the course that suits you, click on the green apply button at the top of each course page. When you have completed the application form it will automatically be sent to our Admissions team. Admissions will then contact you to advise you of your interview date. More information on the application process can be found here.

Get in touch

We’d love to speak to you and discuss the best options for your son or daughter. Call our marketing team on 0121 232 4300 or email

Open days

Why not come along to an open day with your son or daughter, and experience UCB for yourself? We would be delighted to welcome you. Please visit our open days page to view our upcoming dates.


What our current parents say about us:

"My daughter found school difficult. We wanted her college experience to be different. She enrolled on the Professional Cookery course, but realised it wasn’t for her. We were really grateful she was given the opportunity to swap to Level 2 Food and Beverage Service. Communication from the College has been brilliant. Her lecturer is in constant contact, on a weekly, and sometimes even daily basis. She is also getting the right help to complete her maths and English GCSEs. I am delighted with the high level of support UCB has provided."

Tracey Moore, current parent 2015/16