Overview

UCB is in the heart of Birmingham, a city with one of the youngest, most diverse populations in Europe – not to mention more than 65,000 students.

There is nowhere quite like University College Birmingham. Not only are we Europe’s leading specialist in management courses for the culinary arts, hospitality and tourism management, but we are also situated in the heart of one of Britain’s most vibrant cities. Our students enjoy the best of both worlds, academic and cultural.

Our vocational degree courses, experienced tutors and strong links with business give students the skills they need to tackle a career in a range of rapidly expanding industries. As well as excellent tuition, we pride ourselves on being a friendly place to study. As specialists, we are not a huge university: our facilities are spread over three sites within a few minutes’ walk of each building.

Students are never just a number at UCB: our doors are always open to help and support you throughout your studies. In short, as a learning and life experience, UCB is hard to match.

Latest news for EU students

The UK Government has confirmed that EU students will continue to be eligible for ‘home fees’ for entry in September 2020 and therefore WILL continue to have access to financial support via student loans for the duration of their course. Further information can be found here.

EU nationals who start a higher education course in England in the 2020/21 academic year will remain eligible for undergraduate and postgraduate financial support, Advanced Learner loans, as well as FE and apprenticeships, support, whether a deal for leaving the EU is in place or not.

Entry requirements

Due to the unprecedented effect of COVID-19 we are aware that some countries are unable to complete their final examinations. UCB will do their utmost to support applicants by considering overall average grades without the final examination. If you have any questions regarding this, please contact the EU Admissions team on: EUadmissions@ucb.ac.uk

Please find the entry level requirements below for students from France.

Masters Degrees - MA/MSc

Applicants who have completed a related UK equivalent Bachelors Degree can be considered for a place onto a Postgraduate/Masters course

Applicants applying for the MSc Finance & Accounting, please note the following entry requirements

* applicant should have studied in a closely-related discipline that will enable you to meet the academic rigour of the course and understand the finance and accounting modules.

Bachelor Degrees - BA/BSc

Diplôme du Baccalauréat with an average score of 12

Foundation Degrees - FdA/FdSc

Diplôme du Baccalauréat with an average score of 10l

English entry requirements

If English is not your first language, you will need a recognised English Language qualification to meet the entry requirements onto a degree programme.

Masters MA/Msc

An overall score of 14 from the English Subject from within the Diplôme du Baccalauréat (if achieved within the last 2 years), or one of the following:

Qualification Requirement
A/AS English Language Grade C
A/AS English Language and Literature combined Grade B
AQA Level 2 certificate in English language Grade C
Cambridge: English Advanced Minimum 160
Cambridge: English First Minimum 160
Cambridge: English Key  
Cambridge: English Preliminary Minimum 160
Cambridge: English Proficiency Minimum 180
European Baccalureate English (English 1) 6.5
GCSE English Language Grade C or Grade 4
IELTS Overall score of 6.0 with no less than 5.5 in each component
IGCSE English as a first Language Grade C
IGCSE English as a second Language Grade C
International Baccalureate (Standard or Higher Level English Language and Literature combined) Grade 5
International Baccalureate (Standard or Higher Level English Language Syllabus A) Grade 4
Irish Leaving Certificate English Grade C
NCUK International Foundation Year: English for Academic Purposes Module Grade C
Password English Test Overall score of 6.0 with no less than 5.5 in each component
Pearson Test of English (PTE) Overall score of at least 50 with no less than 42 in any area
Scottish Higher English for Speakers of Other Languages (Syllabus C222) Grade B
SQA Higher or Advanced Higher English Grade C
SQA Intermediate 2 English or National 5 English Grade B
TOEFL IBT (not taken in the UK) Overall 75, Minimums: Reading 12; Listening 11; Speaking 17; Writing 20
TOEIC (Only if taken outside the UK) Overall 785, Listening 400; Reading 385; Writing 150; Speaking 160
Trinity ISE II in all four skills
UCB English Proficiency Test B2 with no less than B2- in each component

Bachelors BA/BSc

An overall score of 14 from the English Subject from within the Diplôme du Baccalauréat (if achieved within the last 2 years), or one of the following:

Qualification Requirement
A/AS English Language Grade C
A/AS English Language and Literature combined Grade B
AQA Level 2 certificate in English language Grade C
Cambridge: English Advanced Minimum 160
Cambridge: English First Minimum 160
Cambridge: English Key  
Cambridge: English Preliminary Minimum 160
Cambridge: English Proficiency Minimum 180
European Baccalureate English (English 1) 6.5
GCSE English Language Grade C or Grade 4
IELTS Overall score of 6.0 with no less than 5.5 in each component
IGCSE English as a first Language Grade C
IGCSE English as a second Language Grade C
International Baccalureate (Standard or Higher Level English Language and Literature combined) Grade 5
International Baccalureate (Standard or Higher Level English Language Syllabus A) Grade 4
Irish Leaving Certificate English Grade C
NCUK International Foundation Year: English for Academic Purposes Module Grade C
Password English Test Overall score of 6.0 with no less than 5.5 in each component
Pearson Test of English (PTE) Overall score of at least 50 with no less than 42 in any area
Scottish Higher English for Speakers of Other Languages (Syllabus C222) Grade B
SQA Higher or Advanced Higher English Grade C
SQA Intermediate 2 English or National 5 English Grade B
TOEFL IBT (not taken in the UK) Overall 75, Minimums: Reading 12; Listening 11; Speaking 17; Writing 20
TOEIC (Only if taken outside the UK) Overall 785, Listening 400; Reading 385; Writing 150; Speaking 160
Trinity ISE II in all four skills
UCB English Proficiency Test B2 with no less than B2- in each component

Foundation Degree FdA/FdSc

An overall score of 13 from the English Subject from within the Diplôme du Baccalauréat (if achieved within the last 2 years), or one of the following:

Qualification Requirement
A/AS English Language Grade D
A/AS English Language and Literature combined Grade C
AQA Level 2 certificate in English language Grade C
Cambridge: English Advanced Minimum 160
Cambridge: English First Minimum 140
Cambridge: English Key Minimum 140
Cambridge: English Preliminary Minimum 140
Cambridge: English Proficiency Minimum 180
European Baccalureate English (English 1) 6.5
GCSE English Language Grade C or Grade 4
IELTS Overall score of 5.5 with no less than 5.0 in each component
IGCSE English as a first Language Grade C
IGCSE English as a second Language Grade C
International Baccalureate (Standard or Higher Level English Language and Literature combined) Grade 4
International Baccalureate (Standard or Higher Level English Language Syllabus A) Grade 4
Irish Leaving Certificate English Grade C
NCUK International Foundation Year: English for Academic Purposes Module Grade C
Password English Test Overall score of 5.5 with no less than 5.0 in each component
Pearson Test of English (PTE) Overall score of at least 42 with no less than 36 in any area
Scottish Higher English for Speakers of Other Languages (Syllabus C222) Grade C
SQA Higher or Advanced Higher English Grade C
SQA Intermediate 2 English or National 5 English Grade C
TOEFL IBT (not taken in the UK) Overall 55, Minimums: Reading 10; Listending 9; Speaking 16; Writing 18
TOEIC (Only if taken outside the UK) Overall 605, Listening and Reading 275 and Writing and Speaking 120
Trinity ISE II in all four skills or ISE I in all four skills
UCB English Proficiency Test B2- with no less than B1 in each component

Please note: Language skills can deteriorate over time if not used, UCB will only consider an English qualification if it has been taken in the last 24 months. If your English qualification was awarded over 2 years ago, you will have to sit the UCB English Proficiency Test.

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