The best student support in the region

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A practical course at University College Birmingham will help set your child up for success

We understand that the leap from school to college can be a bit daunting for your child. And the leap out of college even more so. We also realise that many students thrive in an environment where they are gaining practical experience instead of just learning the theory behind it. We make sure each of our students is best prepared to go on to university or get the job they want. How?

First class facilities

Our facilities are nothing short of world class.

We have invested over £200 million into state-of-the-art facilities in Birmingham city centre that will help allow your child to explore their ambitions through hands-on learning and practical experience, mirroring what they will find in the workplace.

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Unrivalled support

Best student support in the region, as voted by students.

We have dedicated teams who can provide your child with tailored award-winning support, including learning, finance, health and wellbeing or disability support, career advice, workplace preparation, work experience and even helping them start their own business.

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We help your child to thrive and progress.  

Your child will be welcomed into a diverse, ambitious community and encouraged to develop their skills. They will also have various progression opportunities in the form of our apprenticeships or undergraduate courses.

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Support for parents

If you'd like to discuss the best options for your son or daughter directly, our friendly team is ready and waiting to speak to you on 0121 232 4300 - or you can email We've also got plenty more information on the application process here.

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Discover our courses

View our wide range of courses, perfect for school leavers looking to take their next steps towards their dream career. You can view some of our courses below. 

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How to apply

Complete an application form, learn more about the interview and offer process and prepare to enrol at University College Birmingham.

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Frequently asked questions

What happens once my child has applied to study at University College Birmingham?

Once your child has applied for a college course, they will receive an email confirmation, which allows them to book a date for an informal telephone interview.

We aim to confirm their offer on the day of the interview, if possible. But sometimes, if we need more information, it may take a little longer.

The offer may be unconditional (definite) or conditional (subject to GCSEs, a reference or a school report). 

More details on the application process can be found here.


Is there any support available for purchasing kit and uniform? What financial support is available?

Tuition fees

Understanding tuition fees can be daunting, but we’ve made tried to make 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 specific information regarding tuition fees can be found here

College financial support

Financial support is available to college-level students from households with a total income of less than £31,000 per year. Support includes help with essential uniform, equipment, travel and free college meals. Eligibility criteria applies. You can download an application form and guidance notes here. 

16-18 photocard

Full-time students aged under 18 may be able to access child-rate fares and season tickets with a 16-18 photocard. The card is free of charge and you can apply online at from early August 2024. 

Living on a budget

We understand that when you are living on a budget, every little helps. We 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 UCB student ID card to claim their free meal. To apply, you will need to complete a Discretionary Bursary Scheme form.

What other support is offered to students at University College Birmingham?

We believe that students really thrive when they're given the right support. We offer all students the opportunity to access one-to-one support and advice. Our support services include:

Academic Skills Centre

At University College Birmingham, we want every student to exceed and meet 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 successful students make the best mentors. 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 knowledgeably 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, University College Birmingham’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. 


We take the future of our students and alumni seriously. That’s why we have our own careers and employability service: HIRED. 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 University College Birmingham, which is called Unitemps. It sources part-time and seasonal positions for students and alumni. 

Our industry partners

University College Birmingham 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 & Butlers Plc and the Institute of Directors. 

What if my child doesn't have English and maths GCSEs?

If your child is aged between 16 and 18 years old and has not already achieved a GCSE at grade 4/C (or above) in English and maths, they will continue to study these subjects as part of their main study programme.

More information can be found here.

Do you offer accommodation for college students (under 18s)?

We offer limited accommodation for students under the age of 18.

Please contact us at if you require further information.

Got more questions? Feel free to get in touch and speak to a member of our team. You can do this via our live chat or by completing this contact form. 

"You will experience a very high quality college offer within a modern and exciting university environment. As a college and university under one roof, we offer a unique pathway for our students to progress from leaving school through to undergraduate and even postgraduate study, with lots of support to help make the transition from one level to the next. Our courses are highly practical, giving students hands-on training to provide the best possible preparation for entering the world of work."

Professor Michael Harkin Vice-Chancellor and Principal

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If you are looking to learn more about our college offer, please request a copy of our prospectus.

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