Move Up to Uni

The Move Up to Uni Journey

We know you have what it takes to succeed in new challenges, new experiences and taking the next step on your chosen career path. University College Birmingham is here to help you on that journey. On this page, you can find out more about:

We have plenty on offer, with over 40 different university courses to launch your future. Discover our university courses here. If you have any questions about moving up to university, here at University College Birmingham, you can contact the Move Up to Uni team by emailing

Applying directly to University College Birmingham

After you have explored the university courses on offer here, why not make the university application process a breeze by applying directly to University College Birmingham?

To apply directly, you must satisfy the following criteria:

  • You only wish to apply to University College Birmingham (if you would like to apply to more than one institution, you must apply via UCAS)
  • You must not have previously applied via UCAS this year (we will complete this on your behalf)

If you need some guidance on how to fill out your UCB Direct application, please call our admissions team on 0121 604 1040.

Different courses have different entry requirements. So always check out the full entry requirement details on the relevant course page under the entry requirements tab. You can work out how many UCAS tariff points you will gain from your Level 3 qualification on the UCAS tariff calculator.

If you are studying a non-UCAS tariff-based qualification or don’t think you will have enough UCAS points, then don't worry. You can complete our enquiry form here or call our Admissions team on 0121 604 1040

Why apply direct?

If you are considering only applying to us, there are lots of reasons why applying direct is the best option:

  • No application fee
  • No need for a personal statement
  • No lengthy or complex forms
  • Dedicated admissions team on hand to help

If you are a current University College Birmingham college student, you can apply direct to University College Birmingham university courses by clicking below:

Apply direct to UCB

Please note, applications for Nursing (Adult) BSc (Hons) and Physiotherapy BSc (Hons) must be submitted via UCAS.

Supporting you through the UCAS process

Unlike University College Birmingham's direct application process, applying through UCAS allows you to make five choices – you will need to pay a fee of £27.50 for this.

It all starts with finding the right degree, which the Move Up to Uni programme is designed to help you with, whether you're considering applying here, elsewhere, or both.

Once you've made your five choices, the next step is to create the perfect personal statement. If you need any help with this, please be sure to come along to one of our drop-in sessions or watch the video below.

Writing your personal statement

Don’t forget, once you have made your choices and submitted your applications before our internal deadline on Friday 8 December, you will need to respond to any offers you have received by 30 June 2024 by choosing the following:

  • Firm Choice – your first choice. If you accept a conditional offer and meet the conditions, you’ll have a confirmed place here.
  • Insurance Choice – the place you will want if you don't meet the conditions of your firm choice.

If you've used all five choices, but following your application you still aren’t holding any offers, you could still find a place using UCAS Extra.

Extra is another chance for you to gain a place at university between 28 February and 4 July 2024. You can select another course and or university and see if they come back with an offer for you. It is recommended that you contact this university first to see if they’re likely to accept your application.

UCAS application support is also available from HIRED. Email to book a support meeting with an advisor. 

Students College FE Parents

Parents and Carers Guide

When choosing to move up to university, we understand that your loved ones may have questions about how the process works. Whether you are familiar with the university process or not, this guide will tell you everything you need to know about supporting your child with the move from college to university here at University College Birmingham.

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Speak to our students

There's no better way to find out what it's like to study at University College Birmingham than to ask our current students and staff at our open days. Whether your child would like to learn more about the course they’re interested in studying or about living in Birmingham's buzzing city centre, our students and staff are on hand to help.

Find out when the next open day is taking place here or attend one of our campus tours or take a look at our virtual tours.

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Welsh tuition fees

University Financial Support

To help our students at university, we will provide new university students studying a full-time degree £300 per year via our Kick-Start Scheme (eligibility criteria applies). The scheme will support their studies and future career by contributing to course-related materials, uniform or selected items on campus. They might even qualify for an additional £500 per year. Find out more here.

A digital award is also available for university students who have joined University College Birmingham directly from our college or sixth form. This award entitles eligible students to £280 towards the purchase of a laptop or tablet from the Kick-Start website.

From loans and grants to scholarships and fee waivers, a host of financial support is available. Find out more here.

If you are unfamiliar with the student finance process, you can watch our short presentation about all things student finance here and take a look at our undergraduate fees page here.

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