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University College BirminghamBirmingham View All Courses
NameUniversity College Birmingham
Tel0121 604 1000
Fax0121 608 7100
Background and HistoryFounded as part of Birmingham's Municipal Technical School in the 19th century, the university became a separate Birmingham College of Food and Domestic Arts under the control of the Birmingham City Council in 1957. It moved to its present site in Summer Row in 1968 and was renamed Birmingham College of Food, Tourism and Creative Studies (BCFTCS) in the 1980s to reflect the breadth of courses it then offered. The university became University College Birmingham (UCB), in 2007 and today plays host to over 8,000 students on Higher Education, Postgraduate and Further Education programmes including 1100 international students from 65 countries.
Location and Accessibility
The college has buildings at Summer Row and Newhall Street, as well as the Postgraduate Centre at George Street.
Travel by car: Several major roads lead into Birmingham City Centre.
From the North: The M6/A38 (M) or M5/A46
From London: Via M40/M42/A45 or M1/M6/A38
From the South West: The M5/A456
Travel by train: Birmingham New Street Station is served by a fast Intercity link from London Euston and is just a few minutes walk from the College.Useful Post codes to the various buildings:- Summer Row - B3 1JB- Richmond House - B3 1PB- Colmore Row - B3 2AP- The Maltings - B1 1SB- Cambrian Hall - B1 2NB
What's on OfferUCB is a specialist institution for Undergraduate management programmes in the fields of Hospitality, Tourism, Events, Culinary Arts, Sports Therapy, Spa Management, Marketing, Childhood and Education. Undergraduate: BA, BSc- Fda, FdSc programmes also available (Foundation degrees) Postgraduate: MA, MSc- MBA- PGCE- PG Dip
Entry RequirementsGenerally speaking UCB honours degree programmes have a minimum entry requirement of 240 UCAS tariff points.- Foundation degrees have a minimum entry requirement of 140 UCAS tariff points.- GCSE English A-C grades or equivalent are required for all courses.
University AccommodationOver 1000 students can be accommodated in the halls of residence, and accommodation can be offered to all years and programmes of study. Visit the UCB accommodation website for a closer look at what student accommodation is on offer.
Private AccommodationStudents will also need to live privately at some point in their university lives. Many opt to do this in their first year while others may have to due to insufficient university supplied accommodation. Liberty Living is just one of the private accommodation suppliers to students in Birmingham (pictured), but there are a lot of other properties available to rent.
Courses and Fees
Tuitions fees vary depending on the choice of course and are subject to change each year. For further information, contact the university directly.
Academic FacilitiesUCB has very good study areas including an impressive library with specialist subject librarians, computer suites and a resource centre.
Other On-site AmenitiesUniversity College Birmingham's specialist training facilities include: Restaurants, a health/leisure club, hairdressing and beauty therapy salons, food and beverage test laboratories, a culinary demonstration theatre, sports therapy clinics and top industry-standard kitchens. This allows the students great preparotory work practice before entering a profession. Sports facilities include a multi-use sports hall, gym and spa. An off-site sports facility which includes grass and all weather pitches is also available.
Medical and Social Care
The UCB Learning and Skills Development Centre offers excellent study support facilities for students, often helping individuals reach higher levels of achievement. The students union or 'Guild' is proactive in all areas of student life.
What's On in the Area?
The city of Birmingham has a very large student scene, while also being the UK's second city and thus plays host to a vast array of entertainment. Whether you're seeking nightlife or pursuing culture, the city can satisfy your interests. Attractions include: The National Exhibition Centre, Birmingham Hippodrome, Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery, Thinktank Science Museum and Cadbury World.
Given the vocational nature of the courses on offer at UCB, students are well placed to start a career upon graduation.