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How it works

Your Birmingham City University International College (BCUIC) programme will provide you with the academic skills you need to succeed at Birmingham City University (BCU). All programmes are designed in collaboration with the University to ensure that modules are relevant and progression is smooth. On successful completion of your undergraduate programme, you will progress seamlessly to BCU.

Foundation entry

Foundation is an entry point that comes before the first year of university. By studying a foundation, you will gain a solid understanding of your chosen subject as well as the required skills for study at a UK university. Upon successful completion of foundation, you will progress directly to first year or to international year one.

The following programmes offer foundation entry onto BCU degrees:

International Year One entry

International Year One is an entry point for international students equivalent to the first year of university. Upon successful completion, you will progress to second year of university.

The following programmes offer international year one entry onto BCU degrees:

*These international year one programmes consist of BCU modules that you will study alongside direct BCU students. You will study one module with BCUIC.


Your BCUIC programme will be delivered in small classes. Depending on your subject, you may also be taught in laboratory/workshop sessions. During classes, you will be encouraged to discuss the topics with your tutors and classmates to develop your understanding.

Independent learning

Studying at university is different from studying at school because you are expected to learn independently, outside of your classes, through self-study. At BCUIC, we will help you familiarise with this method, so that when you progress to BCU, you will be fully prepared. Your independent learning will be supported by full access to BCU’s industry-standard facilities.


Your overall workload will consist of the following:

  • Timetabled contact hours
  • Independent learning
  • Assessed activities
  • Ad-hoc field trips.


Timetables will be provided once you are registered and enrolled. Scheduled teaching can take place on any day of the week, Monday to Friday.


You will have opportunities to test your understanding of each module before you complete the formal assessments at the end of your programme. Formal assessment methods include:

  • Research project
  • Presentation (individual or group)
  • Closed-book exam
  • Essay
  • Portfolio
  • Self-reflective journal.

The specific assessment methods for your programme are detailed in the programme specifications.


Tutors will provide both formative and summative feedback every semester. Feedback is intended to help you learn, and you are encouraged to discuss it with your tutor.

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