Essential information

old joe The Birmingham Foundation Academy Package

The cost of the Birmingham Foundation Academy Package for 2014–2015 is £13,300  (International Fee) and £9,000 (EU Fee)

This includes:

  •  One year’s tuition fees
  • Books and all classroom equipment

Further information on paying tutition fees

Please note: Accommodation will incur additional charges to the above fee.  Please see further information on accommodation

Key dates

Key dates
14 October 2013 Applications for 2014/15 to start

10 August 2014

Last date for applications for the Birmingham Foundation Academy

14 July to 19 September 2014 10-week presessional English programme
11 August to 19 September 2014 6-week presessional English programme
20 - 21 September 2014 Arrivals weekend and airport collection
From 22 September 2014 Welcome International and Registration
29 September to 12 December 2014 Autumn term dates
12 January to 27 March 2015 Spring term dates
27 April to 19 June 2015  Summer term dates 

Applying for your student visa

Once you have accepted and satisfied any conditions of your offer, the University will issue you with an unconditional offer. Once you have accepted this, the University will issue a Confirmation of Acceptance for Studies (CAS) for either a one-year or a four-year programme.

The CAS proves that you have been accepted on to a full-time course, and will be required when you apply for your Tier 4 (General) student Visa to study in the UK. You can use your CAS number to apply for your student visa in the three months before the start of the programme.Please note that If you use your CAS any earliler than this your application will be refused. If you are not sure when you can use your CAS please contact ISAS who will be happy to advise you

If you hold a conditional offer for the Foundation Academy because you need to improve your English language level and you apply for a Presessional English programme, the University will issue a CAS for the duration of that programme. Once you have successfully completed that programme, you will be issued a new CAS for the one-year or four-year Foundation Academy programme and you will be able to apply to extend your student visa.ISAS also provides workshops to support students extending their visa in the UK.

The following programmes require additional conditions to be met during the foundation year:

  • BA Education
  • BSc Sport, Physical Education and Coaching Science
  • MPharm Pharmacy
  • BSc Physiotherapy

If you have listed your intended degree programme as any of the above and you meet the conditions set out in your Foundation programme offer letter you will be issued with a one-year CAS only. Further information will be provided in your offer letter.

Once you have been issued with your CAS, the University’s International Students Advisory Service (ISAS) will contact you to offer support with the visa application process.

You can go to the visa information pages on the ISAS website for further information.

You can also check the requirements for entry to the UK with the British Council offices, British Embassy or British High Commission in your country or you can go to the UK Border Agency website .

BFA Excellence Scholarships

Announcing the Birmingham Foundation Academy Excellence Scholarships

Scholarships are offered for academic excellence for the top five achieving BFA students in the 2014 - 2015 Foundation Academy Year.  Successful students will receive £5,000 per year for each year of their undergraduate studies, following the Foundation Academy year.

There is no need to apply, BFA students will be automatically assessed for the scholarship at the end of their Foundation Academy year, based on an assessment criteria set by the Academic Director of the BFA.

Conditions apply, please see our Terms and Conditions here