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The Birmingham Foundation Academy fees

The Birmingham Foundation Academy fee for both the September and January programmes in 2015–2016 is:

  • £13,500  (International fee)
  • £9,000  (EU Fee)

This includes:

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

Fees can be paid in full at the start of the year, or in instalments.

Find out more on paying tutition fees, methods of payment and instalments. 

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

Applying for your student visa

Once you have accepted and satisfied any conditions of your offer, we will issue you with your unconditional offer. Once you've accepted this, we 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're 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 BFA because you need to improve your English language level and you apply for a Presessional English programme, we 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'll be able to apply to extend your student visa. ISAS 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 (including Education with Sociology or History)
  • BSc Sport, Physical Education and Coaching Science
  • MPharm Pharmacy
  • BSc Physiotherapy
  • BSc Biomedical Materials Science

If you chose to study any of the degree programmes above and you've meet the conditions in your 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 will be offered for academic excellence for the top five achieving BFA students in the 2014 -15 and 2015 - 2016 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.

  Further information is given in the BFA Excellence Scholarship terms and condiions .


Key dates for the Birmingham Foundation Academy.