Essential information

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The Birmingham Foundation Academy Package

The cost of the Birmingham Foundation Academy Package for 2015–2016 is £13,500  (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
20 - 21 September 14          Arrivals weekend and airport collection for 2014/15
From 22 September 14 Welcome International and Registration for 2014/15
1 October 2014 Applications for 2015/16 to start

10 August 2015

Last date for applications for the Birmingham Foundation Academy

13 July to 18 September 2015 10-week presessional English programme
10 August to 18 September 2015 6-week presessional English programme
19 - 20 September 2015 Arrivals weekend and airport collection for 2015/16
From 21 September 2015 Welcome International and Registration for 2015/16
28 September to 11 December 2015 Autumn term dates
11 January to 25 March 2016 Spring term dates
25 April to 17 June 2016  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 monthsbefore 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 ISASwho 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 ISASwebsite 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.

Conditions apply, please see our Terms and Conditions here