Possible Majors and requirements

You can pursue a large range of Majors at Birmingham.

Below are the typical Majors available. You do not require specific A-level subjects or IB higher level subjects to be accepted onto the Liberal Arts and Sciences course itself, but you may need specific subjects to study certain Majors after you enrol, as shown below. In some cases, a Major can be pursued without specific subjects provided you perform well in particular first year modules. 

Arts and Law Majors

MajorEntry requirements
African Studies  
American and Canadian Studies  
Anthropology  
Archaeology & Ancient History  
Classical Literature and Civilisation  
Classics A Level Latin at grade B.
Creative Writing A Level in English Literature or English Language & Literature at grade A.
Drama A level Drama and Theatre Arts at grade B, if taken at A level.
English Language A Level in English Language, English Literature, English Language & Literature or a Modern Foreign Languages at grade A.
English Literature A Level in English Literature or English Language & Literature at grade A.
French A Level French at grade B.
Gender Studies  
German A Level German at grade B.
Hispanic Studies A Level Spanish at grade B.
History A Level in History, Medieval History or Ancient History at grade A.
History of Art  
Italian A Level Italian at grade B.
Music A Level Music at grade A or alternatively grade 7-8 ABRSM.
Legal Studies  
Philosophy  
Theology  

Science Majors

 

MajorEntry requirements
Biochemistry A level Chemistry at grade A and a second science at grade B. Five GCSEs to include Mathematics, English and double award Science at grade C.
Biological Sciences A level Biology at grade A and a second science at grade B. Five GCSEs to include Mathematics, English and double award Science at grade C.
Chemistry A level Chemistry at grade B. Minimum Mathematics requirement GCSE at grade B.
Computer Science A level Mathematics at grade A.
Environmental Science A level in either Biology/Human Biology, Chemistry, Computing, Electronics, Environmental Studies, Geography, Geology, Maths, Further Maths, Physics, Psychology or Statistics at grade B.
Geography  
Human Biology

A level Biology at grade A and a second science at grade B. Five GCSEs to include Mathematics, English and double award Science at grade C.

Mathematics A level Mathematics or Further Mathematics at grade A.
Physics A level Mathematics and Physics at grade A*A - or grade AA if taking four A levels.
Psychology  
Sport and Exercise Sciences A Level in either Biology, Chemistry, Economics, Geography, Human Biology, Maths, Physics, Psychology, Sport Studies/Physical Education or Statistics at grade B or above. GCSE Maths, English and Science at a minimum of grade C.

 

Social Sciences Majors

MajorEntry requirements
Business GCSE Maths and English at Grade B. 
Economics GCSE Maths at Grade A.
Gender Studies  
International Relations  
Political Science  
Sociology  

Examples of Real Student Timetables

These examples of real student programmes show how six of our students progressed throughout their four years of study. You can see the modules they chose, where they spent their year abroad and which subject they hope to Major in. As you can see, every programme is completely unique!

Study with Languages for All

If you are interested in doing a language as part of the degree (but not necessarily as a Major) then you have the additional option of taking languages from Languages for All either for credit, called a Widening Horizons module, or as an extracurricular Open Access Course.

Widening Horizons timeslots differ from the regular language timeslots. For the Open Access option, there are a wide variety of possible class time slots, including evenings, to facilitate busy schedules.