Possible Majors and requirements

You can pursue a large range of Majors at Birmingham.

Below are the typical Majors available but it should be noted that your choice of Major may be subject to restrictions on numbers and to any specific entry requirements which might apply. Major prerequisities are in addition to the standard entry offer of A*AA.

Arts and Law Majors

MajorEntry Requirements
African Studies  
American and Canadian Studies A Level English Literature or History preferred at grade A or B. (IB 5 or 6 at Higher Level)
Antropology  
Archaeology & Ancient History  
Classical Literature and Civilisation  
Classics A Level Latin grade B or above (IB  5 at Higher Level)
Drama Drama and Theatre studies is desirable, but not essential
English Language A Level English Language, English Literature and Language or English Literature at grade A (IB 6 at HIgher Level)
English Literature A Level English Language, English Literature and Language or English Literature at grade A (IB 6 at HIgher Level)
French A Level French grade A or B (IB 5 or 6 at Higher Level)
Gender  
German A Level German grade A or B (IB 5 or 6 at Higher Level)
Hispanic Studies A Level Spanish grade A or B (IB 5 or 6 at Higher Level)
History A Level History grade A (IB 6 at Higher Level)
History of Art  
Italian A Level Italian grade A or B (IB 5 or 6 at Higher Level)
Music A Level  grade A (IB 6 at Higher Level)
Legal Studies (5 places available)  
Philosophy  
Theology  

Science Majors

MajorEntry Requirements
Biochemistry Requires A Level / HL Chemistry
Biology Requires A Level /  HL Biology
Chemistry Requires A Level / HL Chemistry
Computer Science Requires A Level/HL Mathematics or Computing, if you do not have Mathematics at A level you must have at least grade B at GCSE
Earth Sciences Requires at least one A level in one of: Biology/Human Biology, Chemistry, Computing, Electronics, Environmental Studies, Geography, Geology, Maths, Further Maths, Physics or Statistics
Geography  
Mathematics Requires A Level/ HL 5 or SL 7 Mathematics
Physics Requires A Level/ HL Physics and A Level/ HL 5 or SL 7 Mathematics or Pure Mathematics with at least one with a grade A* if three A Levels in total, or both at grade A if four A Levels in total
Psychology Preferably at least A Level grade A in one of: Biology/Human Biology, Chemistry, Maths, Physics or Psychology
Sport and Exercise Sciences Requires at least one A Level in one of: Biology, Chemistry, Economics, Geography, Human Biology, Maths, Physics, Psychology, Sport Studies/Physical Education or Statistics

 

Social Sciences Majors

  • Business
  • Economics
  • International Relations
  • Political Science
  • Sociology

Study Languages from the Centre for Modern Languages

If you are interested in doing a language as part of the degree (but not necessarily as Major) then you have the additional option of taking languages from the Centre for Modern Languages either for credit (called a Module Outside the Main Discipline) or as an extracurricular Open Access Course.

Module Outside the Main Discipline timeslots differ from the regular language timeslots. For the Open Access variant there are a wide variety of possible class time slots, including evenings, to facilitate busy schedules and preferred working times.