A2B students who are currently on the programme should visit the A2B University Transition Canvas Course for full information about the A2B scheme this year.
As an A2B eligible student this year you will not have to complete the academic assignment in order to benefit from the A2B alternative offer. By selecting Birmingham as your firm choice on UCAS you will be admitted to the course you have applied for if the grades you are awarded at least meet the terms of your A2B offer.
A2B students are eligible for financial support, the details of which can be found on the canvas course linked to above.
In line with previous guidance you've been given about the A2B programme, these benefits only apply to students who are holding firm offers from the University of Birmingham. Therefore if you would like to benefit from your A2B offer and gain the A2B funding, please remember to select Birmingham as your firm choice institution by the UCAS deadline.
Reflective Activity and Skills4Uni Quiz
We strongly encourage all A2B students to complete two tasks:
- a written reflective task focusing on your preparation for University
- a multiple choice quiz based on the online study skills module Skills4Uni
Both the reflective task and Skills4Uni quiz will aid your preparation for university and help you develop some of the skills that will make you a successful student, meaning they are very useful to complete.
While these activities are not compulsory for completion, we may be able to give extra consideration to students who have completed the reflective task and Skills4Uni quiz but who have narrowly missed out on being awarded the grades needed to achieve a place on their chosen course. Whilst places for students who have not met the terms of their offer cannot be guaranteed we hope to recognise the commitment that students who have completed these two task have made wherever possible.
Accessing the reflective assignment, Skills4Uni and other transitional support
We understand that this is a challenging time for all of our A2B students and we have not been able to support your entry to university in the usual way by inviting you to attend events on campus. As a result, we have now launched the A2B University Transition Course which is hosted on our virtual learning environment Canvas. To enable everyone to access it easily, the course is currently accessible without requiring you to log in to the system – just follow the link below to visit the course. We recommend you save the link to the page as a bookmark or to your favourites so you can find it again easily. From 18 June 2020, you will need to log in to access the course as this will enable you to complete the Skills4Uni quiz and the A2B reflective assignment. We will provide you with log in details at this time.
The course contains a lot of useful information about the benefits of being an A2B student, including your offer and financial support, as well as more general information about what it’s like to be a university student and how to prepare yourself for this step.
We will be adding new content to this course when it becomes available, including subject-specific resources and transitional activities, so do make sure you check back regularly for these updates.
Answering your questions
On the dates listed below, the A2B Team will take over the offer holder live chat, so if you have any questions about the information above please contact us there and we will be able to answer them for you. Please note that the offer holder live chat is available every day and is usually staffed by the Admissions Team; so while they can help with general admissions queries, they are unlikely to have information about the A2B scheme specifically.
- Monday 8 June 2020, 1-4pm
- Friday 19 June 2020, 1-4pm
- Wednesday 8 July 2020, 1-4pm
- Tuesday 14 July 2020, 1-4pm