Higher Education Insight programme

HEIThe Higher Education Insight (HEI) is a national programme, designed to support students from England and Wales who live outside of the Greater West Midlands region and are currently in Year 12.

HEI summer school 2018: Sunday 19 to Wednesday 22 August

Each student will experience first-hand what life studying and living at a research-led university is like by staying for four days and three nights in the University halls of residence and attending academic sessions in an area of their interest. During the evenings, students will be able to take part in social activities and will also have the opportunity to take a tour of the UK’s second city, Birmingham. Throughout the residential, there will be a team of current undergraduate student ambassadors on hand to support within a relevant academic stream to support and advise. 

Benefits of the programme

Students who are successful in gaining a place on this programme will benefit from the following:

  • A one grade reduction in the typical offer for all students who subsequently apply for a degree programme at the university
  •  E-mentoring in year 13, supporting students with their UCAS applications and providing relevant and impartial advice and guidance
  • The opportunity to attend a mock interview for those students who apply for Health related courses at the university
  • A reduction in the GCSE grade requirements for Medicine and Dentistry for students that apply for those courses at the university

Can students choose what to study?

There are two broad academic streams that applicants can choose from and the academic stream must be related to current studies or relevant to the degree programme students wish to study. The academic streams will include some of the following areas, but these are all subject to availability of academic staff:

  • Humanities – Law, History, English, Philosophy, Theology etc.
  • Biological and Health Sciences – Physiotherapy, Medicine, Dentistry, Nursing, Biology, Chemistry

Who can apply?

Applicants must be the first generation in their family to apply to university (parents must not have been to university)

  • Applicants must have parents in non-professional occupations
  • Applicants must have a minimum of eight GCSEs at grade B (6) and above, which must include Maths and English. A minimum of grade B in Science at GCSE is also essential for  the Biological and Health Sciences Stream
  • Applicants must be taking relevant A level (or equivalent) qualifications for the academic stream an application is made to.
  • Applicants must attend a non-selective state school with a high proportion of free school meals and/or in inner-city areas. If applicants currently attend a selective state school/college, the school they did their GCSEs must not have been selective
  • Have a household income below £42,875

Other factors that will be considered include students with disabilities and those that grew up in care or are currently in care, or those with caring responsibilities. We actively encourage these students to apply.

How much does it cost?

The costs of the Higher Education Insight programme are completely covered by the University. This includes travel to and from the University (up to £35), accommodation, all meals during the residential element and all social activities.

Information for Teachers

Teachers may want to use the HEI Poster to advertise the Programme within your school or college.

How to apply

The highly successful University of Birmingham Higher Education Insight Programme for Year 12 students is now open for applications. This programme is a free residential for eligible students lasting four days and three nights. To apply for the programme please complete the HEI application form. Students should submit their application to their school or college for authorisation and then must be sent back to us for consideration.

If you have any questions about the programme contact Mohammed Ansar, HEI Coordinator.