Blink 2Our Inspired@Birmingham programme supports Year 12 students who are interested in applying to Russell Group universities. It aims to encourage and motivate students to achieve their full potential, and enable them to make a successful transition from KS4 to KS5.

Students participating in Inspired@Birmingham will learn from supportive student mentors, successful graduates and outstanding academics, all offering support and guidance during the application process and beyond. Students will also benefit from advice on how to strengthen university applications and will gain study support from our current students through a private Facebook group.

About Inspired@Birmingham

If you take part in the Inspired@Birmingham programme you will be invited to 5 half-day workshops on campus, where you will undertake a range of activities aimed at providing you with a deeper insight into studying non-vocational courses at university and the related career pathways degrees such as these can lead to. These workshops will include:

  • Subject insight sessions led by academic tutors and current students into non-vocational subjects (you will be able to attend 3 across the course of the programme)
  • Talks from recent graduates about their career journey so far
  • Academic skills sessions to help you hone useful skills to get through Year 12 and to prepare for university study
  • Careers sessions which will help you to discover your own preferences, strengths and skills and which career pathways will enable you to realise these
  • Personal statement and application workshops to get you thinking about what kind of thing you should include and some common pitfalls

You will also have a chance to interact and engage with current students, both in person at the workshops and through our monthly online Q&A sessions which will cover a range of topics related to surviving Year 12 and preparing for university. You will also have the chance to put into practice some of the academic study skills you will have picked up throughout the programme by completing an online Skills4Uni quiz, and doing a short piece of writing reflecting on your time on the programme and what you have learnt from it. 

Benefits of the Inspired@Birmingham

Students who successfully complete the Inspired@Birmingham programme and apply to the University of Birmingham will receive special consideration from admissions tutors. If their application is successful, they will receive two offers from the University of Birmingham, the standard offer and an alternative offer. The alternative offer is typically a reduction of up to two A level grades (e.g. BBB rather than AAB). For Medicine, the alternative offer is a reduction of up to three A level grades (e.g. ABB instead of A*AA).

As well as the alternative offer, students will also be eligible for the Pathways to Birmingham Bursary worth £1,000 and an Pathways to Birmingham Scholarship worth £1,500 per year of study.

Inspired@Birmingham event dates

Here are the dates of all event days for the 2019 Inspired@Birmingham programe. Students are strongly encouraged to attend as many as possible.  Student's  schools know they’re on programme and expect their attendance at sessions) but they must attend a minimum of three session to complete the programme.

  • Launch Day: Wednesday 23 January, 13:00 – 17:00  (Agenda available)
  • Event Day 2: Wednesday 20 February, 12:00 – 17:00 (Agenda available)
  • Event Day 3: Tuesday 16 April, 12:00 – 17:00 (Easter holidays)
  • Event Day 4: Wednesday 29 May, 12:00 – 17:00 (May half term)
  • Celebration Day: Wednesday 11 September, 13:00 – 19:00

What is successful completion of Inspired@Birmingham?

In order to successfully complete Inspired@Birmingham, and be eligible for an alternative offer of up to two grades, you are required to:

  • Attend a minimum of 3 of the 5 half-day workshops at University of Birmingham campus
  • Engage with the monthly online Q&As
  • Pass ‘Skills4Uni’, an online study skills quiz
  • Successfully complete a reflective activity on your experience of the programme

You will be provided with more information about each of these aspects of the programme once your place is confirmed.

Eligibility criteria

The Inspired@Birmingham programme is suitable for Year 12 students who have a strong commitment to study at the University of Birmingham and who are studying A Level, IB or a relevant BTEC course. Applications are open to students who meet the following Pathways to Birmingham criteria.

To apply for Inspired@Birmingham, students must:

  • Currently attend a Pathways to Birmingham partner school and have attended a non-selective state school while completing their GCSEs


  • Has had experience of public care

Or meet at least two of the following:

  • Home postcode is in an area with low levels of progression to higher educationMeasured by POLAR3 or POLAR4 young participation quintile 1 or 2. Consideration will be given to applicants from underrepresented groups who live in a quintile 3 area. To check your postcode, visit the Office for Students postcode look-up
  • Be in the first generation of their immediate family to attend higher education
  • Have an annual household income that is below the national average (£42,875 or less before tax)
  • Have experienced significant extenuating circumstances that has had (or is having) a detrimental impact on academic attainment
  • Have a disability and be in receipt of a personal independence payment
  • Be a young carer
  • Be estranged from parents or guardians

Our full eligibility criteria is available to view if you require any further information. 

Academic criteria

Students applying to Inspired@Birmingham must have achieved the minimum academic requirements for their chosen university course at GCSE - please check the University of Birmingham course pages for more information.

Due to the competitive nature of this programme, applications will be selected based not only on the socio-economic criteria as listed for the Pathways to Birmingham Programmes, but also on achieved grades at GCSE and predicted/target grades at post 16 level.

How to apply

Applications for the Inspired@Birmingham 2018/19 programme are now closed. Students who have applied for this programme should expect to hear from the University before the end of December 2018.


Q) Is it essential to participate in Inspired@Birmingham if you wish to apply via Access to Birmingham in Year 13?

A) No, students do not need to participate in Inspired@Birmingham if they wish to apply via A2B.

Q) Do you have to attend all Inspired@Birmingham events if you wish to participate in the programme?

A) No, students who are accepted on Inspired@Birmingham must be committed to participate in all parts of the programme, including the 3 compulsory half-day events held at the University of Birmingham.

Contact us

 If you have questions about the programme, do get in touch by email.