Inspired@Birmingham

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

Inspired@Birmingham will inspire and motivate students as they learn from supportive student mentors, successful graduates and outstanding academics, all offering support and guidance during the application process and beyond.

Participants of Inspired@Birmingham 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.

What is involved in this programme?

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. 

What is successful completion of this programme?

In order to successfully complete Inspired@Birmingham, and be eligible for an alternative offer of up to three 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.

Entry 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.

Eligible students must:

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

Students are also required to meett at least two of the following:

  • Home postcode is in an area with low levels of progression to higher education (normally we would expect Quintiles 1-3 as shown on the checker to indicate Pathways to Bimingham eligibility)
  • 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
  • Had experience of public care 

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

Frequently asked questions

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

Applications for the Inspired@Birmingham 2018/19 programme will open on the 1st October 2019.  If you have questions about the programme, do get in touch by email.