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Inspired@Birmingham

Our 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 be eligible to recieve all the benefits of taking part in a Pathways to Birmingham programme.

Applications for the 2019/20 programme will open on Monday 30 September.

About Inspired@Birmingham

If you take part in the Inspired@Birmingham programme you will be invited to 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 discussion groups on Canvas, our virtual learning environment. Discussions 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 a Pathways to Birmingham offer. The Pathways to Birmingham offer is typically a reduction of up to two A level grades (e.g. BBB rather than AAB). 

As well as the alternative offer, students may 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. 

What is successful completion of Inspired@Birmingham?

In order to successfully complete Inspired@Birmingham, and be eligible for an Pathways to Birmingham offer, you are required to:

  • Attend a minimum of 3 workshops on the University of Birmingham campus
  • Engage with the Canvas discussions
  • 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 Pathways to Birmingham criteria - check to see if you are eligible!

In addition to this, 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. There is separate academic criteria for Medicine and Dentistry applicants.

Due to the competitive nature of this programme, your academic attainment and predicted grades may be considered when selecting for this programme. You must have a minimum of 5 GCSEs at 9-4 including English and Maths, and have predicted grades of C or above in all your A Level or equivalent qualifications in order to take part in the programme.

How to apply

Stay tuned... applications for the Inspired@Birmingham 19/20 programme will open on 30 September 2019. 

You will apply online through our Portal, and your school/college will be asked to provide a reference for you.

Contact us

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