Pathways to Birmingham

Our Pathways to Birmingham programmes offer Year 12 and 13 students an insight into higher education and professional career routes, and support students throughout the university application process.

Students who successfully complete a Pathways to 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 two grades below the standard offer, as advertised in the prospectus. Students may also be eligible to receive the Pathways to Birmingham financial support.

All Pathways to Birmingham programmes have the same eligibility criteria, and students are required to meet these criteria to be considered for the programmes. All applications from students will require support from a Pathways to Birmingham Coordinator.


 Supports Year 12 students who are interested in applying to Russell Group universities - learn from our student mentors, graduates and academics

Applications open in September 2020

Routes to the Professions

A unique opportunity for Year 12 students to gain a real insight into university study and specific careers over an 18-month programme of activity

Applications open in September 2020


Academic Enrichment Programme

An immersive five-day residential for Year 12 students in the Greater West Midlands region, giving students an insight into the full university experience

Applications now open until 24 April

National Access Summer School

Four-day residential designed to introduce Year 12 students from across England and Wales to university life and higher education

Applications now open until 24 April

Access to Birmingham (A2B)

Supporting University of Birmingham applicants, who have little or no experience of higher education, in their preparation for university study

Applications open in September 2020

Pathways to Birmingham FAQs

  Find the answers to some of the most commonly asked questions about Pathways to Birmingham