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.

The Pathways to Birmingham programmes are available to pupils across the West Midlands region, with the exception of the National Access Summer School which is open to Year 12 students from England and Wales (excluding the West Midlands).


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

Applications open in 2024

Routes to the Professions

An opportunity for Year 12 students to gain insight into professional careers and associated degrees in Dentistry, Engineering, Law, Medicine, Nursing, Physiotherapy, and Social Work 

Applications open in September 2023

Academic Enrichment Programme

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

Applications open in 2024

National Access Summer School

Four-day residential introducing Year 12 students from England and Wales (excluding the West Midlands) to university life and higher education

Applications open in 2024

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 2023

Pathways to Birmingham FAQs

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