We know things are different at the moment, and you are focusing on your studies and may be taking your time to think through your options for university. We recognise that many of you will also have had your current studies disrupted and may also be anxious about exams next year. For students joining us in 2021, we have already signalled our commitment to being flexible in our admissions and in the offers we make given the current situation.
To make things even clearer and to help ensure sixth form students due to sit their exams in the UK this summer are not disadvantaged compared with those who applied in previous years, we are reducing entry requirements across our programmes* by at least one grade on our typical offer (those listed on our course finder pages). This is in addition to our current admissions policies, such as those related to the Extended Project Qualification (EPQ) (where your offer reduces by one grade with an A in your EPQ**), our Pathways to Birmingham programmes, and contextual offers. University admissions can be a complicated business, but we want to make sure that we give everyone the best opportunity to succeed should you choose to join us here at Birmingham. We have made this simple change to help you during the application process.
We know some students are also concerned about competition for places given the situation in the summer of 2020. Here at Birmingham, we have deferred very few students to 2021 entry, and so we will have the same number of places available on our courses as in a normal year.
*Excluding Medicine, Dentistry, Nursing, Physiotherapy, and degree apprenticeship programmes, where there are external regulation and placement requirements, and Foundation Year programmes
**Excluding Medicine and Dentistry programmes