How we make offers

The type of offer you receive from Birmingham is personal to you depending on a range of factors, including your GCSE results, the subjects you’re studying and other qualifications, your predicted grades, your personal statement, your reference and your personal circumstances.

Your Birmingham Offer

The best way to find out what Your Birmingham Offer might be is to complete our Offer Calculator. This tells you whether you are likely to receive an offer for a particular course, and the type of offer you can expect, based on the grades you have achieved and expect to achieve. This will help you to make an informed decision about whether that course is the right one for you.

The University of Birmingham make a number of different types of offer. The maximum entry requirements for each of our programmes can be found on the relevant course finder page. The types of offer we make include:

Flexible admissions for 2021

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 you 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. 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

Conditional Offers

A Conditional Offer is typically based on the entry requirements as defined on the course page for the course you’re interested in. This type of offer is made to students if you still have examinations to take, we need verification of your qualifications, or if you have to meet other non-academic entry requirements. The University of Birmingham makes Conditional Offers based on grades and not based on UCAS points (e.g. AAB). Some programmes may also require a particular grade in a particular subject, or specify particular GCSE subject requirements too. The details for individual programmes can all be found on the relevant course finder page. There may also be other conditions of your offer such as fitness to practise, or a Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check.

Alternative offers through our Pathways to Birmingham programmes

Students who successfully complete a Pathways to Birmingham programme and apply to the University of Birmingham will receive special consideration from admissions tutors. If your application is successful, you 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. You may also be eligible to receive the Pathways to Birmingham Scholarship and Bursary. All Pathways to Birmingham programmes have the same eligibility criteria, and you are required to meet these criteria to be considered for the programmes.

Contextual Offers

A Contextual Offer is an alternative route to undergraduate study for talented students. Our Contextual Offer Scheme recognises the potential of students whose personal circumstances may have restricted achievement at school or college. The Contextual Offer allows the University to consider additional socio-economic data, alongside UCAS information, to help make the decision about your application to study at Birmingham. You may be eligible for the contextual offer if you meet certain criteria. This is applicable if you make Birmingham your firm choice.

Attainment Offers

You may receive an Attainment Offer in recognition of your previous academic attainment, your strong academic trajectory, and the overall quality of your application to Birmingham. An Attainment Offer is subject to achieving no less than a grade C in any of your three A level subjects. Attainment Offers will only apply if you select the University of Birmingham as your firm choice, and we fully expect students in receipt of an Attainment Offer to continue to work towards achieving the best possible grades they can. We make these types of offers to students who apply for certain programmes, who we feel will benefit from the experience of studying with us, and to make the process of applying to university a little less stressful so that you can continue to focus on your current studies.

Realising Opportunities Programme offers

The Realising Opportunities programme supports very able students from backgrounds which are underrepresented in higher education, using a range of eligibility criteria to ensure that the programme works with these students. To be eligible to apply for a place on the Realising Opportunities programme you must be a year 12 student attending a school/college which is participating in the programme. If you are unsure whether your school is participating, please ask your tutor or head of sixth form/college. Further information is available on the Realising Opportunities website. This is applicable if you make Birmingham your firm choice.

Mutual Recognition with Nottingham offers

The University of Birmingham and University of Nottingham have a partnership agreement whereby if you have completed a pre-higher education programme at the University of Nottingham then the University of Birmingham will be able to offer you a one grade reduction on the standard offer for a programme. This is applicable if you make Birmingham your firm choice.

Extended Project Qualification (EPQ) offers

At the University of Birmingham, applicants who take the Extended Project Qualification (EPQ) and meet our offer criteria will be made the typical offer for their programme of choice, plus an alternative offer which will be one grade lower plus a grade A in the EPQ. For example, where our standard offer is AAA, the offer would be AAA; or AAB plus A in the EPQ (though please note that this excludes our Medicine (A100) and Dentistry (A200) programmes). This is applicable if you make Birmingham your firm choice.