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Based in the heart of the UK’s biggest regional city, University College Birmingham (UCB) is highly respected by employers and industry for providing career-focused education and training.

UCB specialises in vocational courses in both the Higher Education and Further Education sectors with a growing portfolio of Apprenticeships.

Most of our degrees are accredited by the University of Birmingham, one of the world’s top ranked academic institutions, and our reputation for excellence means the University is a popular choice for international students, who join us from more than 60 countries.

The University is big on vocational courses – the majority of which are accredited by the University of Birmingham – and big on linking academic theory to modern workplace skills. It’s also big on you. Our size and teaching philosophy means the focus is on each individual student. At University College Birmingham, you will never be a face in the crowd.

We offer a unique learning environment with enrolment on college courses and apprenticeships (for post-16 school-leavers), on specialist university degrees (BA and BSc) and postgraduate courses (MA and MSc).

We are committed to providing the best facilities for all our students and are investing £100 million on a comprehensive package of improvements that will secure our reputation for excellence.

UCB Campuses

University College Birmingham comprises three sites - Summer Row, McIntyre House, and Richmond House – all within a short walking distance, in the heart of the city centre. Each site has its own distinct character, student services and specialist teaching facilities.

Moss House – Opening 2019

This year, building started on our new Moss House campus in the Jewellery Quarter, the next phase of a £100 million capital expansion. 

Opening in 2019/20, the £42 million, four-storey higher education site at the junction of George Street and Holland Street will incorporate a host of show-stopping features, as well as outstanding teaching facilities designed to enable students to excel in their chosen field.

Our Schools

University College Birmingham comprises four schools, which are responsible for delivering courses to students at all levels of study.

They are: 

  • College of Food
  • The Business School
  • School of Education, Health and Community
  • School of Sport and Creative Services

Why Choose Us?

Your choice of college or university will play an important part in shaping your career and fulfilling your ambitions.

It’s crucial you pick a place that feels right for you – and where you will be happy. It needs to be a university that will help you achieve your goals; a place you can trust.

So why choose University College Birmingham? Where shall we begin…?

The first thing you need to know is that UCB is a compact, specialist institution in the heart of England’s biggest regional city. Birmingham has the buzz of a major city without the inflated London price tag.

The University is big on vocational courses – the majority of which are accredited by the University of Birmingham – and big on linking academic theory to modern workplace skills. It’s also big on you. Our size and teaching philosophy means the focus is on each individual student. At University College Birmingham, you will never be a face in the crowd.

Our Industry Links

University College Birmingham values its strong links with industry, enabling us to support our students’ future progression. We have excellent relationships with local, national and international businesses and practitioners, ensuring students have the professional skills and attributes to build a successful career.  

Our Industry Endorsements

The University’s commitment to vocational training, innovation and excellence is valued and respected by our industry partners. Here is a snapshot of the professional bodies and organisations who endorse our work and support our educational ethos:

The Chartered Institute of Marketing

The Chartered Institute of Marketing defines the marketing standards that operate in the UK and is the global champion of best marketing practice. All UCB’s marketing courses are accredited by the CIM which allows students the opportunity to study for various CIM professional qualifications, either during or at the end of their study.

Chartered Management Institute

The Chartered Management Institute (CMI) promotes the highest standards in management and leadership excellence and encompasses a community of more than 100,000 members. The prestigious

Chartered Manager (CMgr) status demonstrates managerial competence and functional ability and provides recognition of professional management capability. UCB’s Business Enterprise courses have been dual accredited by the CMI.

History of UCB

With more than 7,500 students enrolled on hugely diverse courses, the modern-day University College Birmingham is unrecognisable from the small Victorian classes to which its origins can be traced. 

Today, hospitality managers, aviation executives, dazzling hairdressers and makeup artists, educators, chefs, bakers, tourism industry experts and creative entrepreneurs learn skills for life at a university hailed for its vocational training, academic achievements and cultural diversity. 

Awarding of Degrees and our Partnership with The University of Birmingham

Degree courses accredited by the University of Birmingham:

The University of Birmingham accredits and validates a number of degree courses at both undergraduate and postgraduate level. This means that whilst all those courses are delivered by University College Birmingham, graduates receive their awards from the University of Birmingham. 

Mission Statement

To promote and provide the opportunity for participation in the learning process by those with the ambition and commitment to succeed and to maintain a learning community that meets the diverse needs of our students, the economy and society at large.

University Corporation


Bachelor's degree
Business Length Location
Business Enterprise Birmingham
Finance and Accounting Birmingham
Digital Marketing Birmingham
Marketing Management Birmingham
Health & Well-Being
Health and Social Care 3 years Birmingham
Beauty & Cosmetics
Aesthetic Practitioner 2 years Birmingham
Food and Nutrition 3 years Birmingham
Social Work
Youth, Community & Families 3 years Birmingham
Sports Science
Strength, Conditioning and Sports Nutrition 3 years Birmingham
Humanities & Culture
Sports Studies & Management
Sport and Fitness Studies 3 years Birmingham
Sport Massage & Remedial Therapy 2 years Birmingham
Sports Management Birmingham
Food Science & Technology
Food Development and Innovation Birmingham
Teaching & Education
Early Childhood Education
Early Childhood Studies 3 years Birmingham
Tourism & Hospitality
Hospitality Business Management Birmingham
Hospitality with Events Management Birmingham
Culinary Arts
Bakery and Patisserie Technology 3 years Birmingham
Culinary Arts Management 4 years Birmingham
Professional Cookery 2 years Birmingham
Event Management
Events Management Birmingham
Tourism Management
Hospitality and Tourism Management Birmingham
International Tourism Business Management Birmingham
International Tourism Management Birmingham
Transport & Logistics
Aviation and Airport Management 3 years Birmingham
Master's degree
Finance and Accounting Birmingham
Enterprise Management (Taught) Birmingham
Marketing Management for Events, Hospitality and Tourism (Taught) Birmingham
Health & Well-Being
Social Work
Youth Work and Community Development (Taught) 1.5 years Birmingham
Teaching & Education
Education and Learning (Taught) 18 months Birmingham
Tourism & Hospitality
International Hospitality Management (Taught) Birmingham
Culinary Arts
Culinary Arts Management (Taught) Birmingham
Event Management
Global Meetings and Events Management (Taught) Birmingham
Tourism Management
Hospitality with Tourism Management (Taught) Birmingham
International Tourism Management (Taught) Birmingham
Transport & Logistics
Aviation Management (Taught) Birmingham

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Undergraduate Open Day - Saturday 30 November 2019 (bookings will open soon)

Thank you for considering University College Birmingham for your degree, foundation degree or top-up.

Our open days are designed to give you as much information as possible about the University, the course you are interested in studying and our superb facilities. They are a great opportunity to get an insight into our unique atmosphere.

Open days for full-time degrees can be tailored to suit your own requirements by booking on subject specific talks and accommodation tours. 

Event dates:

Date:   11/30/2019    Time:   11:00 AM - 3:00 PM

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I was initially going to go to university in Denmark, but UCB caught my eye because of the content of its Business Enterprise course and the opportunity to do a placement. My current year-long placement for BMW is focused on working on supply chain and logistics projects. UCB provided me with a huge level of support when I was seeking out work p...
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I looked at a number of different universities for this course but the moment I stepped into UCB’s bakeries I felt like I belonged. My favourite part of the degree so far has been the Artisan Bread module. Before I started university I really felt as though that kind of baking was a weakness of mine, so I wasn’t looking forward to it at all. But...
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Before I started my studies at University College Birmingham, I was unsure what I wanted to achieve from my degree. As the years went on, my education and experiences developed and I started to appreciate how many pathways my degree could open, whether it would be directly into industry or into more education. Towards the end of my second yea...
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University College Birmingham

UCB; Summer Row
B3 1JB Birmingham
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