Our University Partners

University of Birmingham

Routes to Professions

We work in partnership with the University of Birmingham on their ‘Routes to the Professions’ initiative, as part of our commitment to improving access of under-represented groups to courses that lead to professional careers. The programme aims to improve the knowledge, understanding and progression of under-represented groups into professional courses by providing students with opportunities to develop non-academic skills and capabilities that are important for accessing professional courses and careers.

Realising Opportunities

We also work with UoB as part of their Realising Opportunities (RO) initiative – a collaboration of 15 leading research intensive universities, working together to promote fair access and social mobility of students from groups under-represented in Higher Education. Successful completion of the this programme gives students the opportunity to have their achievements recognised through UCAS, resulting in additional consideration and the potential for alternative offers from the universities involved.

Access to Birmingham (A2B)

With the University of Birmingham, we are involved in the Access to Birmingham (A2B) scheme which is designed to help students from families and communities in the West Midlands who have little or no experience of Higher Education find out about what studying at university involves. Each year, we send a group of students to visit St Catherine’s College at the University of Oxford.

University of Birmingham, Newman University and the University of Wolverhampton

We have developed strong teacher training partnerships with universities in the West Midlands region. The College offers work placements, a tailor-made “enhancement programme” day visit and involves trainee teachers in professional development activities.

Aston University

We work in partnership with Aston University’s Medical School to give students interested in a career in healthcare the opportunity to join the Sir Doug Ellis Pathway to Healthcare Programme. This programme gives selected students the opportunity to participate in a range of activities including:

• A two-week work placement within the local NHS
• Online mentoring from an Honorary Clinical Fellow scheme linked with the Medical School
• The opportunity to shadow current students from the School of Life and Health Sciences
• Advice on obtaining work experience in the healthcare professions
• Participation in a summer essay project
• Participation in a summer academic enrichment programme
• Easter revision classes on campus in Year 13

Birmingham City University

We offer a HND qualification awarded by Birmingham City University, the Diploma in Education and Training. In June 2018, the College became an approved institution to deliver teacher training. The Level 5 Diploma in Education and Training (DET) is a well-recognised qualification in the post-compulsory education sector.