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Birmingham City University 4.0 / 209 reviews
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The programme starts off very inclusive and full of useful engaging sessions across the primary curriculum designed to help you teach and create interesting lessons. However, after year one this ceases and it was generally felt this should and was expected to continue.As a disabled student minor adjustments were made through the course, but this was minimal while on placement and this is a time where you can feel extremely detached.I would advise anyone with any disability to question fully the adjustments and support that can be made on placement, because this is very inflexible.

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The course is a massive step up from A levels so be prepared to put time into reading and researching before and after classes. Contact time isn't heavy so you're not sitting in classrooms all day but that does mean a lot of independence in your learning.

You will cover topics you didn't even think were related to an English degree but actually prove to be invaluable to a depth of knowledge needed to get you through your degree and out in the wider world. You have the option to take modules that go hand in hand with each other and enhance your learning so you can make life a little easier for yourself through module choices but there are loads to choose from that are interesting and varied in assessment methods.

Plenty of opportunities come up for you to get involved in projects outside of the designated assessments or class work including paid part time work within the School of English and the Students Union.

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One of only twenty-odd Drama UK certified Acting degrees in the country, the course is naturally challenging to the few accepted. I've found that my skills have been pushed in every possible way, while new ones which I was not even aware I was lacking were created - Laban studies, ballroom dancing and key body movement to name but a few!Those who are applying to drama school will have an idea of just how intense such a degree is (and they'd be right), so I won't bore you with details there, but I can tell you that the one thing making Birmingham stand out from the crowd is it's unique approach to individuals' development. You are not taught to fit a mould at BSA, but have unique talents and abilities encouraged, based upon your likely casting in the future. This is apparent even from the initial audition, as it is one of (I believe) only two or three schools which will give you performance feedback at such an early stage, and when they do, the feedback is directly connected to your personal abilities, rather than general specifics such as vocal ability or posture; such things can easily be taught at a later date.In short, if you want a drama school which has your personal, perhaps slightly unusual skills in mind, BSA is the place for you!

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The lectures were informative, delivered by lecturers with vast experience in education.I would ensure you have experience in schools before you start because although you get three different placements, it is worth gaining that extra experience in different schools.The placements during uni are a great variety of different schools to get more experience.One criticism might be the unpredictability of getting grades back. Sometimes the lecturers change their minds or computer errors which shouldn't really happen with the money you pay for university.I got a job from my final placement school so the opportunities are fantastic to enter the world of work,

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Studying Diagnostic Radiography at Birmingham City University is very interesting. The course has been structured well in that the modules relate directly to what we need to know as Radiographers but there is a lot of work and it is very difficult to find a balance between university, placement, exam revision, completing assignments and also having a personal life! Although the course is well structured, I do have to point out that, in my opinion, some modules aren't taught well enough and the resources provided are very scarce. However, on the contrary to that, there are modules such as the Physics module, which have excellent resources available for students to learn the content. For Physics, our lecturer had provided us with audio files for each and every lecture along with clear points on what we need to know for each proceds. There is no 'waffling', it is all very to the point. Overall, I am enjoying this course and , although it is one of the hardest things I've done so far in my life, I know it will be more than worth it in the end.

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Anonymous

This is the least enjoyable and most challenging module on the course. This view is shared by most if not all students on the course, I know this as I am a representative for the course and relay information from students to faculty staff.It is a complex and unrelatable subject and in my personal opinion not taught effectively. All lecturers seem extremely knowledgeable about their subject, however knowledge is a very different thing to delivering and presenting in a fantastically tailored way and perhaps with a subject as abstract as equity, a bit more creativity might benefit the classes, seminars and workshops.

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This module aims to provide an understanding of the development of US security and policy in the light of the 9/11 attacks by examining the range of domestic and external factors which shape the American declared 'war on terror' and the success of that policy in augmenting or eroding American security both abroad and at home. I aspect of this module that it examines is the 9/11 attacks and the role of Al Qaeda and the US response in Afghanistan and the overthrow of the Taliban.

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The tutor has a great way of teaching and so great interest in what she teaching. The content is well layed out as you know what your doing before hand so you can go through your notes

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Anonymous

Channel management was an excellent module. The assignment was challenging by enjoyable. The lecturer was excellent, using her real life experiences to help us understand the different channel management concepts.

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This is an amazing module for both those who are already interested and well-read in gothic literature and for those who know nothing about it and may even think they dislike the genre. The reading list is chronological and therefore allows you to gain a brief overview of the development of gothic literature within the semester of the module. I found a new favourite author studying this module and without much previous knowledge of the genre I left with a deep understanding of the uses and impact of the texts within it. The module is easy to engage with and seminar discussions came easy given the topics and texts covered. Studying the Gothic texts develops your analytical skills and provides you with skills that are transferrable to all genres and texts and also provides you with wider knowledge to help you place other texts within the chronology of the Gothic genre and provide a different perspective on context.

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