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Birmingham City University 4.0 / 214 reviews
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My LLB LAW degree covers has four core modules for the undergraduate year, which are; Contract Law, Tort Law, English Legal Systems, and Criminal Law. Out of those four modules I personally like Contract and Criminal Law, mainly because they are projected as more practical sides of Law. I've had an assessment for Contract Law which I've just submitted on Freedom of Contract and I have to say, not much help is given, especially when its needed as a 1st year student writing a Law essay for the first time in a restricted word limit. There were no sample essays or plagiarism checks until the assignment is submitted. However besides that the layout of the course in terms of timetable is good and allows independent study, also the library resources are easy to find and use. I would say the way attendance of students is monitored needs improvement as most people would just write their friends names in that haven't even attended the lectures. The seminars are engaging, particularly the Tort seminars, and the teachers are helpful.

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I studied Criminology as an undergraduate at Birmingham City University and I truly enjoyed it so I knew the MA Criminology at BCU is the perfect option for me. All lectures and seminars run on a Thursday so it gives student the flexibility to work part time while mostly focusing on their studies. The content and structure of the entire course but also for every module are well presented. All lecturers are brilliant and they give you full support not only academically but also with any issues arising in personal life in help is needed. I would definitely recommend this course.

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The courses is great however we do not learn the most important stuff in 2nd and 3rd 1st yr. We should learn in depth at the start of 1st year so it builds up our skills and make us improve better as we climb into 3rd year

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It's a valuable course with a wide blend of module choices. The lecturers are generally all passionate and helpful and willing to go out of their way to assist as much as they can. The facilities are excellent and the campus is in a good location.

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Media and communications at Birmingham City University is a great degree for those looking to pursue a career in media, whether it be film, TV, radio, music, or journalism and so many more.

It's also an ideal degree for those who are unsure what sector of the media they are interested as they offer the 'broad course' which allows you to choose the modules you study. This means you can study an array of modules from TV location to music industries to new media.

If you decide to specialise for example I'm specialising in music industries, you can still choose your modules however you have 3 compulsory ones you must study to progress into the 2nd year of that specialism.

The modules are so informative and I have acquired so many new skills from being here just 2 months. I've learnt how to code, how to run a music label (one of my assignments is to do so) and the theoretical approaches behind media.

Not only are the modules applicable to modern media they are also practical as you undertake projects which give you valuable experiences that no other degrees could offer.

I highly recommend this degree especially for those who prefer assignments over exams, my modules are 100% assignments which also means I get a longer Christmas holiday!

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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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