Applying to BMet for University-Level Study
Following the Prime Minister’s announcement of enhanced restrictions in England from 5th November 2020, the Government continues to prioritise the wellbeing and long-term futures of our young people and will not be closing schools, colleges or universities.
The admissions process for the academic year 2021-22 is running to the usual timeline. We want to reassure you that we are preparing to welcome new students to BMet for 2021 and we are committed to doing all we can to support you in reaching your career goals with us!
Any changes due to COVID-19 will be on our website. Please see our COVID-19 advice website which outlines the measures we have put in place which includes: safe social distancing arrangements, cleaning and sanitisation, guidance on face coverings and advice on using public transport.
Why BMet for University-Level study?
- Friendly environment – Ready, Respect, Safe! At BMet, you can expect to study in a friendly, supportive environment. Support will be on hand from your personal tutor, course lecturers and our student services team. Each of our sites also has its own careers advisor and counsellor who are there to provide advice, guidance and support during your studies.
- Smaller class sizes – Teaching at BMet also has the advantage of being carried out in smaller, university-style seminar groups – offering you plenty of one-on-one time with your tutor.
- Highly qualified staff – At BMet, our record of achievement is outstanding – with pass-rates above the national average every year. Much of that success comes down to expert tuition. Our teachers have worked for many years in industry before joining the college, and they are therefore able to relate the theory they are teaching to the business practices taking place in the real world.
- We are local – Good transport links across campuses in conveniently located and easily accessible by bus or rail (or both).
- Flexible entry requirements – If you do not have at Grade C/4 or above in GCSE Maths and English you may be able to gain these qualifications while studying on a course.
- Competitively priced – Courses are cheaper than what you would pay going directly to university – for example, BMet’s HNC’s are £5,500 for the academic year 2020-21 as opposed to £9,250.
- Employment opportunities – At BMet we have links to the business community via our apprenticeships with companies such as; NHS, Wesleyan, West Midlands Trains, University of Birmingham, BMW Group, Dixons (Carphone Warehouse) and Gately Plc.
- Excellent partnerships – Some courses are in partnership with top universities – Birmingham City University, University of Derby, University of Wolverhampton and University of Worcester. If you study a course which is awarded by one of our University partners, once enrolled you will have access to their premises and be able to use their facilities.
*** Some of our courses offer direct progression routes onto the final year of a degree programme at our University partner.
How to apply for a University-Level course?
UCAS online application
Applications to study a full-time Foundation Degree, HNC or HND course at BMet is made through UCAS Apply and Track, a web-based application system. Use the search box to find your chosen course – it’s easier to find your chosen interest!
BMet/University Partner online application
Applications to study other university courses at BMet is through the College or University partner.
For further details, visit the University-Level section on the college website. Once you have clicked the link you will find a variety of courses, next to all courses you will see an “APPLY” button where it will take you to the appropriate application web page.
Application timeline and deadlines
From 1st October 2020 – 30th June 2021 you can apply for any of our full-time University-Level courses through UCAS.
From 1st July 2021, you can still apply but your application will enter Clearing – it officially opens through UCAS on the 5th July and ends during October 2021 (date to be confirmed). Click here for more details about Clearing.
Please click here to see application timeline. We encourage you to apply by 18:00 on 15th January 2021, the initial deadline set by UCAS, but don’t worry if you miss this deadline as it’s not too late. Please submit your application to us as soon as possible.
Applications can be made from the 1st October 2020 until teaching week 3 during September (date to be confirmed). However, we do encourage you to apply early!
We’re looking for students from all backgrounds!
Each course has different requirements. Once you’ve found the course or courses you’d like to apply for it is important you check the specific grade and subject requirements of the course you are considering, as well as any additional requirements such as work experience or submission of written work. Please ensure you have or are aiming for the right entry requirements.
For some courses, you may be asked to attend an interview as part of the application process.
Search University-Level courses on our website, where you can select a course of your interest and you will be able to check the entry requirements for your course.
After you apply
Replying to applications
You will receive an email confirmation sent to the email address you have supplied during the application process. Please check regularly both in your inbox and ‘spam’/’junk’ folder of the email account you provide in your application as you’ll be contacted by BMet, UCAS and/or University partner at various stages of your application.
Once your application is received our Admissions Team will process your application, considering all information provided to assess your suitability for the course. We will be in contact to invite you for an interview with the Course Admissions Tutor if your course requires this, request additional information from you or to inform you of our decision based on your application. We may invite you to an interview before your offer is made.
If you have submitted your application via UCAS you can, also, check on its progress online through UCAS Track.
While your application is being considered, we will keep in touch with you keeping you up to date with news, events, reminders of important deadlines that are coming up. As well as provide you with information to update you about the course, student life and studying at BMet.
Will you need to attend an interview?
Depending on what you choose to study, you may be required to attend an interview with the Course Admissions Tutor. This is to gain a better understanding of your credentials and work ethic to ensure you are ready for the course.
This interview will take place by telephone or through Microsoft Teams whilst restrictions are in place during the COVID-19 pandemic. You will be invited via email which will confirm the time, date, place and anything you may need to provide before your interview such as proof of qualifications and or a portfolio. We will ask for these documents to assess whether you are ready to take the course and have a chance to succeed.
If for any reason you cannot attend on the date provided, the Admissions Team will endeavour to re-arrange on your behalf with the Course Admissions Tutor and another email will follow to confirm.
Getting an offer
Once we have considered your application we will let you know our decision. There is a brief overview of the different decisions below, or you can read more at the UCAS Website.
Unconditional Offer – You’ve already met the entry requirement, so the place is yours if you want it!
Conditional Offer – The place on the course is yours if you meet the conditions, detailed on the HE Conditions of Offer addendum. Once you have met these conditions and have provided evidence, your offer will become Unconditional.
Withdrawn – A withdrawn application means a course choice has been withdrawn by either you or us. Your application might be withdrawn if you miss an interview, or don’t respond to our emails.
Unsuccessful – Don’t worry if you’ve not received an offer this time, you can try again during Clearing or next year.
Replying to an offer
Once you have received all your offers, it’s now time for you to consider them and respond!
Through UCAS – please log on to UCAS Track, there are three responses available to you:
- Firm Choice: this is your first choice – the place you most want to go to.
- Insurance: this is the choice you’d want if you didn’t meet the conditions of your firm choice.
- Decline: you do not wish to take up this choice.
Through BMet/University Partner online application;
- If you have applied directly to BMet you can accept your offer here or the email address provided on your offer letter.
- If you have applied for a course awarded by one of university partners you will need to provide your decision to both University and BMet.
Advice for your application
At BMet we consider all aspects of your application to assess your suitability for the course. This will include a wide range of qualifications, portfolios, your personal statement, your academic reference and any additional relevant experience.
Please note that if you have a disability, specific learning difficulty, long-term health condition or mental health condition, we strongly encourage you to disclose this and provide any relevant information as part of your application.
This information will help us to ensure that you receive the right support through the application process and if your application is successful, throughout your studies with us.
Step 1 – Research. Search to see what is on offer! To start your research, visit our University-Level website.
Step 2 – Prepare. Put together a high-quality application. See below specific guidelines if you are completing a UCAS application.
Step 3 – Apply! You will receive an email confirmation sent to the email address you have provided during the application process.
When applying through UCAS
- You must complete all parts of the form.
- As part of your UCAS application you’ll need to write a personal statement. Personal statements give you the chance to tell us about your subject interest(s) and the process of writing a personal statement can often help you to better understand your academic interests and intellectual motivations. Take time on your personal statement. Make it stand out!
- For guidance on what to include, we advise you to follow the guidance provided by UCAS on how to write an Undergraduate Personal Statement.
- One current reference on official headed paper or from a professional email address.
- We would encourage you to provide an academic reference if you are currently in full-time education but if this is not possible don’t worry we will accept a reference from a current or previous employer. Please let your tutors or your employer know about the course you intend to apply for to ensure your reference is completed as soon as possible.
- Please be aware that we will not accept references from your family, other relatives or friends.
- Copies of academic transcripts.
- Copies of degree/diploma certificates.
For further guidance on what to include, we advise you to follow the filling in your UCAS application guide.
When applying via the College/University partner website
Please ensure you fill in the application to the best of your ability. We will ask for some details about yourself including your personal details, previous qualifications and your hobbies and interests.
Please remember you can also contact our friendly Admissions Team if you require further guidance or to ask any question on 0121 446 4545 or email email@example.com.
During the admissions process
Apply on time – submit application online via UCAS, the College website or our University partner website. While in UCAS Clearing, applications can, also, be made online or when calling, we will ask you for your email address and send you a Clearing Application Form to complete and return via email with proof of your qualifications.
Apply for funding – if you require funding you can apply via the appropriate finance award agency website. You don’t have to have a confirmed offer of a place to apply and it is best to get an application in early.
Preparing for an interview – if the course you apply for requires an interview, you will be notified and invited via email which will confirm the date and time and what you will need to provide before your interview.
Track your offer – from the moment you apply to the moment you accept an offer you can track your application status if you have applied via UCAS. If you are in UCAS Clearing and have not applied online, the course tutor will give you a verbal offer followed by written confirmation via email. If you have any enquires during this time, you can contact us by telephone or email which can be found via the Contact page available on our website.
Accept your offer – if you have applied via UCAS you will need to accept your offer via UCAS Track to secure your place. If you have applied directly with BMet, one of our University partners or during UCAS Clearing by completing an application form, you can accept your offer via email address provided on offer letter, adding the offer you are accepting in the subject field. Alternatively, if you have an application reference number and a student reference number, you can accept your offer online.
Check for communication from us – we will contact you via the phone number and email provided on your application therefore please make sure we have all your up to date contact details.
Our university-level tuition fee varies between each course. For further details, visit the University-Level section on the college website. Once you have clicked the link you will find a variety of courses, on each course information page you will find the tuition fee displayed.
Please note that our tuition fees for academic year 2021-22 will not be confirmed until January 2021.
Changes to Fees
Please be aware that we intend to increase tuition fees in subsequent years using the Retail Price Index (RPI-X). Please read our fee policy for further information. It also outlines what is covered by the tuition fee and the circumstances under which it might be refunded.
*** Remember you don’t have to pay tuition fees upfront and you can borrow 100% of your course fees with a Tuition Fee Loan from Student Finance England, which is only repaid after graduation and is linked to graduate salaries.
Some government financial support is currently available to all eligible Home fee status students. You can apply for a Tuition Fee Loan and Maintenance Loan if your course starts on or after 1 August 2016 through Student Finance England.
Tuition Fee Loan – BMet or our University partner sets your tuition fee, and the loan is paid directly to us or our University partner. You must pay it back.
Maintenance Loan for living costs – You may have to give details of your household income. The loan is paid directly into your bank account at the start of each term. You must pay the loan back.
Eligibility for other government and College/University funding usually depends on your financial circumstances. Support arrangements can also vary according to where you’re from in the UK. You should refer to the appropriate finance award agency website for the most up-to-date information and guidance.
- Student Finance England and Non-UK Team
- Student Finance NI
- Student Awards Agency Scotland (SAAS)
- Student Finance Wales
You’re strongly advised to apply for financial support as early as possible.
Applications for government support will open early in 2021 and you don’t need a confirmed place at a university to apply for this.
Some students may also be eligible for additional government funding, depending on circumstances/needs. For example:
- Disabled Students’ Allowances (DSAs)
- Childcare Grant
- Parents’ Learning Allowance
- Adult Dependants’ Grant
Please visit the appropriate finance award agency website for the most up-to-date information and guidance including eligibility criteria and what additional financial support may be available to you.
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Contact our admissions office
The BMet Higher Education Team is responsible for all University-Level courses. Please contact us and a member of our Admissions Team will provide advice and guidance on courses or your application.
Telephone: 0121 446 4545
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