University of Birmingham A 2 B Scheme

University of Birmingham A 2 B Scheme

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Access to Birmingham (A2B)

The Access to Birmingham (A2B) scheme 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.

The University of Birmingham has a long history of welcoming students from a wide variety of social and cultural backgrounds. We were one of the first universities to set up a fair access scheme for local students in 2000 and are proud to be able to offer prospective applicants the support of our A2B scheme if they are studying at one of our partner institutions.

Everything you need to know about applying to A2B is on the website. Please read through the information carefully, including the Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs). You will find contact information at the end of this section if you have any additional questions. If you do need to email us please write your home postcode and your current school/college in the subject line of your email enquiry.


Application criteria

To apply, your application must be supported by a member of staff at your current school or college which is a partner in the A2B scheme. You also need to meet the following criteria:

  • You attend a partner school or college within the West Midlands.
  • Your parents have no experience of Higher Education in the UK or abroad.
  • The main income earners in your household are not in professional occupations, e.g., not teachers, doctors, solicitors or similar.
  • Your annual household income is £42,600 or less.
  • Your home postcode shows that you live in an area with low levels of progression to Higher Education.
  • You attend a non-selective state school or college which is a partner in the A2B scheme. If you are in the sixth form at a selective state school (such as a grammar school) we will take into account the context in which you achieved your GCSEs.
  • You must be classed as a Home/EU student for tuition fees.

If you have been a looked after child in local authority care for more than three months since the age of 14 you are welcome to apply through the scheme without meeting the above criteria (as long as you are studying at a partner school or college).

We welcome applications from mature learners, if you would like to hear more about the experiences of mature learners studying at the University of Birmingham then please view our mature students film.

Do let us know in your application if any circumstances such as a disability, a long-term illness or time spent caring for a member of your family has prevented you from achieving your full potential.

You can use the following tool to give you an idea of eligibility from your postcode: Neighbourhood Statistics. Enter your full postcode in the ‘Neighbourhood Summary’ box and then click on the ‘Deprivation’ tab to get an overview of your local area.