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Course overview. If you are seeking to develop a career within the culinary environment of the hospitality industry, this course provides a direct career pathway for you. Read more
Course overview

If you are seeking to develop a career within the culinary environment of the hospitality industry, this course provides a direct career pathway for you.

The management of professional culinary enterprises proves an exciting challenge. Artistry and technique need to be blended with business and management acumen, coupled with the skills of creativity and innovation. The challenge is to always meet changing consumer demands, research trends and effectively manage an operation.

You will study classical culinary technique and adapt it to the contemporary culinary environment. Innovation, recipe and food product development will be strong components of your overall experience. The international nature of the modern culinary environment is reflected in the content and delivery of this course – as are the challenges of managing culinary operations as profit centres.

Some previous culinary experience is required, but the course is also open to students from educational and industry backgrounds.

Why should I choose this course?

UCB is a specialist and internationally-renowned provider of courses in hospitality and culinary arts management.
You will enhance your knowledge and application of culinary technique and develop your ability to manage within a culinary environment.
You will be able to specialise and develop advanced techniques through our state-of-the-art facilities, staff expertise and an optional work placement.
UCB’s well-developed international links are reflected in our thriving international study body and out internationally-recognised qualifications.
Our lecturers have a wealth of industry experience to draw from and keep up-to-date on industry developments as well as academic research.

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Overview. Early Years Teacher Training leading to Early Years Teacher Status (EYTS) is designed for people with a passion for working with children from birth to five years old and who wish to specialise in early childhood development. Read more
Overview

Early Years Teacher Training leading to Early Years Teacher Status (EYTS) is designed for people with a passion for working with children from birth to five years old and who wish to specialise in early childhood development.

Working as an Early Years Teacher is a challenging but rewarding career and teachers can make a real difference to a child’s development and life chances. Early Years Teachers are responsible for organising and leading high-quality practice in early years settings, contributing to improving outcomes for young children and making a positive difference to their learning and development.

University College Birmingham is offering two entry routes from September 2016:
Graduate Entry Route

Aimed at graduates with limited experience of working with children, but who wish to work in the early years sector.
Graduate Employment-Based Route

Aimed at existing practitioners, both experienced or newly-qualified, who work in relevant early years settings (childminders, nurseries in the PVI sector, children’s centres, free schools, academies and independent schools).

Early Years Teacher is a relatively new status and awareness and recognition is still building. Gaining EYTS will significantly enhance career development prospects and could open the door to leadership and management roles in a range of early years settings.

Why should I choose this course?

The Graduate Entry Route will appeal to graduates with limited experience of working with children, but who wish to work in the early years sector.
This route is fully funded by the NCTL and includes a bursary of up to £5,000
The Graduate Employment-Based Route is ideal for graduates who already have experience of working with children, and who wish to widen their knowledge and continue their career in the early years sector.
This route is fully funded by the NCTL and also includes a financial incentive for employers of £7,000 as a contribution towards training costs

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Overview. In the increasingly competitive business environment, there is high demand for creativity, innovation and uniqueness - and a growing demand for businesses to be enterprising. Read more
Overview

In the increasingly competitive business environment, there is high demand for creativity, innovation and uniqueness - and a growing demand for businesses to be enterprising. Our Enterprise Management MSc/PGDip has been developed in partnership with industry professionals to give you the business knowledge and work experience you need to advance in management positions in the enterprise service sector. The course will also give you the skills to set up your own business and learn how to grow and develop strategically. As you explore the basis of entrepreneurial activity, you will further develop your business and management skills enabling you to identify and respond to new business opportunities. You can develop your own business plan as an option for your final year research project, with our industry partners contributing to your business development process. The course has been designed in partnership with the Chartered Management Institute (CMI), a leading global professional body that provides you with the opportunity to achieve Chartered Manager status.

Why should I choose this course?

If you are thinking of enhancing your career in the business sector, setting up your own business or taking your business to the next strategic level, this course will give you the knowledge and skills you need to succeed.
You will interact and engage with entrepreneurs who will mentor you through the duration of the course and ensure you develop the appropriate skills and knowledge to succeed as a manager or entrepreneur.
The course offers you a route into self-employment, especially if you have got a sound business start-up idea that you have always wanted to realise and implement.
The course has a practical focus with an ethos of “learn by doing.” You will work alongside both local and national entrepreneurs on "live" business activity and development projects.
The course has been designed in collaboration with the Chartered Management Institute (CMI) and

provides you with the opportunity to achieve Chartered Manager status.

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Course overview. This exciting course will provide you with the opportunity to develop higher level knowledge, skills and talent for a career within the dynamic global meetings and event industry. Read more
Course overview

This exciting course will provide you with the opportunity to develop higher level knowledge, skills and talent for a career within the dynamic global meetings and event industry.

This postgraduate qualification will enhance your appreciation of the complex, strategic and operational management tools used in the events industry. Your knowledge will be supported by current global events theory, giving you the ability to solve executive problems.

By adopting a social science approach, you will explore and critique the operational and business issues within the sector and look for solutions at corporate business level. The social interaction of people within the wider environment will form the basis to how you approach a variety of concepts.

Why should I choose this course?

This degree is accredited by the University of Birmingham and has a strong industry and vocational focus.
You will learn how to expand and develop your meetings and events business in the flushing global event marketplace.
You will have the opportunity to take an optional placement within the industry, boosting your future career prospects.
You will learn from both experienced academics and industry leaders to develop your global business skills and worldview.
You can take part in and conduct your field research on an overseas residential.

Teaching and assessment

Lectures, seminars and fieldwork will provide opportunities for you to explore concepts relevant to your study and you will also be analysing case studies as a way to understand the link between theory and sector practice.

You will be assessed in a variety of ways to encourage you to develop a range of skills. These include essays and reports, investigative fieldwork, case study analysis and presentations.

Our teaching and assessment is underpinned by our Teaching, Learning and Assessment Strategy 2015-2020.

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Course overview. International hospitality is challenging, dynamic and expanding rapidly. It also offers a wide range of exciting employment opportunities. Read more
Course overview

International hospitality is challenging, dynamic and expanding rapidly. It also offers a wide range of exciting employment opportunities.

On this course, you will choose the pathway that best suits you – one that is tailored to suit your previous qualifications and experience.

Pathway A:

If you are new to the industry and your qualifications are not related to hospitality or tourism, then you will take this pathway. This course will teach you about managing the operational aspects of the industry and incorporated the study of related tourism and events environments.

Pathway B:

If you have an undergraduate degree in hospitality or tourism management and you wish to continue your studies then this will be your pathway. In addition to operational management, you will focus on the long-term strategic development of hospitality operations and will equip you to engage in continuing development using a broad range of intellectual and study skills.

You will also take part in a five-day study trip to a European city destination in order to carry out research related to one or more of your course assessments. Previous study visits have taken students to Paris, Madrid, Lisbon, Seville, Palma, Amsterdam and Rome. The cost of this residential visit it include in the course fees.

Why should I choose this course?

You will develop your professional career, specialising in the dynamic and exciting sector of hospitality.
UCB is a well-established and internationally-renowned provider of hospitality courses.
You will learn advanced hospitality functions and how to apply them to the industry.
This course is accredited by the University of Birmingham.
You will be able to evaluate the effectiveness of alternative hospitality and managerial approaches and appreciate the changing nature of the contemporary hospitality environment.

Teaching and assessment

Lectures, seminars and fieldwork will provide opportunities for you to explore concepts relevant to your study and you will also be analysing case studies as a way to understand the link between theory and sector practice.

You will be assessed in a variety of ways to encourage you to develop a range of skills. These include essays and reports, investigative fieldwork, case study analysis, presentations and simulation using industry-specific software.

Our teaching and assessment is underpinned by our Teaching, Learning and Assessment Strategy 2015-2020.

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Course overview. The hospitality industry is a vast, global and dynamic industry which is constantly developing and expanding. Read more
Course overview

The hospitality industry is a vast, global and dynamic industry which is constantly developing and expanding.

This course will develop your knowledge and understanding of the hospitality industry and the environment in which it operates and increase your critical awareness of current issues and new insights into this area of professional practice. Our previous graduates can be found all over the world, working in a variety of senior management positions in many different sectors of the industry.

You will also take part in a five-day study trip to a European city destination in order to carry out research related to one or more of your course assessments. Previous study visits have taken students to Paris, Madrid, Lisbon, Florence, Barcelona, Krakow and Rome. The cost of this residential visit it include in the course fees.

There are many diverse career opportunities available to you, and a postgraduate degree from UCB will improve your chances of success and career progression.

Why should I choose this course?

UCB is a well-established and internationally-renowned provider of hospitality management courses.
Our lecturers have a wealth of industry experience to draw from and keep up-to-date on industry developments as well as academic research.
This degree is accredited by the University of Birmingham and has a strong industry and commercial focus.
You will learn how to work in a managerial position within the hospitality industry and be aware of the contemporary issues and potential areas of growth within the sector.
You will be able to evaluate the effectiveness of alternative hospitality and managerial approaches and appreciate the changing nature of the contemporary hospitality environment.

Teaching and assessment

Lectures, seminars and fieldwork will provide opportunities for you to explore concepts relevant to your study and you will also be analysing case studies as a way to understand the link between theory and sector practice.

You will be assessed in a variety of ways to encourage you to develop a range of skills. These include essays and reports, investigative fieldwork, case study analysis, presentations and simulation using industry-specific software.

Our teaching and assessment is underpinned by our Teaching, Learning and Assessment Strategy 2015-2020.

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Course overview. Tourism is a highly-competitive industry in virtually every country of the world, which has created a demand for managers who possess the knowledge and skills to succeed in this dynamic and global industry. Read more
Course overview

Tourism is a highly-competitive industry in virtually every country of the world, which has created a demand for managers who possess the knowledge and skills to succeed in this dynamic and global industry.

This course will enhance your business management potential by developing your knowledge and skills to identify and respond to the wide range of opportunities and threats in future tourism business environments. You will also appreciate the multi-disciplinary approaches required in the sector.

A strong emphasis is placed on the role of communication and creativity in effective management practice, together with an awareness of contemporary issues. A key feature of this course is the ‘live industry project’, where you will travel overseas for an external organisation and apply your skills and knowledge to a real business. Previous students have completed projects in Malaysia, the Gambia and the Azores in Portugal.


Why should I choose this course?

UCB is a leading provider of innovative undergraduate and postgraduate courses in tourism, with a national and international reputation.
UCB’s well-developed international links are reflected in our thriving international study body, which makes for a diverse and friendly atmosphere.
Our lecturers have a wealth of industry experience to draw from and keep up-to-date on industry developments as well as academic research.
The ‘live industry project’ is a fantastic opportunity to travel abroad, gain experience and use the skills you develop on your course in a real industry environment.
You will be able to evaluate the effectiveness of tourism and business approaches and appreciate the changing nature of the contemporary tourism environment.

Teaching and assessment

Lectures, guest speakers, seminars and e-learning activities will help give you an understanding of the travel and tourism sector as a business. There is also a range of action learning opportunities through case studies, scenario-planning, simulations and live projects.

You will be assessed through case study analysis, presentations, essays, e-discussions, examinations and debates through a range of individual and team-based environments.

Our teaching and assessment is underpinned by our Teaching, Learning and Assessment Strategy 2015-2020.

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Course overview. This course is available both full and part-time and aims to further your knowledge of teaching-related and contextual studies and provide opportunities for you to explore current research and issues regarding working with children. Read more
Course overview

This course is available both full and part-time and aims to further your knowledge of teaching-related and contextual studies and provide opportunities for you to explore current research and issues regarding working with children.

You will further develop your advanced skillset and learn how to efficiently deal with complex issues that may arise in the learning environment. You will also hone your analytical skills, evaluating research and studies surrounding childhood theory and curriculum.
The opportunity to undertake detailed exploration of current childhood issues is provided, enabling you to apply what you have learned into practice in the workplace and to support field research.

Why should I choose this course?

You will develop your professional career in education as you specialise in the rewarding area of teaching and learning.
You will be given a choice of specialist modules that allow you to customise your degree to suit your career aspirations.
You will learn advanced techniques for research and communication and how to apply them to the industry.
You will learn a variety of industry approaches around mentoring, professional practice and distance learning materials.
You will be able to evaluate the effectiveness of industry trends and a variety of perspectives.

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Course overview. If you want to work in a dynamic marketing role, managing events or working within hospitality and tourism, then this course will provide you with the knowledge and experience necessary to succeed. Read more
Course overview

If you want to work in a dynamic marketing role, managing events or working within hospitality and tourism, then this course will provide you with the knowledge and experience necessary to succeed.

The focus of this course is on developing your effective marketing management competencies through the study of a range of modules specifically designed to encapsulate and reflect the contemporary marketing environment.

You will have the opportunity to undertake projects in a live marketing context and act as a consultant to develop strategies and marketing plans for clients. This industry-based experience is very valuable and will enhance your overall employability.

This course encompasses a corporate team-building event to develop the skills that you learned during your undergraduate studies and raise them to a higher academic level.

The UCB Business School has an affiliation with the Academy of Marketing and the Chartered Institute of Marketing (CIM). You will benefit from interaction and engagement with leading marketing practitioners and academics as well as having access to a wide range of specific marketing resources.

Why should I choose this course?

You will develop your professional career in marketing as you specialise in the dynamic events, hospitality and tourism industries.
You will be given a choice of specialist modules that allow you to customise your degree to suit your career aspirations.
You will learn advanced business functions in marketing management and how to apply them to the industry.
You will work with real clients, helping to develop marketing plans and strategies in order develop your industry experience.
You will be able to evaluate the effectiveness of alternative marketing approaches and appreciate the changing nature of the contemporary business environment.

Teaching and assessment

This course is delivered through team-based learning exercises to encourage a high level of participation. You will also attend lectures, seminar debates and do independent reading to ensure an interactive, personalised learning experience.

You will be assessed in a variety of ways to encourage you to develop a range of skills. These include case studies, presentations, online debates, assessed seminars, essays and reports, marketing plans and a live exhibition.

Our teaching and assessment is underpinned by our Teaching, Learning and Assessment Strategy 2015-2020.

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Overview. If you would like to study for a PGCE and have less than three years of experience working with children, UCB’s PGCE Primary QTS course will provide you with the necessary skills to teach in a primary school environment. Read more
Overview

If you would like to study for a PGCE and have less than three years of experience working with children, UCB’s PGCE Primary QTS course will provide you with the necessary skills to teach in a primary school environment.

There are two pathways available on this course. If you would like to teach 3-7 year olds, you will focus your studies on the Foundation Stage (pre-school) and Key Stage 1 (years 1 and 2). If you would like to teach 5-11 year olds, you will focus on Key Stage 1 (years 1 and 2) and Key Stage 2 (years 3 to 6).

These course pathways will concentrate on themes related to primary education that address key government priorities such as curriculum management, working with children with Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (SEND) and working with children who use English as an Additional Language (EAL).

On completion of this course, you will be a Newly Qualified Teacher (NQT) and will have the knowledge, skills and training to work in a mainstream school or in a school for children with special needs.


Why should I choose this course?

Past students rate it very highly, commenting that the content is intellectually stimulating and the teaching methods are very effective.
You will develop your professional career in education as you specialise in the rewarding area of teaching and learning and receive high quality support from your lecturers.
You will increase your career prospects and employment opportunities through working in one of our partnership schools.
You will be able to efficiently manage a curriculum, how to deal with a range of professional issues and critically evaluate the principles of teaching.
By studying both the theoretical and practical elements of teaching, you will develop a deeper understanding of the skills necessary to teach in a primary school environment.

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Course overview. UCB’s School Direct course is run in conjunction with Wilson Stuart School and Colmore Partnership Teaching School Alliance (CPTSA). Read more
Course overview

UCB’s School Direct course is run in conjunction with Wilson Stuart School and Colmore Partnership Teaching School Alliance (CPTSA). This course differs from our PGCE primary QTS route as the majority of your training will be spent in your work placement and you will attend university only one day per week.

You will work in a school environment for four days per week and attend UCB for one day per week. As well as choosing which primary age group you would like to teach (3-7 years or 5-11 years), you will havethe opportunity to choose whether you specialise in mainstream or special education needs teaching.

School Direct is an alternative route into teaching. This school-led approach is designed to enable schools and accredited Initial Teacher Training providers to work together to provide high quality training to develop high quality teachers.

University College Birmingham works in close partnership with a number of schools in developing this course. With our partners we offer two School Direct routes, the salaried route and the tuition fee route.

Why should I choose this course?

You will be able to teach in a primary school environment for four days a week, continuing to build on your practical teaching experience.
You will be able to efficiently manage a curriculum, deal with a range of professional issues and critically evaluate the principles of teaching.
You will be able to increase your career prospects and employment opportunities.
You will get high quality support throughout the course as you develop your professional career
By studying both the theoretical and practical elements of teaching, you will develop a deeper understanding of the skills necessary to teach in a primary school environment.

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Course overview. This assessment only route to Qualified Teaching Status has been specially designed to support graduates who have significant experience in the teaching profession but are not yet qualified teachers. Read more
Course overview

This assessment only route to Qualified Teaching Status has been specially designed to support graduates who have significant experience in the teaching profession but are not yet qualified teachers.

This course recognises the work and experience that unqualified teachers have gained during their professional career and offers them the opportunity to gain Qualified Teacher Status.

Why should I choose this course?

In just 12 weeks, you could become a qualified teacher.
You will get high quality support throughout the course.
You will develop your professional career in education as you specialise in the rewarding area of teaching and learning.
You will be able to increase your career prospects and employment opportunities.
This course solely measures your practical experience within your workplace, with no academic study.

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Course overview. The global growth of tourism has been accompanied by economic, environmental and social impacts that are crucial to industry development in order for it to expand and develop. Read more
Course overview

The global growth of tourism has been accompanied by economic, environmental and social impacts that are crucial to industry development in order for it to expand and develop.

A key role in the development of tourism lies with the planners and developers who control and cultivate tourism to meet the varied needs of the different types of service providers and principles.

This course will examine these important areas, encouraging you to examine the management and development of tourism destinations so you develop an appreciation of the multi-disciplinary approaches required in the sector. You will focus on planning and development initiatives whilst building an awareness of contemporary issues.

A key feature of this course is the ‘live industry project’, where you will travel overseas for an external organisation and apply your skills and knowledge to developing tourism product and marketing development plans. Previous students have completed projects in Cyprus, Italy and Madeira.

Why should I choose this course?

UCB is a leading provider of innovative undergraduate and postgraduate courses in tourism, with a national and international reputation.
You will be able to evaluate the effectiveness of tourism and marketing development approaches and appreciate the changing nature of the contemporary tourism environment.
UCB’s well-developed international links are reflected in our thriving international study body, which makes for a diverse and friendly atmosphere.
Our lecturers have a wealth of industry experience to draw from and keep up-to-date on industry developments as well as academic research.
The ‘live industry project’ is a fantastic opportunity to travel abroad, gain experience and use the skills you develop on your course in a real industry environment.

Teaching and assessment

Lectures, guest speakers, seminars and e-learning activities will help give you an understanding of the travel and tourism sector as a business. There is also a range of action learning opportunities through case studies, scenario-planning, simulations and live projects.

You will be assessed through case study analysis, presentations, essays, e-discussions, examinations and debates through a range of individual and team-based environments.

Our teaching and assessment is underpinned by our Teaching, Learning and Assessment Strategy 2015-2020.

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Course overview. This course is suitable if you want a JNC-approved qualification or if you are working in a community or education setting working predominantly with young people. Read more
Course overview

This course is suitable if you want a JNC-approved qualification or if you are working in a community or education setting working predominantly with young people.

You will be taught to reflect on your role as a practitioner, asked to question and critically evaluate your professional role and create an environment where knowledge transfer and skills develop is encouraged.

The fieldwork practice arrangements required for this course will include two periods of supervised fieldwork practice, which will be 592 hours in total. In line with the National Youth Agency criteria, at least 148 of these 592 hours will be in an alternative practice context. The experience will be in two locations and 50% of the committed time will be with young people in the 13-19 age group. The total number of fieldwork practice hours will be equally divided over the course duration.

Why should I choose this course?

You will develop your professional career in youth work and community as you specialise in this rewarding area.
You will be given a choice of specialist modules that allow you to customise your degree to suit your career aspirations.
You will learn advanced techniques for research and communication and how to apply them to the industry.
You will learn a variety of industry approaches around social justice, management and personal and professional change.
You will be able to evaluate the effectiveness of industry trends from a variety of perspectives.

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