Birmingham City University

Jewellery and Silversmithing Birmingham City University Degree level: Undergraduate

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Based within a stimulating and dynamic environment, the School of Jewellery’s HND course is unique within the UK and has an excellent reputation within the industry, with our students and graduates employed at all levels, locally and internationally.

As an HND student, you will be working on live, collaborative and customer-facing projects, broadening your experience through our industry-focussed curriculum. Working at authentic jewellers’ benches, you will develop traditional skills alongside knowledge of contemporary cutting-edge technology. Our course will immerse you in the world of jewellery and silversmithing as you create pieces in precious and non-precious metals.

You will produce pieces by hand and by mechanical means, with a particular focus on manipulating metal.The practical, design-led nature of the course gives you plenty of opportunity for hands-on workshop experience to hone your skills. You’ll develop practical experience of materials and tools, alongside techniques in drawing and model making to develop your design processes.

You’ll have access to the latest equipment such as laser welders and 2D and 3D CAD software packages, as well as casting and plating workshops. Dedicated staff with professional experience will offer advice, support and industry contacts.

You’ll be encouraged to enter national and international competitions, and you’ll also have fantastic opportunities to work on live projects with industry. Field trips and study visits add colour and relevance to your studies, and support an understanding of commercial jewellery manufacturing environments. You’ll study at our internationally-renowned School of Jewellery, in the heart of Birmingham’s famous Jewellery Quarter, where much of today’s jewellery is still made

How to apply

Application deadlines

If your application is completed by the following date, it’s guaranteed to be considered:

15 January

*If you apply after this deadline, universities or colleges don’t have to consider your application if they’ve filled their spaces, so the sooner you apply, the better!

Application codes

You will need these codes when you add a choice to your application.

Course code 72WW
Institution code B25
Campus name Vittoria Street
Campus code V

Points of entry

The following entry points are available for this course:

  • Year 1

Entry requirements

Qualification requirements

Qualification Offer Further information
UCAS Tariff 48 points
A level DD
Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Extended Diploma (first teaching from September 2016) PPP
Access to HE Diploma 60 credits overall. Minimum of 45 credits at level 3 and 15 credits at level 2. Must be in a relevant subject pathway
Scottish Higher Achieve a minimum of 48 tariff points achieved from either five Highers or a combination of two Highers offered with two Advanced Highers. Where only Highers have been taken a minimum of (DDDDD) are required. Where a combination of Highers and Advanced Highers have been taken you must achieve (grades of DD in two Advanced Highers plus grades of DD in two Highers).
AS AA - EE Two AS-level subjects can be considered along with one A-levels OR One AS-Subject can be considered with one 6-unit BTEC Subsidiary Diploma / OCR Cambridge Technical Introductory Diploma or a BTEC 12-unit National Diploma/ OCR Cambridge Technical Diploma totalling 48 ucas pts
Extended Project Must be in a topic related to the subject being applied for.
Must be offered along with either one A-level OR a one 6-unit BTEC Subsidiary Diploma/ OCR Cambridge Technical Introductory Diploma or a BTEC 12-unit National Diploma/ OCR Cambridge Technical Diploma.
GCSE/National 4/National 5 Not accepted
HNC (BTEC) entry to year 2. Tutor's discretion
International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme Obtain a minimum of 24 points overall. Students who do not complete the IB Diploma and who achieve the minimum of  10 points or above from two Higher Level Subjects will be considered on the basis of their IB Certificates.
Leaving Certificate - Higher Level (Ireland) (first awarded in 2017) Pass the Irish Leaving Certificate with a minimum of 48 tariff points, achieved in four Higher level subjects.
Leaving Certificate - Ordinary Level (Ireland) (first awarded in 2017) Not accepted
OCR Cambridge Technical Certificate Must be offered along with either one A-level OR one 6-unit BTEC Subsidiary Diploma or a BTEC 12-unit National Diploma to achieve minimum of 48 UCAS points.
OCR Cambridge Technical Diploma MP
OCR Cambridge Technical Extended Certificate D Must be offered along with either one A-level OR one 6-unit BTEC Subsidiary Diploma or a BTEC 12-unit National Diploma to achieve minimum of 48 UCAS points.
OCR Cambridge Technical Extended Diploma PPP
OCR Cambridge Technical Foundation Diploma Only accepted in combination with other subjects
Must be offered along with either one A-level (grade B and C), one 6-unit BTEC Subsidiary Diplomas/ OCR OCR Cambridge Technical Introductory Diplomas
OCR Cambridge Technical Introductory Diploma Only accepted in combination with other subjects
Must be offered along with either one A-level (grade B and C), one 6-unit BTEC Subsidiary Diplomas/ OCR OCR Cambridge Technical Introductory Diplomas
OCR Cambridge Technical Subsidiary Diploma MM Minimum 48 points in total
Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Certificate (first teaching from September 2016) Must be offered along with either one A-level OR a one 6-unit BTEC Subsidiary Diploma/ OCR Cambridge Technical Introductory Diploma or a BTEC 12-unit National Diploma/ OCR Cambridge Technical Diploma.
Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Diploma (first teaching from September 2016) MP
Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Extended Certificate (first teaching from September 2016) D
Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Foundation Diploma (first teaching from September 2016) M
Scottish Advanced Higher Achieve a minimum of 48 tariff points achieved in either three Advanced Highers or from a combination of two Advanced Highers plus two Highers. Where three Advanced Highers have been taken achieve minimum of grades DDD.  Where a combination of Highers and Advanced Highers have been taken you must achieve (grades of DD in two Advanced Highers plus grades of DD in two Highers).
Welsh Baccalaureate - Advanced Skills Challenge Certificate (first teaching September 2015) Pass to achieve 48 tariff points

Additional entry requirements

Portfolio

If your application is progressed, you will be invited to bring in a portolio of your creative work for review. Your portfolio is your opportunity to show examples of your work and creative interests to support your application. Guidance on how to put your portfolio together will be provided once you have made your application.


English language requirements

Test Grade Additional details
IELTS (Academic) 6.0 with no sub-test below 5.5
TOEFL (iBT) 550 paper 213 computer or 80% overall

Fees and funding

Tuition fees

EU £6,000 Year 1
England £6,000 Year 1
Northern Ireland £6,000 Year 1
Scotland £6,000 Year 1
Wales £6,000 Year 1

Additional fee information

These home fees are for reference purposes only based on 2017 fees structure. 2018/9 Fees to be confirmed.

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15 Bartholomew Row
Birmingham
B5 5JU


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