Birmingham City University

Established since 1843, Birmingham City University (BCU) has helped many working adults achieve their Degree goals.

BCU offers one year1 top-up Direct Honours Degrees programmes2 with well-paced schedule for busy adults. For students who focus on the legal profession, the University also offers a specialised programme in Law.

  • Why Our Programmes?
  • University Ranking and Recognition
  • Other Information and Sources

1-Year Top-up Direct Honours Degrees Programmes

  • 1-Year Direct Honours Degree programme with mainly assignment-based assessment
  • Well-paced study schedule with lessons on alternate weeks allowing better time management
  • No weekend classes allowing students to study without compromising social and family life
  • Choice of either Business Administration, International Business or International Marketing programme
  • Direct entry to final year for Polytechnic Diploma holders without bridging subjects2
  • Member of the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB), the Chartered Association of Business Schools (CABS) and the European Foundation for Management Development (EFMD)
  • Coverage on global and international related curriculum to develop your career regionally
  • Modular classes allowing students to focus on one unit before starting the next
  • Officially recognised as a higher learning institute by the UK government

For LLB Laws (Honours) Programme

  • Practical-oriented LLB Law curriculum with mock courtrooms
  • Accredited by the Joint Academic Stage Board as a Qualifying Law Degree by Bar Standards Board UK and Solicitors Regulation Authority
  • Ranked Top 100 in the UK (UK University Rankings2019)
  • Member of AACSB, CABS and EFMD (AACSB, CABS and EFMD)
  • Listed as Qualifying Law Degree Provider by Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA UK)
  • Approved Institution offering Qualifying Law Degree by Bar Standards Board
    (Bar Standards Board UK)
  • Officially recognised by the UK government (UK)
  • Candidates with a Degree from a University accredited by the home government of the country may be considered for appointment into the Singapore Public Service (ifaq.gov.sg)
  • Birmingham City University Degrees awarded are accredited by the Chinese Service Center for Scholarly Exchange (CSCSE), an affiliation to the Ministry of Education of the People’s Republic of China.

1 Subjected to programme duration and meeting entry requirements.

2 Only applicable for Bachelor of Arts (Honours) in Business Administration (Top-up), International Finance (Top-up), International Marketing (Top-up) and International Business (Top-up).

  • Why Our Programmes?

1-Year Top-up Direct Honours Degrees Programmes

  • 1-Year Direct Honours Degree programme with mainly assignment-based assessment
  • Well-paced study schedule with lessons on alternate weeks allowing better time management
  • No weekend classes allowing students to study without compromising social and family life
  • Choice of either Business Administration, International Business or International Marketing programme
  • Direct entry to final year for Polytechnic Diploma holders without bridging subjects2
  • Member of the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB), the Chartered Association of Business Schools (CABS) and the European Foundation for Management Development (EFMD)
  • Coverage on global and international related curriculum to develop your career regionally
  • Modular classes allowing students to focus on one unit before starting the next
  • Officially recognised as a higher learning institute by the UK government

For LLB Laws (Honours) Programme

  • Practical-oriented LLB Law curriculum with mock courtrooms
  • Accredited by the Joint Academic Stage Board as a Qualifying Law Degree by Bar Standards Board UK and Solicitors Regulation Authority
  • University Ranking and Recognition
  • Ranked Top 100 in the UK (UK University Rankings2019)
  • Member of AACSB, CABS and EFMD (AACSB, CABS and EFMD)
  • Listed as Qualifying Law Degree Provider by Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA UK)
  • Approved Institution offering Qualifying Law Degree by Bar Standards Board
    (Bar Standards Board UK)
  • Officially recognised by the UK government (UK)
  • Candidates with a Degree from a University accredited by the home government of the country may be considered for appointment into the Singapore Public Service (ifaq.gov.sg)
  • Birmingham City University Degrees awarded are accredited by the Chinese Service Center for Scholarly Exchange (CSCSE), an affiliation to the Ministry of Education of the People’s Republic of China.
  • Other Information and Sources

1 Subjected to programme duration and meeting entry requirements.

2 Only applicable for Bachelor of Arts (Honours) in Business Administration (Top-up), International Finance (Top-up), International Marketing (Top-up) and International Business (Top-up).

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Testimonials
Felicia Kang Wan Ping
Felicia Kang Wan Ping
Business Excellence Assistant Manager, Ricoh (Singapore) Pte Ltd
Bachelor of Laws (Honours) (Top-up)
"Birmingham City University, First Class Honours Graduate (2020) It was my passion towards law and the desire to return to school to seek knowledge and perspective that led me to pursue the Bachelor of Laws (Honours) from Birmin..." Read More

Felicia Kang Wan Ping

Business Excellence Assistant Manager, Ricoh (Singapore) Pte Ltd

Felicia Kang Wan Ping

Business Excellence Assistant Manager, Ricoh (Singapore) Pte Ltd

Programme taken: Bachelor of Laws (Honours) (Top-up)

Birmingham City University, First Class Honours Graduate (2020)

It was my passion towards law and the desire to return to school to seek knowledge and perspective that led me to pursue the Bachelor of Laws (Honours) from Birmingham City University (BCU).

After some serious consideration, I chose the programme from BCU as it was one of the few schools in Singapore providing a part-time Law Degree programme, and this helped me juggle between work, study and social life. As classes were held two to three days weekly on weekdays, I was able to attend classes while still having time for activities I love, such as spending time with my family and friends, and volunteering.

The deepened understanding of what I have learnt in the programme has greatly enhanced my efficiency and allowed me to apply them across various aspects of my work as a Business Excellence Assistant Manager in Ricoh (Singapore) Pte Ltd. My company has since entrusted me with looking into legal documents as well.

I would recommend Kaplan’s BCU programmes for those who wish to further their studies like me. I believe that one should invest in learning from young and I am glad to have embarked on this journey to pursue my interest in law. In fact, I have just enrolled for a Double Masters programme with Murdoch University at Kaplan.

Cheong Yuen Thim
Cheong Yuen Thim
Manager of Air Export Operations for Cargo, Dnata Singapore Pte Ltd
Bachelor of Arts (Honours) International Business (Top-up)
"Birmingham City University is my educational provider of choice as it is recognised as a Centre for Excellence in Teaching and Learning. I strongly believe that, with its renowned branding and dedicated teaching staff, I am able to excel and ignit..." Read More

Cheong Yuen Thim

Manager of Air Export Operations for Cargo, Dnata Singapore Pte Ltd

Cheong Yuen Thim

Manager of Air Export Operations for Cargo, Dnata Singapore Pte Ltd

Programme taken: Bachelor of Arts (Honours) International Business (Top-up)

Birmingham City University is my educational provider of choice as it is recognised as a Centre for Excellence in Teaching and Learning. I strongly believe that, with its renowned branding and dedicated teaching staff, I am able to excel and ignite my creativity in learning. Also, I am deeply passionate about the Major in International Business that is offered by BCU. The programme’s syllabus is comprehensive, and the lecturers are specialised in their area of expertise.

The study schedule at BCU fits my current work and personal lifestyle. The classes are after my office hours on weekdays, and the weekends are free for me to spend time with family while also revising and catching up on my studies. The study schedule of 3 days of continuous study with the following week off fits perfectly and is awesome!

The programme’s lecturers have introduced me to the theoretical side of the modules, as well as to practical approaches for applying these theories into action in the real world. They have also posited that the world is ever-changing and that continuous improvisation is important for success in the future. Globalisation is the key, encompassing Global + Localisation.

I chose to work first and study later. However, I realised that, in my current role and for future promotion opportunities, a paper qualification from a recognised educational provider like BCU is necessary to jumpstart my career again. I believe that it is never too late to do so, and it has been a joyful journey with BCU at Kaplan!

Wai Hui Ying
Wai Hui Ying
Sales Consultant, Ricoh (Singapore) Pte Ltd
Bachelor of Arts (Honours) Business Administration (Top-up)
"As I was already studying for a Kaplan Diploma in Commerce then, I aimed to take up a Bachelor of Arts (Honours) Business Administration (Top-up) Degree programme to continue my learning and development. This assignment-based course includes si..." Read More

Wai Hui Ying

Sales Consultant, Ricoh (Singapore) Pte Ltd

Wai Hui Ying

Sales Consultant, Ricoh (Singapore) Pte Ltd

Programme taken: Bachelor of Arts (Honours) Business Administration (Top-up)

As I was already studying for a Kaplan Diploma in Commerce then, I aimed to take up a Bachelor of Arts (Honours) Business Administration (Top-up) Degree programme to continue my learning and development.

This assignment-based course includes six classes per subject, with a deadline of a month for each assignment. As a part-time student, it was quite reasonable for me as there was enough time to complete the assignments. Being assignment-based meant I had more time to prepare, and I could still enjoy a work-life balance even during my studies.

I feel that this Degree qualification has been crucial for my career advancement and I am grateful for choosing BCU to study my Degree with. It was a challenge to be a part-time student, but it made me more confident in speaking and writing English, and even making friends! It has also improved my performance in my Sales Consultant job as well!
I’m thankful that BCU accepted me as their student, and I’m proud to be a First Class Honours graduate.

Megan Marie Camille Ah-Thion
Megan Marie Camille Ah-Thion
Marketing Executive, Interior Design Industry
Bachelor of Arts (Honours) International Marketing (Top-up)
"Though I previously studied design, I touched upon a lot of marketing while working and interning in different companies and ended up preferring this aspect of the job. I was lucky to have mentors, bosses and team leaders who trusted me, offering ..." Read More

Megan Marie Camille Ah-Thion

Marketing Executive, Interior Design Industry

Megan Marie Camille Ah-Thion

Marketing Executive, Interior Design Industry

Programme taken: Bachelor of Arts (Honours) International Marketing (Top-up)

Though I previously studied design, I touched upon a lot of marketing while working and interning in different companies and ended up preferring this aspect of the job. I was lucky to have mentors, bosses and team leaders who trusted me, offering many tips and much advice. Through my studies, I believe that I can gain more knowledge in addition to a Marketing Degree.

Birmingham City University was my best choice as its part-time programme allows me to study it while working, and the ability to pay via instalments is great for new working professionals like myself. The University’s schedule is really convenient as it enables me to work concurrently and it gives enough time for students to study on their own for upcoming assignments. These require a lot of independent work, which I think is necessary for any part-time studies.

I prefer the online learning classes (given COVID-19) as I save a lot of time commuting and can work on assignments right after class. The exceptional lecturers make this experience work, they are readily available and open to helping us any way they can. I reckon that they strive to ensure that we understand and advance in our studies correctly. They also provide lots of examples and additional slides to ease our understanding of the subject.

This programme that I’m studying is helping me develop my skills and knowledge in Marketing, which is a plus for me and my company. In addition, acquiring a Degree will help me in terms of salary and promotion.

Rinalee Ibrahim
Rinalee Ibrahim
Team Assistant, International Financial Institution
Bachelor of Arts (Honours) International Business (Top-up)
"Though I have been putting it off for a while, I’ve always wanted to get a degree as doing so would enhance my career progression and my understanding of how businesses operate. My interest in pursuing business studies drew me to this Bachelor of ..." Read More

Rinalee Ibrahim

Team Assistant, International Financial Institution

Rinalee Ibrahim

Team Assistant, International Financial Institution

Programme taken: Bachelor of Arts (Honours) International Business (Top-up)

Though I have been putting it off for a while, I’ve always wanted to get a degree as doing so would enhance my career progression and my understanding of how businesses operate. My interest in pursuing business studies drew me to this Bachelor of Arts (Honours) International Business (Top-up) Degree programme, and I have found its modules suitable for my needs.

I chose Birmingham City University as it offered these modules through part-time study. Also, the fees were within my budget and I could complete the programme within the timeframe. The University’s schedule suits me well and the lecturers are articulate, using presentation styles that are simple and easy to understand.

Provided in lieu of the pandemic, the online learning class experience has afforded me much more flexibility. As I am currently working from home, not having to commute to school has been a welcome change. Also, I feel that students seem more proactive in discussions on this online platform compared to when in the classroom.

Keerthana D/O Murugan
Keerthana D/O Murugan
Legal Administrator, Ministry of Health
Bachelor of Laws (Honours) (Top-up)
"Looking back at my choice, I have no regrets as I managed to get a job as a Legal Administrator with the Ministry of Health after attaining my Bachelor of Laws (Honours) Degree from Birmingham City University (BCU). After much research, I had s..." Read More

Keerthana D/O Murugan

Legal Administrator, Ministry of Health

Keerthana D/O Murugan

Legal Administrator, Ministry of Health

Programme taken: Bachelor of Laws (Honours) (Top-up)

Looking back at my choice, I have no regrets as I managed to get a job as a Legal Administrator with the Ministry of Health after attaining my Bachelor of Laws (Honours) Degree from Birmingham City University (BCU).

After much research, I had selected BCU for the affordability of its programme and Kaplan’s centralised campus location. Through studying with Kaplan, I found that it lives up to its reputation as a well-known and established institution, and I appreciate its quiet and conducive study environment.

As I was simultaneously working full-time, it was slightly challenging to juggle both classes and work. Despite that, I was able to do well on my very first attempt thanks to my lecturers, who did their best to simplify the curriculum and support my learning through their efforts and candour. They worked tirelessly to prepare us for our papers and I am glad to have been taught by them.

In addition to being intellectually challenging and personally fulfilling, a Law Degree also positions its graduates to be desirable candidates in various fields. I feel that studying this Degree has built my confidence and empowered me to achieve any career I aim for.

Tony Cheong Teck Yuan
Tony Cheong Teck Yuan
Market Risk and Product Control, Global Markets, United Overseas Bank
Bachelor of Laws (Honours) (Top-up)
"My ambition has always been to acquire a law Degree to develop my articulation skills and confidence. Therefore, I chose the Bachelor of Law (Honours) Degree from Birmingham City University (BCU). The programme has helped me to sharpen my crit..." Read More

Tony Cheong Teck Yuan

Market Risk and Product Control, Global Markets, United Overseas Bank

Tony Cheong Teck Yuan

Market Risk and Product Control, Global Markets, United Overseas Bank

Programme taken: Bachelor of Laws (Honours) (Top-up)

My ambition has always been to acquire a law Degree to develop my articulation skills and confidence. Therefore, I chose the Bachelor of Law (Honours) Degree from Birmingham City University (BCU).

The programme has helped me to sharpen my critical thinking ability, harness my reasoning and analytical skills and deepen my understanding of risk control management and identification. The knowledge I’ve gained, such as in equity and trust law, has been very useful in my work.

BCU’s flexible programme schedule is perfect for my work commitments and Kaplan’s centralised campus location makes it convenient for me to attend the night classes. This is in addition to the friendly lecturers and helpful programme managers who willingly spend time after work to answer my questions.

Though I already have a BSc in Computer Science and a Master of Applied Finance, I believe furthering my education enables my professional development and lets me pursue my interests and aspirations.

Kris Ang
Kris Ang
Assistant Manager, Singapore Institute of Technology
Bachelor of Arts (Honours) Business Administration (Top-up)
"Upon achieving a Birmingham City University Bachelor of Arts (Honours) in Business Administration Degree programme with Kaplan, I’ve received several job opportunities, enhancing my career options and progression. Being a programme that imparts..." Read More

Kris Ang

Assistant Manager, Singapore Institute of Technology

Kris Ang

Assistant Manager, Singapore Institute of Technology

Programme taken: Bachelor of Arts (Honours) Business Administration (Top-up)

Upon achieving a Birmingham City University Bachelor of Arts (Honours) in Business Administration Degree programme with Kaplan, I’ve received several job opportunities, enhancing my career options and progression.

Being a programme that imparts universal skills relevant in various organisations and fields, studying it has provided me valuable knowledge. In particular, I found the modules of Managing and Leading Strategic Change and International Business Strategy especially useful and applicable to both my current role and for future career opportunities.

The main draw for me was the assignment-based programme backed by a flexible timetable that was especially suitable for my hectic work schedule. In addition, I also appreciated how my lecturers could relate the academic theories to real-world scenarios and present engaging discussions while keeping the lesson clear and concise.

Programmes Offered

Business & Management

Bachelor of Arts (Honours) Business Administration (Top-up)
Level: Bachelor's Degree Study Mode: Part-time
Bachelor of Arts (Honours) International Business (Top-up)
Level: Bachelor's Degree Study Mode: Part-time
Bachelor of Arts (Honours) International Marketing (Top-up)
Level: Bachelor's Degree Study Mode: Part-time
International Master of Business Administration
Level: Master's Degree Study Mode: Full-time

Law & Criminology

Bachelor of Laws (Honours) (Top-up)
Level: Bachelor's Degree Study Mode: Part-time
Master of Laws in International Business Law
Level: Master's Degree Study Mode: Part-time