At BMet we have a range of courses for you if you are looking to study at one of our colleges across Birmingham and the Black Country. With courses on offer at: Matthew Boulton College, Sutton Coldfield College, James Watt College and Erdington Skills Centre, Stourbridge College and Kidderminster Academy – there’s a college close to you where you will find first-class facilities and learning opportunities.
We offer courses at every level from entry to higher education, so we are sure we have the right pathway to help you achieve your career goals. Take a look at what we have to offer and come and visit us at one of our Open Events, where you can talk to our tutors, get advice on the support we offer including finance and student welfare and apply to join us.
There are many reasons to choose BMet as your next step in education. You will benefit from:
Lots of courses to choose from – We offer the widest choice of courses in the Midlands
Advice and Support – Through personal tutors, mentors, safe guarders, career advisors, our student services team and all of our staff and tutors, we are committed to ensuring you make the most of your time with us.
Careers Advice and Guidance – We offer help with university applications, CV preparation and interview practice as well as guiding you through the maze of job application and choosing your ideal career.
Partnership and employer links – We have connections with some of the world’s leading companies and partnerships with leading universities to help you secure your future.
Clubs and societies – We are one of the leading FE colleges in terms of sporting success and offer a wide range of sporting opportunities. We also offer a wide range of enrichment activities including trips and visits both for fun and to help you with your studies.
Free bus pass (T&Cs apply) - Students who are 16-18 and study at either Stourbridge or James Watt College receive a FREE bus pass. The pass provides unlimited bus travel across the West Midlands, which can be used not only to get to college but also to visit friends at weekends and much more.
Excellent facilities - We’ve invested an incredible £20 million in redeveloping or refurbishing our sites both in Birmingham and in the Black Country, improving facilities and providing state of the art work spaces and classrooms for students and staff.
Student voice – students are at the heart of our college and your voice matters to us. Throughout the year we have a range of opportunities where you can have your say.
Choosing a course that is right for you
We offer a range of courses at a level that is right for you. The typical entry requirements are shown below, although your chosen course may have specific requirements. If you are unsure about the level of study that will best fit your skills and experience, please talk to one of our Student Service Advisors or come to one of our Open Events.
Entry level You don’t need any formal qualifications. Learners are sometimes referred by agencies such as Connexions. These courses will improve your team working and employability skills as well as literacy and numeracy skills.
Level 1 To study at Level 1 you must have completed a secondary education ideally with 2 or more GCSEs at grade D or above. You must be able to show an interest in your area of study e.g. portfolio of art work or an audition. We offer Level 1 courses in most subject areas and they provide a foundation for you to move onto the next level of study.
Level 2 To study this level you will need 4 GCSEs at grade D or above which may include maths and/or English or a Level 1 qualification in your chosen subject area. Level 2 courses are offered in all subject areas and build on your knowledge from Level 1. It is also possible to start with Level 2 if you have the correct entry requirements.
Level 3 You will need 4 or 5 GCSEs at grade C or above including maths and English. You may also have a Level 2 qualification in your chosen subject area. Level 3 qualifications include AS/A Levels and Level 3 Extended Diplomas in different subjects which you study for 2 years and give you access to university or a job. Diplomas and Subsidiary Diplomas are also available and you will study for 1 year or part-time over 2 years.
Level 4/5 You will need a relevant Level 3 qualification and be over 18 years old. Some mature applicants can also gain entry through relevant work experience. Higher National Certificates/Diplomas and Foundation Degrees are offered in many subjects and provide skills and qualities that employers are looking for to enable you to get the best jobs. HNCs are studied for 1 year part-time and HNDs and FDs 2 years full-time.