Place Category: Modern Universities
University College Birmingham is based in several buildings in the centre of Birmingham and is often referred to as the “College of Cakes” due to its background as a college of bakery, catering and domestic science in the early 20th Century. Initially it focused on ‘further education but later expanded to provide higher education and also expanded to cover Tourism and Creative studies in addition to Food. In 2008 it changed its name to University College Birmingham.
The University’s focus remains largely on vocational study and it has twice as many further education students (around 10,000) than higher education students (around 5,000)
It has a range of specialist vocational facilities for used to train its students including restaurants and catering facilities, hairdressing and therapy salons, food testing laboratories, health and leisure facilities. It is also one of the few universities or colleges in the UK with Hospitality Assured status.
Work-based training is a significant part of the educational provision at UC Birmingham. Many of its degree courses offer the opportunity for students to undertake year of paid relevant employment as part of their course, either in the UK or overseas.