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Birmingham City University

Gemmology and Jewellery Studies

UCAS Code: 73J9

Bachelor of Science (with Honours) - BSc (Hons)

Entry requirements


A level

B,B,C

A maximum of 4 subjects are considered. These can be other A/S Levels (as long in a different subject) A-Levels or Level 3 equivalents.

Considered with a maximum of 3 other Level 3 qualifications (AS Levels must be in different subject to A-Levels) to obtain 112 pts

• Pass with 60 credits overall. At least 45 credits at Level 3. Arts, Media and Science subjects preferred but other subjects also considered.

" • Must be in a topic related to the degree subject being applied for Considered with a maximum of 3 other Level 3 qualifications to obtain 112 pts

GCSE/National 4/National 5

Grade 4/C or above GCSE English Language & Maths. No Equivalent qualifications can be considered in lieu of GCSE subjects Scottish Intermediate 2 Scottish National 5 English Language and Maths - grade C Scottish Credit Standard Grade - English Language and Maths - grade 2

HNC (BTEC)

P

Pass with 120 credits at Level 4 Must be in a related pathway May be considered for advanced entry onto the second year of the degree. Subject to satisfactory comparability of modular content at level 4. A transcript and portfolio will be required (for specified courses).

HND (BTEC)

P

Pass with 240 credits at Level 5 Must be in a related pathway May be considered for advanced entry onto the third year of the degree. Subject to satisfactory comparability of modular content at level 4 and level 5. A transcript and portfolio will be required (for specified courses).

International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme

28

Obtain a minimum of 28 points overall For students who do not already hold a GCSE in English Language at Grade C/4 or above Standard Level English Language (not literature) English A - Grade 4 or above or English B - Grade 5 from the IB Diploma will be accepted For students who do not already hold a GCSE in Mathematics at Grade C/4 or above Standard Level Maths, grade 5 or above from the IB Diploma will be accepted

Pass the Irish Leaving Certificate with a minimum of 112 tariff points, achieved in five Higher level subjects. This must include English Language and Maths taken at either Ordinary Level (minimum grade O1-O4 (or A-C/A1-C3)) or Higher level minimum grade H1/H7 (or A-D / A1-D3 up to and including 2016

See level 3 entry under Irish Leaving Certificate for full details

Considered with a maximum of 3 other Level 3 qualifications to obtain 112 pts

" Considered with a maximum of 3 other Level 3 qualifications to obtain 112 pts

Considered with a maximum of 3 other Level 3 qualifications to obtain 112 pts

OCR Cambridge Technical Extended Diploma

DMM

Considered with a maximum of 3 other Level 3 qualifications to obtain 112 pts

Considered with a maximum of 3 other Level 3 qualifications to obtain 112 pts

Considered with a maximum of 3 other Level 3 qualifications to obtain 112 pts

Considered with a maximum of 3 other Level 3 qualifications to obtain 112 pts

Considered with a maximum of 3 other Level 3 qualifications to obtain 112 pts

Pearson BTEC Extended Diploma (QCF)

DMM

Considered with a maximum of 3 other Level 3 qualifications to obtain 112 pts

" Considered with a maximum of 3 other Level 3 qualifications to obtain 112 pts

Considered with a maximum of 3 other Level 3 qualifications to obtain 112 pts

Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Extended Diploma (first teaching from September 2016)

DMM

Considered with a maximum of 3 other Level 3 qualifications to obtain 112 pts

Considered with a maximum of 3 other Level 3 qualifications to obtain 112 pts

Achieve a minimum of 112 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 a minimum of grades CCD Where a combination of Highers and Advanced Highers have been taken you must achieve (grades of CD in two Advanced Highers plus grades of CC in two Highers).

Scottish Higher

C,C

Achieve a minimum of 112 tariff points achieved in either five Highers or from a combination of two Advanced Highers plus two Highers. Where only Highers have been taken a minimum of grades BBCCC is required. Where a combination of Highers and Advanced Highers have been taken you must achieve grades of CD in two Advanced Highers plus grades of CC in two Highers.

UCAS Tariff

112

Contextualised reduced tariff offer: 96 tariff points or equivalent e.g. A-level CCC, BTEC Extended Diploma MMM, BTEC Diploma DD Please visit: http://www.bcu.ac.uk/student-info/offer-making-strategy for more information about contextual offers.

Considered with a maximum of 3 other Level 3 qualifications to obtain 112 pts

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About this course


Course option

3.0years

Full-time | 2021

Subjects

Gemmology

Applied geology

Crystallography

Our Gemmology and Jewellery Studies degree is the only one of its kind in the world. It will enable you to gain the highest level of professionally-recognised gemmological skills.

Our highly practical Gemmology and Jewellery Studies degree offers an introduction to gemmological theory and testing, diamond grading and jewellery valuation. This unique course is partnered by the Gemmological Association of Great Britain (Gem-A), the world’s longest-established gemmological teaching organisation.

With our fully-equipped gem labs at your disposal, you’ll be able to carry out a range of standard and advanced gemmological tests used in the identification of gemstones. You’ll have the chance to put gem materials under the microscope, from natural and synthetic gemstones through to imitation. There will also be a chance to learn complementary skills such as photography.

You’ll study at our brand new purpose-built facilities at the Assay Office, just a few minutes’ walk from the School of Jewellery and in the heart of Birmingham’s famous Jewellery Quarter, where much of today’s jewellery is still made. Our staff team are all experts in their field, and have extensive industry experience. Our graduates go on to work in a wide variety of roles in the jewellery industry throughout the world.

Tuition fees

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England
£9,250
per year
EU
£9,250
per year
Northern Ireland
£9,250
per year
Scotland
£9,250
per year
Wales
£9,250
per year

The Uni


Course location:

Vittoria Street

Department:

Birmingham School of Jewellery

TEF rating:
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What students say


How do students rate their degree experience?

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Gemmology

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Who studies this subject and how do they get on?

72%
UK students
28%
International students
39%
Male students
61%
Female students
70%
2:1 or above
11%
Drop out rate

Most popular A-Levels studied (and grade achieved)

B
B
C

Geography, earth and environmental studies

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Who studies this subject and how do they get on?

92%
UK students
8%
International students
64%
Male students
36%
Female students
77%
2:1 or above
17%
Drop out rate

Physical sciences

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This is usually because there were too few respondents in the data we receive to be able to provide results about the subject at this university.


Who studies this subject and how do they get on?

92%
UK students
8%
International students
64%
Male students
36%
Female students
77%
2:1 or above
17%
Drop out rate

After graduation


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Engineering and technology

What are graduates doing after six months?

This is what graduates told us they were doing (and earning), shortly after completing their course. We've crunched the numbers to show you if these immediate prospects are high, medium or low, compared to those studying this subject/s at other universities.

£21,000
low
Average annual salary
98%
high
Employed or in further education
65%
low
Employed in a role where degree was essential or beneficial

Top job areas of graduates

Geography, earth and environmental studies

What are graduates doing after six months?

This is what graduates told us they were doing (and earning), shortly after completing their course. We've crunched the numbers to show you if these immediate prospects are high, medium or low, compared to those studying this subject/s at other universities.

88%
low
Employed or in further education

Top job areas of graduates

Physical sciences

What are graduates doing after six months?

This is what graduates told us they were doing (and earning), shortly after completing their course. We've crunched the numbers to show you if these immediate prospects are high, medium or low, compared to those studying this subject/s at other universities.

88%
low
Employed or in further education

Top job areas of graduates

Chemistry graduates are in demand from a wide range of industries, from the food, oil, chemicals and pharmaceuticals to consultancy, technical analysis and teaching. They're also prized by business and finance employers for their research and data handling skills — anywhere there is research and data to be explained, you can find chemistry grads. If you want a career in research, you need a doctorate, so start planning now if you fancy one of these exciting and challenging jobs - but good students can usually get grants to take a doctorate, so don't worry about the financing if you think you have what it takes. The recession wasn’t too kind to chemists, particularly in the pharmaceutical industry (one of the key employers for chemists), but things are getting back to normal for this flexible group and it's one of the few degrees that is bucking the current trend and increasing graduate numbers.

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