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Birmingham City University

Jewellery and Silversmithing

UCAS Code: 72WW

Higher National Diploma - HND

Entry requirements


A level

D,D

A maximum of 3 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 2 other Level 3 qualifications (AS Levels must be in different subject to A-Levels) to obtain 48 pts

Pass with 60 credits overall. At least 45 credits at Level 3. Arts, Media and Publishing 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 2 other Level 3 qualifications to obtain 48 pts

Obtain a minimum of 24 points overall

Pass the Irish Leaving Certificate with a minimum of 48 tariff points, achieved in five Higher level subjects.

Considered with a maximum of 2 other Level 3 qualifications to obtain 48 pts

Considered with a maximum of 2 other Level 3 qualifications to obtain 48 pts

Considered with a maximum of 2 other Level 3 qualifications to obtain 48 pts

OCR Cambridge Technical Extended Diploma

PPP

Considered with a maximum of 2 other Level 3 qualifications to obtain 48 pts

Considered with a maximum of 2 other Level 3 qualifications to obtain 48 pts

Considered with a maximum of 2 other Level 3 qualifications to obtain 48 pts

Considered with a maximum of 2 other Level 3 qualifications to obtain 48 pts

Considered with a maximum of 2 other Level 3 qualifications to obtain 48 pts

Considered with a maximum of 2 other Level 3 qualifications to obtain 48 pts

Pearson BTEC Extended Diploma (QCF)

PPP

Considered with a maximum of 2 other Level 3 qualifications (AS Levels must be in different subject to A-Levels) to obtain 48 pts

Considered with a maximum of 2 other Level 3 qualifications (AS Levels must be in different subject to A-Levels) to obtain 48 pts

Considered with a maximum of 2 other Level 3 qualifications (AS Levels must be in different subject to A-Levels) to obtain 48 pts

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

PPP

Considered with a maximum of 2 other Level 3 qualifications (AS Levels must be in different subject to A-Levels) to obtain 48 pts

Considered with a maximum of 2 other Level 3 qualifications to obtain 48 pts

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 a 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).

Achieve a minimum of 48 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 DDDDD is 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.

UCAS Tariff

48

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About this course


Course option

2.0years

Full-time | 2021

Subjects

Silversmithing and goldsmithing

Metal work

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

Tuition fees

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England
£6,000
per year
EU
£6,000
per year
Northern Ireland
£6,000
per year
Scotland
£6,000
per year
Wales
£6,000
per year

The Uni


Course location:

Vittoria Street

Department:

Birmingham School of Jewellery

TEF rating:
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What students say


We've crunched the numbers to see if overall student satisfaction here is high, medium or low compared to students studying this subject(s) at other universities.

76%
med
Silversmithing and goldsmithing
76%
med
Metal work

How do students rate their degree experience?

The stats below relate to the general subject area/s at this university, not this specific course. We show this where there isn’t enough data about the course, or where this is the most detailed info available to us.

Silversmithing and goldsmithing

Teaching and learning

87%
Staff make the subject interesting
87%
Staff are good at explaining things
87%
Ideas and concepts are explored in-depth
87%
Opportunities to apply what I've learned

Assessment and feedback

Feedback on work has been timely
Feedback on work has been helpful
Staff are contactable when needed
Good advice available when making study choices

Resources and organisation

67%
Library resources
81%
IT resources
78%
Course specific equipment and facilities
62%
Course is well organised and has run smoothly

Student voice

Staff value students' opinions

Who studies this subject and how do they get on?

61%
UK students
39%
International students
27%
Male students
73%
Female students
67%
2:1 or above
5%
Drop out rate

Most popular A-Levels studied (and grade achieved)

B
C
E

Metal work

Teaching and learning

87%
Staff make the subject interesting
87%
Staff are good at explaining things
87%
Ideas and concepts are explored in-depth
87%
Opportunities to apply what I've learned

Assessment and feedback

Feedback on work has been timely
Feedback on work has been helpful
Staff are contactable when needed
Good advice available when making study choices

Resources and organisation

67%
Library resources
81%
IT resources
78%
Course specific equipment and facilities
62%
Course is well organised and has run smoothly

Student voice

Staff value students' opinions

Who studies this subject and how do they get on?

66%
UK students
34%
International students
39%
Male students
61%
Female students
68%
2:1 or above
7%
Drop out rate

Most popular A-Levels studied (and grade achieved)

B
B
B

After graduation


The stats in this section relate to the general subject area/s at this university – not this specific course. We show this where there isn't enough data about the course, or where this is the most detailed info available to us.

Silversmithing and goldsmithing

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.

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Average annual salary
100%
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Employed or in further education
66%
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Employed in a role where degree was essential or beneficial

Top job areas of graduates

Metal work

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.

£18,000
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Average annual salary
100%
med
Employed or in further education
66%
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Employed in a role where degree was essential or beneficial

Top job areas of graduates

What about your long term prospects?

Looking further ahead, below is a rough guide for what graduates went on to earn.

Silversmithing and goldsmithing

The graph shows median earnings of graduates who achieved a degree in this subject area one, three and five years after graduating from here.

£15k

£15k

£19k

£19k

£21k

£21k

Note: this data only looks at employees (and not those who are self-employed or also studying) and covers a broad sample of graduates and the various paths they've taken, which might not always be a direct result of their degree.

Metal work

The graph shows median earnings of graduates who achieved a degree in this subject area one, three and five years after graduating from here.

£15k

£15k

£19k

£19k

£21k

£21k

Note: this data only looks at employees (and not those who are self-employed or also studying) and covers a broad sample of graduates and the various paths they've taken, which might not always be a direct result of their degree.

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