Undergraduate Pathway in Jewellery

The Faculty’s Gemmology degree is the only one of its kind in the world; therefore you will have exclusive access to unrivalled expertise and facilities. The BCUIC campus is also home to specialist metalwork studios.

Your pathway to Birmingham City University

Stage 1

Stage 2

Stage 3

Stage 4

University Foundation First Year Degree Second Year Degree Final Year Degree

£12,000 (two-semester)

£16,500 (three-semester)






Stage 1: Two or three semesters† (depending on qualifications upon entry)


Stage 1: September, January and May

Study Location

Stage 1:
BCUIC Bournville Campus

Stage 2, 3 and 4:
School of Jewellery

OR Assay Office


†If you will be studying Gemmology, you will study a two-semester programme at BCUIC as no portfolio is required.

Stage 1: University Foundation

Portfolio Requirements


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  • Creative Workshop*

  • Critical Thinking*

  • Extended Media Experimentation

  • Information Research, Recording and Responding In Art & Design

  • Interactive Learning Skills and Communication*

  • Interactive Learning Skills and Communication & Preparation and Progression in Art and Design

  • Knowledge & Understanding Of Creative Practice In Art & Design

  • Mass Communication*

  • Media Experimentation in Art and Design

  • Personal Combined Experimental Studies In Art & Design

* Additional four modules in the three semester programme.

Modules for Gemmology

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  • Interactive Learning Skills and Communication 3

  • Numerical Techniques 1

  • Physics 1

  • Physics 2

  • ICT Skills

  • Information Research, Recording and Responding in Art and Design

  • Critical Thinking

  • Numerical Skills 2

Stage 2: First Year Degree

Stage 3: Second Year Degree

Stage 4: Final Year Degree

Birmingham City University Degree Pathways

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  • BSc (Hons) Gemmology and Jewellery Studies

  • BA (Hons) Horology

  • BA (Hons) International Jewellery Business

  • BA (Hons) Jewellery and Objects*

*Students on the BA (Hons) Jewellery and Objects pathway are required to achieve higher marks (60% minimum) in relevant modules in order to progress to this degree.

Birmingham City University is currently going through a period of curriculum transformation which will finish in time for September 2017.This may affect programmes from September 2017 onwards.The aim of this review is to modernise BCU’s programmes and ensure the University reaches its targets of delivering practice-based learning that will deliver high-quality employability skills to our students. This may result in a change in the name or progression options for your chosen degree course. BCU and BCUIC will keep all students updated about these changes, and if you have any further questions, do please contact us.