Higher Education

Many leading universities in Birmingham and the wider West Midlands

Higher Education


Birmingham is the one of the top three core cities for number of graduates with its five Universities in the central area graduating over 25,000 students. This contributes to over one third of the overall number of graduates in the West Midlands.

Key Facts

  • There are five main universities in Birmingham with a further two in Warwickshire, one in the Black Country and one in Worcestershire
  • Eight alumni from the University of Birmingham have been awarded a Nobel prize
  • The University of Coventry has won the Modern University of the Year three times in a row (2014-2016)

Birmingham and the Suburbs

The Birmingham city region has five leading universities including Aston University, University of Birmingham, Birmingham City University, University College Birmingham and Newman University.

These universities not only provide excellent education and career options for those moving their families to the area, but also provide a vast pool of graduate talent for local employers to select from. 


Solihull College provides university level education and courses for students who can meet admission requirements. Some courses will welcome mature students who do not have qualifications, but instead, have relevant life and work experience. A total of 22 university level courses are available in a variety of sectors and industries.

Regular trains travel from Solihull station to Birmingham Moor Street and Snow Hill, which are a short walk from Birmingham City University, University of Birmingham, University College Birmingham and Aston University - all based in the city centre.

Coventry and Warwickshire

Coventry and Warwickshire has two main universities; Coventry University and The University of Warwick.

In 2015, Coventry University was ranked the Sunday Times' Modern University of the Year with its excellent teaching, research and results figures.

Warwick University also ranks extremely high in The Guardian, 2015 (6th top University in the UK) and the Complete University Guide 2015 (7th place). 

The Black Country

There are three main universities in the Black County area including Staffordshire University, University of Keele and The University of Wolverhampton.

Having celebrated its 100th anniversary in 2014 and recently opened a new main campus in Stroke-in-Trent, University of Keele is featured in the top 50 in the Guardian University Guide 2016.

The University of Wolverhampton boasts an incredible 95% graduate employment rate for its students.

Staffordshire University is ideally placed at the heart of the UK, offering a number of courses spanning from Computer Games Design right to Forensic Science. 


Worcester has its own university, the University of Worcester that is constantly growing in popularity with nearly double the amount of students now attending since 2006. Potential students can choose from over 200 courses that the university provides with over 92% of all graduates finding work or education within 6 months of their graduation.

The Heart of Worcestershire College offers many courses as well as higher education courses as well as further education.