Themes ::: theme_bcu
Maintained by Mike Grant, Jez H
Part of set BCU UI.
This is the theme from the moodle site of Birmingham City University. It's based on bootstrap and allows for extensive customisation and some unique features to help improve Moodle's usability.
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BCU Theme

This theme is no longer being actively developed, please see the forked Adaptable Theme instead.

This bootstrap based theme is in use on a large site and has been thoroughly tested using pretty well every possible permutation of a Moodle course including several third party course formats. It is customisable through admin settings and should serve you well!

Cool features: (at least we think so)

  • Toggle to hide show blocks in one click
  • Toggle to switch between fixed and full width
  • Support for bootstrap elements (Toggle, Modal, see our Bootstrap Elements Plugin Here )
  • Choice of two tiled renderers for My Courses on front page, one static and one with overlay

Home Page:

  • Jquery slider
  • Marketing spots on front page (three or four should render well)
  • 2 x info boxes on front page
  • My Courses rendered as "tiles" making better use of space
  • Four configurable blocks in theme footer (display sitewide)


Top navbar includes:

  • Messages icon showing alerts of unread messages + dropdown of users sending messages
  • Dropdown with users profile related links

Secondary navbar includes:

  • links to home, my home, events
  • My Courses drop down list of enrolled courses the order of which is controlled by My Home settings. Students can customise order of this navigation list in My Home. Drag courses to re-order them in My Home and the same order will be reflected in the drop down navigation
  • This Course drop down list provides consistent course navigation to activities (replicates activities block), participants and grades
  • Ability to add a "help" link into navigation for help pages

Other Features:

  • Ability to display a site wide message across the top of the site to notify of downtime or similar
  • Truncate course / category names in breadcrumbs, if you have long names and a deep category structure this will come in quite handy! (we plan to apply expanding breadcrumbs on mousever as seen in Essential theme)
  • Uses Font Awesome so icons can easily changed

Admin Settings: highly customisable with many settings:

  • Color pickers to alter look of theme
  • File uploader for slider images
  • File uploader for Logo
  • Field for stats tracking code (Piwik, Analytics etc)


We are continually improving the features in this theme and would appreciate feedback and suggestions you may have and If we like them we will integrate and update the version here.

If you find any problems please check the issue tracker, hopefully you will find we already have it on our list.

Future Plans: we will be adding more navigation items into the theme (configurable) with the aim of reaching a point where we can disable the administration and navigaion blocks for students giving a simplified more consistent way of navigating courses which is less dependant on the random availability and placement of blocks.


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  • Dave Foord
    Tue, Jun 28, 2016, 5:32 PM
    Jon - To get more than 10 courses showing on front page etc.

    Go to Site admin > Plugins > Blocks > Course Overview

    Then increase the default maximum courses to something higher than 10
  • mohammad alruhaimi
    Sat, Aug 20, 2016, 10:25 PM
    how to i add the slider to my moodle page?
  • Fernando Lozano
    Sat, Oct 8, 2016, 12:52 AM
    Hi, I 'm having problems with the Front Page Slider. It ´s only works with user guest. With other users is not working.
    Can you help me?
  • Alaukik Kotecha
    Wed, Nov 2, 2016, 2:08 PM
    Hello, Looking for this theme for Moodle 3.1
  • Betsy Springer
    Thu, Nov 3, 2016, 3:29 AM
    When we upgraded to 3.1, we switched from BCU to Adaptable https://moodle.org/plugins/theme_adaptable
    Adaptable is a highly customisable responsive two column theme based on the popular BCU theme. Adaptable has all the features of BCU along with many new features:
  • Ricardo Caiado
    Wed, Dec 7, 2016, 8:57 PM
    Any upgrade to Moodle 3.2?
  • Fernando Acedo
    Wed, Dec 7, 2016, 9:20 PM
    No. This theme has no support from long time ago. You must update to Adaptable.

    See https://moodle.org/plugins/theme_adaptable
  • Andy Hill
    Sat, Dec 24, 2016, 1:09 AM
    Hi Guys, great work on such a lovely theme. Just updated to moodle 3.2 but have noticed that when a user logs off, where the confirmation is asking are you sure you want to log out. Its missing also the buttons are missing, works ok on previous versions, just wondered if you will be providing an update to this? Thanks guys
  • Fernando Acedo
    Sat, Dec 24, 2016, 3:47 AM
    BCU theme stopped development more one year ago and will not continue.

    You must migrate to Adaptable, a fork of BCU, which has all the features and it is ready for moodle 3.2: https://moodle.org/plugins/theme_adaptable

  • Ethan Evans
    Tue, May 9, 2017, 1:09 AM
    can we use this theme as framework to build own theme which will sale.?
  • esteban sadas
    Wed, Aug 2, 2017, 9:30 PM
  • sogln.com
    Thu, Apr 12, 2018, 8:58 PM
    How make my course tile pictures visible in the start page? I see only empty tiles with the legend. Where I have to define the required pictures in the course?
  • Big Picture
    Thu, Jun 13, 2019, 10:33 PM
    Hi, we installed the theme but we get this message and can't view the site - Exception - Too few arguments to function block_course_overview_get_sorted_courses(), 0 passed in [dirroot]/theme/bcu/renderers.php on line 343 and at least 1 expected - Any advice?
  • Fernando Acedo
    Tue, Jun 18, 2019, 3:32 PM
    Do not use BCU in production sites. BCU is actually deprecated and replaced by Adaptable.
  • ekolso online
    Sat, May 30, 2020, 8:32 PM
    I need helps, i installed BCU on my plateform (www.ekolso.com/demo) for using, the error's message below appears, anyone for help me please.
    Exception : Too few arguments to function block_course_overview_get_sorted_courses(), 0 passed in [dirroot]/theme/bcu/renderers.php on line 343 and at least 1 expected
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