Progression agreements with London colleges

We have progression agreements in place with a wide range of London-based further education and sixth-form colleges:

  • If you are studying a Level 3 qualification (such as an A Level or BTEC) at one of our partner institutions, and meet our entry requirements, we guarantee that we will offer you a place on any undergraduate course at Birkbeck. If you don't meet our entry requirements, we will look at getting you onto an alternative route to the degree course, such as a Certificate of Higher Education, leading to the degree.
  • If you successfully achieve a Level 4 or Level 5 qualification (such as an HNC or HND) at one of our partner institutions, we guarantee that we will offer you a place on a related honours degree.

Please note: our admissions tutors will make the decision on which year to offer you entry into, based on the results of your current qualification and other relevant information.

Find out how our Widening Access team works with colleges.

Who are our partner colleges?

  • Barking and Dagenham College
  • Barnet and Southgate College
  • Bexley College
  • Bromley College
  • Brooke House Sixth Form College
  • Capel Manor College
  • Carshalton College
  • Christ the King
  • City and Islington College
  • City Lit
  • City of Westminster College
  • College of Haringey, Enfield and North East London
  • College of North West London
  • Croydon College
  • Ealing, Hammersmith and West London College
  • Greenwich Community College
  • Hackney Community College
  • Hampstead Garden Suburb Institute
  • Haringey Sixth Form Centre
  • Harrow College
  • Havering College of FE and HE
  • Havering Sixth Form College
  • Hillcroft College
  • John Ruskin College
  • Kensington and Chelsea College
  • Kingston College
  • Lambeth College
  • Lewisham College in Southwark College (LESOCO)
  • Leyton Sixth Form College
  • Mary Ward Centre
  • Morley College
  • Newham FE College
  • Newham Sixth Form College
  • Redbridge College
  • Redbridge Institute of Adult Education
  • Richmond Adult Community College
  • Richmond Upon Thames College
  • Sir George Monoux
  • South Thames College
  • St Charles Sixth Form College
  • St Dominics’ Sixth Form College
  • St Francis Xavier
  • Stanmore College
  • Tower Hamlets College
  • Uxbridge College
  • Waltham Forest College
  • West Thames College
  • Westminster Kingsway College
  • Woodhouse College
  • Working Men's College

What you need to do when applying

  • If you decide to apply for one of our courses, you will need to tell us that you are studying at one of our partner institutions. Here's how you can notify us of this when you are making your application:
    • Full-time undergraduate courses: when completing your application via the UCAS website, you will be prompted to add Birkbeck as one of your university choices. You should then enter 'Birkbeck IPA' in the further details box.
    • Part-time undergraduate courses: find the undergraduate course that you wish to apply for, select the Apply now button and then choose your current institution from the drop-down list on the application form.
    • If you are applying for direct entry to Year 2 or Year 3, you will need to:
      • select your current further education institution from the drop-down list on the application form
      • ensure that you choose the option to apply for Year 2 or Year 3 as appropriate.
    • find the appropriate undergraduate course page and select the ‘apply now’ button

Terms and conditions

  • Requirement to meet published entry requirements: Your offer is conditional on satisfying all published entrance requirements for the programme. In some cases, the admissions tutor for that programme may impose additional conditions where, in their judgement, there are skills or learning gaps. Any such additional conditions will be designed so as to further encourage and facilitate progression in line with the College’s policy on admissions and commitment to widening participation.
  • UCAS applications: if you apply via UCAS, but you do not satisfy all published entrance requirements for the programme you have applied for, you will be given the opportunity to progress to the course through alternative routes.
  • Alternative pathways into degree study: You can choose to begin your studies on a part-time degree programme, or take a course, such as a Certificate of Higher Education, that will lead into the first year of the full-time programme in the subsequent year. Please contact your academic department directly for further information on alternative pathways onto and through the first year of undergraduate study.
  • Transfers: Applicants who wish to transfer onto a degree-level programme at Birkbeck, who are studying for, or will have completed, a Level 4 or Level 5 qualification at a partner institution in the year of application to Birkbeck, are actively encouraged to apply for such a transfer. All applicants to Birkbeck who have gained or will have gained credits at Level 4 or Level 5 can be considered for accreditation of prior learning towards their Birkbeck qualification, in line with College regulations and policy on accredited prior learning (APL).
  • Existing progression agreements: In respect of existing progression agreements that the College has with partner institutions, such progression agreements continue to operate on the terms agreed, except where the provisions set out in the IPA are less restrictive, in which case the IPA provisions prevail.
  • Level 3 Qualifications to which the IPA applies
    • A-levels
    • International Baccalaureate
    • Access to Higher Education Diplomas
    • Key Skills Level 3
    • BTEC Awards, Certificates, and Diplomas at Level 3
    • BTEC Nationals
    • OCR Nationals
    • NVQs at Level 3
  • Level 4/5 qualifications to which the IPA applies
    • Certificates of Higher Education
    • BTEC Professional Diplomas Certificates and Awards
    • HNCs
    • NVQs at Level 4
    • HNDs
  • Other higher diplomas
    • BTEC Professional Diplomas, Certificates and Awards
  • Additional conditions
    • Admission to the College’s undergraduate programmes is ultimately an academic decision, based on assessment of an applicant’s skills, aptitude and ability.
    • This IPA imposes an obligation on admissions tutors to make an offer to partner institutions applicants for those programmes, who are studying at Level 3 in the year of their application.
    • That obligation may require admissions tutors to impose additional conditions in order to determine a partner institutions applicant’s skills, aptitude and ability to successfullypursue their chosen programme of study.
    • If the admissions tutor is not satisfied that the Level 3 qualification for which a partner institution applicant is studying provides, or will provide, sufficient evidence of skills, aptitude or ability for the programme applied for, the additional condition(s) may - subject to conditions below - take such form as they determine appropriate (including, but not necessarily limited to, interview and/or a written test).
      • Any additional condition(s) that an admission tutor imposes on a partner institution applicant must be accompanied by clear explanation as to:
      • why the additional condition(s) is/are being made
      • why the additional condition(s) is/are of the kind/type being made
      • what the additional condition(s) is/are intended to determine
      • how the applicant’s performance with respect to the additional condition(s) will be evaluated and what criteria will be used to determine that performance
      • the anticipated timescale for communicating success or otherwise in meeting the additional condition(s).
    • Where a partner institution applicant upon whom any additional condition or conditions has/have been made fails to meet the criteria, feedback will be provided in a form determined by the admissions tutor.
    • Admissions tutors are actively encouraged to keep partner institutions informed of the kinds of additional condition(s) that they may make with respect to the programmes for which they are responsible, and to work with partner institutions to provide preparatory advice and support for applicants who may be subject to those additional conditions.
    • Admissions tutors should monitor and maintain records of the performance of partner institution applicants on whom additional conditions have been made, and keep those conditions under review.