Family and supporters

Studying at Birkbeck in the evenings is both enjoyable and intense. For students balancing study, work and family commitments, the support and pride of family and friends is often vital to their success.

With your support at home and the extra help we provide at Birkbeck, together we can help students change their lives.

This section aims to help family and supporters with their queries and concerns. Please feel free to browse our full set of prospective student pages too.

Qualifications

  • Birkbeck is one of the top 250 universities in the world and is part of the prestigious University of London, alongside University College London, Kings College London, the London School of Economics and Political Science and others.
  • We teach over 40 Certificates of Higher Education, six Foundation Degrees and nearly 80 BA/BSc/LLB degrees in Arts; Business, Economics and Informatics; Law; Science; Social Sciences, History and Philosophy with all Birkbeck students gaining a University of London qualification.

The Birkbeck difference

  • Birkbeck is London’s only specialist provider of evening higher education. With classes held between 6pm and 9pm, students are free to study, work, volunteer or do their own thing. Students study at a pace that suits them. In many subjects, they can choose to complete their degree full-time over 3 years, or part-time over 4 or 6 years.
  • We encourage applications from students without traditional qualifications, as we base decisions on our own assessment of qualifications, knowledge and previous work experience. Our academics are very experienced at supporting students who juggle busy lives and our facilities and support services stay open late.

Accommodation

Fees and finance

  • With no upfront fees for most undergraduate students and fantastic financial support packages, there’s never been a better time to study at Birkbeck.
  • Find out more about our fees and finance.

My Birkbeck Student Advice Centre

Welfare

  • At Birkbeck, we take great care of our students, whatever their age, through a range of welfare services that provide advice, guidance and practical support when needed.
    • Our Wellbeing service provides specialist support for students, including a counselling, disability and dyslexia and mental health services.
    • Students receive academic support throughout their studies by tutors within their department or school. In addition, our on-campus academic support programmes (supplemented by a range of online tutorials) help maximise their educational achievements.

English language and study skills support

  • We run English language and academic writing courses for undergraduate students. For example, our intensive Pre-Sessional English for Academic Purposes course (3-4 weeks before the start of term) prepares students for their chosen area of study by focusing on the specific academic English skills needed for the types of assignments you will do.
  • We offer face-to-face and online support to help improve students’ study skills. Free online materials and interactive tutorials can be used their own pace before and during your course.

Facilities

  • Our main campus in Bloomsbury, WC1, is a lively student-centred area that’s home to a number of other universities and colleges of the University of London, including University College London and the School of Oriental and African Studies. Across the city in east London, we offer courses at University Square in Stratford, ideal if students live and work in that part of London.
  • Both campuses offer all the facilities you need and are well-served by public transport, making it easy to get to and from college.
  • Right next door to Birkbeck’s main campus is Student Central (formerly the University of London Union). Students have automatic access to its excellent sports facilities, societies, music venues, bars and cafes. We have our own Students' Union too, which promotes welfare issues, represents students’ interests, runs clubs, societies and social activities.
  • Birkbeck has a range of cafes, coffee shops and a bar, and is home to the weekly Bloomsbury Farmers’ Market. We also have our own award-winning cinema at 43 Gordon Square, which hosts regular free film screenings.
  • Birkbeck’s teaching spaces, facilities, specialist laboratories and equipment help students get the most from your time with us. Our richly resourced library is spread across five floors of the main Birkbeck building in central London. We are situated in one of the world’s greatest concentrations of libraries - including the British Library and Senate House Library - many of which Birkbeck students can access. In Stratford, our students also have access to the University of East London library.
  • We offer comprehensive IT facilities, including workstations, a help desk, hands-on training, the Moodle online learning environment and assistive technologies for disabled students.
  • Our nursery is open 5.30pm-9pm, Monday to Friday (term-time), is staffed by qualified nursery staff and welcomes children aged 2-6 years.

Employability

  • Our evening teaching allows students to get ahead of other graduates in a highly competitive jobs market by using their days to work, intern or volunteer.
  • Whether they are school-leavers just starting out or already have an established career, Birkbeck students have one thing in common: they are highly valued by employers for their maturity, independent-mindedness, focus and determination. That’s why 95% of Birkbeck’s students are in work or further study six months after graduating.
  • Whether students decide to work while they study or enter the jobs market after graduation, they will have access to our specialist Careers and Employability Service and our in-house recruitment agency, Birkbeck Talent.

Open Evenings, Open Days and visits

  • Open Evenings, Open Days, campus tours and Get Started workshops are the perfect opportunity to join your family member or friend in finding out more about evening study at Birkbeck.
  • Open Evenings are held 4pm-7.30pm at the Royal National Hotel, Bedford Way, London WC1H 0DG. We also hold an Open Day in October for students interested in our three-year undergraduate degrees. To see when the next Open Evenings are takin a place, visit: bbk.ac.uk/openeve
  • At Open Evenings and Open Days you and your family member can:
    • Meet lecturers and find out more about the courses they teach
    • Hear how former students advanced their careers by working in the day and studying in the evening
    • Discuss fees, financial support packages, loans and study skills and disability support with specialist advisors
    • Speak to career specialists from our Careers and Employability team and our in-house recruitment agency, Birkbeck Talent
    • Find out from admission staff to find out more about how to apply, enrol and get your place at Birkbeck
    • Attend presentations on a range of courses
    • Tour the Birkbeck Library
    • Tour the Birkbeck campus
  • If you are overseas you can meet Birkbeck staff at international education fairs in more than 20 countries around the world.

Campus tours

  • Our campus tours run once or twice a month giving you and your family member the opportunity to take a tour around our buildings, facilities and the surrounding area, led by one of our current students who can answer your questions about student life at Birkbeck.

Get Started workshops

  • If your family member would like to apply for any of our undergraduate degree courses, come along with them to one of our Get Started workshops where we will outline fees and funding, provide practical tips on writing an application and explain what will be expected of Birkbeck students.