Entry requirements

Birkbeck classrooms are made up of committed, enthusiastic students from all backgrounds, careers and cultures, aged from 18 to 80. They bring their varied experience into their studies and share it with fellow students. Many of our students have been out of education for several years before starting at Birkbeck, and they thrive in Birkbeck’s environment.

Many of our programmes have no formal entry requirements, but for those programmes that do, we welcome applicants without traditional entry qualifications, including those holding Access to Higher Education Diplomas. We offer places based on our own assessment of your qualifications, knowledge and previous work experience. We may waive formal entry requirements based on our judgement of your academic potential.

Entry requirements for modular Certificates of Higher Education

  • There is no application process for these awards, as there are usually no selection processes or interviews for modular certificates. Where entry requirements or tests do apply, you will find the relevant information in the course descriptions (always under the heading 'Entry requirements').
  • Students enrol directly on the modules they wish to study and are admitted on a 'first come, first served' basis. You can study at your own pace, taking 1 or 2 modules each year and building up your credits to gain a certificate.
  • Please note: you must be 18 years of age (or over) at the point of enrolment. And, to benefit fully from your studies, you should be able to read, write and speak English fluently. If you feel that you need to improve your written or oral skills in English, we recommend that you enrol on one of our English language courses.

Entry requirements for programme Certificates of Higher Education

  • Like undergraduate degree programmes, these awards require you to complete an application form for entry to the whole programme.
  • You apply directly to Birkbeck, following the same procedures as for Foundation Degrees and BA/BSc/LLB degrees.

Entry requirements for BA/BSc/LLB degree programmes

  • Our students come to us with a wide variety of qualifications and experience, and we believe that the variety that this provides adds to the student experience at Birkbeck. (However, applicants for admission to degree programmes must be at least 18 years of age.)
  • You will find the entry requirements for all courses in the online course listings.
  • The UCAS tariff score is applicable to you if you have recently studied a qualification that has a UCAS tariff equivalence (including A-levels, IB, GNVQs and BTEC programmes). We also welcome students with Access to HE Diplomas. We do not expect all of our applicants to have a UCAS tariff score.
  • Applicants from partner institutions within the Institutional Partnership Agreement (IPA) are guaranteed an offer at Birkbeck.

Entry requirements for Foundation Degree programmes

  • Foundation Degrees are designed specifically for students with no formal qualifications, although applicants for admission to degree programmes must be at least 18 years of age.
  • Applicants for admission to Foundation Degree programmes must be at least 18 years of age, but are not required to satisfy the general entry requirements for honours degrees (BA/BSc). Admission is based on the likelihood of your ability to complete the programme successfully and to derive benefit from it.
  • We take account of all relevant information, which may include:
    • your personal statement
    • assessment at interview
    • performance in written tasks or other tests set for admission purposes
    • other evidence of your performance or potential
    • relevant work experience

    Accredited Prior Learning

    • You may be able to claim exemption from part of your course at Birkbeck:
      • if you have studied part of an undergraduate programme elsewhere or hold an undergraduate qualification
      • if you have previously studied at university level, or you have equivalent experience
      • if you have previously passed a module or modules with similar content on a programme of study taken elsewhere.
    • The decision to award Accredited Prior Learning credit is an academic judgement, and all prior learning must be current and appropriately relevant to the module and/or programme
    • How to apply for exemption on the basis of Accredited Prior Learning.

      Find out more about entry requirements for international students and English language requirements for Birkbeck courses.

      Please note: we have partnership agreements with a range of further education colleges, which can help you get a place at Birkbeck.