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Guaranteed offer for students at partner institutions

We actively welcome applications from students studying at London’s further education and 6th form colleges. If you are studying a Level 3 qualification at a partner institution, you will be guaranteed an offer for any undergraduate course at Birkbeck. You can apply to Birkbeck with confidence that you will receive an offer.

Additionally, students at partner institutions who successfully achieve a Level 4 or 5 qualification, such as an HNC or HND, are guaranteed an offer to Birkbeck on a related Honours degree. Admission tutors will make the decision on which year to offer entry, based on the results of your current qualification and other relevant information.

How to apply through the Institutional Partnership Agreement

Our partner institutions

  • 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 Mens College

A level, BTEC, Access to HE Diplomas and other Level 3 qualifications

  • Students who are studying for a Level 3 qualification at a partner institution who apply to an undergraduate course at Birkbeck will be guaranteed an offer according to the published entry requirements. Where entry requirements are not met, alternative routes to the degree course will be available as appropriate, such as entry onto the part-time degree or onto a Certificate of Higher Education.
  • Full-time undergraduate courses: On the UCAS ‘Choices’ page, enter ‘Birkbeck IPA’ in the Further Details box.
  • Part-time undergraduate courses: Simply find the undergraduate course that you wish to apply for and select your current institution from the dropdown list on the application form.

HNC, HND and other Level 4 or Level 5 qualifications

  • Students who are studying for a Level 4 or 5 qualification at a partner institution will be given an offer according to the published entry requirements. Entry will be based on the Level 4 or 5 qualification being achieved successfully in a related subject.
  • Applications for direct entry to Year 2 or Year 3 of degrees are made through Birkbeck’s website.
    • Find the appropriate undergraduate course page and click ‘Apply Now’
    • Select your current FE institution from the dropdown list on the application form.
    • Ensure that you choose the option to apply for Year 2 or Year 3 as appropriate.

Terms and conditions

Requirement to meet published entrance requirements

  • The offer will be 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 his or her 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: There may be cases where an applicant has applied via UCAS and will be unable to satisfy all published entrance requirements for the programme of study applied for within the academic year of application. In such cases, students will be given the opportunity to progress to the course originally applied for, but may be required to enter these programme though alternative routes.

Choosing the right programme

  • Applicants may be able to choose to begin their studies in the year of application on a part-time degree programme, or to take courses (such as a Certificate of Higher Education) that will lead into the first year of the full-time programme in the subsequent year. Students are encouraged to contact the academic department directly for further information on alternative pathways onto and through the first year of undergraduate study.


  • Applicants who wish to transfer onto a degree-level programme offered by the College who are studying for, or will have completed, a Level 4 or 5 qualification at a partner institution in the year of application to the College are actively encouraged to apply for such transfer.
  • All applicants to the College who have gained or will have gained credits at level 4 or 5 can be considered for accreditation of prior learning towards their Birkbeck qualification in line with the College Regulations and policy on accredited prior learning (APL).

Existing Progression Agreements

  • In respect of existing Progression Agreements that the College has with PIs, 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 HE 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, and remains, a matter of academic discretion.
  • That discretion is based on a judgement of an applicant’s skills, aptitude and ability.
  • This IPA impacts on the exercise of that discretion only in so far as it imposes an obligation on Admissions Tutors for those programmes to make an offer in the case of PI applicants for those programmes 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 PI applicant’s skills, aptitude and ability successfully to pursue his or her chosen programme of study.
  • Where an Admissions Tutor is not satisfied that the Level 3 qualification for which a PI applicant is studying provides, or will provide if and when achieved, sufficient evidence of skills, aptitude or ability for the programme applied for, the additional condition(s) may – subject to paragraph 6 below – take such form as s/he determines appropriate (including, but not necessarily limited to, interview and / or a written test).
  • Any additional condition(s) that an Admission Tutor imposes on a PI 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 PI 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 PIs 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 PIs 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 PI applicants on whom additional conditions have been made, and keep those conditions under review.