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Guaranteed undergraduate offer for students at partner institutions

We actively welcome applications from students studying at London’s further education and sixth-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 Level 5 qualification, such as a 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 you entry into, based on the results of your current qualification and other relevant information. 

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: 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: simply find the undergraduate course that you wish to apply for and select your current institution from the drop-down list on the application form.

HNC, HND and other Level 4 or Level 5 qualifications

  • Students who are studying for a Level 4 or Level 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 Level 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 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. 

Terms and conditions

Requirement to meet published entrance 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. 


  • 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 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 successfully to pursue their chosen programme of study. 
  • If the Admissions Tutor is not satisfied that the Level 3 qualification for which a Partner Institutions 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 paragraph 6 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 Institutions 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 Institutions 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 Institutions applicants on whom additional conditions have been made, and keep those conditions under review.