Year of entry2016
Normally 2-4 years part-time
One 3-hour evening class a week for each module
What are the major political issues and problems in the world today? This course allows you to develop an understanding of the nature of politics and government in contemporary societies. You will compare and contrast the institutions and practices of government in different societies and analyse and critique different theories of politics and government. You will also gain the skills to allow you to go on to further study in politics and the social sciences. Why not take this opportunity to study politics in action?
Progression to degrees at Birkbeck
If you complete 90 credits or more from the programme with a mark of 50% or above you can be admitted to Birkbeck'sand will be able to transfer credit from the modules you have studied to this degree.
To gain the Certificate of Higher Education, you must successfully complete 4 compulsory 30-credit modules, worth a total of 120 credit points.
We welcome a wide range of qualifications, from the UK and abroad, and we will also consider your non-academic achievements.
All modules are taught at university level and you should be able to read, write and speak English fluently. If you need extra language support you should consider enrolling on one of our academic English and language development modules.
New students will have to complete an entrance task.
Fees and finance
We are committed to doing everything we can to help you finance your studies.
Fees are payable per module and vary depending on the course. Please click on the Course Structure tab and then click on the title of individual modules to see the fees for each module. The overall cost of the certificate will depend on the modules you choose.
Teaching and assessment
Our innovative, engaging teaching is designed to support students who are juggling evening study with work and other daytime commitments.
Mainly lectures and seminars, with some workshops and tutorials. About 8 hours of independent study per week is required for each module.
A mixture of coursework and examinations
- Careers and employability To help you get ahead in your career, we offer free advice and training and our recruitment consultancy, Birkbeck Talent, can connect you with employers.
How to apply
Once you've found the course that's right for you, here's what to do next to get your place at Birkbeck.
How to apply
This is a modular enrolment certificate, so you will need to enrol for individual modules. Please click on the Course Structure tab and then click on the title of individual modules to sign up.
Fees and payment
With government loans for undergraduate and postgraduate study, fantastic financial support packages and flexible payment options, there’s never been a better time to study at Birkbeck.
Life at Birkbeck
Birkbeck offers a unique combination of evening study and a matchless central London location, right in the geographic and academic centre of the city, giving you exceptional opportunities.
Discover more about our comprehensive range of student services, which offer all the support and assistance you need.
Birkbeck is committed to doing everything we can to help you finance your studies. Find out about what is available, how to apply and the advice and support we provide.
Evening study explained
Birkbeck is London’s only specialist provider of evening higher education. With classes held 6pm-9pm, your days are free to study, work, volunteer, or just do your own thing.
There are lots of ways to come and visit us and meet our staff and former students, including Open Evenings, Open Days and guided campus tours. Discover more here.
Choosing your course
We can help you find the course that’s right for you, based on your previous educational achievements, qualifications and work experience.
The Birkbeck experience
Birkbeck is different: our classes are held in the evening, so your days are free - to study, work, volunteer or just do your own thing.
How to apply
Once you've found the course that's right for you, here's what to do next to get your place at Birkbeck. We can give you the advice and support you need.
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