Higher Education Introductory Studies (Certificate of Higher Education)

Year of entry

2017

Location

Central London and Stratford

Status

Fully Approved

Duration

Two years part-time

Attendance

One evening a week, plus a full-day Saturday school 

Whether your interest lies in social sciences, business, or in the arts and humanities, the Certificate of Higher Education in Higher Education Introductory Studies course offers you the chance to develop the learning approaches and skills you need to successfully pursue undergraduate study. It also provides an opportunity to explore different subject areas before you decide on a particular degree. 

On this course, you will have the support of established academics in the subject you are studying, as well as the opportunity to take part in additional course activities, such as our social sciences reading group. You will also be given support and guidance on making a degree application.

Progression routes are available on to several Birkbeck undergraduate degrees. The certificate is also a standalone University of London qualification, recognised by employers and universities. 

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Highlights

  • You can progress directly into Year 2 of Birkbeck's BA Arts and Humanities, BSc Business, BSc Geography, BA History or BSc Social Sciences after successfully completing this course.
  • Our academic staff are recognised authorities in their fields, delivering stimulating and relevant teaching programmes.
  • Several specialist pathways are available, so you have the opportunity to study subjects that match your interests.
  • This course will help you become an independent learner and meet your study skill needs if you are new to higher education, including essay writing and presentation skills.
  • In addition to Birkbeck financial support, each year we also award a number of further donor bursaries to a selection of students on this course. 

Progression to degrees at Birkbeck

If you are awarded the Certificate of Higher Education, you can apply for admission to the following undergraduate degrees at Birkbeck: 

  • BA Arts and Humanities 
  • BSc Business 
  • BA History 
  • BSc Geography 
  • BSc Social Sciences

You can progress directly into Year 2 of your chosen degree if you successfully complete designated modules to the required standard. 

For further information about module combinations and progressing to undergraduate degrees, you are strongly advised to attend one of our termly Higher Education Introductory Studies progression evenings (use the Contact Us button to find out about the next event). 

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Course structure

To gain the Certificate of Higher Education, you must successfully complete modules worth 120 credit points. 

You start with the core Approaches to Study module, which you can study with English language support if English is your second language, and then you progress to subject modules in the subsequent terms. You should only take one module at a time. 

SOCIAL SCIENCES PATHWAY

Take Approaches to Study or Approaches to Study with English Language Support (Intensive) and then three of the following:

BUSINESS STUDIES PATHWAY

Take Approaches to Study or Approaches to Study with English Language Support (Intensive) followed by:

ARTS AND HUMANITIES PATHWAY

Take Approaches to Study or Approaches to Study with English Language Support (Intensive) and then three of the following:

NB: If you wish to progress to Year 2 of Birkbeck's 4-year part-time evening study BA Arts and Humanities, you should take the following modules:

    GEOGRAPHY PATHWAY

    Take Approaches to Study or Approaches to Study with English Language Support (Intensive) followed by:

    and one of the following:

    HISTORY PATHWAY

    Take Approaches to Study or Approaches to Study with English Language Support (Intensive) followed by: 

    • History 
    • four 15-credit designated modules from the Certificate of Higher Education in History and Archaeology. 

    NURSING, MIDWIFERY AND HEALTH STUDIES PATHWAY

    This pathway is available on our 1-year fast-track programme.

    SOCIAL WORK AND SOCIAL CARE PATHWAY

    This pathway is available on our 1-year fast-track programme.

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        The exploration of questions about equality, diversity and social justice in the contemporary world is an interdisciplinary theme linking the programme's modules. All subject modules give ongoing attention to the development of your academic writing and study skills.

        You may, subject to approval, count modules from other Certificate of Higher Education programmes towards this award.

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