Information Technology (Certificate of Higher Education)

Year of entry



Central London


Fully Approved


Two to four years part-time 


1-2 evenings a week

In the modern workplace, it can be hard to keep up with rapidly changing information, communication and web technologies. This undergraduate level, professional development course introduces you to the use of IT in a business environment. Its main aim is to enhance your knowledge, technical skills and expertise, so it's ideal if you want to develop your professional IT skills and learn how to apply those skills in both commercial and not-for-profit organisations. 

In Year 1, you will be introduced to the use of IT and internet technologies. Year 2 builds on this introduction to provide a more advanced view of the use of IT, database and web technologies, and web programming in a business environment. You'll also have the opportunity to carry out a project tackling a real-life, work-related problem, such as creating a small business website or an online e-shop. 

Practical, skills-based classes are held in modern computing labs, enabling you to learn through practical engagement. Lectures and group activities stimulate learning, while our online learning environment provides a wide range of digital resources to complement and support your learning. 

We offer a stimulating, supportive environment that is ideal for working learners, students new to the subject, and those returning to study after a break. You can learn and progress at a pace that suits your own needs and career aims. 


    • This flexible certificate offers a number of options for students who are combining evening study with work and other daytime commitments: you can take modules as stand-alone short courses, or graduate with a certificate of continuing education after completing four modules, or complete eight modules for the full certificate of education. If you wish, you can then advance onto our Foundation Degree in Computing/Infomation Technology/Web Development and then continue onto our full BSc Computing degree. 
    • The Department of Computer Science and Information Systems at Birkbeck is one of the longest-established computing departments in the UK, celebrating our 60th anniversary in 2017. We provide a stimulating teaching and research environment for both part-time and full-time students.
    • In the 2014 Research Excellence Framework (REF), more than 75% of our research outputs in Computer Science were ranked world-leading or internationally excellent.
    • Our academic staff are leading researchers in their fields, drawn from both the academic and professional world
    • The Department has its own dedicated network within the College. We also have four state-of-the-art computing laboratories, with over 100 workstations. They are equipped with a wide range of cutting-edge software and tools. 

    Progression to degrees at Birkbeck

    You can graduate with a Certificate of Continuing Education in IT Applications after successfully completing four modules to a total of 60 credits (one to two years in total). If you wish, you can then complete another 60 credits (making 120 credits in total) for the Certificate of Higher Education in Information Technology (two to four years in total). 

    If you complete the full certificate of higher education, you can go on to our Foundation Degree in Computing/Information Technology/Web Development, which offers a route onto our BSc Computing

    Course structure

    To gain the Certificate of Higher Education in Information Technology, you must complete any eight modules, making 120 credits in total. 

    All modules can also be taken as stand-alone short courses. 


    Module groups

    • Entry Requirements

      Entry requirements

      No formal entry requirements. However, good numeracy and literacy skills are required, as well as good keyboard and basic computer skills, such as the European Computer Driving Licence (ECDL). Some modules have prerequisites, which you must meet before you can undertake the module. 

    • Fees


      Fees are payable per module and vary depending on the course. Please view the Course Structure 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



      Blended learning, including lectures and practical IT skills-based workshops. All learning materials are available online.



      A mixture of tutor-marked assignments, mini-projects and coursework portfolio. There are no examinations on this course. 

    • Careers and employability

      Careers and employability

      Graduates can pursue careers in computer programming, web development, database development and management, IT support services and systems analysis and design. 

      Find out more about the destinations of graduates in this subject

      We offer a comprehensive Careers and Employability Service to help you advance your career, while our in-house, professional recruitment consultancy, Birkbeck Talent, works with London’s top employers to help you gain work experience that fits in with your evening studies. 

    • How to apply

      How to apply

      This is a modular enrolment certificate, so you will need to enrol onto individual modules (rather than onto the entire programme of study). Please view the Course Structure and then click on the title of individual modules to see class dates and times and to enrol.