Higher Education Introductory Studies (Certificate in Higher Education): 1-year, part-time, Stratford

Year of Entry


Start date

September 2017




Fully Approved


10-months fast-track


1-2 evenings a week, plus some Saturdays.

Whether your interest lies in nursing and midwifery, social sciences, social work, business or in the arts and humanities, the Certificate of Higher Education in Higher Education Introductory Studies programme 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 programme, 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 onto several Birkbeck undergraduate degrees. The Certificate is also a standalone University of London qualification, recognised by employers and universities.

This course is also available for study in central London.

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Why study this course at Birkbeck?

  • After successfully completing this course, you can progress directly into Year 2 of our BSc Social Sciences, BSc Geography or BSc Business.
  • 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 personal interests or career aspirations.
  • Designed to help you become an independent learner and to meet your study skill needs if you are new to higher education, including essay writing and presentation skills.
  • With our nursing, midwifery and health studies pathway, while studying part-time and in the evening, you can gain a qualification that enables you to apply for NHS nursing and midwifery degrees.
  • 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.
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Course structure

To gain the Certificate in Higher Education, you must successfully complete 4 modules worth 120 credit points in a combination of subjects.

You have a choice of several subject pathways to study:

  • Nursing, midwifery and health studies: this pathway enables you to apply for degree-level training in nursing or midwifery, or for a degree in related subjects, such as health promotion, public health or environmental health.
  • Social sciences: this pathway can form the basis of your application for a degree in the social sciences or social policy, and can be a starting point for a wide range of careers.
  • Social work and social care: this pathway gives you the academic grounding to apply for a full-time degree in social work, or for a full-time or part-time degree in a related field, such as youth and community work.

Nursing, midwifery and health studies pathway

Please note: this pathway only runs on our Stratford campus.

Take Approaches to Study for Nursing, Midwifery, Health and Social Care or  Approaches to Study with English Language Support (Intensive) followed by:

followed by 2 of the following modules:

Social sciences pathway

Take Approaches to Study or Approaches to Study with English Language Support (Intensive) followed by 3 of the following modules:

Social work and social care pathway

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

We also offer Economics, Business and Arts and Humanities pathways in Central London.


    Sample timetable

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