Year of Entry2017
Start dateSeptember 2017
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.
Why study this course at Birkbeck?
- After successfully completing this course, you can progress directly into Year 2 of our , or .
- 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.
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 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
TakeApproaches to Study or Approaches to Study with English Language Support (Intensive) followed by:
We also offer .
Sample timetableHEIS Timetable 2016-17.pdf — PDF document, 279 KB (286115 bytes)
We welcome a wide range of qualifications, from the UK and abroad, and we will also consider your non-academic achievements.
No specific formal qualifications are required, but fluent written and spoken English equivalent to Level 2 (i.e. GCSE grades A-C or equivalent) is expected.
Students wishing to progress to some degrees may be required to have GCSE grades A-C in English, mathematics and/or science. Please check entry requirements for the degree to which you intend to apply.
This programme is not suitable for students who already have an undergraduate degree.
International entry requirements
If English is not your first language or you have not previously studied in English, our usual requirement is the equivalent of an International English Language Testing System (IELTS Academic Test) score of 6.5, with not less than 6.0 in each of the sub-tests.
If you don’t meet the minimum IELTS requirement, we offer pre-sessional English courses, foundation programmes and language support services to help you improve your English language skills and get your place at Birkbeck.
Visit the International section of our website to find out more about our English language entry requirements and relevant requirements by country. Please be aware that this course isn't eligible for Tier 4 sponsorship, but International students with other visa statuses may be eligible.
Fees and finance
We are committed to doing everything we can to help you finance your studies.
FeesPart-time home/EU students: £ 6000 pa
Part-time overseas students: £ 6000 pa
Teaching and assessment
Our innovative, engaging teaching is designed to support students who are juggling evening study with work and other daytime commitments.
Teaching and learning methods include talks, discussions, group work, visits, presentations and self-directed learning using a range of resources, including the virtual learning environment. Learning groups are kept to around 20 students to ensure plenty of opportunity for interaction between students and lecturers.
This is an intensive programme and you must be willing to work 15-20 hours a week independently outside class.
Coursework, timed assessments and seminar presentations.
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.
Careers and employability
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
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
Programme application certificate: you apply directly to Birkbeck for this course, using the online application link. You can only apply for the whole programme.
If you wish to take this course over 2 years, you can take the Certificate via the ..
Need help with your application? Watch videos featuring our academic experts giving advice on applying to Birkbeck and answering some of the most frequently asked questions.
Birkbeck offers a range of free face-to-face advice and support to help you make a successful application.
Birkbeck can give you all of the information and help you need to complete your application form, including our online personal statement tool, which will guide you through every step of writing your personal statement.
Application deadlines and interviews
Once your application is received, you will be invited to attend an admissions evening. Acceptance on to the programme will only be confirmed when your pathway of study has been agreed at one of these evenings. You will also receive guidance from our lecturers on which subject areas best suit your interests and potential, so you can plan your study and career progression effectively.
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.
Most of our students live in private accommodation, but we also offer student accommodation and access to the professional services of the University of London Housing Services.
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.
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.
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Boost your career
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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.
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