Year of Entry2017
Start dateOctober 2017
1 year part-time
1 afternoon or evening a week (plus some Saturdays), from September to July
Learn the skills you need for a degree in law, and get help with applying to university. This course is widely recognised as an entry qualification for a range of law degrees. It's ideal if you lack prior educational qualifications or need additional qualifications to gain entry onto an undergraduate LLB course. You'll leave the course with a thorough understanding of the construction and interpretation of English law and with a good foundation in the skills needed to study law.
You must be willing to undertake 10-15 hours of independent study a week outside class time, and you will need to ensure that you are able to access the internet regularly (facilities are available at Birkbeck).
Why study this course at Birkbeck?
- This course is an entry qualification for a range of law degrees.
- Our School of Law is a leading international centre for world-class legal teaching, research and scholarship and is the most rapidly expanding law school within the University of London.
- We are among the top 10 law schools in the UK and in the top 3 in London in the Times Higher Education 2014 Research Excellence Framework (REF) rankings, while our research environment was judged conducive to producing research of the highest quality.
- Our academic staff are internationally recognised authorities in their fields, delivering stimulating and relevant teaching programmes.
- Dedicated academic skills workshops are run at Birkbeck by our Learning Development Tutor, who can advise on essay writing, time-management, efficient reading and note-making, giving presentations and participating in seminars.
- We encourage our students to participate in the wide range of extracurricular activities we offer, including lectures by internationally renowned guest speakers, our Student Law Society, our annual retreat to which allows you to explore a range of contemporary issues in law with specialist speakers, and our successful mooting programme, where advocacy training is given by experienced practising barristers.
To gain the Certificate in Higher Education, you must enrol for, and complete, the whole programme. You cannot enrol for individual modules. At the completion of this certificate, you will have a total of 120 credit points.
Please note that the modules listed here are indicative; not all modules will be available every year.
We welcome a wide range of qualifications, from the UK and abroad, and we will also consider your non-academic achievements.
We welcome applicants without traditional entry qualifications as we base decisions on our own assessment of qualifications, knowledge and previous work experience. We may waive formal entry requirements based on judgement of academic potential.
International entry requirements
If English is not your first language or you have not previously studied in English, the requirement for this programme 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.
Fees and finance
We are committed to doing everything we can to help you finance your studies.
FeesPart-time home/EU students: £ 4000 pa
Part-time overseas students: £ 4000 pa
Teaching and assessment
Our innovative, engaging teaching is designed to support students who are juggling evening study with work and other daytime commitments.
Lectures, seminars, exercises, oral presentations, discussions and debates. Teaching may be on a whole-class, group work or individual basis.
A variety, including coursework, tests, presentations and projects.
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
Graduates can pursue careers in the legal profession, human resources or local government. This degree can also be useful in becoming a barrister, solicitor, chartered legal executive or human resources officer.
Read more advice and information about legal careers.
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: you apply directly to Birkbeck for this course, using the online application link. You can only apply for the whole programme. Please note that online application will open in October 2016.
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.
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.
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.
Discover more about our comprehensive range of student services, which offer all the support and assistance you need.
Boost your career
Discover how Birkbeck's unique evening teaching, coupled with our comprehensive careers and employability services, can help you get ahead in a highly competitive job market.
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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