Life Sciences for Subjects Allied to Medicine (Certificate in Higher Education): 2-year, part-time

Year of entry


Start date

October 2017


Central London and Stratford


Fully Approved


2 years part-time


1 evening or afternoon a week, and some Saturdays for selected modules.

3 Saturdays each for the Study and Research Skills for Science and Mathematics and the Personal Progress and Development Planning modules.

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This intensive programme will help you gain the knowledge and skills you need to progress to degree study in the life sciences and subjects allied to medicine. It also includes modules to help develop your study and research skills and to assist with your personal development and planning of applications for further study. You will gain an overview of the biological, cellular and molecular worlds, raising fascinating questions about their underlying chemical functions.

This programme is also available for part-time evening study over 1 year.

The programme is taught in Central London and Stratford. You study all of the biology and chemistry modules in Stratford, while the other modules are all taught at our main campus in Central London (Bloomsbury).

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  • Birkbeck's School of Science provides state-of-the-art, specialist laboratories and facilities at the heart of academic London.
  • In the 2014 Research Excellence Framework (REF), in a joint submission with UCL, Biological Sciences at Birkbeck were ranked 11th in the UK, with a research environment supporting world-leading and internationally excellent research.
  • You will be taught by internationally distinguished experts, who work with governments and institutions around the globe to extend the boundaries of knowledge.
  • You'll be part of a community of learners who are focused on learning and determined to succeed.
  • On successful completion, you may progress to the first year of a variety of degrees, including biology, chemistry, environmental science, geology and all health-related areas, such as radiography (requires biology with physics), pharmacy, osteopathic medicine, nutrition and dietetics, physiotherapy, occupational therapy, herbal medicine, clinical sciences, biomedicine and biomedical sciences. Students who already have a good first degree in another area and achieve high marks in their Certificate in Higher Education studies may also be accepted by some medical schools.
  • Students who are awarded the Certificate in Higher Education are guaranteed an interview for related part-time BSc degrees at Birkbeck.
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Course structure

To gain the Certificate in Higher Education, you must successfully complete the following 8 modules (each worth 15 credits), worth a total of 120 credit points.

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