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).
How to apply
Application deadlines and interviews
You are advised to apply early, as demand for places is high.
You may be asked to attend an interview, where you will receive guidance from our lecturers on your chosen subject areas and how you can plan your study and career progression effectively. Before attending the interview, you will need to complete a supplementary exercise pack to bring with you.
You may be advised to attend our preparation weeks, which are taught in July and prior to the start of the programme in October.
Life Sciences for Subjects Allied to Medicine (Certificate in Higher Education): 2-year, part-time (Part-time)
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.
We welcome applicants without traditional entry qualifications as we base decisions on our own assessment of qualifications, knowledge and previous work experience as presented in your application, and on interview.
You will need to demonstrate a good level of numeracy and English language skills, as well as a keen interest in the life sciences. Applicants are advised that this is a very intensive course, which requires a high level of commitment.
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.
Part-time home/EU students: £
paPart-time overseas students: £
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Teaching and assessment
Our team of lecturers, demonstrators and technicians are dedicated to providing a wide range of opportunities for adult learners interested in the life sciences and their application to subjects allied to medicine. A variety of teaching methods are used in class, including lectures, presentations, demonstrations, discussions, group work and problem-solving. The biology and chemistry modules also involve carrying out a number of laboratory experiments, either individually or in small groups. All modules are supported by online learning material. You will also need to do about 12 hours of home study a week.
Attendance will be required for 3 Saturdays for selected modules: Study and Research Skills for Science and Mathematics, Personal Progress and Development Planning.
Parts 1 and 2 of each subject are assessed by coursework and tests only, with some assignments completed in class and some at home. Part 3 includes both coursework and a final examination (in early June). The Saturday modules are assessed by coursework (Pass/Fail) only.