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.
Students without an adequate background in economics or quantitative methods may be required to take, and pass with credit, 2 foundation modules from the Certificate of Higher Education in Economics.
UCAS tariff points
120, including an A-level in mathematics.
The UCAS tariff system has changed for courses starting in September 2017 and is now calculated using a new number system. This means applicants applying for courses from October 2016 will see entry requirements and offers expressed using the new tariff.
The UCAS tariff score is applicable to you if you have recently studied a qualification that has a UCAS tariff equivalence.
Applicants will usually be expected to have GCSE grade A*-C in English language and mathematics, and a grade B or above, or equivalent, in A-level mathematics is preferred.
If you would like to find out more about our admissions policy, please contact us.
Alternative entry routes
Students who have attained the following qualifications can apply to the BSc programme:
Access to Higher Education Diploma with a minimum of 15 credits achieved at Merit or Distinction in economics or social science units.
2 specified modules of the Certificate of Higher Education in Economics, namely Economic Principles and Quantitative Economic Methods, with a minimum mark of 60%.
If you are returning to study, the Certificate of Higher Education Introductory Studies is accepted as an entry requirement onto the BSc, if you successfully complete the designated modules to the appropriate standard.
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.