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Psychology (Certificate of Higher Education)

How do we think about and research human behaviour? What's the relationship between biology, behaviour and mental processes, particularly the role of the brain and nervous system? Does the study of animal behaviour help us understand our own behaviour? These are some of the key questions covered on this course. It provides a systematic introduction to the major areas of modern psychology, and will give you the experience of degree-level study, support your work, deepen a professional interest, and increase your knowledge and understanding of human behaviour.

Highlights

Progression to degrees at Birkbeck

Completion of core modules enables progression onto our part-time evening BSc Psychology degree:

  • Year 2 entry: you must complete all four core modules, usually with a grade of 50% or above in each module, to be considered. Anyone wishing to complete these modules in one year must obtain the agreement of the Psychology subject team.
  • Year 1 entry: applications are encouraged from those who complete Foundations of Modern Psychology and Research Methods for Psychology (Introduction).

Course structure

To gain the Certificate of Higher Education, you must successfully complete modules worth a total of 120 credit points. You take the four core modules (worth a total of 90 credits) and choose option modules worth 30 credits.

Foundations of Modern Psychology should usually be taken first. The remaining Level 4 modules may be taken in any order, except for Research Methods in Practice, which is usually taken last. You may take more than one module at a time.

Module groups

Only Psychological and Developmental Issues in Childhood, and the two Research Methods modules have prerequisites.

Please check the relevant syllabus to see if there is any suggested preparatory reading. You may consider enrolling on our Choosing Your Course workshop if you need advice on choosing your programme of study.

If you are unable to complete your Certificate of Higher Education during the normal period of registration you may be awarded a Certificate of Continuing Education as an intermediate award if you complete modules totalling 60 credits. You may not register for the Certificate of Continuing Education as an entry qualification.

We also offer a range of study skills workshops for students enrolled on this programme:
  • Entry Requirements

    Entry requirements

    None. However, all modules are taught at university level and you should be able to read, write and speak English fluently. If you need help, we offer a range of academic English and language development modules.

    Visa requirements

    If you are not from the European Economic Area (EEA) and/or Switzerland and you are coming to study in the UK, you may need to apply for a visa.

    The visa you apply for varies according to the length of your course:

    • Courses of more than six months' duration.
    • Courses of less than six months' duration.
    • Pre-sessional English language courses.

    International students who require a Tier 4 visa should apply for our full-time courses (with the exception of modular enrolment certificates of higher education and graduate certificates), as these qualify for Tier 4 sponsorship. If you are living in the UK on a Tier 4 visa, you will not be eligible to enrol as a student on Birkbeck's part-time courses (with the exception of some modules).

    For full information, read our visa information for international students page.

  • Fees

    Fees

    Fees are payable per module and vary depending on the course. Please view the Course Structure and then click on the title of individual modules to see the fees for each module. The overall cost of the certificate will depend on the modules you choose. 

    Please note: if you intend to study this certificate part-time and fund your studies via a student loan, this may affect your entitlement for future full-time funding. Find out more about funding your studies with a student loan.

  • Teaching and assessment

    Teaching

    Lectures, seminars, discussion or project work. You will be encouraged to participate actively in discussion and to undertake reading and coursework.

    Due to the cumulative nature of the topics, you are encouraged to attend as many sessions from your chosen module(s) as possible.

    Assessment

    Coursework, including assignments under timed conditions in the classroom.

  • Careers and employability

    Careers and employability

    Graduates can pursue careers in psychology, human relations, education or marketing. This course may be useful in becoming a clinical psychologist, further education lecturer, human resources officer or market researcher.

    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

    How to apply

    This is a modular enrolment certificate, so you will need to enrol onto individual modules (rather than onto the entire programme of study). Please view the Course Structure and then click on the title of individual modules to see class dates and times and to enrol.