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Step In to Undergraduate Study in Arts

Step In to Undergraduate Studies in Arts is a new short course that will prepare you for undergraduate study in Birkbeck's School of Arts

This summer the course is free of charge and open to those who have applied for an undergraduate course beginning in October 2019 or January 2020. This includes students that have been offered, or have already accepted, a place on a foundation year, undergraduate certificate or degree course in the School of Arts.

Step In is a flexible introduction that provides academic and creative support, to help you improve your skills and gain confidence in your abilities, before the start of your undergraduate course. It is relevant to all arts subjects and complements the kinds of academic skills you will learn for your chosen area of study. You will have early access to Birkbeck Library and valuable e-resources, such as bibliographic databases.

Most of your learning is done online via Moodle, our virtual learning environment, so you will need a device with internet access. The course will open on Thursday 29 August and close on Friday 27 September 2019. Most of the online parts of the module are flexible and you can complete some or all of them at any time over the summer period, at home, in College, or anywhere else that suits you.

There is one face-to-face session: Thursday 29 August 2019 from 6pm to 7.30pm. This will be held in the Keynes Library in our historic School of Arts building on Gordon Square in Bloomsbury. At the launch, on the 29th, there will a demonstration on how to do the course, a mini workshop and a drinks reception so that you can socialise and network with your fellow students. If you are unable to attend the face-to-face launch, you are still most welcome to participate in the course online, at your own pace. 

The Step In module consists of the following four units:

  • Critical Thinking
  • Seminar Skills
  • The Language of Academic English and Writing Essays
  • Digital Literacy

The sample materials and exercises are built around the theme 'Spaces and Places'. Each unit contains text-based and visual materials and provides a creative approach to building the skills you need to work with a variety of methods and subjects. This allows you to get a taste of some of the kinds of materials and ideas you will be working with as an undergraduate student in the School of Arts. 

You will also have the opportunity to engage with your fellow students and staff throughout the summer via the module’s online Arts Café. In each week of the module, at least two tutors will be available to address questions and participate in conversations. 

The module is non-accredited - marks are for feedback only. 

Self-enrol now via this link.

This module is non-accredited and carries no credit points.

  • Entry requirements

    Entry requirements

    Most of our short courses have no formal entry requirements and are open to all students. You may have to fulfil specific prerequisites for some intermediate-level or advanced-level courses, but these will be specified where relevant.

    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.

  • How to apply

    How to apply

    If you have received your invitation from the School of Arts, you can self-enrol now - we will then send further details about the course introduction and reception 

    The fee of £150 does not apply to Step Up students who have accepted their place on a postgraduate course in the School of Arts. 

    Self-enrol now via this link

First class: TBC

Class code ARAR002N0AAA

Information about this class has yet to be confirmed.


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