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Introductions: Understanding the Social World

This course will give you a broad experience of what it is like to study the social sciences in higher education, introducing you to the learning processes, study skills, and information and communication technologies needed for successful study. You will explore connections between the study of subjects like psychology, sociology and politics, and your day-to-day experience of living and working in a diverse and changing society. This is an ideal course to start with if you are new to higher education or have not studied for some time. It provides an excellent foundation for further study in the social sciences.

This short course can be taken as a stand-alone course or it may be available as part of a Certificate of Higher Education.

30 credits at level 4

  • 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

    You enrol directly onto the classes you would like to take, using the Enrol Now link below. Classes are filled on a first-come, first-served basis - so apply early. If you wish to take more than one short course, you can select each one separately and then enrol onto them together via our online application portal. There is usually no formal selection process, although some modules may have prerequisites and/or other requirements, which will be specified where relevant.

First class: Tue 01-Oct-19 6pm-9pm

Class location Central London
Class code FFHE026S4BCC

First class: Thu 03-Oct-19 6pm-9pm

Class location Central London
Class code FFHE026S4ACC
Availability Availability limited