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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 anyone who has applied for an undergraduate course with us beginning in October 2020 or January 2021. This includes students who 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 3 September and close on Friday 1 October 2020. 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 live online sessionThursday 3 September 2020 from 6pm to 7.30pm. This will be held via Moodle Collaborate, our online teaching platform – you will find the link in the Moodle page, and it will be sent to you via email a few days before the session. At this online launch, there will a demonstration on how to do the course, a mini workshop, and you will be able to socialise and network with your fellow students. The session will be recorded, so if you are unable to attend you will be able to catch up.  

The Step In course 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 'The Gothic: Spaces and Places'. Each unit contains text-based, visual and audio-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 September via the module’s online Arts Café. In each week of the module, the tutor will be available to address questions and participate in conversations. 

The module is non-accredited, i.e. it carries no credit points – any marks given by the tutor are for feedback only. 

We looking forward to meeting you in September!

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