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Birkbeck’s Lifelong Learning Guarantee

In 2023, we marked 200 years since Birkbeck was founded as the London Mechanics' Institute, and we are furthering our commitment to supporting students and alumni with their learning ambitions.

For more than two centuries, Birkbeck has been creating pathways to education. The Lifelong Learning Guarantee is our commitment to you, our students and alumni, that Birkbeck will continue to be open to you wherever you are in your learning journey.

Whether you are looking to reskill, retrain or learn something new, the Birkbeck Lifelong Learning Guarantee offers all graduates a discount on all future courses from short courses to PhDs - regardless of when you last studied with us.

Learning is lifelong, and Birkbeck is committed to ensuring that our students and alumni always have access to the transformative power of education.

When you join Birkbeck you become a part of an incredible community with a shared passion for learning. Now, whenever you need it, a Birkbeck education will always be open to you.


Our Lifelong Learning Guarantee scheme will provide practical support to help reduce the costs of education for those who are continuing their learning journey with Birkbeck. The Lifelong Learning Guarantee discounts are not 'single-use' discounts.

The Lifelong Learning Guarantee percentage discount will vary according to the course you wish to study. 

  • Certificate of Higher Education - 10%
  • Foundation degree - 10%
  • Undergraduate degree (including with Foundation Year) - 10%
  • Graduate Certificate - 10%
  • Graduate Diploma - 20%
  • Postgraduate Certificate - 10%
  • Postgraduate Diploma - 10%
  • Master's (MA, MRes, MSc, LLM) - 20%
  • Doctoral Research Programme - 10%
  • Short course (including CPD) - 10%

As of December 2022, the Lifelong Learning Guarantee scheme using percentage discounts replaces previous descriptions of the scheme, prior to the launch, which referenced learning points.


  • The Lifelong Learning Guarantee scheme is open to all Birkbeck alumni (both home and international fee payers) enrolling on new courses from October 2024.
  • The Lifelong Learning Guarantee Scheme discount will be available to all new students enrolling from October 2024 once they have completed their award. Once your award has been published, it will appear in your My Birkbeck account. 
  • All Birkbeck alumni who have successfully completed a Certificate of Higher Education (CertHE) or above with Birkbeck will receive a percentage discount on the tuition fee cost of further study with us, at all academic levels and including short courses and Continuing Professional Development. 
  • Students whose highest award from Birkbeck is a Certificate of Continuing Education (CertCE) or a Certificate of Professional Education (CertPE) are not eligible for the Lifelong Learning discount.

Eligible programmes and short courses

  • Most programmes or short courses directly provided by Birkbeck are eligible for the discount. Programmes or courses offered by third party providers at Birkbeck’s campus are not eligible. Programmes or courses offered in collaboration with other providers may be eligible on a case-by-case basis.

When the discount will be applied

  • Alumni can apply and enrol in the standard way, with the discount being applied automatically at the payment stage of the enrolment process.


  • The Lifelong Learning Guarantee scheme replaces the previous alumni discount. The alumni discount in its current form will run for the last time for 2022/23 entry, including courses starting in January 2023.
  • Students who started their programme prior to the 2023/24 academic year, who were previously entitled to the alumni discount, will be eligible for the discount in accordance with the rules for their cohort (year of entry).


  • There is no limit of the number of programmes or short courses that a discount can be applied to.


  • A discount cannot be applied retrospectively. You are only eligible for the discount when you first enrol on a programme or short course.

Other discounts or scholarships

  • In most cases, the Lifelong Learning Guarantee discount cannot be used in combination with other discounts or scholarships. If a particular discount can be used in conjunction with Lifelong Learning Guarantee, it will be explicitly stated in the terms and conditions for that discount or scholarship.


  • You must be paying some fees yourself - either self-funded or using government student funding – and the Lifelong Learning Guarantee will be applied to the proportion of the fees that you are paying for that programme; it will not be applied to any proportion paid by your sponsor (e.g. your employer). 
  • You are not eligible for the Lifelong Learning Guarantee if somebody else is paying 100% of your fees (e.g. your employer) for the programme.


  • Being eligible for the Lifelong Learning Guarantee does not mean that you will automatically be offered a place on a programme. Any entry requirements for the programme will still need to be met, and offers are made at the discretion of the academic department.