Higher Education Introductory Studies
Birkbeck, University of London
Key Course Facts
Whether your interest lies in social sciences, social work, business, economics or in the arts and humanities, the Certificate of Higher Education in Higher Education Introductory Studies offers you the chance to develop the learning approaches and skills you need to successfully pursue undergraduate study. It also provides an opportunity to explore different subject areas before you decide on a particular degree.
On this course, you will have the support of established academics in the subject you are studying, as well as the opportunity to take part in additional course activities, such as our social sciences reading group. You will also be given support and guidance on making a degree application.
Progression routes are available on to several Birkbeck undergraduate degrees. The certificate is also a standalone University of London qualification, recognised by employers and universities.
Progress directly into Year 2 of our BSc Social Sciences after successfully completing this course.
Our academic staff are recognised authorities in their fields, delivering stimulating and relevant teaching programmes.
Several specialist pathways are available, so you have the opportunity to study subjects that match your interests.
Designed to help you become an independent learner and to meet your study skill needs if you are new to higher education, including essay writing and presentation skills.
In addition to Birkbeck financial support, each year we also award a number of further donor bursaries to a selection of students on this course.
Entry Requirements / Admissions
No specific formal qualifications are required, but fluent written and spoken English equivalent to Level 2 (i.e. GCSE grade A-C or grade 7-4, or equivalent) is expected. This programme is not suitable for students who already have an undergraduate degree.
Requirements for international students / English requirements
IELTS academic test score (similar tests may be accepted as well)
- Mphil / PhD
Get advice on which foundation courses are best for you to still study Higher Education Introductory Studies, CertHE, if you do not meet the minimum requirements in terms of UCAS score, A levels, or English language requirements.
Tuition Fees Higher Education Introductory Studies CertHE
|England UK||£6620||year 1|
|Northern Ireland||£6620||year 1|
Average student cost of living in London
|Water, gas electricity, internet (at home)||£50|
|Takeaways / food deliveries||£30|
|Going out / entertainment (excl.alcohol, food)||£24|
|Holidays and weekend trips||£78|
|Transport within city||£17|
|Self-care / sports||£20|
|Stationary / books||£13|
|Mobile phone / internet||£13|
|Cable TV / streaming||£7|
|Average student cost of living||£1092|
London costs approx 34% more than average, mainly due to rent being 67% higher than average of other cities. For students staying in student halls, costs of water, gas, electricity, wifi are generally included in the rental. Students in smaller cities where accommodation is in walking/biking distance transport costs tend to be significantly smaller.
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About Birkbeck, University of London
Birkbeck, University of London (BBK) was established in 1823, and takes a different stance towards admissions than many other universities. Applicants are encouraged by BKK to apply even if they don’t possess the traditional qualifications normally required, as applications here are also considered based on an assessment of your knowledge on the subject, and any work experience you might have. Being located in the very centre of London, students will have all the advantages of the city’s public transport connections, as well as the chance to live in such a diverse and vibrant city with all that it offers.
Student composition of Birkbeck, University of London