Birkbeck, University of London
Physics and Mathematics CertHE
Birkbeck, University of London

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Key Course Facts

Course Description

Our Certificate in Higher Education in Physics and Mathematics will prepare you for physics, mathematics, engineering and computer science degrees. This intensive course includes study skills support and help with your application for degree study. You will gain an overview of the physical universe we inhabit, raising fascinating questions about its underlying structure and the nature of physics. You will also have the opportunity to enhance your problem-solving and laboratory skills.

Our team of lecturers, demonstrators and technicians are dedicated to providing a wide range of opportunities for adult learners interested in physics and mathematics and their application in understanding the physical world and related areas such as engineering.

On successful completion, you will be guaranteed an interview for a Birkbeck mathematics degree.


  • Birkbeck's School of Science provides state-of-the-art, specialist laboratories and facilities at the heart of academic London.

  • You will be taught by internationally distinguished experts, who work with governments and institutions around the globe to extend the boundaries of knowledge.

  • Working in close collaboration with the Institute of Structural and Molecular Biology, a joint institution between Birkbeck and UCL, our Department is recognised for the excellence and international impact of its research.

  • In the most recent Research Excellence Framework (REF), in a joint submission with UCL, Biological Sciences at Birkbeck were ranked 11th in the UK, with a research environment supporting world-leading and internationally excellent research.

Parts 1 and 2 of each subject are assessed by coursework and tests only, with some assignments completed in class and some at home. Part 3 includes both coursework and a final examination (in early June). The Saturday modules are assessed by coursework (Pass/Fail) only.

Entry Requirements / Admissions

Requirements for international students / English requirements

IELTS academic test score (similar tests may be accepted as well)

    • 6.5
    • Mphil / PhD

If English is not your first language or you have not previously studied in English, our usual requirement is the equivalent of an International English Language Testing System (IELTS Academic Test) score of 6.5, with not less than 6.0 in each of the sub-
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Tuition Fees Physics and Mathematics CertHE

International £3375 year 1
England UK £3375 year 1
Northern Ireland £3375 year 1
Scotland £3375 year 1
Wales £3375 year 1

Additional fee information

Students are charged a tuition fee in each year of their programme. Tuition fees for students continuing on their programme in following years may be subject to annual inflationary increases.

Average student cost of living in London

Rent £518
Water, gas electricity, internet (at home) £50
Supermarket shopping £81
Clothing £35
Eating out £33
Alcohol £27
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
Insurance £51
Other £95
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.

University Rankings

Positions of Birkbeck, University of London in top UK and global rankings.

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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.

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Where is this programme taught

Main Site - Malet Street
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