CertHE Social Sciences
Build a foundation to explore the social sciences academically and develop core analytical and communication skills, choosing from a host of exciting courses. Get ready for undergraduate study in economics, management, finance and social sciences courses while earning a prestigious, stand-alone qualification.
Benefit from word-class expertise
Study a degree closely aligned with the undergraduate offerings taught on campus at the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE), a pioneer in social science research providing academic direction for this programme. Earn a prestigious degree from the University of London, a globally leading force in higher education.
A potential path to undergraduate study
If you currently do not meet all the entry requirements for our undergraduate degrees in Economics, Management, Finance and Social Sciences, this programme can set you on a path to a University of London degree with academic direction from the world-leading LSE.
Tailor your learning to your interests
Choose from a broad choice of courses from mathematics and information systems to international relations. Pick courses shared with your preferred University of London undergraduate degree and receive credits when applying for the programme.
Unlock a wealth of study resources
Benefit from study materials developed by academics appointed by LSE, including a programme handbook, past exam papers and commentaries with valuable tips. Access our Virtual Learning Environment (VLE) for engaging content, forums and an Online Library of electronic academic items.
Classroom teaching without having to relocate
Earn a prestigious degree from the University of London and receive a UK education without having to move to study on campus. Thanks to our network of Recognised Teaching Centres around the world, you can access classroom teaching and support, face-to-face interactions with peers, and a campus culture near you.
Join our global alumni community
Enjoy lifelong ties to the University of London and our global alumni community of graduates in over 190 countries. Join distinguished academics, writers and industry leaders across all sectors and enjoy wide-ranging benefits from access to events across the world to free online courses and more.
Teaching Centre Support
General entry requirements
You complete four courses (or the equivalent, where you choose half-courses).
The Programme Specification and Programme Regulations contain information and rules regarding what courses you can choose and the order in which they must be studied.
If you are considering one of our undergraduate degrees in the social sciences, you may wish to choose courses that are shared between the CertHE and your preferred degree. This will help to ensure that you receive credit for these courses when you apply for the degree.
You have a broad choice of subjects, from mathematics and information systems to international relations.
(MT105a - Half course)
(MT105b - Half course)
(ST104a - Half course)
(ST104b - Half course)
In some countries, qualifications earned by distance and flexible learning may not be recognised by certain authorities or regulators for the purposes of public sector employment or further study. We advise you to explore the local recognition status before you register, even if you plan to receive support from a local teaching institution.
You must study the CertHE Social Sciences at a teaching centre that has been approved to provide support for the course. It is not available for independent study.
You should contact teaching centres directly for information on their teaching start dates and schedules.
We give you access to core study materials that are developed by academics to guide you through the programme.
We will send you study materials developed by academics appointed by LSE. These include a Programme Handbook of practical information (such as how to enter exams); and past exam papers and commentaries, which give you valuable tips for performing well in exams.
When you register, we will give you access to your Student Portal. You can then access your University of London email account and other key resources:
- The Virtual Learning Environment (VLE). Here, you can access electronic copies of all printed study materials, resources including audio-visual and revision guides, and forums to discuss course material and work collaboratively with others.
- The Online Library. As a student at the University of London, you will have access to a range of resources, databases, and journals via the Online Library. You will be able to contact a team of professional and qualified librarians for any help you require.
Senate House Library
If you’re based in the United Kingdom, or are visiting London, make sure to visit Senate House Library. Students studying with the University of London can join the library free of charge. Membership includes a 10-book borrowing allowance, access to all reading rooms and study areas, and on-site access to Senate House Library digital resources.
We are committed to delivering an exceptional student experience for all of our students, regardless of which of our programmes you are studying and whether you are studying independently or with a Recognised Teaching Centre.
You will have access to support through:
- The Student Advice Centre - provides support for application and Student Portal queries.
- TalkCampus - a peer support service that offers a safe and confidential way to talk about whatever is on your mind at any time of day or night.
You have one to five years to complete the course, although it is usually completed in one year. To complete in the minimum time, you will be expected to study for 35 hours per week, which includes lectures and tutorials.
Each approved teaching centre offers its own study schedule. The number of hours you need to attend each week depends on the centre’s timetable.
Each course is assessed by an unseen written exam, which is usually held in May or June. You can sit your exams at any approved centre around the world. These centres charge a fee for hosting the exams.
Your exam is set and assessed by academics, ensuring that your degree is of the same standard as those studying on-campus at LSE.
The ‘Introduction to information systems’ course (if selected) also requires coursework.
LSE provides academic direction for this programme. LSE is regarded as an international centre of academic excellence and innovation in the social sciences.
Dr Francesco Nava is lecturer in Economics at LSE. Dr Nava holds a PhD in Economics from the University of Chicago. He is Academic Director for Economics, Management, Finance and Social Sciences (EMFSS) programmes since 2020 and Program Director for the MSc in Economics at the LSE since 2017. Dr Nava’s research focuses on economic theory, strategic pricing, social networks, and industrial organisation. He has received an LSE Education Excellence Award every year since 2015.
LSE’s Summer School is the most well-established and the largest of its kind in the whole of Europe, with over 80 academically rigorous courses on offer. Each year over 6,000 students from 120 nations study at the LSE campus in the heart of Central London.
Courses are taught by LSE faculty and complement the content of this degree. If you complete two Summer School courses you may be able to earn credit equivalent to one course on the degree. As a student on this programme you will receive a 15 per cent discount on tuition fees to attend the LSE Summer School.
Full details and how to apply are available on the LSE Summer School website.
This course can set you on the path to a University of London degree with academic direction from LSE. Many of our graduates have gone on to work in major banks, multinational corporations, and professional services companies.
Transfer to the UK
Several universities in the UK (including LSE and our other federation members) may consider you for entry into the second year of a degree. To be considered, you must have studied a syllabus similar to those taught at the institution concerned and achieved very high marks.
|Programme starts||November 2023|
|Examinations||May and June 2024|
What qualifications do you need?
For access to the CertHE Social Sciences, you will usually meet the following criteria:
- Age 18+ by 31 December in the year of registration.
- Hold either one GCE A Level (grade A-E) plus 4 GCSE/O levels (grade A-C) or 6 GCSEs (A-C), or equivalents. This should include GCSE/O level Maths (grade C).
- Meet the English language requirements.
- Have a place to study at an approved teaching centre for the programme.
Find equivalent qualifications where you live.
Approved teaching centres may set higher entry requirements. You will have to meet these if you wish to study the course at a particular centre.
Even if you do not meet the standard requirements, we will consider each application on its own merits. Our Admissions Panel will consider whether any alternative/incomplete qualifications or work experience you have are suitable for entry to the programme. If we are unable to issue you an offer then if available we will advise on further alternatives such as our International Foundation Programme or on additional qualifications you need to take in order to meet our minimum entrance criteria.
English language requirements
You need to demonstrate a good level of English to be admitted to our programmes. We accept a range of evidence, including proficiency test scores. If you don’t have evidence but believe you can meet the standard, we may consider your case.
We set minimum basic computer requirements because your study resources are accessed via the Student Portal and it is vital that you can access this regularly. For this programme, you will also need Adobe Flash Player to view video material and a media player (such as VLC) to play video files.
Courses with a coursework component may have further requirements (such as CD writing equipment). For courses related to information systems, you will need access to a computer with standard database, spreadsheet, programming language and word processing software.
Fees, funding and payment
The fees below relate to new students registering for the 2023-2024 session. On average, fees are subject to a five per cent year-on-year increase.
Students who registered earlier can view their fees on the Course Fees page.
|Examination fee (per full course)||£384|
|Examination fee (per half course)||£192|
|Indicative total (based on 1 year completion)||£2851|
|Other fees (as applicable):|
|Continuing registration fee||£581|
|Additional registration fee per law course||£70|
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If your study period extends beyond a year, you pay a 'continuing registration fee' in the second or subsequent years to retain your student status.
The indicative totals reflect average annual fee increases and assume that you complete the qualification within the minimum time – without resits, and with no law courses (which require additional fees). Indicative totals will be available shortly.
You will also need to budget for:
- Teaching centre tuition costs.
- Textbooks (could extend to around £300 per year).
- Exam centre fees, which are paid directly to the venues where you sit your exams.
We accept most traditional payment methods, including debit/credit card, international money order, and Western Union.
Please note: all student fees shown are net of any local VAT, Goods and Services Tax (GST) or any other sales tax payable by the student in their country of residence. Where the University is required to add VAT, GST or any other sales tax at the local statutory rate, this will be added to the fees shown during the payment process. For students resident in the UK, our fees are exempt from VAT.
Your payment provider may apply additional transaction fees (if in doubt, please check with them before making a payment).
Without the cost of moving to London, studying for your University of London diploma anywhere in the world represents excellent value for money. However, there may be additional sources of support depending on where you live.
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