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CertHE

Developed by academics at LSE, the Certificate of Higher Education (CertHE) in Social Sciences is a stand-alone qualification and a potential entry route to further undergraduate study.

If you are interested in our undergraduate degrees in Economics, Management, Finance and Social Sciences but do not currently meet all the entry requirements, the CertHE may provide you with an entry route to these courses.

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Study this course at a Teaching Centre near you

You can receive local support from a local teaching institution, use the dropdown to find your nearest centre.

Taught Programme

This taught programme consists of four courses (or the equivalent, where you choose half-courses). You have a broad choice of subjects, from mathematics and information systems to international relations.

Course details

This taught programme consists of four courses (or the equivalent, where you choose half-courses). You have a broad choice of subjects, from mathematics and information systems to international relations.

See the CertHE Social Sciences structure.

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 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.

Find a local teaching centre near you.

Study materials

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); a Subject Guide for each course; and past exam papers and commentaries, which give you valuable tips for performing well in exams.

Online support

When you register, we will give you access to your Student Portal. You can then access your University of London email account and two 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 holds thousands of journal articles which you can access free of charge. A dedicated helpdesk is available if you have any difficulties in finding what you need.

Time commitment

You have 1-5 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.

Assessment

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.

More about exams.

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.

Even if you don't meet the standard requirements, we will consider each application on its own merits under our Special Admissions procedure.

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.

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.

Do I meet the language requirements?

Computer requirements

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.

More about computer requirements.

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.

The fees below relate to the 2017-2018 session. They may increase by up to 5% per year.

Academic year2017-2018
Registration fee£ 935
Examination fee (per full course)£ 282
Examination fee (per half course)£ 141
CertHE total (assumes 1-year)£ 2063
Other fees (as applicable) 
Continuing registration fee£ 427
Additional registration fee per law course£ 55

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.

If you choose to continue your studies with a full degree, we will charge the lower 'continuing registration fee' for this rather than the initial registration fee.

Additional Costs

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.

How to pay your fees

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 member institutions) 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.

The London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE) provides academic direction for this programme. LSE is regarded as an international centre of academic excellence and innovation in the social sciences.

Academic co-ordinator

Professor Emeritus Richard Jackman belongs to LSE's world-renowned Department of Economics and is the original founder of its Economics Summer School and the ICEF Programme in Moscow. He works with academic coordinators and department heads at LSE to facilitate the academic delivery of the programme.

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 and how you choose to study.

More on funding your study.

About the LSE Summer School

LSE hosts several prestigious Summer Schools around the world, including one in London. Each year, several of our students attend these life-changing events and put their learning into practice.

As one of our students, you receive a 15% discount on the event price. Some of our local teaching centres (such as SIM, Singapore) offer scholarships to attend as well as advice on how to apply.

More about the LSE summer school.