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.
Find a local teaching centre near you.
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.
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.
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.
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.