Birkbeck, University of London was founded nearly 200 years ago, in 1823. The London Mechanics’ Institute was founded in the Crown and Anchor tavern on London’s famous Strand in order to bring better educational opportunities to the city’s common people. Artisans and craftspeople were given access to courses including art, economics and the sciences, something which was quite controversial in the early 1800s and did much to redefine the concept of ‘social class’ at the time. It was also one of the first institutions to offer evening classes, increasing access to the working class.
Birkbeck became one of the first UK colleges to admit women students in 1830, some 40 years before the great institutions at Cambridge and Oxford would follow suit. It began to odder degrees through the University of London in 1858, and became part of the University of London in 1920.
Birkbeck today is still dedicated to making both part time and full time educational opportunities available to students from diverse social and educational backgrounds, making it possible for nearly anyone to improve their education and their life.
This course designed for those who need flexible scheduling and learning
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