Certificate of Higher Education in Social Sciences (CHESS)

Programme overview

Is this Programme for me?

The Certificate of Higher Education in Social Sciences is a qualification in its own right. For students who do not meet the degree entrance requirements, it also provides an entry route to the Economics, Management, Finance and Social Sciences degrees offered through the International Programmes, with academic direction from LSE. By successfully completing the programme you will develop analytical competence allowing you to undertake further undergraduate study.

The Certificate of Higher Education is a taught programme and must be studied at a recognised institution. Institutions that will be offering the programme are listed in our Directory of Institutions, where you should search via the current Diploma in Economics and Diploma in Social Sciences qualifications.

The Certificate of Higher Education in Social Sciences consists of four full courses (or the equivalent). You have between 1 – 5 years to complete the programme, although it is usually taken over one year. You are expected to study for 35 hours per week, including lectures and tutorials.

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.

Several universities in the UK, including LSE and other University of London Colleges, will consider you for entry into the second year of a degree. You will need to have passed syllabuses similar to those taken at the Colleges concerned and to have achieved very high marks.