British Cultural Heritage

Led by the Ironbridge Institute, the Cultural Heritage programme covers the best of British heritage. You will be able to explore the art, architecture, literature, music, design and popular culture that form the basis of Britain’s culture and heritage and continue to shape its identity. You will also have the opportunity to earn credits for your study. 

From Shakespeare's Birthplace in Stratford-upon-Avon to the cradle of the industrial revolution at the World Heritage Site of Ironbridge, and from the historical port city of Liverpool to stately mansions surrounded by acres of parkland, the programme gives you an insight into how great British heritage was created and a 'behind the scenes' look at how heritage sites are managed. 

Visits to nearby Stratford-on-Avon, Warwick and Ironbridge, as well as local Birmingham attractions are an important component of the programme.

Social events such as an afternoon tea in the beautiful setting of the Winterbourne Botanical Garden is just one example of the social activities you will have the chance to experience.

This is a three week programme and is equivalent to an accredited undergraduate course (20 UK credits, 5 US credits, or 10 ECTS). All students will receive a certificate of attendance.

(Please note that the programme plan is subject to confirmation for BISS 2018)

Entry requirements

To be accepted onto the British Cultural Heritage programme you must:

  • Be studying an undergraduate programme at a University outside the UK or be registered as an International student at a UK university
  • Be of good academic standing (based on a translated transcript, verified by your University or a letter of recommendation in English from your University provided during the application process). 

English Language Requirements

  • Have achieved English Language proficiency of IELTS 6.0 overall with no lower than 5.5 in any band.
  • Have achieved English Language proficiency of TOEFL IBT 80 overall with no less than 19 in listening, 19 in reading, 21 in speaking and 19 in writing
  • Have achieved English Language proficiency of PEARSON with a minimum of 53 in listening, reading, writing and speaking.

The following equivalent English Language qualifications will also be accepted:

  • Have achieved English Language proficiency of 530 at level 4 or 500 at level 6 in Chinese College English Test (CET).
  • Have achieved English Language proficiency of 60 at TEM level 4.
  • Have achieved English Language Proficiency at HKDSE Level 3.

The Cultural Heritage programme is delivered by University faculty who are experts in their field. There are ‘hands-on’ demonstrations, tours and field visits, together with lectures. In addition, you will be required to undertake self-directed study to allow for reading, and assessment where applicable.