CRED History Preparation for Undergraduate Study (Bridge Course)

Key facts

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Recognised as a leading department within the UK, History at UEA has a chronological range from the collapse of the Roman empire to the present day, a geographical scope covering Europe, Africa, the Middle East, North America and the Caribbean, and experts in political, economic, social, cultural, environmental, diplomatic and intellectual history.

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The History Preparation for Undergraduate Study (Bridge Course) is a 12 week course which provides an opportunity for those with no previous qualifications to become a student on the BA History programme.

In order to provide a comprehensive experience of life as an undergraduate, Bridge Course students receive full library and online access alongside attending seminars and lectures on a range of topics which reflects the wide-ranging module choice in the School of History.

The course teaches the complexities of using documentary evidence through hands-on-experience, and provides further assistance on a range of study skills including creating presentations and essay writing.

Previous Bridge Course students have continued their intellectual journey by taking prominent roles as part of the thriving community of undergraduate scholars, going on to complete Masters Degrees, Post-Graduate Studies and as part of our innovative research projects.


The History Preparation for Undergraduate Study (Bridge Course) is a 12 week course which aims to take your passion and enthusiasm for history and adapt it to the academic environment. No previous qualifications are necessary and we are open to applicants of all ages. If you have spent time away from education, for whatever reason, the course provides an opportunity to learn some new skills in a friendly environment with the end goal of becoming an undergraduate in the School of History.

The course aims to improve your confidence and skills in the following areas:

  • Undertaking academic study
  • Using library resources
  • Critical but economical reading
  • Preparing for class discussions and presentations
  • Essay and exam writing

Course Structure and Assessment

Seminars take place one evening each week over a 12 week period. A minimum attendance of 75% is expected for these meetings. University library facilities will be available to those registered for the course, supplemented where necessary with photocopied materials. A short preliminary reading list will be provided to those who enrol. There will also be a small element of information technology for which no previous experience will be needed.

The course has three forms of assessment. Each of these will contribute toward an overall mark.

  • one individual presentation (20% of overall mark)
  • one 500 word document commentary (30% of overall mark)
  • one 2000 word essay (50% of overall mark)

All work will be marked according to the university’s senate scale, which will be provided and explained to students. At the end of the course, there will be a personal tutorial to receive tailored feedback on all aspects of the course including the discussion of future plans.

Further Information

To find out more about this course and how to apply please contact the Admissions team at

We are hoping to run the next course starting in January, and there will be an open evening a few weeks beforehand, where you can find out more. Sign up for our next event on Tuesday 12 December 2017

Course Modules 2017/8


Whilst the University will make every effort to offer the modules listed, changes may sometimes be made arising from the annual monitoring, review and update of modules and regular (five-yearly) review of course programmes. Where this activity leads to significant (but not minor) changes to programmes and their constituent modules, there will normally be prior consultation of students and others. It is also possible that the University may not be able to offer a module for reasons outside of its control, such as the illness of a member of staff or sabbatical leave. In some cases optional modules can have limited places available and so you may be asked to make additional module choices in the event you do not gain a place on your first choice. Where this is the case, the University will endeavour to inform students.

Further Reading

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Entry Requirements

Entry Requirement

All applications are considered on a case by case basis. The course is a 12 week preparatory course for those who wish to progress to undergraduate study in the School of History, but for a wide range of reasons, had a gap in their studies.

Fees and Funding

Undergraduate University Fees and Financial Support

Tuition Fees


The fee for the History Bridge course will be £150, payable at the beginning of the course.



How to Apply

Please see below for the link to the application form. If you have any questions, please contact

History Bridge course application form

    Next Steps

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