History Short Course

Key facts

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You will learn the key skills of a historian, such as critical reading, referencing and academic writing. The course is tailored to your interests and allows you to apply new skills to a historical topic of your choice for a written assignment. Life can be busy and complicated so there are two variations of the History Bridge Course to work with your schedule: an online version and an on-campus version.

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The UEA History Bridge Course is a programme for students aged 21 and over, who have not previously completed a degree-level qualification. It will harnesses your passion for the past and channel it towards academic study. Completing the course will enable you to progress on to the School of History’s BA in History

You will start to learn the key skills of the historian such as critical reading, referencing, and writing academically. You will tailor your own experience by applying these skills to a historical subject of your choosing, exploring the topic through research, presentations, and written work. The History Bridge Course focuses on improving key skills and confidence in the following areas:

  • How to get in and get on at UEA
  • How to manage your time effectively
  • How to navigate academic texts
  • How to take notes in different contexts
  • How to make effective use of resources
  • How to write academically

Course Structure and Assessment


Seminars take place on Thursday evenings from 19:00 to 21:00, starting on 16 January 2020. A minimum attendance of 80% is required to pass the course. You will be assessed in four ways. Each of these contribute to the overall mark:

  • One 200-word reading abstract (20% of overall mark, due Week 3)
  • One 500-word document commentary (30% of overall mark, due Week 7)
  • One 10-minute presentation (10% of overall mark, due Week 10)
  • One 2000-word essay (40% of overall mark, due Week 11)

All work will be marked in accordance with the university's senate scale. At the end of the course, each student will receive an overall grade and a reference from the module organiser.


The online course consists of 12 learning blocks. To progress on to the next block, you must complete the tasks associated with the previous block. To pass the course, you will need to complete all 12 learning blocks. Alongside weekly tasks, you will also need to complete four pieces of assessment, each of which contribute to your overall mark:

  • One 500-word piece of reflective writing (20% of overall mark)
  • One 500-word document commentary (30% of overall mark)
  • One 2,000-word essay (40% of overall mark)
  • A course test (10% of overall mark)

Further Information

The next History Bridge Course will run in 2020 from 16 January. For further information, please register for one of our upcoming information evenings on either 5 November and 5 December 2019. The enrolment deadline for the course is Thursday, 9 January 2020.

Course Modules 2020/1

Important Information

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In light of the current situation relating to Covid-19, we are in the process of reviewing all courses for 2020 entry with adjustments to course information being made where required to ensure the safety of students and staff, and to meet government guidance.

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Entry Requirements

Entry Requirement

This course is for anyone who has not completed a degree before.

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.

Applicants must be 21 or over.


Fees and Funding

The History Bridge course is free to students aged 21 and over.




How to Apply

Applications are now closed for the next intake. 

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