CRED History Preparation for Undergraduate Study (Bridge Course)

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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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(National Student Survey 2016)

"The History course offered everything I wanted to study, and the library is brilliant for research."

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Adrian Watts, BA History 

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 will be holding our next open evenings on 3 October 2017. Register your interest to attend

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. Where this is the case, the University will endeavour to inform students.

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.


Tuesday 25th April will be the date of the next open evening with the start date the following Wednesday (3rd May).

Entry Requirement

Students who apply for part-time courses, generally do so with a wide variety of qualifications and experience. For the majority of candidates the most important factors in assessing the application will be past and future achievement in examinations, academic interest in the subject being applied for, personal interest and extra-curricular activities and the confidential reference. We consider applicants as individuals and accept students from a very wide range of educational backgrounds and spend time considering your application in order to reach an informed decision relating your application. We encourage applicants to contact the university if they are unsure about the relevance of their qualifications.


Anyone who is interested in applying is invited to attend an open evening, and will be asked to discuss their application with the course director during this time.  Applicants will then be asked to submit a formal application, via our website. This should include details of secondary education and further education along with any qualifications achieved (even if this was achieved some years ago).  We will also require a short personal statement and a reference. 

Alternative Qualifications

We welcome a wide range of qualifications - for further information please email

GCSE Offer

GCSE Requirements:  GCSE English Language grade 4 and GCSE Mathematics grade 4 or GCSE English Language grade C and GCSE Mathematics grade C.

Fees and Funding

The course will cost a total of £150, payable in one sum at the start of the course. This includes the original 12 week run, plus an additional 4 week refresher course in August/September. During the refresher course, all students will return to take part in a group project while also familiarising themselves with the university campus in the weeks leading up to their start date as undergraduates.

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

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