HUM Return to Learn

Part Time
Non-Credit Bearing Award

As humans we are constantly making sense of, and responding to, the world around us: the past that shapes us, the society we live in, and the cultural artefacts and messages we engage with, whether these come via everyday media, through books or artworks, in political speeches, or simply by talking to others. As Humanities students on this Return to Learn course, you can learn how to interpret these sources and messages in more depth and detail, drawing out the meanings and critiquing what you find; in other words, you can gain the skills to ‘talk back’ and enter into conversations with culture.

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Course Structure

The structure of the course comprises three ‘blocks’ which will allow you to clearly see the progression of your knowledge and skills.

  • The first three weeks form a multi-disciplinary introduction to studying the Humanities at university level: what studying Humanities subjects will enable you to learn and do; what resources are used and how to use them, and; how you will be assessed on your learning.
  • The next weeks form the central part of the course, and each week there will be a subject taster session run by academics who are specialists in that particular field. The subjects include: English Literature, History, Philosophy, History of Art, Politics, Film, Television and Media Studies, American Studies, and Intercultural Communication. The sessions will be connected to the overall theme of the course, and will have two areas of focus: you will first have the opportunity to explore a subject specific source, set of data or key concept within the discipline, building knowledge about an important area of the subject. Then you will have the chance to translate that knowledge into practising a particular skill related to that subject. For some weeks there will be preparatory reading which will be provided in advance.
  • The final week is a review and ‘conclusions’ week, allowing you to bring together what you have studied over the course and to consider ‘what next?'


Teaching and Learning

The course is taught through small group seminars which incorporate a variety of teaching methods and learning tasks to introduce you to different types of learning and teaching you would experience during an undergraduate degree. Through study tasks, discussions and supportive feedback you will be able to develop skills in areas such as essay writing, research, and understanding and evaluating scholarly arguments. You will be taught by award-winning lecturers who are specialists in their fields, and the teaching is informed by cutting-edge subject research and a strong commitment to innovative and engaging teaching practice.

Through the seminars and assessments, you will be guided to make the most of the resources and facilities available to you at UEA such as the library and online databases. We will support you as you develop your ability to study independently using a variety of resources, cultivating skills that will be of future use in any academic context as well as providing transferable skills that are desirable in many workplace settings.

After the course

Successful completion of the Return to Learn course can enable you to progress to further study on UEA’s innovative Humanities Foundation Year programme, should you wish.

Teaching and Assessment

We use innovative methods to enable you to build confidence in your abilities and develop your academic performance. For example, there is a strong emphasis on formative assessment. That means you will receive feedback on drafts of written work to help you improve, and individual tutorials with teaching staff will support you to recognise your own skills and how to work effectively with them. The main assessment of the course is a written, essay-style assignment.

Course Modules 2019/0

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.

Entry Requirements

Entry Requirement

There are a limited number of places on the course.  Applications will be considered individually and decisions will be made on a first come, first served basis. 

The course is a part-time evening class for anyone who has had a break from education and would like a multi-disciplinary taster of what studying Humanities subjects at university is like. We will provide you with information about what the Foundation Year entails, and at the end of the course we will work with you to help you decide what your next steps might be.  

On successful completion of the Return to Learn course, if you wish to progress onto any of our degree programmes, you will need to meet that course's GCSE English Language and Mathematics requirements, usually grade 4 or C, however, equivalent qualifications may be considered depending on the circumstances. Please check with the Admissions Service for further information.

Fees and Funding

The course is free of charge.

How to Apply

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