History Bridge Course History Bridge Course

Do you have a passion for the past and an enthusiasm for learning? Our free 12-week History Bridge Course, designed specifically for mature students, could be for you.

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.

Starting on 17 January 2019, classes take place on Thursday evenings on campus at UEA, where you will be warmly welcomed into the School of History. Attendees who successfully complete the course will have the skills required to progress on to our BA History degree.

No previous qualifications are necessary and we are open to applicants of ages 21 and above. If you have spent time away from education, the History Bridge Course provides a relaxed and friendly environment in which to return to study and offers an opportunity to become an undergraduate at UEA.

Full details about the course and its content can be found in our course catalogue.

Information evenings 

Join us for an informal chat about the course - meet other students and talk to the lectures - on 25 October and 6 December between 7pm and 8.30pm. Please register your interest for either information evening by emailing hum.outreach@uea.ac.uk

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You'll need some info to hand, so please make sure you're ready with:

  • Existing academic qualifications - although you don't neccessarily need any existing qualifications to join the course, if you do have any then it would be useful for us to know about them
  • Reference - you'll be able to upload a reference from someone who is able to testify to your acadmic abilities; you'll need their name, email address and a written submission
  • Personal statement - use this area to explain to us why you'd like to study the History Bridge Course with us; let us know your passions and interests


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What have other people who took the course said? What have other people who took the course said?

The History Bridge Course has a long history of its own and many of its students have progressed on to undergraduate study and beyond. This is what former students have said:

“I found the Bridge Course to be very interesting and useful. It has helped me know what to expect and familiarise myself with the university.”

“The History Bridge Course at UEA gave me enjoyment, skills and but above all the belief that I can successfully complete a degree in history. If you want to do this and have a genuine interest, then this is the opening for you.”

“I found the process incredibly valuable and useful. It gave a really clear vison for the outcome and a good level of guidance and support. I will (and have) recommend it to friends in the future”

“From leaving school (in 1978) to now I have not studied or written any essays. After the Bridge Course I feel excited, confident and well-equipped to handle a full-time History degree course.”


What is the history bridge course?

The History 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 all applicants over the age of 21 . If you have spent time away from education, for whatever reason, the course provides an opportunity to learn some new skills with the end goal of becoming an undergraduate in the School of History.

What will I learn?

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. 

When will the course take place?

The next installment of the History Bridge Course begin on 17 January 2019, running for 12 weeks on Thursday evenings 7pm-9pm. 

How much does the course cost?

The course it totally free of charge - there are no costs incurred. 

What will I get at the end?

Each student will receive an overall mark and a reference from the module organiser, which, provided they achieve the required grade, will help them to continue their studies at UEA. 

What facilities will I have access to?

History Bridge Course students will have full access to the library and its online resources. You will receive a UEA email account and access to our Virtual Learning Environment, Blackboard, where course materials will be available. 

Are there any hidden costs?

Absolutely none whatsoever. Reading suggestions will be provided, and can be tailored to suit each individual student, but you are under no obligation to buy any extra materials.