University of East London Foundation Year

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University of East London Foundation Year

BA (Hons) History (with Foundation year)

This extended course is perfect if you want a degree in History but you don’t meet the standard entry requirements. First we prepare you for your degree during the Foundation year, bringing you up to speed with academic skills and a firm grounding in the subject. Then you can go on to do the full undergraduate degree.

You will develop an in-depth knowledge of the past, and analyse how historians have interpreted it. We’ll introduce you to the best methods of historical research, from archives to the use of online media. You’ll also have the chance to do your own oral history interviews. In 2014, second-year students talked to survivors of the 1943 Bethnal Green Tube disaster.

At UEL we regularly take our teaching beyond the classroom. Critically engaging with public history while expanding your knowledge, you’ll go on trips to museums, libraries and archives. Every year first-year students take guided walks and visit London museums, second-year students are given tours of local archives, and the third year of study includes a visit to the British Museum’s Enlightenment gallery.

Working closely with local heritage organisations, work experience placements are embedded into our programme. In recent years students have completed short placements with organisations including the Jewish Museum, the London Transport Museum, Tower Hamlets Archives and our own UEL Archives.

If you don’t meet the entry requirements for a BA, you can study this course as an ‘extended’ four-year course. You’ll begin with a foundation year which prepares you for a successful transition to the BA degree.

“It was a major decision for me to give up a career I’d been in for over 20 years and return to education after 30 years but studying History at UEL turned out to be one of the best decisions I have ever made.”
Dezna Marks, BA (Hons) History, graduate