The African History Project is committed to widening participation by allowing students based anywhere in the world, irrespective of your previous academic experience or performance, to study African history in a rigorous academic environment.
This approach allows us to put together a cohort of students from a variety of academic and professional backgrounds that can bring wonderful perspectives to the material covered on the course. As a result, our Foundation Certificate in African History has no formal entry requirements. We ask you to take the time to understand the demands of the course and then when you feel ready, take the leap and enrol!
- Academically Rigorous
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- Visa Requirements
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We should be upfront – the course is not the easiest! Most of our students feel significantly intellectually challenged by the workload, the topics they need to grapple with, and the skills they need to hone. But this should not put you off from applying as there is a lot of support on hand to help you get settled into the course and master the content.
Students will need to dedicate roughly five hours a week to reading and completing assignments, plus an extra hour or two to attend lectures and/or tutorials every other week. Most of our students are in full time work or raising young families therefore most find the best study times are evenings and weekends.
The course is taught at undergraduate level so it is intellectually rigorous but accessible for those new to history studies or African history. The assignments assume a strong level of English.
The best way to gauge if you are ready for the course is to attend one of our public lectures. These will give you an indication of the topics that you will cover in tutorials and assignments and the sort of analysis you will be expected to engage with. If you are able to keep up with the lectures, it is likely you will be able to keep up on the Foundation Certificate.
We run a number of Information Sessions throughout the year so be sure to sign up for one to find out more about the course and ask tutors their advice about your fitness for the course.
We do not formally check English language levels before enrolment however, because of the intellectual rigour of the course, we would advise that students have a strong command of English. You should be able to read academic texts fluidly and be able to write without major errors in grammar.
As we are a fully online school there are no visa requirements to study with us. Likewise, we are unable to sponsor any visa applications.
Once you are ready to enrol, please head over to our enrolment page and complete the necessary steps. We will then be in touch to welcome you to the cohort.