Do you love to explore the past? Are you excited by reading and examining sources from the past? Are you looking for a truly unique learning experience in a programme that champions high quality scholarship? Our Foundation Certificate in African History might be the course for you.

Through the Foundation Certificate you will explore the political and intellectual histories of African communities around the world, thinking critically about what has shaped modern global Africa. 


  • Starting: To be confirmed
  • Duration: 1 year part-time
  • Fee: from £1,399
  • Information Session: Register
  • Format: Online, with Live Lectures and Tutorials
  • Assessment: 4 essays

Develop vital critical analysis skills as you map the development of African consciousness

Hone your ability to conduct research into how historians have and continue to explore the African experience

Learn to write critically and confidently on African history and appreciate the values and challenges of various approaches to African history


Our structured one-year part-time Foundation Certificate in African History is taught at undergraduate level.

Through lectures, tutorials, deep readings, and essays, you will engage in high quality discussions about all aspects of political and intellectual history with your tutors and cohort. During your time studying with us you will become a more intrepid and critical thinker while developing a deep understanding of African history.

African History Project - Our Foundation Certificate in African History

Overview of Our Foundation Certificate in African History

The first qualification of its kind allowing students to study part-time anywhere in the world.
African History Project - Studying While Working

Studying While Working

We have a lot of experience advising students on how to study part-time while managing their other commitments.
African History Project - Admissions Requirements

Admission Requirements

We are committed to widening participation, allowing students at all levels to study with us.


Each year we offer a range of courses on different aspects of African history, political thought, and education. You will complete four courses over the course of the year. Each course lasts 12-weeks and is taught through lectures, deep-readings and tutorials. You are also expected to participate in the public lectures that run at the AHP while you are enrolled.

Explore the events that shaped the development of politics and society in Africa

Engage with oral traditions and written history to decipher events and give life to the figures of Africa’s past

Understand the contributions of African thinkers to the proliferation of humanism, republicanism, and democracy across the world


Learning Outcomes

By the end of the Foundation Certificate, students will have acquired the ability to:

  • conduct research into an area of historical debate, including the use of online digital archives;
  • chart the course of political and intellectual developments across an expanse of time and space;
  • comprehend and analyse complex historical subjects;
  • engage with the historiography of the period;
  • write critically and confidently about historical events.


Lectures and tutorials on the Foundation Certificate are designed and delivered by AHP academics as well as academics from leading African studies departments around the world. 


Students have 12 months from registration to complete the required courses, attend the live lectures and tutorials, and submit the assignments.


  • 4 x 1000-word essay
  • Lecture and tutorial attendance and participation

Certificate and Reference

On successful completion of the Foundation Certificate, participants will be issued with a Certificate of Completion and be eligible for an academic reference.

How to Enrol

Please click on the link below to access the enrolment page.