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Foundation Certificate in African History

Study the last 500 years of African History

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: September 2022
  • Duration: 1 year part-time
  • Fee: from £1,399
  • Information Session: Register
  • Apply by: Midnight, Thursday 30 June 2022
  • Format: Online, with Live Lectures and Tutorials
  • Assessment: 4 x 1000-word essays


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.


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.


Political Thought


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


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.

What you will learn on the Foundation Certificate


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