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New Beginnings

Course overview

Start date

April 2018

Subject area

New Beginning




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Course summary

At UEL we believe that people who have the potential to succeed at university should be given the opportunity to do so. New Beginnings is a popular course, designed to provide the opportunity for mature people and those without formal qualifications to study at university. 

The course is designed for people who have busy schedules, and who are working or have family responsibilities that make it difficult to take time out each week to study. There are three different routes: Regular (10 week course), Accelerated (5 week course) and Intensive (1 week course).

You will receive lots of support to help you succeed, including access to all of UEL’s facilities, support with academic writing, and IT and library support. You may also be eligible for a bursary, which will exempt you from the course fees.

On successful completion of the New Beginnings programme you will be able to progress onto some degrees at UEL, including, but not limited to: Accounting and Finance, Business Management, Education Studies, Early Childhood Studies, Film, Music, Psychology, Public Health, and Sport. To confirm if your choice of degree can be accessed through New Beginnings, check the course page, or contact our Applicant Enquiries team on 020 8223 3333.



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Grow degree-level skills

Develop your academic reading, writing and thinking skills in preparation for undergraduate study.

Kick-start your career

Develop your confidence and independence and transform your employability and career options.

Flexible learning

Fit your study in with your work and personal commitments and have access to UEL's extensive learning facilities and resources.

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What you will learn

New Beginnings builds on the skills you have gained from work and life experiences to prepare you for studying a degree. You will also develop your academic skills, including how to:

  • be an effective learner
  • read analytically
  • think critically
  • research academic topics
  • write academic essays
  • use academic conventions to acknowledge sources of information
  • work in a group
  • give academic presentations.
Students learn by a mixture of lectures, tutorials, workshops, group activities, presentations, guided reading and writing tasks, independent and online learning. Sessions are held at the university’s modern campuses, and you will be fully supported throughout the programme with lots of opportunities to use UEL's facilities and support services.

On successful completion of the course and assessment, you can progress to many of the undergraduate degrees at UEL (please check our course pages to see if your choice of degree can be accessed through New Beginnings). 

Case study

Paralympic debutant Vanessa Daobry only started competing in the F34 shot put in 2015 but has since experienced a meteoric rise to the top of her sport.

While training in the UEL gym, paralympic athlete Vanessa Daobry completed the ‘New Beginnings’ course at UEL, which prepares mature students who have been out of education for some time to study for a bachelor’s degree.

“It’s been a very interesting course, in all honesty,” she says. “They teach you now just about university about how you work within university, what the environment’s like, what’s expected of you, what you can access to get support. It’s amazing. I think every student should do something like that before they go to university.”

“I didn’t have the chance to go to university when I was younger so if the opportunity is there, I’m going to grab it with everything I can.”

Course duration and assessment

This course is delivered over 10 weeks, with set subjects covered each week. You will attend a 3-hour taught session per week with approximately 15-20 hours additional guided and independent study.

To help fit your learning in at the right time for you, you can choose from two start dates:

  • Start date: April 2018 (apply by February 2018 to attend this course in April)
  • Duration: 10 weeks, 3 hours once a week
  • Begin your degree: September 2018

This course is delivered one day a week for 5 weeks from 10am to 5pm. The classes are highly interactive and there are independent and guided tasks to complete each week in approximately 15 hours of home study.

  • Start date: 2nd July
  • Enrolment: by 22nd June
  • Duration: 5 weeks, 1 day a week
  • Begin your degree: September 2018

This course is delivered in one week from 10am to 5pm. The classes are highly interactive with approximately 4 hours guided and independent learning each evening.

  • Start date: 9th July & 6th August
  • Enrolment: by 22nd June
  • Duration: 1 week (Monday to Friday)
  • Begin your degree: September 2018

How you'll be assessed

Standard entry (10 weeks): You will be assessed on two pieces of written coursework, a presentation and meeting the attendance and punctuality requirements.

Accelerated entry (5 weeks): Assessment is in the form of a presentation and an exam, and meeting the attendance and punctuality requirements. 

Intensive entry (1 week): Assessment is in the form of a presentation and an exam, and meeting the attendance and punctuality requirements.

Fees and funding

The Student Money Advice and Rights Team (SMART) are here to help you navigate your finances while you're a student at the University of East London.

We can give you advice, information and guidance on government and university funds so that you receive your full funding entitlement.


Phone: 020 8223 4444

Tuition fees

Tuition fees are subject to annual change. Fees for future years will be published in due course.

Entry requirements

Applicants can start New Beginnings after successful completion of an entry test.  Students are also expected to have a qualification in English language and maths at GCSE grade C or above, or an equivalent level 2 qualification. If you are working towards these qualifications, you can still enrol on New Beginnings (Regular route), but you must have successfully completed your level 2 courses before starting your degree.

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