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New Beginnings

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 UEL’s intensive access course, designed to provide exactly this opportunity for mature and non-traditional learners looking for a second chance to study at university. 

Successful New Beginnings students can progress onto a variety of degrees at the University of East London. These include, among others, Accounting, Business, Art and Design, Education, Childhood Studies, Health Studies, Hospitality and Tourism Management, Humanities, Psychology, Sociology and Sport & Exercise.

The course usually lasts for 12 weeks with attendance required for 3 hours per week plus weekly independent study. You may also be eligible for a bursary which will exempt you from the course fees.

Apply now to start this September.

One-week intensive courses are also available throughout the year. Please contact us on 020 8223 3216 for more information.

What you'll learn

New Beginnings will help you to utilise the skills you have gained from your work and life experiences to prepare for studying at Higher Education. You will also develop new 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.

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


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


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

Case Study

Mabel found out about New Beginnings when she met a UEL adviser out shopping in Stratford.  She thought the course sounded interesting and decided to give it a go even though she wasn’t sure if she was ready to go to university.  Like many mature students she didn’t feel very confident and was worried about her IT skills but with hard work and the support she received from UEL staff she passed New Beginnings and went on to a degree in Education.  By that point she had discovered how much she enjoyed studying and went on to do a postgraduate diploma, also at UEL, and is now working as a qualified careers adviser.

How does the course work

New Beginnings is a 12-week course with set subjects covered each week. You will have an opportunity to engage with the university’s extensive learning and support facilities and staff. You will attend a 3 hour direct contact session per week with approximately 15 hours additional independent study. Contact sessions are held at the university’s main campuses.  

Students on the New Beginnings course produce two pieces of written coursework and deliver an academic presentation.  You will be fully supported throughout the process.  You must submit and pass both pieces of coursework in order to progress to your undergraduate degree. 

Entry Requirements

Successful completion of an entry test.  Applicants are also expected to have a GCSE pass at grade C or above or other equivalent level 2 qualification in English language (or English language and maths) or be working towards this qualification to be completed successfully before starting the degree.

How you'll learn

Students will learn by a mixture of lectures, tutorials, group activities, presentations, workshops, guided reading and written work.

All assessment will be done by written assignments.

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