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New Beginnings

Course overview

Start date

September 2018

Subject area

Entry course




On campus

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 and non-traditional learners to study at university. You will receive all the support you need to succeed, including access to all of UEL’s facilities.

On successful completion of the New Beginnings programme you will be able to progress onto some degrees at UEL, including: Accounting and Finance, Business Management, Education, Early Childhood Studies and Psychology.

You may also be eligible for a bursary, which will exempt you from the course fees.

The course is designed for people who are working or have family responsibilities that make it difficult to take time out each week to study. We have three different routes: Standard (10 week course), Accelerated (5 weeks) and Intensive (1 week). Students are allocated to an appropriate route after an initial assessment.

Apply now and start this course in December 2017 or January 2018.

Contact us

If you have any questions, talk to a member of our Applicant Enquiries team on +44 (0) 20 8223 3333 or email

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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'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.
Students learn by a mixture of lectures, tutorials, group activities, presentations, guided reading and written work. Once you submit your work and pass the course, you can progress on to an undergraduate degree. Sessions are held at the university’s main campuses, and you will be fully supported throughout the programme with an opportunity to use the full UEL facilities and access to support staff.

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.

Course duration and assessment

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

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

  • Start date: January
  • Duration: 10 weeks, 3 hours once a week
  • Begin your degree: September
  • Start date: April
  • Duration: 10 weeks, 3 hours once a week
  • Begin your degree: September
This course is delivered every Thursday for 5 weeks from 10am to 5pm, with a final exam on the last Thursday. The classes are highly interactive with lots packed in, plus there’ll be some homework too.
  • Start date: November
  • Duration: 5 weeks, 1 Thursday a week
  • Begin your degree: January

This course is delivered in one week from 10am to 5pm, with a final exam on the Friday. The classes are highly interactive with lots packed in, plus homework and 15 hours additional independent study.

  • Start date: 11th December
  • Duration: 1 week (Monday to Friday, 11th-15th December), 7 hours a day
  • Begin your degree: January

How you'll be assessed

Standard entry (10 weeks): You will be assessed on two pieces of written coursework and an academic presentation.

Accelerated entry (5 weeks): Assessment is in the form of a presentation and an exam. 

Intensive entry (1 week): Assessment is in the form of a presentation and an exam.

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 (or 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, but they must be completed successfully before starting your degree.

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