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New Beginnings

Course summary

At UEL we believe people should be given the opportunity to succeed at university.  New Beginnings is a unique course that offers access to many degree programmes for mature learners and those without formal qualifications.

The course is designed to accommodate busy schedules and is taught online and at the university’s modern campuses.  You will receive lots of support to help you succeed, including, support with academic writing, IT and library support as well as access to UEL’s excellent facilities. 
On successfully passing the New Beginnings course you will be able to progress onto selected degrees at UEL, including, but not limited to*:

  • Business Management
  • Education Studies
  • Early Childhood Studies
  • Psychology
  • Accounting and Finance
  • Public Health
  • Sports
  • Film and
  • Music

See our course links to confirm if your choice of degree can be accessed through New Beginnings. 

*some applicants may be offered a foundation year.

Course fee: £200. A means tested bursary to cover the course fee may be available to eligible students.  Additional support is available to applicants who have a disability or are care-experienced. 

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.


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 personal, work and academic skills, including how to:

  • be an effective learner by identifying personal strengths and understanding the expectations of higher education
  • read analytically by using established techniques to master complex texts
  • think critically and engage in higher level conversations
  • research academic topics with access to UEL’s award winning library facilities
  • write academically, including understanding the conventions of traditional essays and modern reflective writing styles
  • use academic conventions to acknowledge sources of information
  • work in a group and utilise the full breadth of university support services
  • design and deliver academic presentations

Teaching and learning is achieved through lectures, tutorials, workshops, group activities, presentations, guided reading and writing tasks and independent learning. You will be fully supported throughout the course with lots of opportunities to use UEL’s facilities and support services.



“I found [the New Beginnings course] exuberating and full of excitement. Although I was overwhelmed with wellbeing challenges I felt welcome and supported by everyone at University of East London. The course became a comfort with each day I studied. I developed communication skills, teamwork skills, leadership skills, management skills, analytical skills, research skills, social skills, negotiation skills, presenting skills and punctuation skills.” 


“The New Beginnings course successfully gave me access to my undergraduate course. In addition, the course developed my critical thinking skills and improved my reading, writing, and speaking skills as well. This provided me with the confidence to take proactive steps to go on further. More importantly reflecting back to the New Beginnings course, the course most definitely allowed me to reach my full potential and prepared me to get the most out of my undergraduate course as I graduated with a First-Class honour’s degree.”


Course duration and assessment

We consistently review our courses to ensure we are up-to-date with industry changes and requirements from our graduates. As a result, our modules are subject to change.

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. 
Courses start throughout the year. 

Eligibility tests start 2 months before the course and you must be registered 2 weeks before the course starts. 

Upcoming start dates:

Start date: January 2021 and April 2021
Duration: 10 weeks, 3 hours once a week
Begin your degree: September 2021

How you'll be assessed

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

Entry requirements

Applicants can start New Beginnings after successfully passing an eligibility test.

Before starting your degree you must achieve level 2 qualifications in English language and maths (GCSE grade 4/C or above, or Functional Skills level 2), this can be done after completing New Beginnings.

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