Africana Studies is a field of study that focusses on an interdisciplinary and critical examination of Africa, her diaspora and the wider-world. It has been designed as an extension of our African and Caribbean Studies Module (available on Social Science and Social Science and Humanities pathways) which is the only Access to HE module of its type in Europe. Significantly, its development is also a response to the limited accredited African/black related courses in the UK. Whilst there are university degrees that focus on African/black related studies there are no subject specific Access to HE diplomas available. As such, KCC are excited to announce a diploma that will transform the British educational landscape.
The overarching aim of the diploma is to provide learners with a broad foundation and deeper-contextualisation of the contributions of Africa and Africans to humanity, the rich and diverse cultural landscape of the continent and the continuity of Africa in the Americas. Learners will navigate through a plethora of materials to expand upon the normative discourse of African/black history in order to form a critical analysis on the cultural, political, economic and social factors that have shaped the African/black experience both historically and contemporarily.
The Africana Studies diploma leads to a nationally recognised Access to HE qualification that enables students to progress onto level 4 studies. It is intended for students who wish to study African/black related or Humanities and Social Science degrees at University but do not currently meet entry requirements.
Course Content: The diploma is made up of four mandatory modules (4 classes per week) subjects and contents include:
(1) African Studies: Examines Africa as the cradle of humanity and mother of civilization, pre-and post-colonial history including Maafa (Transatlantic Slave Trade) and its consequences on the continent. African spiritual systems and resistance to European imperialism (historical and contemporary).
(2) Diasporic Studies: Allows you to critically assess the forced migration of Africans to the Americas (Maafa), resistance to it and the continuity of Africa in the Caribbean landscape. You will also explore the work of African/black intellectuals and radicals of the Americas, and the socio-cultural movements that have emerged in the 20th and 21st century. A focus is also given to the African/black presence and socio-cultural influence in Europe.
(3) Introduction to Humanities and Social Science; Provides you with an introduction to Humanities and Social Science disciplines such as Anthropology, Psychology, Sociology and Politics which will enable you to diversify your academic grounding and approaches to HE level study.
(4) Study Skills; will assist you in developing your academic discipline and effectiveness, your UCAS application and in producing an academic research project.
Who is this course for?
- Those who wish to broaden their intellectual horizons by focusing on aspects of human and cultural development otherwise rendered invisible.
- Anyone who seeks to expand upon the normative ‘black history’ discourse in mainstream curriculums.
- If you are of African descent, this is a unique opportunity for you to explore your heritage and identity, and gain a qualification whilst doing so.
- If you are not of African descent and plan to work in the social/public sector this course will provide you with an expansive understanding of the factors that shape the African/black experience globally.
Progression: There are numerous African/black related degree programmes in the UK, which include SOAS and Birmingham University. Other Humanities and Social Science disciplines are widely available.
English GCSE Grades A-C and Maths GCSE Grades A-D
How to Apply:
* The Africana Studies diploma is pending validation; we encourage you to register your interest so we can keep you informed of its developments.