Access to Higher Education: Africana Studies

Key Course Information

Level 3 Discount available

Africana Studies provides a critical examination of Africa and her diaspora. We have developed it as an extension of our African and Caribbean Studies module (offered on Humanities and Social Science pathways). Africana Studies is the only qualification of its type in Europe and has been developed in response to the limited accredited African/black related courses in the UK.

The course will provide you with a broad foundation and deeper-contextualisation of Africa and the global African/Black experience.

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 curricula
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.

Course contents

The diploma is made up of four modules (4 classes per week), contents include:

African Studies: Examines Africa as the cradle of humanity, pre-and post-colonial history, the consequences of Maafa (the trans-Atlantic Slave Trade) in the continent, African women, African spiritual systems and resistance to imperialism (historical and contemporary).

Diasporic Studies: Surveys the forced migration of Africans to the Americas, resistance to it and the continuity of Africa in the Americas and Europe. Also, you will explore the work of black intellectuals, radicals and socio-cultural movements that have emerged in the 20th and 21st century. Additionally, students will examine the black presence and socio-cultural contributions to Europe.

Caribbean Studies: This module focuses on the shaping of the Caribbean as you will be critically assessing indigenous populations and the arrival of Europeans, Africans and Asians to the landscape through the lens of Maafa (The African Holocaust). You will also assess contemporary expressions of liberation through music, spirituality and literature.

Study Skills: You will focus on developing your academic discipline and effectiveness. We will support you in preparing a UCAS application and learn how to produce an independent academic research project.

Entry Requirements: At least one GCSE in English or Maths (Grades A-C).

What others have said about this course:

The diploma allows students to engage with a number of very relevant contemporary issues as well as examining key historical events from a non-Eurocentric perspective SOAS University

The need to decolonise the curriculum has never been more relevant and this is true with further as well as higher education. The diploma will allow students to explore contemporary issues with an excellent historical grounding Dr Kehinde Andrews, Birmingham City University


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