Kensington and Chelsea College is launching a unique and new pathway into higher education with
an Access course in Africana Studies, the first such programme of its type to be taught anywhere in the UK or Europe. Building on an established module in African and Caribbean Studies at the College, the new programme provides a full level 3 qualification, enabling direct entry into a range of Humanities and Social Science university degrees.

Course Director and tutor Alishia Mogre, who developed the programme, said: “We want students to see this as an opportunity not just for academic progress, but for personal development and transformation. Through an exploration of Africa and the African diaspora we examine how Africa and the experiences of black people have been consistently mis-represented and ill-informed within education. Students are also challenged to analyse historical and contemporary realities and issues in culture and society from an African-centred perspective.”

The course examines Africa as the ‘cradle of humanity’ and covers its rich pre-colonial history, before looking at the post-colonial period, including the impact of Maafa (African enslavement) and the consequences of forced migration. Elements of study include surveying the African diaspora; African spiritual systems; African women; the work of black intellectuals and radicals and the black presence in Europe. All modules are taught alongside study skills, in preparation for Higher Education.

With support from the two leading UK universities for African/black studies – SOAS and Birmingham City University (BCU) – students will benefit from progression opportunities onto prestigious degree programmes. Possible degree choices and career routes for students from the course also include Education, Psychology, Social Work, Anthropology, Race Relations and Community based courses.

BCU’s Professor Kehinde Andrews, one of the UK’s leading experts in African and Caribbean studies,  said: “The need to decolonise the curriculum has never been more relevant and this is true in Further Education as well as Higher Education. This diploma will enable students to study contemporary issues with an excellent historical grounding.”

The one-year course starts in September 2019 and applications are open now. People wanting to find out more and apply should visit the College’s courses section here or call 020 7573 3600.