Case study

Creative multidisciplinary artist — Levan Peart

Levan embarked on the New Beginnings course at the University of East London (UEL) to boost his academic skills. He then went on to study the BA Dance:Urban Practice before pursuing an MA in Filmmaking at UEL

What is the New Beginnings course at UEL?

New Beginnings, is one of several pre-entry programmes at UEL that offer  unique pathways to  many degree programmes, regardless of your qualifications or age. The course is designed to fit people's busy schedules and is taught online and on campus, using modern facilities. With extensive support, including academic writing, IT and library support, you will have everything you need to succeed.

Upon completing the New Beginnings course, you will be able to progress to selected degrees at UEL.

Pre-entry programmes are an excellent opportunity for mature learners and individuals without formal qualifications who want to access many degree programmes.

How do you apply for a place on the course?

To apply for the New Beginnings course, visit UEL's website and complete an online application form.

Alternatively, you can contact the university's admissions team for further information on the application process.

People can also visit the  Information and Guidance (IAG) service to enquire about the university at the University Square Stratford (USS) campus in Stratford, London.

Why did you decide to take the New Beginnings programme?

It's an excellent opportunity to develop your skills and knowledge in your chosen field and connect with like-minded individuals. The course offers a supportive learning environment and access to many degree programmes, which makes it an excellent choice for anyone looking to progress in their career.

What does the New Beginnings course involve?

It involves a ten-week training course, which is a generic academic reading and writing scheme. It trains students to prepare for coursework and demonstrates the CW1 CW2 format that is frequently used in university modules. I had to write an essay on preparatory academic topics, using referencing as a baseline skill.

What support did you receive from UEL while on the New Beginnings course?

UEL provides a range of academic and non-academic support services for its students, including academic advisors, study skills workshops, and mental health and wellbeing services.

The university is very supportive in making students like me from a global majority ethnic background feel welcome.

What type of person would most suit the New Beginnings course?

This course is suitable for individuals motivated to succeed in their academic careers and willing to put in the time and effort required to achieve their goals. No matter who you are or where you come from, if you are determined to succeed at university level, this course is the gateway to your potential success.

It is also ideal for those who are new to university-level study. The course is open to students of all levels and disciplines, and anyone who is looking to enhance their academic and writing skills can benefit from it.

How has it aided your career?

It has helped me to gain confidence in myself and my career capabilities, while gaining a deeper insight and understanding of my professional identity. I feel more equipped than ever to pursue my aspirations within the creative sector, with the correct support measures in place to sustain a successful journey.

What advice can you give to mature learners?

Go for it. Don't let age or other life factors stop you from chasing your dreams. You are never too old to shake things up and add significant value to your sector. Life is an ongoing journey and a mature student can only accrue further life experience from studying. There are people who are waiting to hear your story and your voice. Do not deprive them of the value that you bring through your character, your essence and your significant work contributions.

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