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Schools and Colleges

The Schools and Colleges Team offer a number of exciting and wide-ranging pre-entry activities and events promoting Higher Education delivered throughout the year. We aim to build skills, raise students’ aspirations, increase levels of achievement and demonstrate a range of progression routes, underpinned by educational policy and context.

Supporting schools and colleges 

    We’re committed to helping students in local schools and colleges achieve their full potential and make informed decisions about their future.

    Our Schools and Colleges Team offer a number of exciting and wide-ranging pre-entry and widening participation activities promoting higher education throughout the year. 

    We aim to build skills, raise students’ aspirations, increase levels of achievement, encourage curiosity for learning and demonstrate a range of progression routes.

    Our Schools and Colleges team

    Are you thinking of coming to university, but are unsure what course to study or the entry requirements?

    Our friendly Information, Advice and Guidance Service (IAG) team can support you through this process. The team’s qualified advisers are available to see you at:

    If you have been away from education for some time, or lack formal or current qualifications – or if you gained your qualifications overseas and are not sure of the UK equivalency – there are routes available to help you achieve your goal. These include:

    • New Beginnings short course: a 12-week part time course for progression to many, but not all, of our UEL undergraduate programmes. 
      Click here for details.

    • Introduction to Law and Criminology: the aim of this short course is to introduce you to the study of law and criminology. It will provide you with basic skills with which to proceed on to either the LLB (Law degree) or the BA Criminology and Criminal Justice. Successful completion of the stand-alone course will result in a certificate from UEL. Click here for details

    • Access to Higher Education Diploma: a qualification that prepares students for study at degree level. There are over 1,100 courses available in a range of subjects. The diploma is generally taught at further education colleges. Please visit for more details.
    • Extended degrees: in this four-year degree option, extended degree students join the Level 0 programme for the first year of study towards a Bachelor's degree. We proud to be one of the few institutions offering this route into higher education. Check the academic school of your choice for details on the extended degrees they offer.

    Information, Advice and Guidance Service (IAG)

    We are committed to developing relationships with schools across London and the Thames Gateway. These activities are designed to raise standards in learning and support the local community.

    Our activities can be grouped under a number of areas, as follows:

    • Contributing to the governance agenda: being part of a governing body, engagement with the senior management team and involvement with new school developments. 

    • Supporting institutional planning: curriculum support, submission of joint bids, carrying out research, development of new qualifications and formalising progression routes.

    • Workforce development: design of postgraduate level study programmes, contribution to subject networks, cross sector shadowing opportunities, supporting pedagogy – for example, short course design.

    School Partnerships

    School activities

      Your Future days at UEL

      Your Future days are unique open days with academic workshops, student life presentations and employability skill sessions. All days run from 10.00am to 3.00pm.

      Your Future: Business, law, tourism and hospitality: 1 Nov 2017, University Square Stratford campus

      Your Future: Medical sciences, nursing, health and social care and psychology: 8 Nov 2017, Stratford Water Lane campus

      Your Future: Sports science, coaching and physiotherapy: 8 Nov 2017, Docklands campus

      Your Future: Engineering, computing, architecture and arts & design: 15 Nov 2017, Docklands campus

      Your Future: Creative industries and performing arts: 15 Nov 2017, University Square Stratford campus

      Your Future: Education, early childhood, sociology and politics: 22 Nov 2017, Stratford Water Lane campus

      Apply now for a UEL Your Future day

      Your Future

      Our Partnership and Liaison Scheme (PALS) volunteers act as positive role models to young people considering going to university. They involve themselves in all of our participation activities and act as approachable, honest and influential figures at UEL schools and college visits.

      Partnership and Liaison Scheme

      UEL Summer schools

      UEL ran a host of successful programme of activities in 2015, including three summer schools. The STEM summer school presented young people with a unique opportunity to immerse themselves in scientific exploration. They were able to take full advantage of UEL facilities while gaining valuable scientific knowledge and career insight.

      By participating in the event, the young people also had an opportunity to gain a British Science Association Bronze CREST Award, which will benefit them in their academic pursuits and stands as an achievement on its own.

      Over 40 pupils from four different schools participated in the practical sessions. They also attended the ACE showcase, where they were presented with the certificates of participation by Dr Mandy Bentham, Director of Learning and Teaching.

      Read the full story here


      Year 10 Science Clubs – 2015/2016

      Dates: 5 January 2016 – 18 March 2016
      Audience: Year 10
      Venue: Various
      Campus: UEL Docklands Campus and UEL Stratford Campus
      Event type: External event, Event for schools
      Ticket: Registration in advance

      Applications and enquiries

      Science clubs are aimed at high achieving students who meet the 'OFFA' eligibility criteria. Students must be:capable in, and have an interest in, science and mathematics and considering science as a pathway. For applications and enquiries, please email us to find out more.

      Science clubs are designed for Year 10 students considering science as possible career path. They aim to stretch and engage participants, and offer insights into practical applications of the scientific theories explored.