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Teaching and Education

Where futures are shaped

  • top-quality teaching

    The quality of teaching on our education courses was almost universally acclaimed in the 2018 National Student Survey. A huge 94% of our students agreed that ‘the staff are good at explaining things’.

  • setting the agenda

    Our education studies course has been judged externally as ‘cutting edge’. And no other university offers such a wide-ranging BA Honours degree in Special Education.

  • cutting-edge success

    Our courses have been rated by our students with the outstanding 95% satisfaction for academic support and 95% for the teaching process. Our goal to be a leading university for Education and Teaching courses has been astonishingly successful.

About us

Our education courses in the Cass School of Education and Communities give you the tools to develop as an education practitioner, with the flexibility to specialise in areas that interest you most.

What makes them so unique is our extraordinary east London location. Set in the heart of this thriving, diverse, multicultural community, the school offers current and relevant opportunities to enhance your skills for employment.

While teaching remains the favoured career of most of our education graduates, your course will open up options to work, not only in schools, but also in the wider young people’s workforce. Examples include children’s hospitals, environmental education centres, charities and prisons.

On our special education course you’ll learn about autism, disability, behaviour and dyslexia in an inclusive and international context. This innovative subject area will allow you to develop personally and professionally.

We’re great believers in ‘learning by doing’, and you’ll have an option to take a volunteering module in your last year. You’ll also carry out an independent research project.

See our courses.

I chose UEL as it was flexible. I could study full-time while doing the majority of my classes in the evening. The mentors were enthusiastic, complimentary and constructive. I was also lucky to travel to the Gambia on a field trip.

Margaret-Anne Dunne , BA (Hons) Education and Community Studies, 2010. Now vice-principal at Harris Primary Academy, Tottenham
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Our facilities

Our libraries and learning services are at the very heart of the University. We have a superb range of resources and facilities to help you with your studies and we’re committed to offering you a first-class student experience. Our Stratford library, opened at a cost of £14 million, is a state-of-the-art building which provides an inspirational environment for study and research. Overlooking the Royal Docks, our modern Docklands library is another fantastic space for learning, offering a wide range of resources as well as group and silent study facilities. It’s also home to the UEL Skillzone, where you can get extra help with your academic writing.

Both our libraries are open 24/7 during term time, giving you maximum flexibility about when you choose to study. As well as visiting our libraries in person, you can also take advantage of our growing collection of electronic resources, including e-books, e-journals and databases.

To ensure our students get the best possible support, we’ve opened brand-new Student Support hubs at our Docklands and Stratford campuses - at a cost of £3.1 million. These contain centralised helpdesks as well as comfortable areas to relax and socialise. The helpdesks provide a ‘one-stop shop’ for every possible need, from course-related enquiries to personal issues such as health and money matters. They’re designed to be your first port of call if you have an enquiry or problem.

To find out more and experience our facilities first-hand, visit us at an Open Day.

Our staff

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What we're researching

We have an exciting London Scholars scheme which encourages our students to get involved in new and applied research within the local community. Our project for 2015, sponsored by Baroness Andrews, explored the factors inhibiting some young people from applying for university courses.

A further pioneering research project led by UEL has identified how social networking sites could be used more effectively to help educate people in the event of a national disaster.

Professor John Preston, along with researchers from five other universities, has been studying how city evacuations could be improved by looking at how people receive, pass on and act on information in emergency situations – particularly through social media such as Facebook and Twitter.

Professor Andrew Ravenscroft’s research interests include the acclaimed RadioActive101 project, which uses radio as means of providing education to excluded groups throughout Europe.

More detail on our specific research focuses can be found on the research page.


Our dedicated Centre for Student Success works closely with employers to provide up-to-date information about the skills and experience they’re looking for. They will support you during your studies and after you graduate.

At UEL, you’ll have access to:

  • Employability skills training such as interview techniques and CV writing.
  • Gradscore, a groundbreaking electronic tool that allows you to complete a mock application and find out if you’d be shortlisted for interview. It has been created exclusively for UEL with help from leading employers and employability experts.
  • UEL Skills Academy, where external professionals deliver sessions on the competencies most prized by graduate employers.
  • Internships, placements and volunteering opportunities from our work placements team.
  • Professional mentoring scheme, matching students with staff from major companies.
  • Networking opportunities and annual careers fair.
  • Support with setting up your own business.

Our location in one of Europe’s largest regeneration areas and our extensive links to local employers will also give you access to fantastic internships and placements. From heavy industry to high-tech, health and social care to the arts, there are so many opportunities right on our doorstep.

Our online Career Coach shows you the different career paths that your chosen subject area can lead you to. It gives you information on specific careers, job roles, potential wages and available jobs in the sector. You can also take a quick quiz to find a career to match your personality type!

Undergraduate courses

Postgraduate courses

Other routes

In-school training

As well as our undergraduate and postgraduate degrees, we also offer alternative routes into teaching including 'School Direct' and 'Assessment Only' - these options allow you to train on-the-job and receive Qualified Teacher Status from UEL.

The Assessment Only Route (AOR) is an employment-based option for teachers who are experienced but don't have Qualified Teacher Status (QTS).

Find out more.

School Direct is a school-led teacher training route, where participating schools recruit and select their own trainees.

Find out more.

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