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Education & Special Education

UK Quality Assured
If you’re interested in a career in education, look no further. You’ll explore how people learn and why we teach the way we do. You’ll also study the politics, sociology, psychology and philosophy of education and debate the latest thinking, trends and developments. 
Cass School of Education and Communities
  • top-quality teaching

    The quality of teaching on our education courses was almost universally acclaimed in the 2014 National Student Survey. A huge 97 per cent 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 research

    An impressive 57 per cent of research carried out by academics at UEL’s Cass School of Education and Communities is rated either 'world-leading' or ‘internationally excellent’. The figures come from the 2014 Research Excellence Framework – a six-yearly national review of higher education research.

Why 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 and experiences 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.


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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.

Learning By Doing

“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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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, is exploring 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.

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