Setting out on your journey to higher education can be a confusing and daunting experience. At the University of East London, we pride ourselves in the level of support we offer new students to help you make the right choices.
Why study at university?
just the job
Among the working-age population, 87 per cent of graduates and postgraduates are in employment compared with 70 per cent of non-graduates (Department for Business and Innovation).
in the money
According to latest UK statistics, a woman with a degree will earn an average of £272,000 more than female non-graduate over a lifetime, while men earn £163,000 more.
You’ll be connected to an international community of students and former students from more than 120 countries.
BE THE BEST
Studying for a degree will stretch your mind and challenge you to maximise your potential. It will your build self-confidence, independence and responsibility.
LEARN And growUniversity gives you the people skills to meet life’s challenges. At UEL, 84 per cent of our students – above the average of all UK universities – feel their course has developed them personally.
You can pursue your personal interests, make lifelong friends and enjoy the excitement of university life. At UEL we currently have almost 60 societies and 26 different sports clubs.
Choosing your university
The best way to find out about a university is to visit it yourself. We have a series of open days so you can meet us and see what life is like at UEL.
Find out what UEL is really like
Should you apply and be given an offer, you’ll also be invited to our Offer Holder Days, which provide a more personalised experience of your chosen subject and School.
Choosing your course
BA (Hons) - Bachelor of Arts (Honours). This degree is awarded in arts and humanities subjects such as history, sociology and fashion design.
BSc (Hons) - Bachelor of Science (Honours). This degree is awarded for science or technology based subjects such as psychology, architecture and physiotherapy.
LLB (Hons) - Bachelor of Law (Honours). This degree is award for law-based subjects.
BEng (Hons) - Bachelor of Engineering (Honours). This degree is awarded for subjects in the field of engineering.
MEng (Hons)/MSoc (Hons) - In a limited number of subjects, UEL offers four-year integrated master’s degrees. It means you can study right through to master’s level without having to apply for additional master’s degree funding after three years.
BA/BSc with QTS - Bachelor of Arts/Science (Honours) with Qualified Teacher Status. This degree qualifies you teach in a maintained school or non-maintained special school in England.
A foundation degree is a higher education qualification that combines academic and work-based learning.
Bachelor’s degrees are normally three-year courses when you study full time. Degrees with a placement year take four years to complete because you’ll spend your third year undertaking a work placement to gain relevant industry experience.
If you don’t meet the entry requirements for a bachelor’s degree, you can study some courses as an extended four-year programme. You’ll begin with a foundation year that will prepare you for a successful transition to the bachelor’s degree.
To gain a bachelor’s degree you need to complete 360 credits. You do this typically by completing 12 30-credit modules, though some degrees feature 15, 45 or 60-credit (i.e. double) modules.
You’ll be expected to work an average 35 hours per week. Typically, there’ll be around 12-18 hours per week of teaching. The rest of the time you’ll be expected to study independently.
You can study most of our bachelor’s courses part time. Most part-time students study 60 credits per year. The maximum time you have to complete your degree is eight years.
Some courses can be studied without ever setting foot on campus. Degrees with a distance-learning or online option mean you’ll be able study through online lectures and tutorials via our virtual learning environment, giving you maximum flexibility to fit your study around work or family commitments.
Blended learning This combines classroom and online or distance learning education.
Before choosing what course you’d like to study, you should take time to check the entry requirements.
All of our courses have entry requirements that you need to meet to before we can offer you a place. In most cases you’ll need to have achieved a minimum number of UCAS tariff points by the time the course starts. Your tariff score is based on your performances in Level 3 qualifications such as A-levels, BTECs and CACHE diplomas.
You’ll also need to have at least a grade C in GCSE English and mathematics (or equivalent Level 2 qualification such as Key Skills Level 2 in Application of Number and Communication) and three other GCSEs at grades A–C.
Some courses also require specific A-levels or GCSEs, while some may invite you to attend an interview or audition, take a test or submit a portfolio of work. You can find detailed entry requirements on our course pages.
If you don’t meet the entry requirements for a BA or BSc, many of our courses have the option of a foundation year that will prepare you for a successful transition to the bachelor’s degree. If you take this option, you’ll be studying for four years in total rather than three.
Entry requirements are intended only as a guide for applicants. They’re not a guarantee of an offer, nor of the conditions that may apply. When making a decision on your academic suitability, we’ll make an assessment you as an individual and will use information other than qualifications to make our decision.
Your information may include predicted grades, performance at Level 2 or other completed studies, personal statement, interview or portfolio performance and academic references.
As an inclusive university, we are proud to welcome students from all backgrounds and all ages. Mature students make up just under half of the overall student population on our campuses.
We recognise that applicants who have been out of education for some time may not have the formal qualifications usually required for entry to a course. We welcome applications from anyone who can demonstrate their enthusiasm and commitment to study and has relevant life or work experience that equips them to succeed on their chosen course.
We will assess this from the information provided in your application, particularly your personal statement, and may ask you to attend an interview or submit a piece of work to help us decide on your eligibility for the course.
If you would like to talk to an advisor about the opportunities available to you, including entry requirements and part-time options, don’t hesitate to contact our pre-entry Information Advice and Guidance (IAG) team on +44 (0)20 8223 4354 or email email@example.com
EU and International students
Applicants from outside the UK and students whose first language isn't English must have a good standard of English, as evidenced by internationally recognised qualifications such as IELTS. These requirements vary by course so you’ll need to check the course pages for further information.
We accept a wide range of qualifications from across the world - from individual countries as well as internationally recognised qualifications like the International Baccalaureate. When applying, don’t try to convert your qualifications to a UK equivalent. Just give us the full award title, subject and grades/scores as they appear on your certificate(s).
If your qualification is from an EU country, please contact our Applicant Enquiries team by phone on +44 (0)20 8223 3333 or emailing firstname.lastname@example.org to find out whether it meets our requirements.
If your qualification is from outside the EU, check out the information on our country pages about entry requirements and acceptable qualifications.
Choosing to study at university is an investment in your future, the rewards of which will last a lifetime. All UK universities charge tuition fees, though most students are eligible for a tuition fee loan so they can ‘study now and pay later’. It means you won’t have to pay any fees up front and you don’t have to start paying the fees back until you’re earning a reasonable income.
UK students are also entitled to a Maintenance Loan to help with the day-to-day costs of student life.
We’re committed to offering students as much support as possible, and we offer a package of undergraduate incentives, scholarships and bursaries worth more than £2 million a year. More information about UEL’s tuition fees and the loans.
If you’re an undergraduate from outside the European Union, you could be eligible for a scholarship. More information about fees and funding for international students.
If you’re unsure about what to study, it’s important to do your research to make sure a course matches your interests, ability and goals.
Ask yourself certain key questions:
• Am I genuinely interested in the subject?
• Will the style of teaching and learning be right for me?
• Am I prepared for the time commitment?
• Do I want to study a subject that’s directly related to my career ambitions?
• What options will I have to continue my studies or enter the world of work when I’ve finished my degree?
Thinking ahead is very important. For example, if you want to go into a career such as engineering, architecture or law straight after university, you’ll need an undergraduate degree directly related to that career path.
You should also check out the content of the course by looking at the modules you’ll be studying and review the entry requirements. You might want a course that offers you work experience before you graduate. Our close industry connections offer plenty of ‘learning by doing’ options, including placements, internships and mentoring.
Some courses give you the chance to go on a placement year. You'll gain real industry experience, and study over four years instead of three.
You’ll find everything you need to know about our undergraduate courses on our course pages.
If you need some help making your choice, just get in touch with a member of our Information, Advice and Guidance (IAG) team.
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BA (Hons) Sociology, graduate
UEL has given me the chance to expand and grow academically and mentally and it’s changed my life in a big way. The lecturers are all great. They’ve all been very supportive and they’re very attentive to the students.
Frequently asked questions
Unsure about the procedure applying to study at UEL? Here are some answers to common questions students ask about the application process.
It’s also possible to defer for a year after you’ve applied and received an unconditional offer. You’ll need to contact our Admissions team or speak to our Applicant Enquiries team by phone on +44 (0)20 8223 3333 or by email at email@example.com.
If you're not currently in education, an employer can also write a reference or letter of recommendation for you.