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Applying to UEL

Applying to study at UEL couldn’t be simpler. Whatever course you’re interested in, we’ll help you through every step of the process.

Entry requirements

Entry to our courses is generally based on your performance in Level 3 qualifications such as A levels, BTECs and CACHE diplomas. In most cases, you’ll need to have achieved a minimum number of UCAS Tariff points by the time the course starts.

Most of our degree courses accept qualifications in subjects other than the one covered by the degree. However, there are a few courses which require specific A level (or equivalent) subjects. Some courses may also request that you prepare a portfolio of your work, attend an interview or audition or undertake some other form of pre-entry assessment.

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.
 
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. You can use our course search to find
a list of courses that offer the option of degree with Foundation year.

If you are a mature or non-traditional learner looking to study at university, you may be interested in our New Beginnings programme. Successful New Beginnings students can progress onto a variety of degrees at the University of East London.

Entry requirements do vary from course to course, so you will need to check individual course pages for further information.

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, such as your predicted grades, performance at Level 2, personal statement, references and any portfolio or interview, to make our decision.

Applicants from outside the UK and those students for whom English is not their first language 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 such as the International Baccalaureate. When applying, don’t try to convert your qualifications to a UK equivalent. Simply 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 by email at study@uel.ac.uk to find out whether it meets the requirements of UEL.

If your qualification is from outside of the EU, our country pages contain information about acceptable qualifications. Our course pages list entry requirements specific to individual courses.

As an inclusive university, we’re proud to welcome students from all backgrounds and all ages. Mature students (i.e. students over the age of 21) make up almost half of our undergraduate population.

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. Rest assured, we welcome applications from those who can demonstrate their enthusiasm and commitment to study and have relevant life or work experience that equips them to succeed on the course.


We’ll 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, feel free to contact our pre-entry Information Advice and Guidance (IAG) team.

If you’re applying for a course that involves work with children or vulnerable adults, you’ll need to undergo an enhanced disclosure check by the Disclosure and Barring Service (a DBS check, previously known as a CRB check). If this is required, it will be clearly noted on the relevant course page.

If you’re applying for one of these courses and have received any criminal conviction at any time, you must declare it on your application. A criminal conviction in itself will not prevent you from studying one of these courses. We’ll take into account the nature of the offence, any sentence given and the time elapsed since sentence/conviction to decide whether you’re able to enrol on the course.

We’ll send you further information and instructions on obtaining an enhanced disclosure certificate should we decide that you are academically suitable for the course. For more information, visit our applicant check pages.

As well assessing your academic suitability to study at the University of East London, we need to be sure that it’s safe for you to join our community.

Under 18

If you’re going to be under 18 years of age when your course starts, we’ll need some extra information about you (after we’ve assessed your academic suitability). This includes obtaining parental consent and the details of a local guardian who’ll be responsible for you until your 18th birthday. For further information please see our policy or email the Applicant Checks Officer.

Relevant criminal convictions

A relevant criminal conviction (when applying to courses that do not involve contact with children or vulnerable adults) is one relating to offences against the person or offences that concern drug dealing or trafficking. Convictions that are spent (as defined by the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974) are not considered relevant criminal convictions. 

If you do have a relevant criminal conviction that is not spent, you must tell us about it when you apply. After we have decided on your academic suitability for study, we’ll ask you to provide information about your conviction. 

A criminal conviction in itself will not prevent you from studying at UEL. We’ll consider the nature of the offence, any sentence given and the time elapsed since conviction/serving of sentence to decide whether are able to enrol on the course. 

If you’d like to speak to someone in confidence about a criminal conviction that you have, please contact the Applicant Checks Officer.

How to apply

Apply for full-time (via UCAS)

If you encounter any problems with completing your UCAS application, please contact UCAS on +44 (0)871 468 0468. If you’re calling from outside the UK and are unable to use this number, ring +44 (0)870 112 2211.

We would advise you to apply as early as possible, especially if applying for one of our more popular courses. If you miss the first-round deadline in mid-January, you can still apply to UCAS. We consider late applications if we still have places available.

If you have any questions, feel free to talk to a member of our Applicant Enquiries team from Monday to Friday (9am–5pm) on +44 (0) 20 8223 3333 or email study@uel.ac.uk.

If you want to start a full-time course at UEL in September, you should apply online via the ‘Apply’ button on the Universities and Colleges Admissions Service (UCAS) website. UCAS will accept applications from 1st September in the year before you want to start your course. International students (non-EU) have the choice of applying via UCAS or directly to UEL.

When applying through UCAS, you’ll need the unique UCAS institution code (ELOND) and code for UEL (E28), as well as the UCAS code for the course you want to study. You’ll find this code on the relevant course page.

You’ll also need to pay a fee to UCAS to submit your application. This can be done online or via your school or college if they have an arrangement with UCAS.

Apply for part-time or distance (direct)

If you’re applying for a part-time course that starts in September or any of our short professional courses, you’ll need to make your application directly to UEL. You can apply one via our course pages. Once you’ve chosen your course, you’ll find an ‘Apply to UEL’ button at the top of the course page.

International (non-EU) students who do not wish to use the UCAS system can apply directly to us through our International pages. This is not available to UK and EU students.

To complete your online application you’ll need a valid email address and a username (of your choosing) to access the system.

You can use the same email address and username to return to your application as many times as you wish until you are confident that it you have completed your application and are ready to submit it.

You can apply at any time but to give yourself the best chance of securing a place, we advise you to apply as early as possible. We do consider late applications, however, and may be able to offer you a place at a later date if there are no longer any places available at the immediate entry point.

If you’re applying close to the start of teaching in either September, require any advice or encounter a problem completing your online application, please contact our Applicant Enquiries team on +44 (0)20 8223 3333 or e-mail them at study@uel.ac.uk.

Advanced entry

If you’ve already completed a Higher National Diploma (or equivalent) or above, have studied part of a degree course elsewhere or have relevant work experience, you may be able to join a degree course at the University of East London part-way through (advanced entry). You should be aware that your final degree classification will be based purely on the studies you complete at UEL.

If you’d like to request entry part-way through a course, make sure you state this clearly on your application form.

You can apply through UCAS but you should select your required entry level depending on how much of the course you believe you have already covered. You should also explain in your personal statement why you feel this should be considered.

Please include copies of all your academic qualifications or university credits in your application. Each application for advanced entry will be treated on an individual basis and assessment will vary depending on the course and whether exemption is requested due to previous study or relevant experience.

Application Process

If you submitted your application and are concerned that you have not heard from us, feel free to contact our Applicant Enquiries team on +44 (0)20 8223 3333 or at study@uel.ac.uk. They’ll be happy to let you know about the status of your application and the next steps in the process.

If you’ve applied through UCAS, you can track the progress of your application by using the UCAS Track service. You’ll need your UCAS personal ID, username and password to log in. If you have difficulty in accessing the system, please contact the UCAS Applicant Helpline on +44 (0)870 1122211.

  • Acknowledgement: We’ll acknowledge receipt of your application by post/email within seven days of receiving it.
  • Interview/assessment (if required): For some courses we may invite you to attend an interview or other assessment before making a final decision on your application. Interview invitations may be sent using the UCAS Track service as well as by post/email.
  • Admission decision: We’ll notify you of our decision either via UCAS Track or by post/email.
  • Reply to your offer (offer-holders only): If you receive an offer, we’ll ask you to let us know by a specified deadline if you wish to accept. If you’re a UCAS applicant, you’ll accept using UCAS Track. Other applicants must reply directly to UEL, as instructed in our offer notification.
  • Confirmation (conditional offer-holders only): If you accept a conditional offer, we’ll ask to see a copy of your results to show you have met the conditions of your offer.
  • Applicant checks (if required): Some courses require applicants to pass an enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS – formerly CRB) check and/or health check. Applicants who will be under 18 when they start their studies will need to provide parental consent.

Information on our course pages will let you know if the course that you’ve applied for requires a portfolio, test, interview or audition in order to assess your suitability for the course.

We may also request further information or invite you to a test or interview if we are unable to decide on your suitability for the course based on your application alone – for example, in the case of mature students without formal qualifications.

It is essential that you check your email account frequently, including bulk/junk folders, for invitations to tests, interviews, auditions or instructions on portfolio submission.

If you don’t respond within the specified time or you miss an appointment, we’ll withdraw your application. Due to demand, we cannot guarantee that we will be able to reinstate your application at a later date.

Your offer at UEL

Unconditional offer

This means that, based on the information you provided in your application and/or interview, we believe you’re already academically qualified or have proved your academic and personal suitability for the course. Please note that you’ll be required to provide evidence of qualifications detailed in your application during the first week of term.

Conditional offer

Based on the information you provided in your application and/or interview, you’ll be academically qualified for the course providing you satisfy the conditions set out in the offer. Your offer conditions may include:
  • achieving a specified number of UCAS Tariff points (or equivalent);
  • achieving minimum specified grades in qualifications you’re taking or for which you have not yet received results;
  • meeting our minimum English language requirements; or
  • completing a minimum period of relevant work experience.
Once you have provided evidence that you have met the conditions, your offer will become unconditional.

Offer of alternative course

We may make you a conditional or unconditional offer for a different course to the one you applied for. This may be because the one you applied for is full or because you weren’t eligible for your original choice on the grounds of entry requirements.

This includes the offer of a foundation year where we consider that you need an additional year of study prior to starting degree studies to ensure you have the skills and knowledge to successfully complete the degree.

Application withdrawal

If you don’t respond to a request for an interview/test/portfolio or fail to attend an interview or test without prior notification, we’ll assume that you have decided not to study at the University of East London. In such a situation, we’ll withdraw your application without making a decision on your academic suitability for the course.

To avoid this, please let us know if you’re unable to fulfil an application requirement and we’ll do our best to accommodate this.

Unsuccessful

If we feel that you are unsuitable for study at the University of East London and unlikely to complete a degree with us successfully, we’ll record your application as unsuccessful. We’ll already have considered you for other degrees or a foundation year but believe you need additional qualifications or skills not provided by UEL to successfully complete a degree.

This is not to say that we would not welcome an application from you in the future. To find out more about possible ways into degree study, please contact our Information Advice and Guidance team. One of our advisers will be happy to advise you on study outside UEL.

Feedback on a decision

UEL is committed to providing feedback, when requested, to any candidate whose application to study has been unsuccessful. You can request feedback at any time after a decision has been made within the application cycle in which you have applied. We may refer to academic Schools, or other decision making groups, for further information regarding your application and its assessment. Please send a written request to the Undergraduate Admissions Team at ugadmiss@uel.ac.uk

Review of an Admissions decision

We expect that each applicant will submit a complete and comprehensive application at the point of first submission. The application decision will only be reviewed if you are able to provide further relevant information that was not available at the time of application. In this instance, you must submit a written request for review and include:

  • The new information, with supporting evidence
  • Evidence of why this information was unavailable to you at the point of application

Please send a written request to the Undergraduate Admissions Team at ugadmiss@uel.ac.uk


If you applied to the University of East London via UCAS, you must reply to your offers using the Track service on the UCAS website.

If you applied to UEL directly you can reply by completing and returning the reply slip you received with your offer letter.

  • Firm acceptance: If you accept an unconditional offer, you’re agreeing that you will start the relevant course at the University of East London. UCAS applicants must then decline any other offers they have received. If you accept a conditional offer, you’re agreeing that you will start the relevant course at UEL if you meet the conditions of the offer. UCAS applicants may also accept another offer as an insurance choice.
  • Insurance acceptance (UCAS applicants only): You can accept an offer as an insurance choice if your firm choice is a conditional offer. Your insurance choice can be conditional or unconditional and acts as a back-up to your firm choice. It means that if you don’t meet the conditions for your firm choice but meet the conditions for your insurance choice, you’re committed to that course.
  • Decline: If you decline an offer from the University of East London, you’re letting us know that you do not want to a place to study on the course you applied for.
If you accept a conditional offer from UEL, we’ll need evidence that you have met the conditions of your offer before we can offer you a place.

UCAS applicants

If you’re studying for any of the qualifications listed below in the year of application at a school or college registered with UCAS, you don’t need to do anything. UCAS will send us copies of your results. This applies to:

  • AS and A2 qualifications
  • Scottish Highers
  • BTEC Awards, Certificates and Diplomas
  • International Baccalaureates
  • 14–19 Diplomas.
If your qualification is not listed above, you’ll need to send us a copy of your results directly. Please send us your results even if you’ve not achieved the conditions of your offer. We may be able to offer you a place on an alternative course if we’re unable consider you for your original choice.
Before we can enrol you at the University of East London, we need to understand what level of fees will be chargeable to you. For most students, we can assess this based on the information you provided in your application. However, for some students we’ll require further details and evidence about your residence status and your history in the UK/EU.

Our assessment of you as a home/EU or international fee payer will also determine the financial support that you may be entitled to, including the package of bursaries and scholarships that we offer. For more information on how we assess your tuition fee status, please go to our Fees and Funding page.

Starting your course

Enrol online

You’ll receive an email from us asking you to enrol online via UEL Direct, and it’s  important that you do this as soon as possible. You’ll need your unique password to complete your enrolment, which is your date of birth in the form of dd-mmm-yy. For example, if your date of birth is the 1st January 1995, your password would be 01-jan-95.

Pay your fees

Next, you’ll need to complete the ‘Pay your fees’ section in UEL Direct. You’ll need to tell us who will be paying your fees – in other words, the Student Loans Company (tuition fee loan), employer (sponsored) or yourself (self-funded).
 
If you’re a self-funded student, you’ll need to pay your fees in full or set up an instalment agreement and pay the first instalment.

For more information, visit our Fees and funding section.

International students
As an international student, you will benefit from a special programme of events to help you settle in and make new friends. We run a free airport pick-up ‘meet and greet’ service, a welcome and orientation day as well as various induction and enrolment events.
When you arrive

Your School will run a range of induction sessions so you can find out more about your course and meet your lecturers and fellow students.

You’ll also receive an introduction to the support and services that are available to you at the University, including the libraries, IT and our new Student Support Hubs with their centralised helpdesks. As a new undergraduate, you’ll also receive your free Samsung tablet, pre-loaded with your core text books in eBook form.

Importantly, you’ll be given your Student ID card, which is essentially your passport to all that the University of East London has to offer. It will enable you to:

  • Register your attendance in lectures and seminars. UEL has a strict attendance policy that you must adhere to. All teaching rooms have a touch-in point where you ‘tap in’ your student ID card to register your attendance in classes. It’s really important that you do this.
  • Access our campuses.  You’ll need your ID card to enter campus buildings via the swipe system.
  • Enter the library. As a fully enrolled student, you can use any library at any campus, regardless of where you are studying. You’ll also need your card to borrow books from the library.
  • Get things printed. You can ‘charge up’ your ID card with cash to pay for your printing in the library and print room.
  • Enjoy our leisure facilities.  You’ll need your ID card access the Underground Bar at our Docklands campus as well as our SportsDock building.

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