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BA (Hons) Criminology and Law
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Criminology and Law are a perfect fit, combining a social science approach to crime with an understanding of core legal principles and institutions.
You'll learn about the causes and consequences of crime through a study of the current theories, issues and debates, backed by an understanding of the criminal justice system and its institutions and roles such as the police, courts, prisons and probation service.
And you'll explore the inter-relationships between the law, individuals and society, studying how the law fits into the social, political and cultural context of the society we live in.
You should note that this very popular course does not provide exemption from the academic stage of qualifying as a solicitor or barrister. Please see our LLB (Hons) Law with Criminology if this interests you.
The Level 3 course prepares students for successful transition to a wide range of honours degree courses in the complementary subject areas in the Law and Criminology department within the Royal Docks School of Business and Law, including:
What makes this course different
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Our students gave us more than 80% overall satisfaction rating in 2018's National Student Survey.
Learn from the best
Our criminology and law experts carry out world-leading research and are often in frequent demand by governments and the media to provide expert analysis, comment and advice.
Study at our ultra-modern £33 million campus at University Square Stratford and you’ll benefit from superb facilities such as our dedicated chamber for moots and mock trials.
WHAT YOU'LL LEARN
This course will give you a comprehensive understanding of the law and its place in the criminal justice system.
In the first two years you'll build firm foundations by studying the fundamentals of the subjects, taking modules that include the Introduction to Criminology and Criminal Justice, the Legal System and Legal Methods and Criminal Law.
In your final year you'll be expected to complete a large, independently researched project on a relevant topic that interests you. Plus you'll have a choice of 23 distinctive options to tailor the course to suit your motivations and interests.
These final-year options include Global Illicit Drug Trafficking, Civil and Criminal Litigation, Race, Ethnicity, Crime and Justice, and Introduction to Islamic Law.
You'll be encouraged to 'learn by doing' by taking the chance to gain work experience and take an active role in student clubs and societies.
We consistently review our courses to ensure we are up-to-date with industry changes and requirements from our graduates. As a result, our modules are subject to change.
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- Core Modules
Mental Wealth: Introduction to Legal MethodClose
Mental Wealth: Introduction to Legal Method
The module aims to introduce you to learning and studying in Higher Education, and to develop the skills needed for the successful study of law.
Introduction to Key Legal ConceptsClose
Introduction to Key Legal Concepts
The main aim of this module is to explain to you the key legal concepts and principles within the area of law.
To provide you with the ability to effectively analyse legal materials and to construct legal arguments. To allow you to develop legal analysis and techniques necessary for the successful study of law.
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Introduction to Digital Sociology
This module introduces you to Digital Sociology by exploring what it means to be a sociologist in the rapidly developing technological world. It will also introduce you to digital social research methods, asking what issues there are for social researchers in a digital society; what new material is available to social researchers; how social scientists can harness the new tools available to them and how they can navigate through this space in a secure, mindful and ethical way?
Crime, Surveillance and SocietyClose
Crime, Surveillance and Society
Globalisation and SocietyClose
Globalisation and Society
- Core Modules
Mental Wealth: Introduction to Professional StudiesClose
Mental Wealth: Introduction to Professional Studies
The aim of this module is to provide you with the skills and the ability to reflect on your learning alongside an understanding of the requirements for the successful study of law.
Introduction to Crime and PunishmentClose
Introduction to Crime and Punishment
This module will introduce students to the key thinking and research, historically and presently, about the causes and consequences of crime on society. It will also examine and explore many of the key issues that face us when trying to understand how best to deal with those who commit crime. It will consider crime as a social construction, the construction of victims and perpetrators, and the ways in which crimes of the powerful are overlooked by focusing on working class groups. It will explore the relationship between the media and police and the ways in which they impact on meanings and perceptions of crime and criminals.
The main aims of this module are twofold: to gain an understanding of the institutions and processes of the English legal system. Also, to provide you with the ability to effectively analyse legal materials and to allow the development of legal analysis skills and techniques.
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Applied Criminology (Term 1)
The purpose of this module is to develop in the student general and subject specific core skills and knowledge appropriate to a criminology and criminal justice graduate. In the first instance, the module aims to encourage students to identify how criminology and criminal justice theory and research is applied in professional settings, and to identify the skills and attributes needed for successful professional practice. The Skills are explicit and are developed within the context of current professional practice in the criminology and criminal justice field. Students will have the opportunity to identify the skills they need and to record and evidence skills and knowledge acquisition through a supported Personal Development Planning process.
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Criminal Justice Process (Term 2)
This module aims to provide essential knowledge and analysis of the criminal justice process and acts as a foundation for the other courses on the Criminology and Criminal Justice degree. You will be introduced to recent developments in criminal justice policy in relation to adult offenders and encouraged to engage critically in current debates.
You will examine the core constitutional arrangements in the United Kingdom. You will explore the principles of constitutionalism and the role of the law in the regulation of government through an investigation of the structures of Government, the rule of law, the impact of Europe, the role of judicial review and human rights. You will also consider the relationship between citizens and the State with particular attention to constitutional reform.
- Core Modules
Mental Wealth: The Legal ProfessionalClose
Mental Wealth: The Legal Professional
The aim of this module is to equip you with the understanding and knowledge of the requirements to become an effective legal professional.
This module introduces you to the general principles of criminal law and the essential elements of criminal liability in England & Wales. You will learn how to work with criminal rules through the study of some key offence and defence definitions. You will also acquire the practical skills necessary to apply the criminal law and to evaluate its scope. Criminal law is a core module if you are on the LLB Law programmes.
Public Law II: Human Rights ProceedingsClose
Public Law II: Human Rights Proceedings
This module aims to provide a substantial introduction to the concepts of human rights and equality and their relevance to domestic law. It will explore the theory of rights and an understanding of human rights following the incorporation of certain Articles of the European Convention on Human Rights (ECHR) by the Human Rights Act 1998. You will undertake a detailed examination of the provisions of the 1998 Act and attendant case law of both the domestic courts and the European Court of Human Rights.
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Crime and Social History
The primary aim will be to introduce students to the understanding of crime through the study of social history, focusing in particular on the emergence and growth of the modern 'crimino-legal complex'. Students will be made aware that throughout history the explanation of 'crime' and the concept of 'the criminal' has been constructed, and this construction is intimately connected to changes in philosophical and social ideas, and, economic and political forces. More specifically the course aims to introduce students from diverse disciplinary backgrounds to the benefits of thinking of crime in the context of social history. This will involve looking at philosophy, social theory and cultural studies as well as criminology. Students will finish the course with a clear understanding of the importance of social history for the discipline of criminology, as well as a command of key theoretical concepts such as modernity and for postmodernity.
Crime Policy into Practice (Term 2)Close
Crime Policy into Practice (Term 2)
This module will firstly outline some of the key sociological theories of crime and deviance in post-modern society and the socio-cultural and political economic contexts in which they have emerged. It will then move on to examine and discuss the complex processes at play within contemporary society – driven by the media and the police – that has resulted in the trend toward the increasing criminalisation of social policy. In particular, it will explore the public anxieties and media fixations upon perceived social problems that soon become law and order problems, whereby the behaviour of large segments of the population (non –compliant individuals) is increasingly monitored and regulated by criminal or civil sanctions. Furthermore, the module will go on to detail the vast array of influences that impact on and inform crime policy as well as focusing on the ‘politics’ of justice practice: law enforcement, prisons and imprisonment, and offender management.
Policing and Society: Critical PerspectivesClose
Policing and Society: Critical Perspectives
The module assists students to develop engagement with ideas beyond police investigation and operations by considering the wider social context of contemporary policing. Recent developments and current debates on police and policing are explored in relation to the demands created by modern diverse communities, seeking to help students develop independent thinking on the social consent given to the police role in dealing with crime as part of a criminal justice system.
- Optional Modules
This course offers the opportunity of year-long placement between years two and three. If you choose to take this option, you’ll spend your third year on a placement with a relevant company or organisation, adding valuable practical experience to your growing academic knowledge.
The extra placement year means it will take four years to complete your studies, instead of three.
- Core Modules
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Leadership Skills for Justice (MW) (Term 2)
This module provides you with the opportunity to build on Developing Skills for Justice and Essential Skills for Justice at Levels 4 and 5. You will develop core employability skills and acquire tangible evidence to support your employability narrative at interviews. You will develop and demonstrate skills in (i) the analysis of a problem (ii) planning and organising a task/project, including time management (iii) exercising judgement in the light of observed and published data (iv) compiling a report, (v) teamwork and collaboration and (vi) use of appropriate technologies.Optional Modules
Mental Wealth: Professional Standards & EthicsClose
Mental Wealth: Professional Standards & Ethics
The module aims to develop your understanding of the philosophical and jurisprudential relationship(s)between ethics, morality and the law; the values underpinning the legal system; and the regulation of the legal profession, via the legal ethics codes. This module is an introductory study of the professional and wider social duties lawyers owe to the Courts, their clients and the wider public.The aim of the module is to stimulate you to reflect upon the nature of legal ethics and to play an active role in the formation of your own professional ethics. This is achieved by equipping you with the introductory knowledge and understanding of what it means for lawyers to ‘behave ethically.’ By the end of this module, you will be able to recognise, debate and resolve ethical dilemmas, and demonstrate an awareness of potential ethical issues arising in a legal context.
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Clinical Legal Education
This module will develop your practical legal skills and knowledge, as well as preparing you for the workplace, and/or any legal vocational courses. As part of this module, you will undertake simulated activities to mirror what happens in practice, such as client interviews, advising clients, and drafting legal documents. You will engage in the Law Clinic’s Information Leaflet project, and draft your own leaflets on topical legal issues, with a view to publishing these for the local community. You will gain knowledge of how a typical law practice runs. Finally, this module will provide you with an opportunity to gain invaluable experiential, reflective and ethical learning, as recommended by the relevant professional statutory regulatory bodies for the legal profession.
To provide you with an in-depth and, on some aspects, a critical understanding of some of the major topics in Company Law; to develop an ability to analyse problems of some complexity and to apply principles to their solution.
Family LawThis module will provide you with a thorough knowledge and understanding of family law. This will be done through an examination of the law and the socio-legal and debates in and around the family.
This is a practical course that introduces you to a number of procedural and practical issues dealt with by lawyers. It includes examination of some of the more specialist areas of professional advisory work. The module aims to equip you with the necessary skills for effective practice in the selected areas. This module develops a wide range of skills and is particularly useful for those of you wishing to go into practice as lawyers or paralegals but the skills developed are highly transferable and will be very useful and attractive in many careers. This module may be taken with Civil & Criminal Litigation by students wishing to obtain the National Association of Licensed Paralegal's Higher Diploma in Paralegal Practice (available only to LLB students).
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Civil & Criminal Litigation
This is a practical course that introduces you to a range of procedural and practical issues dealt with by lawyers. It includes examination of some of the more specialist areas of professional advisory work. We equip you with the necessary skills for effective practice in the selected areas. We develop a wide range of range of skills and this is particularly useful for you if you wish to go into practice as lawyers or paralegals, but the skills developed are highly transferable and will be very useful and attractive in a wide range of careers. This module may also be taken with Client Practice by those of you wishing to complete the National Association of Licensed Paralegal's Higher Diploma in Paralegal Practice (available to LLB students only).
This module will develop your knowledge and practical skills in the law of evidence. The main focus in this module will be on ‘criminal’ evidence. As part of this module, you will undertake practical drafting activities through the submission of (practice)skeleton arguments on the various substantive areas of law covered in this module. In addition, you will engage in advocacy training with a view to presenting your legal submissions at a hearing before a jury trial takes place, for example, to argue about the admissibility of evidence. The hearing on the voir dire, or ‘trial within a trial’, is the procedure whereby the court determines disputed preliminary facts. As a result, this module will enable you to develop the skills to effectively argue (both in writing and verbally) in a formal court setting. For students wishing to qualify for the Nigerian Bar course, this module must be taken in combination with Commercial Law.
To provide you with a critical understanding of the types of commercial transactions and of their regulation by law; the nature of personal property and its transfer; Agency in commercial transactions.
This module will introduce you to the regulatory and private law aspects of banks and banking including both commercial banks and investment banks, as well as financial conglomerates (or complex groups) made up of banking, securities and insurance firms. Banks are among the most important financial institutions within any economy, nationally and internationally. This module examines basic aspects of law concerning the structure, operation and function of banks. The module is also taught on a comparative basis with reference to significant international standards as well as European and other national country models including in frontier markets in Africa and Asia. It is as such, not an exclusively UK module.
Consumer Law builds on your knowledge of contract and tort law by considering the way the civil law operates to protect the consumer of goods and services. The focus is on everyday consumer problems, including faulty goods, disastrous holidays, mis-selling, and unsafe goods. You will examine rights and remedies provided by extensive case law and modern legislation together with enforcement methods such as the small claims court, ombudsmen schemes and arbitration. A practical approach is adopted throughout so you will develop the knowledge and skills required to advise and represent a client in a typical consumer dispute.
This course will examine the nature and detail of current individual employment law, set within an historical, political and economic context. The course is intended to give you a sound practical and theoretical grasp of the key issues and concepts in British and European employment law.
Corporate Governance & EthicsClose
Corporate Governance & Ethics
- To investigate the origins of modern corporations.
- To establish your knowledge and critical understanding of contemporary economic globalisation, examining the most relevant issues related to trade, investment, and migration.
- To establish your knowledge and critical understanding of the basic financial crime offences and examine the most relevant legal issues related to the perpetration of fraudulent and corrupt practices within the corporate world.
- To introduce you to ethics, analysing some of the questions raised in moral philosophy and discuss the potential relationship between law, morality, and religion.
- To examine the most relevant ethical issues from a perspective that is both internal and external to business.
- To understand the concept of corporate social responsibility and distinguish between voluntary and legally binding corporate social responsibility solutions.
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Human Rights & Equality
This module aims to further examine the law in the area of equality and human rights. You will explore the debates and complexities around the concepts of equality and human rights through an analysis of legal frameworks and comparative materials.
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Law & Medical Ethics
The module allows you to analyse familiar principles of law, such as tort and crime, as they apply in a new and specific area, that of medical law and to develop your knowledge of legal and ethical issues arising out of medicine and health care. It will also give many your first taste of philosophy and ethics.
The module is designed to examine the impact of law on sports by a study of the legal regulation of sport and of legal aspects of sport as a commercial and cultural phenomenon. You are expected to engage in a critical analysis of legal issues raised.
The purpose of the Project option is to offer you a space in which you may initiate and follow an in-depth academic inquiry, without a structured programme. If you enjoy thinking and working on your own and writing/rewriting essays this is suitable for you. You will have the opportunity to develop organisational and research skills by undertaking a piece of work of your own choice, which must be organised, researched and completed as a written project. You also need to be able to work well with a supervisor (a member of the Law School staff).
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Psychological Criminology (Term 2)
The aim of this module is to provide you with an introduction to the developing relationship between psychology and criminology. You will combine the study and practice of forensic psychology and criminology, particularly in relation to police and court systems. You will be encouraged to critically appraise the relevance and efficacy of psychological and forensic studies of crime.
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Cybercrime (Term 1)
The module aims to:
- provide you with a critical introduction to the concept of cybercrime; · examine the impact of cybercrime on contemporary society, including a focus on key areas such as financial cybercrime, online abuse and hate, cyber terrorism;
- provide you with the knowledge, understanding and skills to critically engage with debates and research about cybercrime, cyber-deviance , freedom and privacy;
- provide you with the skills to design and undertake a small research project in the area of cyber,
Race, Ethnicity, Crime and Justice (Term 1)Close
Race, Ethnicity, Crime and Justice (Term 1)
The module will aim to introduce students to the main theoretical discourses and empirical research pertaining to the bitterly contested and politically charged ‘race and crime’ debate. This module will explore from a historical perspective the social, economic and political forces that have: i) led to the widespread stereotyping and criminalisation of the black Caribbean community within the popular media and the academy ii) resulted in higher incidences of victimisation amongst black and Asian groups as a result of racist violence, and institutional racism as manifested throughout the criminal justice process. The module will initially outline and deconstruct those key theories pertaining to race – and the itinerant themes of racist thinking that were so central to the British imperial and colonial project – and ethnicity before going onto to examine the impact of post Second World War black and Asian settlement within Britain upon the race and crime debate. Whilst this module will look to explore issues of racism, ethnicity, crime and justice largely within the English context, where relevant the course will also look to draw upon the extensive American derived literature concerning the race and crime debate.
Youth Crime, Gangs and Sub-cultureClose
Youth Crime, Gangs and Sub-culture
The module will aim to introduce you to the main theoretical discourses and empirical research – both historically and within contemporary context – pertaining to the understanding of:
(i) the diverse cultural formations adopted by young people
(ii) subcultural (and post-subcultural) theories of youth culture with regards to explanations of crime and deviance
(iii) youth transitions, social exclusion and crime
(iv) of media representations of ‘deviant’ youth cultures / styles, and
(v) the contested notion of the emergence of violent street gangs in England’s urban centres.
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Work-based learning (Term 1 and 2)
In keeping with the growing importance of flexible work-based learning, this module offers you the opportunity to develop transferable and lifelong learning skills by providing the opportunity for you to design your learning independently to suit your needs around work. Working with an allocated tutor, you will plan, negotiate and manage your own study. You will be able to examine appropriate learning of direct relevance and application to your workplace. The module aims to enhance organisational, personal and professional development within the work environment.
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Policing and Criminal Investigation (Term 2)
The aim of this module is to enable you to develop an awareness of police investigation and to critically assess the role of the police in combating serious and organised crimes. You will look at how the police investigate and the governance and accountability arrangements that the police operate within. You will examine the policing response to murder including serial killings, child & domestic deaths, sexual offences, organised crime and an introduction to cyber-crimes. The legal constraints that the modern investigator operate within are explored along with history of investigations and how serious cases are solved. You will discuss the Police’s role within the wider Criminal Justice system.
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Mentally Disordered Suspects, Defendants and Offenders
This module explores the connections between mental health, crime and justice, through a critical examination of the position of people with mental disorder and learning disabilities in the criminal justice system.
You will study issues such as the relationship between mental disorder and crime, vulnerability, deaths in custody, miscarriages of justice, indefinite detention and dangerousness; using a wide variety of sociological, policy and legal materials, including analysis of video and audio documentaries, charity and pressure group websites and blogs. You will also learn about the policy of diversion, engage in debates about whether people who commit crimes and are mentally disordered at the time can be considered criminally responsible, and whether they should be punished for their actions. We will look at arguments for preventive detention within the mental health system, forensic mental health care and High Security Hospitals.
This module will be of particular interest if you are considering a future career within the criminal justice, health and social care fields and will enable you to evidence key employability skills relevant to these sectors. You will acquire a practical understanding of the relevant legal and policy frameworks, and the rights and interests of those subject to legal control in both the mental health and criminal justice systems. You will also be able to reflect on the impact of those frameworks and engage in debate over their future reform through an understanding of competing social, legal and scientific theories about the relationship between mental disorder and criminality.
HOW YOU'LL LEARN
Teaching methods vary throughout the course but you'll find this variety to be stimulating and challenging. You'll learn by lectures, seminars, tutorials, workshops and individual supervision, supported by digital materials, notes and handbooks.
You'll be expected to do your own independent study to build on your learning. University is more demanding than school or college in what it expects from you, so you'll need to be motivated to earn your degree.
Our lecturers have strong links with government, industry and the wider academic community, so you'll have lots of opportunities to learn outside of the lecture theatre and seminar room.
If you play an active role throughout the course, joining in with debates and attending guest talks, conferences and events, you'll enhance your learning and find that the more you put in, the more you get out.
You'll be encouraged to volunteer or undertake work experience to broaden your experience and learn in ways that academic study alone can't give you. And you may be expected to do some work in groups with other students to gain fresh perspectives.
HOW YOU'LL BE ASSESSED
We'll assess you with a mixture of coursework and exams. Coursework includes essays, reflective reports, group and seminar presentations. You'll be given plenty of feedback to help you improve.
You will also have the chance to complete a work-based learning module, where you'll be assessed on your practical work, and in your final year you'll complete a project based on independent research.
CAMPUS and FACILITIES
University Square Stratford, University Square Stratford
Our campus and the surrounding area
University Square Stratford is one of London's most modern and well-equipped campuses. It serves 3,400 students and is the base for our courses in law and criminology, dance and performing arts, and the Master of Business Administration (MBA).
Modern facilities include: performing arts spaces; three performance studios; the Harvard lecture theatre, with live lecture capture technology; the multimedia Weston Learning Centre; a dedicated MBA suite and teaching space; a 300-seat specialised tiered lecture; and a simulated courtroom for mooting experience.
The campus is close to new Stratford developments such as Westfield Stratford City, and next door to the Theatre Royal and Picturehouse cinema.
WHO TEACHES THIS COURSE
The teaching team includes qualified academics, practitioners and industry experts as guest speakers. Full details of the academics will be provided in the student handbook and module guides.
BA (Hons) Criminology and Psychology
Law, Policing and Justice
Royal Docks School of Business and Law
It was fantastic - a really good course. My degree was essential in helping me to get a full-time job with the Met and I'd encourage anyone to volunteer in the community early on as it really backs up your theoretical learning."
BA (Hons) Criminology and Criminal Justice graduate
YOUR FUTURE CAREER
UEL Criminology and Law graduates have found work in a wide variety of roles, with some pursuing a career in related fields while others have used the transferable skills they learned to pursue other opportunities.
The course has a strong focus on preparing for employment, with a specific employability module in year two geared towards providing you with the best advice on preparing for the job market and applying for jobs.
Whether you decide to pursue a directly relevant career or not, you’ll learn skills that appeal to employers in any sector, including writing and presenting, the ability to make a case, meet deadlines and work independently.
Students have found jobs in a number of related areas, such as:
- The police, prison and probation services
- Central and local government
- Social work
- Voluntary organisations and charities.
Our graduates have also found roles in other fields, such as market research, journalism, teaching and other public-sector roles, or gone on to postgraduate study.
To enhance your career prospects, we run a dedicated employability programme for students in the School of Business and Law. Called 'Employ', it includes employability workshops, skills training sessions, guest speaker events, voluntary work, student ambassador roles and work experience opportunities.
Explore the different career options you can pursue with this degree and see the median salaries of the sector on our Career Coach portal.
Terms of Admittance to the University of East London
The Terms of Admittance govern your contractual relationship with University of East London ("UEL"). A contract between you, the Student, and us, UEL, is entered into once you accept an offer of a place on a programme at UEL and this contract is subject to consumer protection legislation. You are entitled to cancel this contract within 14 days of enrolment onto your programme.
Enrolment at UEL is the process whereby you officially become a UEL student. The enrolment process requires you to:
- Ensure that we are holding correct personal details for you
- Agree to abide by our regulations and policies
- Pay your tuition fees/confirm who is paying your tuition fees
You are expected to enrol by the first day of your academic year (click on "Discover") which will be notified to you in your enrolment instructions. Failure to enrol by the deadline contained in our Fees Policy (for most students by the end of the second week of teaching) may lead to the cancellation of student status and all rights attached to that status, including attendance and use of UEL's facilities.
If you do not complete the formal process of enrolment but, by your actions, are deemed to be undertaking activities compatible with the status of an enrolled student, UEL will formally enrol you and charge the relevant tuition fee. Such activities would include attendance in classes, use of online learning materials, submission of work and frequent use of a student ID card to gain access to university buildings and facilities. Late enrolment charges may be applied if you do not complete your enrolment by the relevant deadline.
2) Tuition fees
Your tuition fee is determined by:
- the programme you are studying;
- if you are studying full or part-time;
- whether you are a UK/EU or International student; and when you started your studies with us.
We will tell you the tuition fee that you are due to pay when we send you an offer as well as confirming any additional costs that will be incurred, such as bench fees or exceptional overseas study trips.
Unregulated tuition fees (where the UK government has not set a maximum fee to be charged) are generally charged annually and may increase each year you are on the programme. Any annual increase will be limited to a maximum of 5% of the previous year's fee. Regulated tuition fees (where the UK government has set a maximum fee to be charged) may also be subject to an annual increase. Any annual increase will be in line with the increase determined by the UK government.
You will be notified of any increases in tuition fees at re-enrolment onto the programme.
Further information on tuition fees and payment options are contained in our Fees Policy.
3) Student ID Cards
To produce an ID card, we need a recent photograph of you that is not obscured and is a true likeness. We will either ask you to send us/upload a photograph in advance of enrolment or take one of you at the point of enrolment. The photograph will be held on our student records system for identification purposes by administrative, academic and security/reception staff. By accepting these Terms of Admittance you are confirming that you agree to your photograph being used in this way. If you object to your photograph being used in this way please contact the University Secretary via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
You are required to provide proof of your identity at initial enrolment and prior to the issue of your UEL student ID card. This is usually a full and valid passport but instead of this you may bring two of the following:
- A (full or provisional) driving licence showing current address
- An international driving licence
- An original birth certificate (in English)
- A debit or credit card (one only)
- A benefit book or benefit award letter (dated within the last 3 months)
- An Armed Forces Identity card
- A police warrant card
You are required to carry and display your student ID card whilst on UEL premises and must keep it safe so that it is not misused by others.
4) Proof of qualifications
You are required to produce evidence of having satisfied the entry requirements for your programme. Such evidence must be in the form of the original certificates or certified notification of results from the examining body. All qualifications must be in English or supported by an official certified translation.
If you fail to provide evidence of having satisfied the requirements for the programme you are liable to be withdrawn from the programme.
5) Non-academic entry requirements
You may need to demonstrate that you have met non-academic entry requirements prior to enrolment by providing additional information to UEL. For example, if you:-
- are under 18 years of age at the time of initial enrolment,
- are applying to a programme that requires health clearance for study as stated in the programme specification,
- have declared a relevant criminal conviction,
- will be studying a programme that involves contact with children and/or vulnerable adults or leads to membership of a professional body that deals with children and/or vulnerable adults.
You will not be permitted to enrol and any offer will be withdrawn if UEL deems that you are unsuitable for study following assessment of this additional information in line with published policies. These policies will be provided to you when the additional information is requested.
6) Criminal convictions
UEL has a responsibility to safeguard staff, students and the wider community. You are required to inform UEL of any relevant criminal conviction you have and provide further information relating to these as requested. This includes any relevant criminal convictions received whilst studying at UEL. UEL will assess all information received in line with published policies and may remove you from a programme if the conviction makes you unsuitable for study in UEL's opinion.
Failure to declare a relevant criminal conviction or provide further information about you may result in expulsion from UEL.
7) Providing false information to UEL
If you are discovered to have falsified or misrepresented information presented to UEL at application, enrolment or during your studies, you may be expelled from UEL.
8) Continued enrolment and student status
You are expected to abide by all UEL policies and regulations, both those in force at the time of first and subsequent enrolment and as later revised and published from time to time. UEL reserves the right to make reasonable changes to its policies and regulations and any substantial amendments will be brought to your attention. You are also required to take personal responsibility for your studies; this includes undertaking all study in support of your programme as prescribed by UEL.
Key policies include:
Manual of General Regulations
This describes the general regulatory framework of UEL and gives information about how UEL confers its degrees, diplomas and certificates. It includes important information about academic performance requirements for continued study.
Engagement Attendance Policy
This outlines UEL's expectations of students in relation to attendance on and engagement with taught programmes. These students are expected to attend all scheduled classes and engage fully with learning materials and resources provided to them - failure to do so may result in withdrawal from module(s) and/or the programme.
Code of Practice for Postgraduate Research Degrees
The purpose of this code is to provide a framework for the successful organisation and implementation of good practice in all matters relating to postgraduate research degrees at UEL. It aims to ensure that all students are effectively supported and supervised so that the full scope and potential of their research is realised; that their thesis is submitted within regulatory periods and that they complete their programme with a suitable and sufficient portfolio of research and employment-related skills and competencies.
Health and Safety Policy
This describes the structures and processes by which UEL protects the health and safety of its staff, students and visitors. It confirms that students will receive sufficient information, instruction and induction in relation to health and safety. All students should take reasonable care for their health and safety. They must abide by UEL’s rules and regulations and co-operate with supervisors to enable them to fulfil their obligations. Students must not interfere intentionally, or recklessly misuse anything provided for health and safety.
UEL has consulted with its students and staff and has adopted a No Smoking Policy to safeguard the health and well-being of its community. Students are required to comply with this policy which restricts smoking to designated shelters and prohibits the use of electronic cigarettes within any UEL building or near building entrances. For further information on our Healthy Campus initiatives and support please visit the Health and Safety pages.
Student Disciplinary Regulations and Procedures (incorporating the student code of conduct)
This code is more than a list of things that we should and should not do: it reminds us that we should always consider how our behaviour affects others. The code applies:
- to all students;
- at all sites throughout our estate, and;
- when we represent UEL on business beyond our campus, both in real (face-to-face) and virtual environments.
And outlines expectations of students:
- verbal and physical behaviour should always be polite and respectful;
- behaviour should not impair the engagement, learning or participation of others;
- anti- social behaviour by individuals and groups will not be tolerated.
9) Changes to scheduled programmes
UEL will take all reasonable steps to ensure that the programme of study that you have accepted will conform to the programme specification published on our website and will ensure that the necessary resources required to enable you to meet the required learning outcomes and pass the relevant assessments are available.
In order to ensure that our programmes are current and relevant, they are subject to regular review. From time to time, to ensure the maintenance of academic standards and/or compliance with professional body requirements, it may be necessary to amend a module or make adjustments to programme content.
Major changes to programmes that in the reasonable opinion of UEL, will have a significant impact on students will involve consultation with students already enrolled on the programme when the changes are proposed. Once any changes are confirmed, UEL will notify all students and applicants of the changes. When UEL reasonably considers that the change may only impact one or more cohorts on the relevant programme, UEL may decide to only consult with the relevant cohort.
In the event that we discontinue a programme, we will normally permit existing students to complete the programme within the typical duration of study. In these circumstances, UEL will use reasonable endeavours to continue the programme for existing students without making major changes. If this is not possible, we will support students in changing to another UEL programme on which a place is available, and for which the student is suitably qualified, or assist with transfer to another HEI to complete the programme elsewhere.
10) Changes to these terms
We may change these terms from time to time where, in UEL's opinion, it will assist in the proper delivery of any programme of study or in order to:-
(a) Comply with any changes in relevant laws and regulatory requirements;
(b) Implement legal advice, national guidance or good practice;
(c) Provide for new or improved delivery of any programme of study;
(d) Reflect market practice;
(e) In our opinion make them clearer or more favourable to you;
(f) Rectify any error or mistake; or
(g) Incorporate existing arrangements or practice.
No variation or amendment to these Terms of Admittance may be made without our prior written agreement. In the event that we agree to transfer you to an alternative programme of study, the transfer will be considered to be a variation to the Terms of Admittance, which shall otherwise remain in full force and existence.
If we revise the Terms of Admittance, we will publish the amended Terms of Admittance by such means as we consider reasonably appropriate.;We will use reasonable endeavours to give you notice of any changes before they take effect.
11) Data Protection
UEL is committed to adhering to its obligations under the Data Protection Act 2018 and will act as a Data Controller when it processes your personal data. You can find our registration to the Data controller register on ico.org.uk.
UEL processes your personal data fulfil its contractual and legal obligations to students. Personal data that we process about you includes:
- Your contact details and other information submitted during the application and enrolment processes;
- Details of courses, modules, timetables and room bookings, assessment marks and examinations related to your study;
- Financial and personal information collected for the purposes of administering fees and charges, loans, grants, scholarships and hardship funds;
- Photographs, and video recordings for the purpose of recording lectures, student assessment and examinations and for the purposes of university promotion that is in our legitimate interest but still fair to you;
- Information about your engagement with the University such as attendance data and use of electronic services such as Moodle, Civitas and YourTutor;
- Contact details for next of kin to be used in an emergency;
- Details of those with looked after status or those who have left the care system for the provision of support;
- Information related to the prevention and detection of crime and the safety and security of staff and students, including, but not limited to, CCTV recording and data relating to breaches of University regulations;
This is not an exhaustive list, for further information please refer to our fair processing notice pages on uel.ac.uk. In all of its data processing activities, UEL is committed to ensuring that the personal data it collects stores and uses will be processing in line with the data protection principles which can be summarised as:
- Being processed lawfully, fairly and in a transparent manner;
- Collected for specified, explicit and legitimate purposes;
- Adequate, relevant and limited to what is necessary;
- Accurate and, where necessary, kept up to date;
- Kept in a form which permits identification of data subjects for no longer than is necessary;
- Processed in a manner that ensures appropriate security of the personal information;
- Be accountable for, and be able to demonstrate compliance with, the six principles above.
You must ensure that:
- All personal data provided to UEL is accurate and up-to-date. You must ensure that changes of address etc. are notified to the Student Hub.
- Students who use UEL's computing facilities may process personal data as part of their studies. If the processing of personal data takes place, students must take responsibility for that processing activity to ensure that it in line with the data protection principles above.
- Students who are undertaking research projects using personal data must ensure that:
- The research subject is informed of the nature of the research and is given a copy of UEL's Fair Processing Notice and this Data Protection Policy.
12) Legal basis for use of data
By agreeing to these Terms of Admittance and enrolling at UEL, you are agreeing to the terms and conditions of a contract for the use of your personal data relating to your enrolment, and if appropriate, registration and ongoing participation on a programme of study. Your personal or special category data will be collected, processed, published and used by UEL, its online learning and teaching services and/or its partners and agents in ways which support the effective management of UEL and your programme of study, to allow for the delivery of bursary schemes and to support improvements to student experience and progression, and are consistent with:
The terms of the Data Protection Act 2018;
Any notification submitted to the Information Commissioner in accordance with this legislation; and compliance with any other relevant legislation.
You have fundamental rights associated with how organisations use your personal data. Further information on data protection and use of your personal data can be found in our Data Protection Policy and on uel.ac.uk.
13) Intellectual property
You are entitled to the intellectual property rights created during your time studying at UEL that would belong to you under the applicable law. There are some programmes where the assignment of certain types of intellectual property to UEL is appropriate. UEL will require the assignment to it of intellectual property rights relating to postgraduate research that is part of an ongoing research programme.
Where the nature of the research programme means that some assignment of intellectual property rights to UEL is appropriate, we will take what steps that we can to ensure that your interests are protected. UEL will take reasonable endeavours to ensure:-
- the scope of the assignment is narrow, and is restricted to what is necessary, for example to protect UEL’s legitimate interests in the intellectual property created as party to a research programme;
- the application of the assignment is clearly defined, so that it is clear to you in which circumstances the assignment will apply;
- where the assignment of the intellectual property is appropriate in the circumstances, we will take all reasonable steps to ensure that the rights of the parties are evenly balanced (for example, your work being acknowledged in a publication and, where appropriate, subject to an appropriate revenue sharing scheme)
- where UEL claims ownership of intellectual property rights in relation to a taught programme of study, such treatment of those rights will be made clear in the published information relating to that programme.
14) How we communicate with you
UEL will communicate with you via a variety of channels, including postal letter, e-mail, SMS text message and online notices. To enable this, we request that you provide us with your e-mail address, postal address, and contact telephone number when you first enrol.
Throughout your studies, it is important that you keep your contact details up to date. You can view and edit this information by logging into our student portal, UEL Direct at www.uel.ac.uk/Direct.
We will create a UEL e-mail account for you after you enrol. Your e-mail address will be your student number, prefixed with a ‘u’ and followed by ‘@uel.ac.uk’ – e.g.: email@example.com. UEL will use this e-mail address to communicate with you and it is important that you regularly check and manage this mailbox for important updates and information.
You can access your email account, plus information about our services, news and events by logging into our Intranet, intranet.uel.ac.uk. At the login screen, enter your email address (as above) and password.Your default UEL password will be your date of birth, formulated as DD-MMM-YY, e.g. 31-jan-84.
Your UEL email account and associated UEL IT accounts will be deleted not more than 6 months after you graduate or withdraw from your programme of study (if earlier).
15)University of East London Students' Union
The University of East London Students' Union (UELSU) represents students at UEL. By enrolling at UEL you are automatically granted membership of both UELSU and the National Union of Students (NUS). If you wish to opt out from this membership, please inform UELSU in writing at either firstname.lastname@example.org by writing to: Chief Executive, UELSU, University of East London, Docklands Campus, 4-6 University Way, London E16 2RD.
UELSU provides a range of services and support to students and can provide advice and representation on any matter affecting the contract between you and UEL. For further information on this support, please visit www.uelunion.org
16) Students studying at partner institutions
If you are undertaking a programme of study at a partner institution you will need to generally abide by the above terms and also those of the partner institution. Further information and support in understanding these terms is available from the Academic Partnership Office -email@example.com.
17) International students - additional responsibilities
All international students must also comply with UK Visa and Immigration requirements. All international students are required to hold a valid visa which permits study in the UK or hold a Tier 4 visa/have applied for a Tier 4 visa with a Confirmation of Acceptance for Studies issued by UEL. Students who are being sponsored under a Tier 4 student visa must also understand and comply with the responsibilities of their student visa and co-operate with UEL in fulfilling our Tier 4 duties.
18) Equality, Diversity and Inclusion
UEL is committed to working together to build a learning community founded on equality of opportunity – a learning community which celebrates the rich diversity of our student and staff populations and one in which discriminatory behaviour is challenged and not tolerated within our community.
Within the spirit of respecting difference, our equality and diversity policies promise fair treatment and equality of opportunity for all regardless of gender, ethnicity, sexual orientation, age, disability or religion/belief (or lack of). In pursuing this aim, we want our community to value and to be at ease with its own diversity and to reflect the needs of the wider community within which we operate.
For further information on this inclusive approach to education please visit our Student Policies page.
We welcome feedback on our programmes and services and facilitate this in a variety of ways, including programme committees, module evaluation forms and surveys.
However, if you are dissatisfied with a particular service or programme or the manner in which it has been delivered, you must let the person responsible for that service know as we will always try to resolve matters at the earliest opportunity via informal conciliation. If you are unsure who to approach, please e-mail The Hub who will be able to direct your concerns appropriately.
If you remain dissatisfied with a service or programme, or the manner in which it is delivered, you should refer to our formal complaints procedure to have the matter formally addressed.
In addition, once you have enrolled onto your programme, you will also have access to the Advice and Information Service offered by UELSU. This access is not available to students studying at partner institutions.
If you wish to cancel this contract within 14 days of enrolment onto your programme, you must do so in writing by sending your request to firstname.lastname@example.org. Any fees that you have paid will be refunded – please see Fees Policy for further information on obtaining a refund.
21) Further guidance
If any of the information in these Terms of Admittance or related policies are unclear or if you have any questions, please contact The Hub for guidance on +44 (0) 208 223 4444.
22) Right to advice
This is a consumer contract and you are able to obtain independent advice in relation to its terms and conditions from UELSU as well as your local Citizens Advice Bureau.
Neither you nor UEL will be liable for failure to perform their obligations under these Terms of Admittance if such failure arises from unforeseeable events, circumstances or causes outside of that party's reasonable control. Examples of such events include, but are not limited to, war, terrorism, industrial disputes, natural disaster, fire and national emergencies.
Only you and UEL are parties to these Terms of Admittance. No other person shall have any rights under the Contracts (Rights of Third Parties) Act 1999 to enforce any term of these Terms of Admittance.
Failure or delay by you or UEL to exercise any right or remedy provided under this contract shall not constitute a waiver of that or any other right or remedy, nor shall it prevent or restrict the further exercise of that or any other right or remedy. No single or partial exercise of such right or remedy shall prevent or restrict the further exercise of that or any other right or remedy.
These Terms of Admittance are governed by the law of England and Wales and you and UEL agree to submit to the exclusive jurisdiction of the courts of England and Wales.