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Would you like to study for an undergraduate degree leading to a professional career in mental health? A course packed with transferable skills relevant to so many careers? A course with an integral placement, working alongside clients as they explore life’s troubles and life’s meaning?
Then our BSc Counselling course is what you are looking for!
We’re offering you an exciting and inclusive British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP) accredited professional and academic training and education in counselling. Our course integrates theory, therapeutic competencies, self-awareness, professional development, skills work, and placements, so that you’re prepared to become skilled, competent and reflective practitioners and life-long learners.
On the course, we'll give you in-depth knowledge of three major psychotherapeutic approaches:
- Person-centred therapy
- Cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT)
- Psychodynamic therapy
You will develop your understanding of a key feature of counselling: the therapeutic relationship between counsellor and client. In order to achieve this, you'll experience personal therapy yourself, starting in year one. You'll also practise what you've learned in lectures through video-recorded counselling sessions with your peers in the UEL labs. Once you’ve passed a Readiness to Practice assessment, you’ll progress into supervised clinical placements, meeting with clients bringing a range of life experiences - such as loss and bereavement, violence and abuse, depression and anxiety.
We’ll prepare you to think about work with clients, and learning at university, with regard to intersectionality. Social justice is one of our passions as a teaching team. It’s what UEL stands for!
There are many jobs and careers that are options for you with a BSc Counselling degree. It is a vocational training programme so graduates are eligible to practice after graduation in public and private practice. Other opportunities include jobs within the Allied Psychology sector, such as: Employment Specialist; Social Prescribing Link Worker; Wellbeing Manager; support roles in NHS and other mental health providers; advocacy work in the third sector. Some of these many require further training that we can help you with.
Some of our graduates choose to seek employment in non-Psychology areas. These are jobs in areas where there are employers who want counselling graduates, due to the transferable skills you will gain during your studies. These include Human Resources; Civil Service; Graduate Training Schemes; Teaching; Third sector/Charity roles; administration; Self-employed/entrepreneur (counselling or non-counselling psychology linked).
Students could further progress their education with any of the postgraduate courses we offer such as Counselling and Psychotherapy-linked PG courses for professional development, Counselling psychology, MSc Psychology conversion programme.
What makes this course different
100 hours of placement
By the time you graduate you'll have amassed at least 100 hours of client work. You'll be well on your way to the 450 hours you need for full British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP) accreditation.
Accredited by the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy
This is one of very few undergraduate counselling training degrees in the UK that have been awarded professional accreditation from the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP).
Staff at the cutting edge of the profession
Staff on the BSc Counselling are practicing counsellors and academics, researching, publishing, engaging with professional organisations, and sharing their expertise with you in the classroom. This year, Dr Fenia Christodoulidi was awarded the School of Psychology Inclusive Practice Award for her work leading on equality, diversity and inclusion, and Dr Paul Galbally was awarded the School of Psychology Student Experience Award, in acknowledgement of ‘going the extra mile to support students’.
WHAT YOU'LL LEARN
Theory, practice, research and personal development are the four pillars on which we've built our course.
In year one, you'll study the foundations of the therapeutic process and start to practise counselling skills. You’ll be introduced to the importance of working ethically. You’ll engage in personal and professional development. There will be research methods modules, on working with small and larger samples. You’ll learn about one modality (or approach) to therapy – person-centred therapy.
Year two builds on what you have learned in year one, offering you modules in life-span development with regard to adults, and children and young people. You’ll deepen your knowledge of research methods. You’ll learn about psychodynamic counselling and cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT). In year two, you’ll take your Readiness to Practice assessment – when you’ve passed that, you can go out into clinical placement.
The final year of the course brings together the modalities (or approaches) you have studied – person-centred, CBT and psychodynamic – to look at becoming an integrative practitioner. You will have a module about clinical practice and supervision and one about becoming a competent practitioner. There is an optional module on existential counselling, and other choices from psychology. This year, you will also complete your research dissertation.
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.
If you want to join us to study for a degree in counselling but don't have the standard entry requirements, then our one-year Foundation course is perfect for you. Upon successful completion of the Foundation Year (passing all four modules including Topics for Counselling), students are eligible for an interview to join the BSc Counselling degree. If you change your mind during the course, you are also eligible to progress onto the BSc (Hons) Psychology, or one of our specialised pathways.
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- Core Modules
Core Counselling Skills and ProcessesClose
Core Counselling Skills and Processes
By the end of this module, you will have received an overview of the main tenets of counselling theory, research and practice in the UK. You will have acquired an understanding of the various attitudes and core qualities relevant to counselling and allied helping professions, and you will have begun to understand the importance of ethics and ethical issues in counselling.
You will also have gained hands-on experience of the development and use of core skills such as attending, listening and communicating empathy. During this process, you will gain a good grounding in the role of personal therapy as a means of persona and professional development.
Moreover, you will have experienced, first-hand, the privilege of working with peers in a process of developing personally and professionally through practical experience. A central theme in this pursuit is that of embracing reflective practice through giving and receiving feedback.
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Personal Development and Professional Life (Mental Wealth)
This module aims to enhance your knowledge of theories and interventions in various areas of personal and professional development including the acknowledgment and refining of emotional, social, physical and cognitive intelligence. You will develop your reflective abilities and interpersonal skills; you will understand the importance of self-awareness in your role as a professional, accountable and ethical trainee counsellor. Issues of difference, diversity and equality will be considered in relation to personal and professional values and responsibilities.
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Researching with Small Samples
To introduce students to key approaches to research in Psychology, including research design, data analysis, evaluating and writing up research. This module will focus on research methods appropriate to questions relating to smaller sample sizes.
This module will introduce you to the main theory and philosophy of the Person-Centred therapeutic approach. It will enable you to develop a relationship with yourself and others, by means of understanding and putting into practice the Person-Centred philosophy. Through reflective learning and ethical practice, you will learn about difference and diversity whilst developing your understanding of human distress. Contemporary advancements of the Person-Centred approach will also be discussed.
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Professional Development and Ethical Practice
By the end of this module, you will have received an overview of psychological theories and methods of professional development. You will gain an understanding of the conceptual, historical and philosophical assumptions of counselling and psychology as compared with other helping professions, including the medical profession.
You will learn about the BACP Ethical Framework and explore ethical dilemmas in counselling. You will continue to develop your self-awareness, reflecting on your beliefs, assumptions and values. You will explore the benefits and challenges of working with others who hold similar and different perspectives to your own.
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Researching with Larger Samples
To introduce students to key approaches to research in Psychology, including research design, data analysis, evaluating and writing up research. This module will focus on research methods appropriate to questions relating to larger sample sizes.
- Core Modules
Becoming a Reflective Practitioner (Mental Wealth)Close
Becoming a Reflective Practitioner (Mental Wealth)
This module will prepare you for the process of finding a clinical placement. We will focus on a variety of personal and professional development activities to enable you to use reflective practice theory and applied skills to become more aware of your development as an emerging practitioner. You will have opportunities to improve the core and generic skills and personal qualities necessary for safe and effective practice and you will learn how to reflectively apply your knowledge of the BACP Ethical Framework for Good Practice. You will be introduced to the theory and application of reflective practice and you will be working with peers under tutor supervision to reflect on, monitor and critically evaluate your counselling practice.
This module will introduce you to the theories and practices of psychodynamic thinking. You will gain an in-depth understanding of how interpersonal dynamics unfold within a therapeutic relationship and how they inform therapeutic practice. You will be able to reflect on your personal experiences and how they influence your emerging counselling practice and your style of relating to others.
This module will provide you with a detailed and practical overview of qualitative research theory and methodology, placing an emphasis on the use of research skills which are particularly amenable to counselling practice. You will increase and refine your ability to plan and design ethical research and write up research proposals. Epistemological and methodological issues including reflexivity and ethics will be introduced and discussed. At the end of the module you will also have familiarised yourself with key findings from research into counselling and related disciplines, acquiring an enhanced ability to review and evaluate previous findings in the field.
Life Span Development (Children and Young People)Close
Life Span Development (Children and Young People)
This module will introduce you to psychological theories related to child development and to the main historical landmarks in the understanding of counselling for children and young people. The main theoretical principles that underpin current models of counselling children and young people and the associated legal and ethical frameworks will be discussed. At the end of the module you will have acquired an understanding of a range of counselling skills and techniques deriving from contemporary approaches to counselling children and young people.
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Life Span Development (Adulthood and Later Life)
This module will introduce you to the main psychological theories of lifespan development and its various milestones and transitions. It will adopt a multidimensional framework of the lifecycle in order to place clients' presenting issues in a developmental context. Through this process you will become aware of how your own experiences and stages of life affects the way you relate to others, both generally and in context of counselling work.
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Cognitive Behavioural Therapy
By the end of this module, you will have received a broad overview of theory, research, skills, techniques and applications of relevance to Cognitive-Behavioural Therapy (CBT). You will gain an understanding of scientific understandings of the mind, the brain, behaviour and experience, as well as how each interacts with the complex environments in which it is situated. This will then inform your grasp of the cognitive and behavioural underpinnings of CBT as a psychotherapeutic approach.
You will have acquired tangible knowledge that can be explicitly applied toward integrating the cognitive-behavioural therapeutic approach with other counselling skills and processes. You will also be introduced to various cognitive conceptualisation models (assessment and formulation from a CBT perspective), all of which will have application to a variety of client presenting issues.
- Core Modules
Becoming a Competent Practitioner (Mental Wealth)Close
Becoming a Competent Practitioner (Mental Wealth)
This dedicated work-based learning module will equip you with the knowledge and skills required for competent, professional and ethical practice as a counsellor. You will be able to recognise specific conditions and utilise your knowledge to make decisions regarding therapeutic plans, multidisciplinary support, and/or referral to other professionals. At the end of the module, you will know how to present and communicate a case to other professionals in supervision. You will have acquired experience of attending clinical supervision, utilising it to develop your practice as an emerging counsellor. Continuous reflection will be further embedded into both your counselling work and personal development.
This module will equip you with the knowledge and skills necessary to conceptualise, design, execute and report an original piece of research relevant to counselling and psychology. It will facilitate the application of your skills and psychological knowledge to conduct and report an independent piece of empirical research.
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Clinical Practice and Supervision
This module will augment your knowledge about various client presentations and how to work within them. It will sharpen your professional understanding and skills, whilst furthering your ability to assess and formulate a client's presenting issues and form a therapeutic plan. Utilisation of clinical supervision will hold a central place in your practice and learning. Continuous reflection and self-care will be further embedded into both your counselling work and personal development.
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The Integrative Practitioner
This module will equip you with the necessary skills and knowledge to critically evaluate the theory and philosophy of integration in counselling and psychotherapy. You will understand the philosophical underpinnings and challenges of integration and visit a range of theories and approaches on integrative practice, assessment and formulation. You will reflect on your own personal synthesis and way of working with a counsellor. Within this reflective process you will achieve a critical evaluation of your evolving personal and professional development, your integrative understanding of human distress and the language you tend to use when framing and communicating a client's presenting issues in your counselling practice and to peer practitioners.Optional Modules
By the end of this module, you should expect to have gained a theoretical understanding of concepts and issues involved in Existential Counselling and its application to therapeutic practice. By exploring aspects of the human condition, you will develop knowledge and understanding of how existential ideas can facilitate change within the psychotherapeutic process.
HOW YOU'LL LEARN
We have implemented an innovative Technology Enhanced Active Learning (TEAL):
- Increased face-to-face learning and teaching. Students will spend their timetabled contact hours on campus in a 2.5 day block and have access to a wide range of additional learning and career development opportunities.
- Access to notes, readings and e-resources through the VLE, so that student engagement in learning takes place beyond timetabled hours.
- Access to industry standard technology and specialist spaces that help prepare students for their future career.
- Dedicated time, every Wednesday afternoon, for most students to engage in activities and development programmes such as sport and physical activity, volunteering and student-led clubs and societies.
- A holistic approach to learning and teaching, providing a range of opportunities to actively develop academically, personally and professionally.
- Access to our on-campus and virtual Career Zones - places to receive advice and guidance, meet employers, practice interviews and engage with opportunities for internships and jobs.
- Personalised support throughout the learner journey, with access to academic advisers, skills tutors, career coaches and wellbeing advisers.
- A dedicated portal - Track My Future (TMF) - which provides access to all learning and support services and a personalised student engagement dashboard.
You'll be taught by a range of staff, all of whom are qualified counsellors, psychotherapists, or psychologists, which ensures practice-focused teaching and research that is relevant to your professional development and future career.
You will be taught through lectures, seminars, process groups, skills practice sessions (which start from your first week on the course), academic supervision, and, in your final year, group-based clinical supervision with a course tutor.
When not attending timetabled sessions, you will be expected to continue learning independently through self-study. This is a key part of university level work. It will typically involve reading journal articles and books, preparing for seminars, preparing coursework assignments, and arranging independent skills practice sessions with your peers. In your final year, much of your independent study will be focused on your research project.
Your independent learning is supported by a range of excellent facilities including online resources, the library and Moodle.
Students are supported with academic or subject related queries by a Programme Director, module leaders, Academic Advisors (you’ll have an academic advisor from the teaching team as soon as you arrive with us), and university central support services.
If you need a bit of extra help with certain skills such as academic writing, English, maths or statistics, Academic Tutors offer workshops, drop-in sessions and one-to-one appointments to help you achieve your potential.
You can receive advice and guidance on all aspects of the IT systems provided by the university from our IT Service Desks located on all three campuses.
Our Student Support hubs feature centralised helpdesks.
UEL provides support and advice for disabled students and those with specific learning difficulties (SPDs).
Each year you will spend around 300 hours of timetabled learning and teaching activities. These may be lectures, workshops, seminars and individual and group tutorials. Contact hours may vary depending on each module.
The approximate hours for this course are:
- Year 1: scheduled teaching - 300 hours; guided independent study - 900 hours.
- Year 2: scheduled teaching - 300 hours; guided independent study - 900 hours.
- Year 3: scheduled teaching - 300 hours; guided independent study - 900 hours.
Your individualised timetable is normally available to students within 48 hours of enrolment. Whilst we make every effort to ensure timetables are as student-friendly as possible, scheduled teaching can take place on any day of the week between 9.00am and 6.00pm. For undergraduate students, Wednesday afternoons are normally reserved for sports and cultural activities, but there may be occasions when this is not possible.
To give you an indication of class sizes, this course normally attracts around 50 students a year. Lectures will be attended by everyone, and then we have smaller groups for seminars. You will also engage in skills practice in groups of around four to six peers, plus a staff observer.
HOW YOU'LL BE ASSESSED
Your academic work will be assessed through 100% coursework. It will include academic essays, reflective essays, skills analysis of recorded practice counselling sessions, oral presentations, and video recorded personal statements. In your final year, you will complete a research project.
You'll always receive detailed feedback outlining your strengths and how you can improve. We aim to provide feedback on assessments within 15 working days.
CAMPUS and FACILITIES
Stratford Campus, Water Lane, Stratford
Our campus and the surrounding area
Our historic Stratford campus is located one of the best-connected areas of London: close to Stratford's thriving town centre, the 2012 Olympic Park, and just 15 minutes from London's West End.
Stratford’s facilities include a state-of-the-art library and learning centre, the majestic great hall and specialist laboratories and computing services. The School of Education and Communities, and Centre for Clinical Education in Podiatry, Physiotherapy and Sports Science are housed in new buildings. There is also a campus restaurant and bookshop, and a Students' Union café-bar.
Westfield Stratford City - Europe's largest indoor shopping mall - is just one of Stratford's attractions, alongside many other shops, cafés, bars and restaurants. There are two multiscreen cinemas, a theatre, an arts centre and much more.
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.
Dr Deborah Lee
Dr Deborah A. Lee is Programme Director for the BSc Counselling, leading the degree course, and line managing BSc Counselling staff.View full profile
Dr Lucia Berdondini
Lucia joined UEL in November 2015. She is the Programme Leader of the DL MSc Humanitarian Intervention and Associate Professor. Lucia is passionate about: implementing intercultural counselling training and practice, particularly within international humanitarian psychosocial interventions in countries in war and post conflict. She is also passionate about Existential and Gestalt therapies and their creative applications within intercultural contexts.See full profile
Dr Fevronia Christodoulidi
Fevronia (aka 'Fenia') joined the BSc (Hons) Counselling team at UEL in 2013 and leads on several modules on the programme. She has been a BACP accredited counsellor/psychotherapist and a clinical supervisor since 2005 and she is a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy.See full profile
Dr Sonja Falck
Sonja is a UKCP Accredited Psychotherapist and Supervisor and BACP Senior Accredited, and a lecturer on our undergraduate and postgraduate programmes.See full profile
Dr Paul Galbally
Paul Galbally is a Senior Lecturer on the BSc Counselling, a BACP accredited psychotherapist and a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy. He is trained in Systemic and Psychodynamic therapy and can work with individuals, couples and families and groups, as well as supervising trainees and other practitioners.See full profile
Monique is passionate about weaving different modalities in the treatment of trauma, especially in how mindfulness and group dynamics can help heal the symptoms of trauma in particular communities. Monique is curious about the student experience and how trauma can impact on studies and how we can bring awareness of this into the lecture room.Find our more
Dr Luis Jimenez
Luis Jimenez is a senior lecturer in the School of Psychology at UEL.See full profile
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Taking up a counselling degree has helped me a lot in my self-discovery and personal growth. Over the last year I have become more and more certain that helping others through therapy is the right path for me. This is a practical and academic course that gives me a good starting point for my career as a counsellor or for other career options. I chose UEL because it gave me the right support and it felt right to be here - it felt like home."
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YOUR FUTURE CAREER
There are many jobs and careers that are options for you with a BSc Counselling degree. It is a vocational training programme so graduates are eligible to practice after graduation in public and private practice.
Other opportunities include jobs within the Allied Psychology sector, such as: Employment Specialist; Social Prescribing Link Worker; Wellbeing Manager; support roles in NHS and other mental health providers; advocacy work in the third sector. Some of these many require further training that we can help you with.
Some of our graduates choose to seek employment in non-Counselling areas. These are jobs in areas where there are employers who want counselling graduates, due to the transferable skills you will gain during your studies. These include Human Resources; Civil Service; Graduate Training Schemes; Teaching; Third sector/Charity roles; administration; Self-employed/entrepreneur (counselling or non-counselling psychology linked).
You could further progress your education with any of the postgraduate courses we offer such as Counselling and Psychotherapy-linked PG courses for professional development, Counselling psychology, MSc Psychology conversion programme.
Explore the different career options you can pursue with this degree and see the median salaries of the sector on our Career Coach portal.
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- 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.: firstname.lastname@example.org. 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 email@example.com 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 -firstname.lastname@example.org.
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 email@example.com. 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.