Here you can find out more about getting ready to study a health, social care or education course taught at Kingston University. This page applies to students enrolling in the following subjects:
Students enrolling onto foundation courses (partner colleges), Healthcare Science, Radiography, Physiotherapy, and Paramedic Science (St George's, University of London) will receive the relevant information separately.
Some students may also need to complete a DBS background check and occupational health clearance form – if this applies to you, you would have already have received information on this will be sent to you separately nearer to the start of your programme.
We hold an induction programme for new students. More information about this, your timetable and your start dates will be available once you've completed the online stage of your enrolment.
If you need some extra help with your assignments, our site-based Academic Skills Centres can provide support and advice. Find out more about student support.
Teaching for nursing, social work and some education courses takes place at the University's Kingston Hill campus, about three miles from Kingston town centre. Leafy Kingston Hill was once part of a country estate. You can still see some of its landscaped gardens and the large Victorian house. The campus has a good community feel thanks to its many on-site facilities, including teaching rooms and computer labs; halls of residence; and a bar, cafe and restaurant. We further improved the learning resources centre in 2008 with a £5million extension and opened a new £26million teaching building in 2012.
Teaching for radiography takes place at the Penrhyn Road campus, which is in the heart of Kingston, about a 10-minute walk from the town centre. Penrhyn Road has a lively and cosmopolitan atmosphere. Students from all campuses converge here as it homes the Students' Union headquarters and central facilities, such as the gym and health centre. The heart of the campus is the £20million John Galsworthy building, which brings lecture theatres, flexible teaching space and information technology suites together around a landscaped courtyard.
Other courses are based at St George's, University of London.
Facilities at Kingston Hill include well-equipped skills laboratories and clinical teaching facilities, which replicate hospital wards and clinics. Students can use clinical equipment and practice on teaching models and mannequins.
Social work students can benefit from our Practice Learning Suite, a purpose-built facility where students can learn and practise key social work skills.
The suite is divided into several areas including; a seminar/case conference room for a maximum of 20 people; a simulated living-room and front door to assist in developing skills relating to home visits; five interview rooms simulating work environments and a control room with two-way mirror and viewing monitors. All rooms also have fitted cameras and microphones so that activities can be recorded to enable feedback.
Facilities at Penrhyn Road include clinical skills laboratories; a dedicated radiography lecture suite; two X-ray sets with processing facilities; and anatomical models and other materials for supporting your learning.
Remember that you can also access the university-wide study resources, such as the library and IT facilities.
As part of my course I have undertaken two placements at St Helier Hospital and a placement at Kingston Hospital. At present I am on placement at the hospice and I will be at the eye clinic next.
I chose Kingston because my course is part of a linked Faculty of Health, Social Care and Education with St George's Medical School and therefore we are awarded our degree from the University of London.