Don't just take our word for it – here's what students say about what it's like to study at Kingston University.
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Name: Kimberley Ekpang
Course: Applied Economics with Criminology BA(Hons)
Year: 1st year
Route to university: A-levels
"I liked economics a lot at A-level, but I wasn't the best at it. So I decided not to do the full degree in case I found it too difficult and instead try combining it with criminology. Criminology incorporates aspects of sociology and psychology, subjects that I had found quite easy at A-level. Plus it sounded like an interesting subject and offered something a bit different.
Not a lot of places offer both courses so Kingston was the natural choice. Plus I heard that it had a great nightlife!
Now I'm here, I've found the teaching is good too. It goes into much more detail than at A-level. Things that didn't make sense to me when I was at school have now fallen into place.
Because criminology is an unusual subject, the lecturers start from scratch and don't assume that you know anything. They go through the topics slowly and explain everything in detail.
We also went on a criminology field trip into Kingston to look at how the environment affects people's behaviour, which gave added depth to the topic – we covered things that I knew about, like CCTV, but that I hadn't thought about theoretically before. Guest lecturers, such as experts who've written books on criminology, give another perspective as well.
On the economics side, I've particularly enjoyed the seminars. These are more informal than lectures and take place in smaller groups, giving you the chance to discuss certain topics and ask questions. You get to know people better as well and make friends more easily.
There are so many different types of people here – you've got international students and people from different backgrounds that I wouldn't normally get the chance to mix with - but everyone gets to know each other.
And it's not just the freshers – the second and third year students are also very friendly. Plus they can share their experiences of the course with you and offer advice if you have any problems. They've told me where they've gone wrong so I can learn from that. Speaking to them has made me feel sure that I've made the right choice of course.
I've also had encouragement from the African and Caribbean Society (ACS), which offers support for black people and a celebration of the culture. They hold discussions and events such as parties so it's a good place to make friends as well.
You're much more independent at University than you are at school – you have to find out yourself when your exams are, for example, as information isn't going to be handed to you like at school. You just have to get used to this though and it's definitely something that will help in the future as you have to be prepared to be independent in the real world."