Don't just take our word for it – here's what students say about what it's like to study at Kingston University.
Name: Amy Smith
Course: English Language and Linguistics BA(Hons)
Level: Completed 2nd year
Route to university: A-levels
Accommodation: Halls of residence first year, privately rented with friends subsequently
"I chose to study English Language because I enjoyed it so much at A-Level. I wanted to delve deeper into the field.
Out of the universities I looked at, Kingston seemed to offer one of the best English language degrees. I liked the fact that it is an applied course and involves the study of linguistics as well as English language.
Since I have been here, I've enjoyed the way all my classes have been really different. Each module introduces something new, keeping the class stimulated and we are given our own voice. We are encouraged to contribute our views and opinions, which leads to interesting discussions.
I have found that the way I am treated at university is quite different from college. Staff treat you with respect. A lot of the time it feels like we are learning together rather than the lecturer just telling us what is right or wrong. It makes a really relaxed environment to work in.
Without a doubt the best part of the course is the standard of teaching. The lecturers have been brilliant on every module I have taken. They organise classes so that subjects are easy to digest, they are highly knowledgeable in their fields and their passion for their subject shines through in their teaching. This makes the course really interesting and enjoyable.
On the social side, Kingston is a great town to be a student in. A lot of the nightlife and entertainment has been tailored to our needs and wants, so there is always something to do, even when you're on a tight budget.
The one thing I have found difficult is time management. Sometimes all my assessments seem to come along at once and it can be really stressful. Now I try to do my reading and research early on in the semester so that I have a solid background knowledge by the time of the assessments and this seems to help.
I came to university with absolutely no idea about what I wanted to do. I feel the course has opened many doors for me. The problem now is that I have too many ideas!"
Name: Lis Parham
Course: English Language and Linguistics* with Journalism BA(Hons)
Level: Completed 1st year part-time
Route to university: A-levels
Accommodation: Own accommodation
"I have worked in the editorial department of a travel publishers for three years but a couple of years ago, when I had progressed a little in what I was doing, I started to feel there was a gap in my qualifications. It's all very well people saying: ‘Everyone's got a degree' but if you are the one without higher education, then it makes a difference.
So I decided to study and chose this course because there was no other like it in London. It exactly matched the areas of journalism and English I was interested in. But, before committing, I also checked university reviews and established that Kingston was highly rated for its English teaching.
Now I'm here, I am enjoying meeting like-minded people. After being out of education for a while, getting back to some serious reading and directed learning has been great. There's always something more to discover.
Working in tandem with studying is hard, but it is also worthwhile because I can apply what I am learning to my work. After just one year, I'm already aware of how critical English language and communication are. From understanding the mechanics of how language has formed to analysing speech and writing, you can apply this course to so many aspects of life.
The lecturers are all very different from each other. There's a lot of experience in the journalism department while the English department manage to make what I consider a large, somewhat daunting subject, accessible.
The amount of reading can be hard sometimes. If you are working and studying, there is a fine balance to maintain. Everywhere becomes your reading room - the train, the bus, the dentist's waiting room - you have to have a book in your hand a lot of the time.
Being at university is giving me time to clarify my long-term plans. The more I study, the clearer things are getting. By doing this course - even though it may take me quite a while to complete – I'll be left with a whole new set of options and that's what drives me. Studying also prompts me to question things more. Asking if I can do more, do better – rather than just sitting back and saying 'this is it, this is all I can do'".
As a student on this course you will be part of the Kingston Writing School, a vibrant community of outstanding writers, journalists and publishers.