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Compact Scheme

Compact Scheme - Building your road to successThe Compact Scheme at Kingston University aims to support the access, transition and success of individuals from groups under-represented in higher education. The Scheme is available for mature learners, care leavers, students with a disability or specific learning difference, first generation applicants (ie those whose parents have not been to university) and those who have a household income below £25,000.

The Compact Scheme provides:

  • a single point of contact for information and advice throughout the admissions process and for the duration of your course;
  • an invitation to the pre-enrolment Head Start Summer School, which helps prepare you for student life and supports your transition to Kingston University;
  • life and study skills workshops to help equip you with the skills needed to succeed – topics covered include note-taking, revision strategies and money matters; and
  • alerts to extra-curricular opportunities such as our student ambassador scheme, teaching experience placements, study abroad options and mentoring programmes.

Compact Scheme candidates are given priority for a Kingston University bursary (please note that there is a separate application process and acceptance on the Compact Scheme does not guarantee a bursary).

If you are a UK care leaver, we offer additional support, including a bursary of at least £1,500 per year.

The Compact Scheme journey

Access information, advice and guidance to help you decide which course is right for you.


Come to one of our Head Start summer schools to build confidence, make friends and prepare for university.


Stay in touch with the team, take up extra-curricular opportunities and attend workshops that will help you to get the most out of student life.

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Compact Scheme
Tel: +44 (0)20 8417 3233
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What our students say...

Compact Scheme students at our Fast Forward event."I would recommend applying for the Compact Scheme; there's nothing to lose, only a lot to gain! A wide range of support services become available to you, as well as having a single point of contact all year. You get a great early introduction to the University before everyone else, and therefore get to make many new friends before you even start, as well as learning about all the support services available at the University."

Adam, Compact Scheme student

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