Information for students applying to Kingston University for 2020

We're delighted you have applied, or are considering applying, to study at Kingston University for 2020. Please bookmark this page to stay updated with the latest information about applying to study at Kingston University.

Despite the coronavirus pandemic situation, you can rest assured your application will be considered, and processed, in exactly the same way as normal. And, although we've closed our buildings, except for halls of residence, the University is open.

You can still easily:

We understand you may have extra questions for us, particularly while the lockdown is in place. Please use the Q&A on this page to answer your questions. In the Q&A you'll also find the University's contact information.

Our plans for September 2020

We're looking forward to seeing you at Kingston in September. Student life may feel a little different, but we know you'll receive the excellent education and a fulfilling student experience that Kingston University is proud to provide.

We've put lots of measures in place to keep our campus safe for your arrival. Our flexible approach and quick adaptation to the latest government advice means that you can be confident about the new semester ahead.

Everyone's safety is at the heart of what we are doing, alongside making sure that you don't miss out on the great Kingston student experience.

Open Days

You can now book an Open Day event in August.

We're planning an exciting schedule of virtual Open Day events and webinars for you in August, where you can learn more about Kingston, the University and campus life.

Q&A for students applying to Kingston for 2020

How to contact Kingston University

Please get in touch with us if you have any questions or enquiries. We are here to help.

When does the University open?

The University has been available to staff and students since the start of lockdown via remote access to all our services.

For the start of term in September:

  • Our campuses will be open, with measures in place to ensure everyone's safety, such as social distancing, controlled access and increased cleaning.
  • Lectures will likely remain online for some time but there will be access to campus for smaller group learning, practical working – such as studio and lab-based work – and using the libraries.
  • Your learning will be enhanced with digital provision, giving a blended approach to your time at Kingston University.
  • You will continue to get personal support from your lecturers, and benefit from the university support services, such as finance, healthcare and faith services.

When does term start?

Induction week for new students

  • Monday 14 September 2020 to Friday 18 September 2020

Teaching block 1

  • Begins Monday 21 September 2020

How will I be taught?

Lectures will likely remain online for some time but there will be access to campus for smaller group learning, practical working – such as studio and lab-based work – and using the libraries.

Your learning will be enhanced with digital provision, giving a blended approach to your time at Kingston University.

You will continue to get personal support from your lecturers, and benefit from the university support services, such as finance, healthcare and faith services.

We want to ensure that you have a supportive, inclusive and high-quality learning experience that Kingston is proud to deliver and we are putting a number of measures in place to provide you with this.

The whole University is focused on making sure you receive an excellent education and a fulfilling experience.

How will the practical aspects of my course be taught?

While lectures will likely remain online for some time, there will be access to campus for practical working, such as studio and lab-based work.

What safety measures are being put in place to protect students and staff on campus?

Keeping our University community safe and well has been our absolute priority since the emergence of Covid-19, and will continue to be as we start the new academic year.

Our campuses will have measures in place to ensure everyone's safety, such as social distancing, controlled access and increased cleaning.

Please be assured that we will take all the necessary steps to ensure a safe study and work environment.

How will Kingston support my return to learning?

We can offer you access to our free return to study programme to ease you in to university life. This will be available if you choose Kingston, and can be followed at your own pace.

Will the libraries be open?

There will be access to campus for using the libraries. Your learning will be enhanced with digital provision, giving a blended approach to your time at Kingston.

Our campuses will have measures in place to ensure everyone's safety, such as social distancing, controlled access and increased cleaning.

What support will be available to me?

You will get personal support from your lecturers, and benefit from the university support services, such as finance, healthcare and faith services.

You can find out more about the support we offer in our guide to health and wellbeing during the outbreak.

Will I be able to live on campus?

We know that accommodation is a big concern when considering your options, particularly in these uncertain times. Students who have accepted our offer can reserve a place in our halls of residence from, Friday 12 June, without any commitment to a contract yet. This will give you peace of mind that you have somewhere to live, with the flexibility to change your mind.

If you hold a Firm Offer (either Conditional or Unconditional) to study full-time at Kingston University, you will receive an email from the accommodation team asking you to complete a web-form. By completing this you will be reserving a room in our halls of residence for September 2020.

You can visit our accommodation pages for more information on our halls of residence and how to apply.

My course has a placement year. Will that still take place?

Placements are being reviewed for the next academic year while we work with government guidance and with the health and safety of our students as a top priority.

We will need to remain flexible to respond to the changing situation to decide any changes that may be required to our placements.

How will A levels be awarded this year?

Ofqual has set-out guidance – for schools, colleges, students, parents and carers – to explain how GCSEs and A-levels will be awarded this year. This is due to the coronavirus pandemic preventing group gatherings, and therefore the cancellation of your exams. So, instead of exams to determine your grades, your school or college is providing a centre assessment grade for you.

Ofqual states that: these assessment grades should be fair, objective and carefully considered judgements; which your school or college believes you would have achieved, if you were examined. And should take into account a full range of evidence*.

Your exam boards will contact your school, college and other exam centres after Easter, asking them to submit the following information – to a deadline. This will be no earlier than 29 May 2020. The information which your school or college must provide about you, is:

  • a centre assessment grade for each of your subjects: that is, the grade you would be most likely to have achieved if you had sat your exams and completed any non-exam assessment.
  • Judgements should balance different sources of evidence* such as:
    • classwork
    • bookwork
    • any participation in performances in subjects such as music, drama or PE
    • any non-exam assessment – whether or not complete
    • the results of any assignments or mock exams
    • previous examination results – for example, any re-sits or relevant AS qualifications
    • any other records of your performance over the course of study.
  • the rank order of students within each grade for each subject – for example, for all those students with a centre assessment grade of 5 in GCSE maths, a rank order where 1 is the most secure/highest attaining student, and so on. This information will be used in the statistical standardisation of centres' judgements – allowing fine tuning of the standard applied across all schools and colleges
  • a declaration from the Head of Centre making the submission

Read more – from Ofqual – about how GCSEs, AS & A-levels will be awarded in summer 2020.

When will I receive my results?

You can use these links to check exam result dates:

What does the current situation mean for my application?

You can rest assured, despite the restrictions due to the coronavirus pandemic, your application will be considered, and processed, in exactly the same way as normal.

We know you might have extra questions for us, particularly while the lockdown remains in place. So, our team is only a phone call or email away, to talk you through your options and answer any queries you have about university life.

You can still easily:

  • speak to our enquires team about any questions you have about studying with us
  • speak to our admission team about your application
  • view our campuses and facilities using our 360 tour
  • have an interview online (if applicable to the course you are applying for)
  • be offered a place on your chosen course.

Speak to our team to find out more.

What is happening with my offer?

Our Director of UK Recruitment and Admissions provides information about offers here:

What happens if I get lower grades than I wanted/expected?

Please be assured that we still consider your application, even if you don't meet the conditions of your offer. No applicant will be automatically unsuccessful. That's because we base our selection on a careful review of your application. Where we feel you've demonstrated the potential to succeed at Kingston University, we will confirm acceptance when your results are published.

You can also find out about Clearing at Kingston and the undergraduate courses we have available.

Other universities have changed conditional offers to unconditional offers, will Kingston University do the same?

The Office for Students (OfS), the regulating body which oversees higher education, put in place temporary measures to prevent universities making applicants unconditional where they have not yet received their results. We are currently awaiting the results of a consultation on whether these temporary measures will continue.

I haven't applied yet, but I would like to join Kingston University this year. Can I still apply?

Yes you can. And we're delighted you're considering studying here. You can apply in the normal way through UCAS until 30 June 2020, or direct to Clearing from July onwards.

At Kingston University, we make higher education accessible to everyone, and we're proud to champion alternative routes into university. When your application is assessed, we look for evidence of your ability, potential and passion for your subject area. We look at your formal educational achievements and the other skills and experience you have, to evaluate your suitability for a course.

Please call or email our team to talk through your options, if you'd like to study with us, but you're not sure you've got the right qualifications.

More information on how to apply can be found on our course pages.

How and when can I visit the University?

You can now book an Open Day event in August

Have you applied to Kingston, or you're considering applying? If so, we're planning an exciting schedule of virtual Open Day events and webinars for you, where you can learn more about Kingston, the University and campus life.

We will offer in-person Open Day events too, once the government's social distancing measures are lifted. However, if the lockdown continues for longer, then more virtual events and webinars will be added.

Check Open Day dates and book your place.

We're also running a series of webinars for 2020 applicants, which offer sessions on accommodation, student life and student finance. View information on how to book webinars.

You can also take a 360° tour of the University. And watch our fly-through video to see our new landmark Town House building, where students, staff and the community meet and study under one roof.

Are you starting at Kingston in 2020?

If you're starting at Kingston in 2020 please join our 2020 entry Facebook group for regular updates and ideas for new students. When you request to join the group, you'll be asked three questions to gain access. You can join the group.

Please bookmark this page to stay updated with the latest information about Open Days and virtual events.

How is the University dealing with the coronavirus pandemic?

We regularly update our website with information about what the University is doing in response to the coronavirus pandemic. You can find regular news updates on our website.

If you're starting at Kingston in 2020, you can also get regular updates by joining our 2020 entry Facebook group for students starting at Kingston this year. You can join the group today.

What is the University doing for its current students?

The health, wellbeing and safety of all our students and staff remains our top priority. We've put a number of precautions in place to minimise the risk of infection across our university community.

  • We've been doing this in line with the latest advice from the government, to help slow the spread of the virus as the situation has unfolded.
  • We've closed all the buildings we use for teaching, learning and other services across our campuses following the directions the Prime Minister gave about the social distancing we all need to take to stop the virus spreading.
  • We've kept our halls of residence open though, so we can continue to support those students living there. Some of them chose to stay in Kingston while others weren't able to travel back to their home countries.
  • We're keeping in regular contact with our students about any particularly important information they need to know. These updates are done by email, app alerts and through regular updates posted on our staff and student intranets.
  • We've also produced a guide with information for our current students about how to look after themselves during this difficult time. It's packed with useful tips and information about online learning and assessments too.

You can read a message sent to all UK students on behalf of the Universities Minister, including information on visas and immigration, loan payments, and students staying at halls of residence.

How are you looking after students in halls?

We've kept our halls of residence open so we can continue to support those students living there.

Some of our students chose to stay on in Kingston, while others weren't able to go back to their home countries because of the travel restrictions in place at the moment.

Our halls and security staff are working hard to make sure the remaining students in our halls have everything they need.

The government is now advising that students remaining at university in England should stay where they are and not attempt to travel. If they're living in student halls or private rented accommodation, they should remain there and stay indoors while the current restrictions are in place.

Q&A for International students applying to Kingston for 2020


My Offer

My exams have been cancelled. What can I do now?

We understand that this is a very stressful time for applicants, we are monitoring the situation and reviewing our admissions processes and requirements in the light of the cancellation of exams. We are working hard to ensure applicants will not be disadvantaged by the current global crisis. Please contact us to discuss your case.

Will you change my offer as a result of coronavirus?

We are committed to supporting you to pursue your study plan. We are continuing to monitor the developing situation and the re–opening of schools, colleges and universities in different countries. We have a robust admission system, in cases where appropriate, we may be able to exercise some flexibility in confirming you meeting the conditions of your offers. Please contact us to discuss your situation.

Can I withdraw my application to Kingston University?

We are planning to welcome new students starting in September however if you still wish to withdraw, please put a request in writing quoting your KU ID number to: admissionsops@kingston.ac.uk.

Visas/CAS

Will I be able to get a visa?

Advice and current rules relating to Tier 4 visa applications are available from the government and UKCISA. Please note that UK Visa Application Centres are closed or offering reduced services in many countries.

How can I find out if my local UK visa application centre is open?

Please check the vfsglobal website for up to date information about which UK visa application centres are open.

I am already in the UK, can I apply for a visa here?

Government advice issued on 24 March states that an individual already legally in the UK (e.g. on a short–term study visa) who would normally have to leave to apply for a Tier 4 visa will now be able to switch to a Tier 4 visa within the UK.

Can I request my CAS?

Yes, you can request your CAS if you have an unconditional offer for September 2020. Please note that we will ask for evidence that you are able to book a visa appointment in your country and that you are able to travel to the UK before we issue the CAS.

How long will it take to receive my CAS?

Once you have submitted all of your documents and they have been checked by our team, we aim to issue your CAS within five working days.

Do I have to pay the £3,000 deposit to request my CAS?

You do not need to pay the deposit in order to request your CAS, but we need to receive it before we can assign your CAS to you.

Is the £3000 deposit included in the tuition fees?

The non–refundable deposit is treated as part of the first instalment of your tuition fees.

I have made my CAS request but some of the documents that I am required to submit are not ready. What should I do?

Your CAS can only be assigned after we've received copies of all of the required documents.

Will there be an orientation or welcome programme?

Yes, we will provide a series of orientation activities that will be available to all students who start with us from September.

Will there be an airport pick-up?

We are currently working on arrangements for airport pick–up. More information will be published soon.

What happens if I can't travel to the UK for the start of my course?

Please keep in touch with us to let us know if you have problems arriving in time for the start of term. We will aim to provide alternative ways for you to follow your course.

English language tests and qualifications

I've already taken my English language test for my Tier 4 visa, but I haven't received the results and the test centre is currently closed. What should I do?

Please check the test provider's website which should provide details about the arrangements they have put in place. You may also be able to contact them via email.

My local IELTS testing centre is closed. Is there another language qualification I can provide to meet the conditions of my offer?

Yes, we have provided other options, please see English Language Tests and qualifications.

Will the University be willing to test my English language in order to receive an offer?

No, you will need to have a test recognised by the University, see other English Language Tests and qualifications

Pre-sessional English courses

What measures are in place to ensure that students can continue their pre-sessional English course or main course as planned?

We are now offering our pre–sessional courses online and following government guidance, we are continuing to make plans on how best to deliver our courses. Please be assured we are committed to supporting you to pursue your study plan.

Will there be any flexibility on the start date for pre-sessional courses?

As our pre–sessional courses will now be running online, you should be able to join the course on the start date. For further information visit our Pre–ssesional English course page.

Finance

What is the fee payment structure like?

International students (who are non–EU) must pay at least 50% of the tuition fees before enrolment. The remaining 50% will also need to have been paid prior the completion of your enrolment, unless you would like to pay by instalment in line with the University's payment plan. In order to pay by instalment you will need to have set up either a Direct Debit from a UK current bank account or a Recurring Card Payment (RCP) using an International or a UK issued card.

Can we take online classes without paying 50% of the fees if we cannot travel to UK due to current situation?

To access online teaching you must be fully enrolled on your course and have paid at least
50% of your fees.

Key contacts

You can get in touch with our teams in the following ways if you have any questions or enquiries:

Home students from England, Northern Ireland, Scotland or Wales or any of the British Isles

International students or students from the European Union

For questions about your current application, please contact our admissions team

For enquiries about events