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.

Open Days

You can now book an Open Day event in June and July.

While lockdown is in place, we're planning an exciting schedule of virtual Open Day events and webinars for you, in June and July. Where you can learn more about Kingston, the University and campus life. Learn more about Open Days and webinars in the Q&A.

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.

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.

Undergraduate Clearing courses will be advertised on our website from late May 2020.

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

The Government has asked universities to stop making unconditional offers and to stop amending existing offers. This is because, they don't want you to feel pressured to accept these offers, over other offers you're better suited to.

To give universities, and you, more time to make decisions - the 6 May deadline has been extended for two weeks. Originally the 6 May deadline was for universities to give you a decision, if you'd sent your application by 15 January.

Are you affected by this two week extension? If so, UCAS will email your new decision deadline to you, once it has been set.

To learn more about the different decisions universities and can colleges can make about your application, visit the UCAS website.

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 June and July

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, in June and July. 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. More information on how to book webinars will be added to this page.

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.

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