Coronavirus: information for students applying to Kingston University for 2021 entry

We're delighted you have applied, or are considering applying, to study at Kingston University in 2021. 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.

You can still easily:

We understand you may have extra questions for us at this time. 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

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

Q&A for students applying to Kingston for 2021

How to contact Kingston University

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

What does the current situation mean for my application?

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

We know you might have extra questions for us and our team is only a phone call or email away. We will talk you through your options and answer any queries you have about studying with us.

You can still easily:

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

Speak to our team to find out more.

How can I find out more about studying at Kingston University?

There are so many ways you can discover more about Kingston from the comfort of your own home.

Our undergraduate courses

From Nursing to Nutrition, Biochemistry to Business Economics, with over 150 courses to study, you'll find the perfect one for you at Kingston. Search our undergraduate courses.

Our postgraduate courses

It's important to find a postgraduate course that fits into your life. We offer a wide range of flexible study options that meet your learning needs and enable you to balance studying with work or family commitments. Search our postgraduate courses.

Order a prospectus

Our prospectus will give you a good insight into the University, including an overview of our campus and facilities, student life and what courses you can study. Our prospectus provides information for prospective UK, EU and international students. Order your prospectus.

Virtual events

We have an exciting schedule of virtual Open Day events and webinars for you. You will be able to watch live presentations, speak to teaching staff, find out about the courses we offer, live chat with current students and get help and advice on course application and student funding.

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

Check virtual Open Day dates and book your place.

Speak to us

There are many ways you can get in touch with our friendly enquiries team.

How and when can I visit the University?

You can book for a forthcoming Open Day event.

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

Once the government's social distancing measures are lifted, we will offer on-campus Open Day events. However, if the current situation continues for longer, then more virtual events and webinars will be added.

Check Open Day dates and book your place.

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.

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

When is the application deadline for 2021 entry?

We encourage you to apply as early as possible.

For each of our degree courses, you apply online through the Universities and Colleges Admissions Service (UCAS). For part-time study options, and our art and design foundation course, you'll need to apply directly to the University.

UCAS opens for 2021 applications from early September 2020. The closing date for most applications is 15 January 2021. You can still apply through UCAS after this date, but you may find that the more popular courses are already full; the earlier you apply, the earlier you'll receive your offer.

Visit the relevant course page on our website for detailed information on how to apply.

How are you teaching students in 2020?

Our campuses are open and we have welcomed students for the current academic year to as safe an environment as possible. Our students are learning and studying through a blend of online and on-campus activities, and all our support services for students are available either online, in person, or both. As the public health situation progresses and we approach the new academic year from September 2021, we will adapt our activities in line with government guidance. Our aim will be to maximise the student experience so we can return to as normal a situation as possible as soon as we are able, while remaining in line with government guidance.

Q&A for International students applying to Kingston for 2021


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 Student Visa applications are available from the government and UKCISA. Please note Visa Application Centres may be 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.

Can I request my CAS?

within 90 days of your course start date if you have accepted an unconditional offer. Please note that we will also 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 for this academic year.

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 that have passed our team's checks.

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 either January, March or September. Orientation and welcome sessions are held online and recordings will be available for these sessions.

Will there be an airport pick-up?

We are offering a flexible airport pick-up service with an authorised taxi service. We want to ensure that you can arrive as safely as possible using the taxi service instead of providing a shared shuttle bus. We are subsidising the cost of the taxi, meaning you will only pay a discounted rate of £20 for any journey from Heathrow and Gatwick airport, or £30 from St Pancras International, to the Kingston area.

Where do I collect my Biometrics Residence Permit (BRP)?

You can collect your Biometrics Residence Permit (BRP) from the Post Office. You can collect it after 14 days and the Post Office will keep it for you.

How do I register with the police?

If you are a national required to register with the Police, please read the updated information on My Kingston.

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 your latest arrival date.

Last UK arrival and CAS application dates

The date by which you must arrive in the UK will depend on the Faculty you are in.

Faculty of Business and Social Sciences

Degree level Course start date You must arrive in the UK before the following date Last date to request CAS
Undergraduate 14 September 2020 11 December 2020 16 October 2020
Postgraduate 14 September 2020 11 December 2020 16 October 2020

Faculty of Health, Social Care and Education

Degree level CourseCourse start date You must arrive in the UK before the following date
Undergraduate

BSc (Hons) Mental Health Nursing

BSc(Hons) Adult Nursing

BSc(Hons) Children's Nursing

BA Social Work

BA Primary Teaching

14 September 2020 14 September 2020
Postgraduate  

MSc Adult Nursing

MSc Mental Health Nursing

14 September 2020 14 September 2020
PGCE 7 September 2020 7 September 2020
MSW 7 September 2020 11 September 2020

Faculty of Science, Engineering and Computing

Degree level Course start date You must arrive in the UK before the following date Last date to request CAS
Undergraduate 14 September 2020 5 October 2020 6 September 2020
Postgraduate 14 September 2020 22 September 2020 25 August 2020

Kingston School of Art

** EU students need to arrive before midnight on 31 December 2020 to avoid Brexit/Visa.

Degree level Course start date You must arrive in the UK before the following date** Last date to request CAS
Undergraduate 14 September 2020 3 January 2021** 8 November 2020
Postgraduate 14 September 2020 3 January 2021** 8 November 2020

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