Welcome to Head Start

As well as feeling excited about the prospect of starting university, many new students are nervous about what lies ahead.  Our Head Start programme will help prepare you for life as an undergraduate student and provide an opportunity for us to answer any questions you may have.  

It is completely free of charge to take part in Head Start and by getting involved you will:

  • Feel more confident and better prepared to start your course
  • Interact with other new students who are part of the programme and build friendships
  • Meet staff from key areas of the university, and current students who will provide you with invaluable tips to ensure you are successful at University
  • Become familiar with the university and the different support services available
  • Receive invaluable study skills advice and gain an understanding of what is expected of you academically.
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Booking a place on Head Start

In order to join us for one of our Head Start events you must be holding a Firm offer for an undergraduate course at Kingston University. Our in-person events will only be available to Home applicants, with priority given to those who meet at least one of our eligibility criteria. However, we will be hosting an online event where international applicants are welcome to take part.

We are currently not accepting applications for our Head Start events scheduled in 2023, but all undergraduate applicants will be notified when our booking form opens.

Key to success

Head Start has been associated with increased confidence, belonging and success for those students who attend.

*Feedback from attendees who came to Head Start 2018

87%

said they built friendships at Head Start

90%

said they felt confident about starting at Kingston University

79%

felt they had developed their study skills

84%

had an increased in awareness of support services available at Kingston University

93%

felt familiar with Kingston University through attending Head Start

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