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Frequently asked questions about Head Start

Information about Head Start Summer School

What are the benefits of attending Head Start?

Head Start aims to help prepare you for life as an undergraduate student at Kingston and answer any questions you may have. You will:

  • Begin your student life at Kingston with a whole group of friends you make at Head Start.
  • Meet staff and current students who can give you invaluable tips and advice on having a successful first year at university.
  • Get to know the university and how to find your way around.
  • Get top tips on surviving your first semester and adjusting to university life.
  • Feel more confident about starting in September.
  • Receive guidance on study skills and get an idea of what's expected of you academically.
  • Have the chance to stay in one of the University's halls of residence free of charge (residential option only).

Did you know...? Research findings show that those who feel at home in a university environment; both academically and socially, are statistically more likely to graduate.

When does the Head Start take place?

  • Wednesday 24, Thursday 25 and Friday 26 July 2019 at our Penrhyn Road Campus
  • Wednesday 31 July, Thursday 1st and Friday 2August 2019 at our Kingston Hill Campus
  • Wednesday 7, Thursday 8 and Friday 9  August 2019 at our Penrhyn Road Campus

Residential option: Head Start includes two free nights accommodation in our Seething Wells halls of residence. Places for these rooms are limited and will be allocated on a first-come first-served basis. If rooms are oversubscribed they will be prioritised for attendees who are unable to commute to the event each day.

If you are travelling from a long distance we have a small number of rooms available for the night before each event. Please indicate on the booking form if you would like to be considered for this option. There is no cost to stay in accommodation, providing you stay for the full three days of the event. If you do not stay for the duration of the event you may be charged for your accommodation.

*Please note you must be 18 or older at the time of the event to stay in the halls of residence.

Our Head Start Express events are for individuals unable to commit to our 3-day programme, and for those who are coming to Kingston University via Clearing. More information will be released for these events when bookings for Head Start Express open in July 2019.

Do I have to attend?

No, attending Head Start is optional, however our previous Head Start students have found the event very valuable.

Will I be able to meet current students?

Yes, there will be a number of student ambassadors helping run the event. These students will be from a variety of subject areas, ages and backgrounds so you will be sure to meet somebody who you can really relate to.

How many people will be there?

There is a maximum of 150 places available at  each Head Start event.

How will I get there?

When you arrive at the campus for our Head Start events, follow the registration signs. You will be greeted by our friendly ambassadors, who will ask you for a few brief details, and provide you all the information you need to make the most of your visit.

How much does it cost?

Head Start is completely free to attend. Breakfast and lunch will be provided (dinner is only provided for those taking part in the evening programmes). Financial support will be available to help with travel costs to attend our Head Start events. Further information on how to apply for this will be provided nearer the time of each event after your booking has been confirmed.  However, if you are concerned that travelling costs may prevent you from booking and attending Head Start, please email the team via headstart@kingston.ac.uk for advice.

You may wish to bring some money to purchase additional food and drink during the event if you require.

For those who will be staying in halls of residence your accommodation will be paid for by the University, providing you stay for the full three days of the event. If you do not stay for the duration of the event you may be charged for your accommodation.

What will I need to bring?

Only yourself! However, if you are staying in halls of residence then you will need to pack a small bag with some clothes and toiletries.

Is Head Start for mature students?

We recognise the importance of supporting mature students through their transition to university, and welcome a significant number of mature learners at all Head Start events each year. There will be information and guidance sessions at these events specifically targeted towards mature students.

However if you are coming to Kingston University as a mature learner (aged 21 or over on 1 September before you start your course) you may prefer to attend our exclusive Head Start for Mature Learners Preparation Day. More details will be released when bookings for this event open in July 2019.

How do I book my place?

To book a place you must be a Home/EU student holding a firm offer for an undergraduate course at Kingston University. Places at Head Start are prioritised for applicants who meet at least one of the following criteria:

  • You are the first generation in your family to progress to higher education (i.e. your parents have not been to university; but if your brother or sister has, you are still eligible to attend).
  • You are a mature student (aged 21 or over on 1 September before you start your course) who does not currently hold a bachelor's degree.
  • Your family household income of less than £25,000 per year.
  • You identify as being disabled or have a specific learning difference.
  • You are under the age of 25 and have spent time in care in the UK, been placed in a foyer or are estranged from your family.
  • You are recognises by social services as a young adult carer.
  • You are in receipt of the Sanctuary Scholarship.
  • You are entering Higher Education with a BTEC as your main qualification.

If you do not meet any of the above criteria, but would like to attend Head Start, then we recommend that you still complete the booking form. We will then place you on a waiting list and inform you if a place becomes available.

Important: if you book a place at Head Start and reserve accommodation you must inform us in writing five days prior to the event if you decide you would no longer like to attend and/or stay in accommodation. Failure to do so may result in you being charged for your room. There may also be other people on a waiting list who would like to attend the event in your place.

Information about staying in accommodation during Head Start

Do I need to bring anything?

You will need to bring clothes, toiletries and a towel; however you do not need to bring bedding as this will be provided.

Where will I be staying?

You will be staying in our Seething Wells halls of residence.

How much will it cost?

The cost of you stay in the halls of residence is covered by the University, providing you stay for the full three days of the event. If you do not stay for the duration of the event you may be charged for your accommodation.

Will I have my own room?

Yes, you will have your own room. However, the halls may be a mix of female and male students.

What if I live locally, can I still stay over?

We will do our very best to accomodate everyone who wants to stay in halls; however, if rooms are oversubscribed, priority will be given to those who live more than 20 miles away. 

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