Frequently asked questions about Head Start

Information about Head Start

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 that you will meet at Head Start.
  • Chat to staff and current students who will give you invaluable tips and advice on having a successful first year at university.
  • Get to know the University and the local area.
  • Find out some top tips on surviving your first semester and adjusting to university life.
  • Feel more confident about starting in September.
  • Improve your study skills and get an idea of what's expected of you academically.

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 Head Start take place?

Head Start will take place this summer, between July and September. The exact dates will be announced soon. There will be a mixture of three-day, one-day and online events to choose from, which are completely free to attend. If you register for one of the three-day events then free accommodation in our halls of residence is available.

What can I expect from Head Start?

At each of our events there will be lots of sessions focusing on different topics that will help you gain an understanding about university life and prepare you for your course. You will also meet other new students, as well as having lots of opportunities to ask us questions. Some of the sessions we offer surround developing your academic skills, providing accommodation information, student money advice, health and wellbeing support, and much more! Alongside these informative sessions we have planned lots of fun activities too.

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 interact with current students?

Yes, there will be a number of student ambassadors taking part in the Head Start programme. Our ambassadors are all current students and 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.

Closer to Head Start you will also be able to chat to our current students if you have a specific question, or you would just like to say hello before you join us at one of our events!  However, you can take a look now at some of their profiles.

How much does it cost?

It is completely free to take part in Head Start. All you need to do is complete our booking form to register.

Is Head Start for mature students?

We recognise the importance of supporting mature students (aged 21 or over on 1 September before you start your course) 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 specifically targeted towards mature students so please take part.

How do I book my place?

We are not currently taking bookings for Head Start 2022, but we will let you know as soon as our applications open for you to register for one of our events.

To book a place for our in person events then you must be a Home applicant 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 is 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 recognised by social services as a young adult carer
  • You are in receipt of the Sanctuary Scholarship
  • You are coming to Kingston University via Clearing
  • You are entering Higher Education with a BTEC as your main qualification.

If you do not meet any of the eligibility criteria, but would like to be part of Head Start, then we recommend that you still complete the booking form. The Head Start Team will then review your application and inform you if a place becomes available at one of our in person events.

I'm an international student, can I still take part in Head Start?

Our in person events are only open to Home applicants, however if you are an international applicant with a Firm offer to study an undergraduate course at Kingston University then you will be able to join us for our Head Start Online programme. The dates for Head Start Online will be released soon, and we will let all applicants know when our booking form opens.

How will I know if I have been accepted onto a Head Start event?

Firstly, you will need to complete our booking form to register for one of our Head Start events. Once you have submitted your application, the Head Start team will be in touch to confirm your place and provide you will further details about the event.

However, if you have any questions then please contact us.

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