Frequently asked questions about Head Start

Information about Head Start Online

What are the benefits of attending Head Start Online?

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
  • 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.

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 Online take place?

Head Start Online will take place this summer (launching on 26 July) over a seven-week period. Each week, engaging new content will be released for students who have signed up. There will also be range of scheduled ‘live' sessions throughout the programme focusing on different topics surrounding developing academic skills, accommodation information, student money advice, health and wellbeing support, and much more!

Do I have to attend?

No, attending Head Start Online is optional, however our previous Head Start students have found the experience 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 Online programme. 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.

You can also talk to our current students now if you have a specific question, or you would just like to say hello!


How much does it cost?

It is completely free to take part in Head Start Online, all you need to do is complete our booking form.

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?

To book a place you must be a 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 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.

However, if you do not meet any of the eligibility criteria, but would like to be part of Head Start Online, 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.

How do I access Head Start Online?

Firstly you will need to complete our booking form to register for our Head Start Online programme. Once you have submitted your application, the Head Start team will provide you further details on how to access the Head Start Online platform and content will be released over a six week period.

If you have any questions then please contact us.

Will there be any face-to-face Head Start events taking place?

The University is closely monitoring developments and government advice, along with guidance from Public Health England and NHS England surrounding the coronavirus pandemic. For the time being we will be delivering Head Start 2021 online; however we will notify applicants if face-to-face Head Start events will be taking place before term starts.

In the meantime, applicants are encouraged to take part in Head Start Online, where we have lots of exciting activities planned to help you settle in to Kingston University.

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