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Head Start aims to help prepare you for life as an undergraduate student at Kingston and answer any questions you may have. You will:
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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.
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.
No, attending Head Start is optional. However our previous Head Start students have found the event very valuable.
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.
It is completely free to take part in Head Start. All you need to do is complete our booking form to register.
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.
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:
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.
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.
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.