How to apply for an undergraduate degree

Applying to university is an exciting moment in your life, but there can also be a lot to think about. Whether you need some help navigating the UCAS process or writing your personal statement, we're here to support you through every stage of the process.

From finding the perfect course to submitting your application, on this page you'll find all the information you need to breeze through the application process. Already applied and wondering what comes next? We've got you covered with all the information you need to know about your next steps.

Find the right course

Choosing the right university and course for you is one of the biggest decisions you'll ever make, but it does not have to be a complicated one.

Take plenty of time to decide exactly what you would like to study and at which university. We want to make sure that Kingston University is the right place for you!

Applying through Clearing 2021

Applying through Clearing 2021

If you'd like to join us in 2021, you can search for courses in Clearing.

Our Clearing hotline is now open and will remain open all summer.

Call us on 0800 0483 334 (or +44 20 8328 1149 if you are calling from outside the UK) and speak to our friendly and knowledgeable hotliners who will be able to provide information on the courses we have available and will guide you through your options.

Making your application

For each of our undergraduate courses, you apply online through the Universities and Colleges Admissions Service (UCAS). For part-time study options, and our art and design foundation course, you'll need to apply directly to the University.

UCAS applications

All UCAS applications are now made online via UCAS Apply. You should:

  • submit your application though UCAS Apply between the beginning of the September before you come to university and mid-January if you're a British or EU applicant;
  • visit the UCAS website for exact dates and more information;
  • fully complete your application – as well as your personal details and academic record, you will need to supply a reference and make a personal statement, which the admissions tutor at Kingston will look at carefully; and
  • submit your application as early as possible so you have the best chance of receiving the right offers.

You can apply for up to five different courses. The UCAS code for Kingston University is K84. You will be able to follow the progress of your application through UCAS Track after you've applied.

For some of our health and social care courses, you'll need to apply through UCAS to St George's, University of London. The UCAS code for St George's, University of London is S49.

Top tips for completing your application form

Personal details and qualifications

In the first section of the application, you must give your personal details and information about the qualifications you hold and are currently studying.

Personal statement

The personal statement is your opportunity to let us know what makes you stand out from the crowd. This is your one and only chance to sell yourself to the universities you're applying for, so take your time. Order our free personal statement guide to help you write your winning statement.

References

Once you're certain that your personal statement is the best it can be, your teacher(s) or other referees will add their references. Make sure you leave enough time for your them to write a suitable reference before the submission deadline. If you're at school or college, it is likely that your teachers will set their own deadline for your application.

What to do if you miss the UCAS deadline

First off, don't panic! We promise it isn't the end of the world, and you still have some options. The best thing to do is to familiarise yourself with the different options you have and decide what the best next step is for you.

It is possible to still apply to university up until 30 June. Some courses that have a high demand may not consider late applications; however there are some that will, so it's definitely worth a shot.

Although you may feel stressed about the situation, try to stay calm, do your research and act as quickly as you can if you want the best chance of securing a place on the course of your choice. Good luck!

Get in touch

Don't be afraid to pick up the phone and call a university to see whether they would still consider your application. This is often the quickest way to find out, and means you won't waste one of your options applying somewhere if they definitely don't have a place to offer you. To find out if Kingston has a place for you, please call our admissions team on 020 3308 9932 or email admissionsops@kingston.ac.uk.

Book a place on an Open Day

If you're thinking of applying to Kingston University and haven't had a chance to look around yet, there's still time! You can book onto our next Open Day. If you're not able to make an Open Day, we regularly hold tours of all of our campuses, which you can book onto.

Check out our social media channels

Alternatively, a very easy way to get a feel for Kingston University is to check us out on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram to see our latest news and photos.

UCAS Extra

If you have applied to university but not received any offers, or you've decided you want to reject any offers you've been given and apply somewhere else, you can use something called UCAS Extra which will show up when you sign into UCAS.

Clearing

Another popular way to get a place at university is through Clearing. Between July and September, any remaining empty places on courses are available on a first come, first served basis. If you already have your exam results, you can apply straight away when Clearing opens in July. Otherwise you'll have to wait until you get your exam results, which is why Clearing gets particularly busy on A-level results day. Courses available through this system will be available on the UCAS website and updated regularly.

Alternative application routes

Some course applications are not made through UCAS. These include:

  • art foundation courses – apply direct to Kingston University (the deadline is the end of January) using the link on the course pages
  • part-time courses
  • a small number of work-based courses – visit the relevant course page for details of how to apply for the following courses (usually direct to the University or one of our partners)

Admissions policy

For information about admissions, download document AP1 from our polices and regulations page.

Understanding the UCAS application process

We guide you through all the necessary steps to you help you understand the UCAS process and what you need to consider to make your university application stand out.

Find out how you make an online application via UCAS, important dates and deadlines, understand UCAS tariffs points and the information universities use to make decisions.