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Frequently asked questions about the Compact Scheme

  • What is the Kingston University Compact Scheme?
  • The Compact Scheme at Kingston University aims to support the access, transition and success of individuals from groups under-represented in higher education. The Scheme is available for mature learners, care leavers, students with a disability or specific learning difference, first generation applicants (ie those whose parents have not been to university) and those who have a household income below £25,000.

    The support starts before you apply and continues throughout the application process, during enrolment and on course.

    As well as pastoral support, students who are local authority care leavers or in foyer accommodation will be eligible for a bursary of £1,500 per year. Care leaver/foyer students should also refer to our support for care leaver students information.


  • Can anyone join the scheme?
  • No. To be eligible you must meet our criteria.

  • How will I benefit from the scheme?
  • The benefits include:

    • a single point of contact for information and advice throughout the admissions process and for the duration of your course;
    • an invitation to the pre-enrolment Head Start Summer School, which helps prepare you for student life and supports your transition to Kingston University;
    • life and study skills workshops to help equip you with the skills needed to succeed - topics covered include note-taking, revision strategies and money matters;
    • alerts to extra-curricular opportunities such as our student ambassador scheme, study abroad options and mentoring programmes;
    • if you are a local authority care leaver or a student in foyer accommodation you may be eligible for an annual bursary of £1,500*; and
    • the opportunity to apply for the Kingston University Bursary of £2,000**.

    *conditions apply
    **there are a limited number of bursaries available and specific conditions apply.

  • Can I only apply to certain courses through the scheme?
  • The scheme applies to most Kingston University courses with the exception of some that are delivered at partner institutions (if in doubt, please check with the Compact Scheme team).

  • Am I guaranteed a place at Kingston University if I join the scheme?
  • Taking part in the scheme does not guarantee a place on a course; normal application procedures apply and admissions tutors will consider information supplied on your UCAS form and any relevant information from your Compact Scheme application.

  • What if I don't meet the conditions of my offer?
  • If your results do not meet the conditions of your offer please contact the Compact Scheme team to discuss your options.

  • What support will I receive once I enrol?
  • The Compact Scheme team will be a point of contact for advice and guidance throughout your course. You will also be given the contact details of your faculty's student support officer and have access to all student support services at Kingston University.

    During your course you will have access to a range of support and guidance activities and workshops. You will be able to stay in touch with the Compact Scheme team by attending drop-in sessions, calling, emailing or contacting us through social media platforms. You can always contact a member of the team to talk something through or if you have a problem.

  • If I join the Compact Scheme will my experience of joining the University be different to other students?
  • You will be going through the same process as every other student and will not be separated or singled out in any way. The scheme simply provides you with an enhanced package of guidance and help. 


  • What financial support is available?
  • In order to be considered for a Kingston University Bursary you must be a member of the Compact Scheme. However, joining the Compact Scheme does not guarantee that you will receive a bursary,  there are additional criteria and conditions you must meet in order to receive a bursary.

    All Compact Scheme applicants are strongly advised to contact our Student Funds team for information about possible financial support available. Find out more in our fees and funding section.

    If you are a care leaver with 'home' status for fees you will be entitled to a bursary of £1,500 per year of study in addition to any other financial support you receive.

  • How can I find out more about Kingston University?
  • If you would like to find out more about Kingston University before applying come to one of our open days.

    Alternatively ask your careers adviser if we are due to visit your school or college.

  • Who can I contact about the Compact Scheme?
  • Please contact the Compact Scheme team on 020 8417 3648 or email us at

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