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Head Start Summer School

As well as feeling excited at the prospect of starting university, you may also be a little apprehensive about what lies ahead. Our Head Start Summer School is designed to help prepare you for life as an undergraduate student. This three-day event is completely free of charge and includes the chance to stay in our halls.

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When does Head Start take place?

Head Start is delivered twice in the summer to allow all applicants the best possible opportunity to attend. You only need to attend one event from the dates listed below:

  • Wednesday 25, Thursday 26 and Friday 27 July 2018 – Kingston Hill – bookings are now closed
  • Wednesday 8, Thursday 9 and Friday 10 August 2018 – Penrhyn Road – bookings are now closed

Attendees are offered two or three nights' free accommodation in our Seething Wells halls of residence, although some students can attend as day delegates. In order to stay in the halls of residence you must be 18 years old or older.

Book your place

Bookings for Head Start 2018 have now closed but you can still build your confidence and feel prepared for starting at Kingston University by attending one of our Head Start Express events.

Complete the form to book your place.

If you have any questions or queries about the Head Start events, please see our Head Start and Accommodation FAQs.

Programme

Download the Head Start 2018 programme (PDF) for an idea of what to expect.

What will happen at Head Start 2018?

Here's just a taste of what will happen at Head Start 2018. For more information you can visit our frequently answered questions.

  • Campus tours.
  • Evening socials and a prize giving.
  • Meet current students and make new friends.
  • Question Time panel with key groups from the University (including Accommodation, Student Life and Health and Wellbeing teams).
  • Faculty introductions.
  • Advice sessions on managing budgets and finding part-time work.
  • Advice sessions on how to get involved in university clubs and societies.
  • A workshop for mature learners, disability and dyslexia support.
  • Learn about our learning resources centres (LRCs).

What attendees said about Head Start 2017

  •  "Fantastic. Perfect, informative and great fun! Thank you!" Sociology student, 19.
  • "It was a fantastic way of getting me ready for life at university, especially sign-posting me to various help and support. Everyone was kind and helpful, thanks." Adult Nursing, student, 37.
  • "Brilliant programme. On the ball and covers most, if not all, aspects of what to expect form university." Business student, 40.
  • "The student ambassadors were so helpful and approachable. They were so friendly which made talking to them a lot easier. They were very eager to help." Maths student, 19.
  • "Head Start was an amazing experience. It made my confidence level go up and I cant wait to start university at Kingston." Criminology student, 18.
  • "Thank you for such a fabulous opportunity and for making the transition so much easier!" Children's Nursing student, 18.
  • "It has been such a helpful and wonderful experience, making everyone feel so prepared for uni!" Dance student, 18.
  • "I love the warmth, encouragement, smiles, enthusiasm and information at hand to make my university life a success." Adult Nursing student, 37.
  • "I love it and was so glad I was made aware of the Compact Scheme at the open day so I could follow this through to Head Start." Accountancy and Finance student, 57.

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Head Start Summer School frequently asked questions

  • What are the benefits of attending the Head Start Summer School?
  • The Head Start Summer School 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 the Head Start Summer School.
    • 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 and how to find your way around.
    • Get top tips on surviving your first semester and adjusting to university life.
    • Feel more confidence about starting in September.
    • Receive guidance on study skills and get an idea of what's expected of you academically.
    • Have the chance to stay in one of the University's halls of residence free of charge (residential option only).

    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 the Head Start Summer School take place?
    • Wednesday 25, Thursday 26 and Friday 27 July 2018 - Kingston Hill,/li>
    • Wednesday 8, Thursday 9 and Friday 10 August 2018 - Penrhyn Road
    • Residential option: For students who are unable to commute to Head Start each day we will be offering two free nights' accommodation in our Seething Wells halls of residence. Places for these rooms are limited and will be allocated on a first-come first-served basis and are dependent on the distance you live from the University.

      If you are travelling a long distance we have a small number of rooms available for the night before each event please indicate on the booking form if you would like to be considered for a room. There is no cost to stay in accommodation, providing you stay for the full three days of the event. If you do not stay for the duration of the event you may be charged for your accommodation. Please note you must be 18 or older to stay in the halls of residence.

       

  • Do I have to attend?
  • No, it is an optional event however we do advise that you do attend as previous Compact Scheme students have found the event very valuable.

  • Will I be able to meet current students?
  • Yes, there will be a number of student ambassadors helping run the event. The students who will be helping run the event 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.

  • How many people will be there?
  • There are a total of 300 places available on the Head Start Summer School, 150 places at each event.

  • How will I get there?
    • Kingston Hill: Find out how to get to Kingston Hill.
    • Penrhyn Road: Find out how to get to Penrhyn Road.
    • On your arrival: When you arrive at the campus, follow the registration signs.We'll then ask you for a few brief details and give you all the information you need to make the most of your visit

  • How much does it cost?
  • The Head Start Summer School is completely free to attend. Breakfast, lunch and dinner (dinner is only provided for those taking part in the evening programmes) will be provided. The only money you may need is to purchase additional food and drink during the event and any spending money for the evening social events.

    For those who will be staying in halls of residence your accommodation will be paid for by the University, providing you stay for the full three days of the event. If you do not stay for the duration of the event you may be charged for your accommodation.

     

  • What will I need to bring?
  • Only yourself! If you are staying in halls of residence then you will need to bring clothes and toiletries.

  • Is the Head Start Summer School for mature students?
  • We recognise the importance of supporting mature students through the transition to university and invite you to attend Head Start. There will be information and guidance sessions at this event specifically targeted towards mature students.

  • How do I book my place?
  • To book a place you will need to be holding a firm offer with us and you also need to be registered for the Compact Scheme.

    Important: if you book your place on our Head Start Summer School and reserve accommodation you must inform us in writing five days prior to the event if you decide you would no longer like to attend and/or stay in accommodation. Failure to do so may result in you being charged for your room.

Information for those staying in accommodation

  • Do I need to bring anything?
  • You will need to bring clothes, toiletries and a towel; you do not need to bring bedding as this will be provided.

  • Where will I be staying?
  • You will be staying in our Seething Wells halls of residence.

  • How much will it cost?
  • The cost of you stay in the halls of residence is covered by the University, providing you stay for the full three days of the event. If you do not stay for the duration of the event you may be charged for your accommodation.

  • Will I have my own room?
  • Yes, you will have your own room. However, the halls will be a mix of female and male.

  • What if I live locally, can I still stay over?
  • We only have a limited number of rooms available; priority will be given to those who live more than 20 miles away initially.

Contact us

Kelly Barnett
Access and transitional programmes manager
Tel: +44 (0)20 8417 3630
Email us

Contact us

Kelly Barnett
Access and transitional programmes manager
Tel: +44 (0)20 8417 3630
Email us

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What our students say...

Compact Scheme student Irum

I would recommend the Compact Scheme and Head Start to all the students joining Kingston as it's an amazing experience and clears any doubts you may have about the University or your chosen career path. The fact that you have been to the University before you start (through attending Head Start) comforts you and gives you that extra self-assurance to start your life at Kingston University.

Irum, Human Nutrition

Contact us

Kelly Barnett
Access and transitional programmes manager
Tel: +44 (0)20 8417 3630
Email us

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