The AKC Programme is open to all students and staff at King's. The AKC runs alongside your degree programme and normally takes three years to complete. Undergraduate students, postgraduate research students, and staff members are expected to complete three years of the AKC course in order to qualify for the award.
However special arrangements pertain to various one and two-year programmes:
One-year postgraduate students are eligible to complete the AKC in two years by undertaking a second year via distance learning. These students will be contacted at the end of their first AKC year with details of how to enrol. The second year of the AKC remains free of charge.
Students taking postgraduate taught courses part-time are also entitled to complete the AKC programme in two years, alongside their main degree programme.
Students who will spend only two years of their full degree course at King's (including Law, Nursing and students taking study abroad years) are entitled to complete the AKC course in two years. Please contact the AKC office so that we can update your record to reflect this.
The AKC programme is assessed by lecture attendance. Lecture attendance is demonstrated by successfully completing a short, qualitative quiz on KEATS after each lecture.
In order to pass each semester's lecture series, students must demonstrate their attendance at four out of nine lectures per series (i.e. successfully complete the quizzes for a minimum of four out of nine lectures per semester).
In order to pass each academic year, students must meet the minimum attendance requirements for both lecture series (i.e. successfully complete the quizzes for a minimum of four lectures in Semester 1 and a minimum of four lectures in Semester 2).
Each quiz consists of two reflective questions. Students are not expected to spend more than 5-10 minutes per quiz. You are advised to write two or three sentences in response to each question.
Previous quiz questions have included:
- Describe something new you learned from this lecture?
- How important were dreams for early Islam?
- What do you find most interesting about the Book of Lamentations, drawing on this lecture?
Quizzes are released at 12 noon on Mondays (as soon as the live lecture begins) and remain open for two weeks (14 days). Quizzes will be moderated as either as pass or a fail. Moderation will take place throughout the academic year; however quiz results will not be final until they are ratified at the end of the academic year.
Guidance on completing quiz questions is available on the AKC KEATS area.
Students who complete a minimum of eight quizzes in a Semester will receive a Dean's Commendation in recognition of their commitment to the programme. The Dean’s Commendation is awarded to students at the end of each academic year. Students are eligible to gain a Commendation for both semesters providing they meet the requirements. Please note that you must gain a pass for the academic year overall in order to be awarded a Dean’s Commendation.
Optional essay competition
Students who wish to explore an AKC series in more depth are invited to write an essay at the end of the series. Essay questions will be released at the end of each term, and the best essays in each Faculty will receive an AKC prize. Students who enter the essay competition may also receive a Dean's Commendation in recognition of their commitment to the AKC programme.
Catch-up weeks and mitigating circumstances
The AKC runs a catch-up week at the end of each semester. These catch-up weeks are open to all students. We also run a final catch-up week, which runs at the end of the year. The final catch-up week is open to students who have appropriate mitigating circumstances.
If you wish to apply for the final catch-up, please contact us at the end of the second semester to apply for mitigation. Supporting evidence (e.g. a doctor's note or letter from a personal tutor) will be required.
If you require additional support due to your circumstances, please contact the AKC Office as soon as possible.