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The AKC (Associateship of King’s College) is available to alumni as a Distance Learning Programme. The AKC remains unique to King’s, and therefore this opportunity is exclusive to our students and alumni. We frequently receive requests from alumni to take the AKC, and especially from those who graduated from other Colleges which later merged with King’s. The fee is just £500 per year for the 2020/1 academic year (£1,500 for the whole course), which is to cover administration costs and other expenses. In 2021/2 the fee will be fees will be £525 per academic year (£1575 in total). Please see below for details of how to apply. Places are limited to 50 participants a year, so early application is strongly encouraged. The AKC is a three-year course which students take alongside their undergraduate or postgraduate programme of study, which the Distance Learning AKC will follow. Each year consists of two units. Units are a series of lectures focusing on a particular subject area - for example, Philosophy of Religion, Ethics, Migration, Mental Health, or Art and the Sacred. The first unit is taken in the Autumn term, and the second in the Spring term. Each unit is then assessed by one essay, both of which must be completed by the Easter of that academic year. This marks an exciting development of the College’s distinctive tradition. The AKC is the original award of the College, and has been taught continuously since King’s was founded in 1829. Students who successfully complete the AKC programme are eligible for election by the Academic Board, on behalf of the College Council, as Associates of King’s College. AKC lectures are now followed by over 2000 King’s students and staff each academic year.

Applications for the Distance Learning AKC are now open. You may apply via a simple online process (details below).

If you would like to contact the AKC office, please email the AKC administrator at

How to apply for the AKC

Visit the Application Portal

Register for an account

Create a new application

Search in Programme Name for ‘AKC’

For further information on the application process, visit AKC for Alumni.

For further details on the structure of the course, including the lecture timetable and assessment, visit AKC Online.

For more information about the history, purpose and ethos of the AKC, visit our pages about starting the AKC.

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Online courses provided by King's College London, including our growing selection of free Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs).

King's Online

King's is a university led by research, and is globally renowned for its expertise in many fields. As such, we would like to reach out to as many potential students as possible, but recognise that not everyone can enrol as a full-time student.

Summer Sessions allow our expert staff within the academic departments at King's to reach out to new audiences during June and July, when the university is at it's quietest. These sessions in turn enable attendees to access cutting-edge research within those academics' particular fields of interest or occupation.

These sessions have been designed with working professionals in mind, from early career academics to business professionals. All attendees benefit from a range of networking, social and cultural activities during the course - including a welcome event and closing ceremony.

Alumni are entitled to a discount on tuition fees.

King’s alumni are entitled to a 10% discount on Executive Education programmes at King’s Business School.

Executive Education

Kogan Page online learning courses provide expert advice to help alumni get to grips with specific workplace skills. King’s alumni can claim a 20% discount.

Kogan Page

Are you looking for mentoring and career advice from professional King’s alumni? Or are you a seasoned professional eager to pass on your knowledge to the next generation? Find out more about the King's Connect mentoring programme.


You can choose one of 26 languages to study and there are six different levels, from beginner to near expert. You could find yourself learning Arabic, Hindi, Swedish, British Sign Language or Urdu, to name just a few.

You can fit in your studies around work and family commitments, with courses taking place on weekday evenings and Saturdays.

Each level is taught in three parts and you can choose a standard or intensive pathway:

The standard pathway is taught once a week in a 90 minute class for 10 weeks (Monday-Friday) The intensive pathway is taught once a week in a 180 minute class over a five week period (Wednesday and Saturday) Each part is booked separately, but if you commit to studying all three parts, you will receive an additional 30% discount.

Lessons take place across London at the Strand, Waterloo, Guy's and Denmark Hill campuses.

Modern Language Centre

Our ‘How to...’ webinars bring together expert alumni from all over the world to pass on their knowledge to you.

You can find tips from our past events on our YouTube Playlist

This ranges from How to... start a venture, grow your professional network, eat well, be well, be innovative, be creative, make good mistakes and make the world your oyster

YouTube Playlist for How to...Series

The Entrepreneurship Institute aims to develop entrepreneurial thinking, skills and experiences amongst King’s students, staff and alumni. Their hugely successful and award-winning King’s20 Accelerator is back and will soon be taking applications.

The 12-month accelerator programme supports 20 high-potential ventures a year and offers office space, mentorship and practical support worth up to £60,000. The programme runs from September 2019 to September 2020 with a demo day for 100 leading investors held in June.

The accelerator programme is worth £60,000 in cash and in-kind, and includes:

- Three month intensive accelerator based around week-long sprint challenges.

- Nine months of follow-on including investor events every two weeks.

- Seven expert mentors (growth hacker, designer, technologist, investor and two leadership coaches) available each week, as well as regular external mentors.

- Access to £130,000 grant funding.

- Regular events and connections with the Entrepreneurship Institute's network of 200+ investors.

- Desk space for up to five team members.

- Two residential trips to learn leadership skills.

- A package worth £20,000 including 12-months free accounting, £15,000 cloud credits, Facebook credits, free marketing videos.

Alumni from any year or faculty are welcome to apply with start-up ideas from any sector. The accelerator is based in King’s new Bush House building, 30 Aldywch.

Visit the King's20 website for more information, and visit the application page to apply for the 2019/20 programme. Applications open on 15 April and close at 23:59 (GMT) on 9 June.




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