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Your responsibilities as a student


The College expects students to attend all scheduled teaching activities, including lectures and seminars. Attendance registers may be taken at any of these. The College has a Attendance and Engagement Policy which sets out the expectations applicable for all students. 

It is really important that you are aware that your attendance (including punctual attendance) at seminars and lectures is fundamental to you successfully obtaining your degree at King's. All programmes will expect you to engage with your studies, of which attending classes is a crucial element. Some programmes and modules may include attendance in overall module marks - you should check the relevant module description for further information. 

However, there will, of course, be times when you are unable to attend a class for a good reason. This may be due to sickness or other personal circumstances. In this instance you should immediately inform your personal tutor or your module tutor of your non-attendance in their class.  For longer absences (e.g. more than 5 days) it may be necessary to provide a medical certificate. 

For further guidance on attendance and absence that may be particular to your department, you should refer to your Departmental Student Handbook

Additional Information for Students on a Tier 4 visa

In addition for students who are subject to immigration control King’s College London has a responsibility to comply with the statutory Tier 4 sponsor licence obligations as set by the UK Visas & Immigration (UKVI). This includes a requirement to monitor the attendance and engagement of our sponsored students throughout the academic year.

Due to the specific requirements related to our Tier 4 Sponsorship licence the way in which we monitor and report on students subject to immigration control may differ to that of Home/EU students. We are required to keep a record of Tier 4 student’s attendance and report any issues of consistent non-attendance to the UKVI.

To comply with the UKVI regulations we are required to monitor the attendance and engagement of Tier 4 students at a minimum of 10 consecutive points during a rolling 12 month period. The following are examples of the types of attendance/engagement that may monitor:

  • The active and regular use of available resources by the student to support learning, which includes accessing: programme-related materials via the VLE (e.g. KEATS); lecture capture; library resources and so on;
  • Attendance at a: lesson, lecture, tutorial, seminar, examination, work or study abroad placement and so on;
  • Submitting coursework;
  • Meeting with a Supervisor or Personal Tutor;

Further information about this can be found on the internal webpages of the Visa Compliance Team.



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