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Wherever you are in the world our commitment to providing you the very highest quality education is as strong as ever. We look forward to meeting you and welcoming you to our global community.

We understand that you will have questions about the university’s plans for the start of the 2020/21 academic year.  Our primary focus is for your health and welfare and the health of those who are close to you and our wider community. We have provided some guidance below and we will continue to update this page as the situation evolves. 


 

September start date

We are planning for the 2020/21 academic year to start in September, but we recognise we must be prepared to respond to measures to protect the health and wellbeing of our community and that travel may not be advisable for some students. Like all other universities, we are actively planning for campus-based teaching as well as the possibility of online teaching and digital services to ensure that all our students can receive the highest quality education, no matter what the circumstances. We will continue to update you on arrangements and any next steps as our plans develop in line with UK Government advice. Please keep checking our webpages for updates.

Ensuring the health and wellbeing of our community of students and staff is paramount. When we open our campuses in line with UK Government policy, guidance and advice, we will put in place appropriate measures to protect your health and wellbeing.

Given the uncertainty in light of the COVID 19 pandemic, we are actively planning to provide options to support students who cannot attend in attend in-person classes.

We are monitoring the evolving situation very closely and will continue to update you as our plans develop in line with UK Government guidance. Look out for emails from us and keep checking these pages for the latest information.

 

Application process

We are still accepting applications for courses that have remaining spaces available. We recommend that you submit your application as soon as possible. For more information about your course of interest, please visit the online prospectus.

We are continuing to process all applications as we would normally regardless of where you are from or live. The current exception to this is the Elective Short Courses, more information can be found on our website.

Our Admissions teams are working hard to process applications as soon as possible and whilst we endeavour to continue to do so as per our standard timeframes, application decisions may be delayed as the Admissions Office is currently working remotely and at a reduced capacity during this time.

Due to the increase in messages we are receiving, it can currently take between 2 to 3 weeks for you to receive a response to your message.

We are grateful for your continued patience during this time.

We are aware that the Foreign & Commonwealth Office (FCO) are currently not accepting new ATAS applications but will process any applications that were submitted before Monday 6 April. We will update this page as soon as we know they have re-opened the scheme. To keep up to date, please check the FCO's ATAS webpage.

Some of our courses will require offer holders to obtain ATAS clearance. Your offer letter will include details of how to apply for ATAS if you are required to obtain ATAS clearance.

King’s Admissions Office is currently working remotely and at a reduced capacity.

If you have additional questions about your existing application, please contact us via the admissions portal. Please note, due to the increase in messages we are receiving, there are delays in responding to messages and it can take between 2 to 3 weeks for you to receive a response. We apologise for any inconvenience caused and we will respond as soon as we can. We are grateful for your continued patience during this time.

If you have not yet applied, please use Student Services Online.

PGR students

We are planning for the 2020/21 academic year to start in October. We also have two further intakes, February and June, open for applications.

Further notes for October entry

We recognise we must be prepared to respond to measures to protect the health and wellbeing of our community and that travel may not be advisable for some students. Like all other universities, we are actively planning for some campus-based teaching as well as the possibility of online teaching and digital services to ensure that all our students can receive the highest quality education, no matter what the circumstances.

Please ensure you discuss with your supervisor if is feasible for you to be onsite from October, or whether arriving on campus at a later date is advisable. We will continue to update you on arrangements and any next steps as our plans develop in line with UK Government advice.

If, having discussed the situation with your supervisor, you decide to come to the UK in January 2021, you will only need to apply for a Tier 4 visa in late 2020 so that you have your visa in time to travel to the UK. This change should not cause any problem with your visa application.

Your Confirmation of Acceptance for Studies (CAS) is valid for 6 months and so you should still be able to use it before the end of 2020 for your visa application, although you might require it to be updated with your intended arrival date in the UK. We will have a process to amend start dates on your CAS by October 2020, but to find out more on CAS updates visit our article How can I change information in my CAS?

 

English language requirements

Yes, you can apply to King's and submit your English language test results afterwards. If you were to receive an offer before taking a test, this will be conditional on you meeting the course requirement. You can see our English language requirements here for undergraduate and postgraduate courses.

The university's standard deadline for offer holders to meet any academic or English language offer conditions usually falls the month before the start of your course. If you are an offer holder, please refer to your offer letter on King's Apply for the specific dates for your course as this may differ.

Please keep reviewing this page as we will provide guidance on how to proceed when we have further information. We are continuing to monitor the situation and we will provide updates here as and when they become available.

If you have not received your English test report/certificate from IELTS or TOEFL, please send a message on King's Apply. You will need to provide some details of the test so that we can verify your results on the English test providers' webpages.

For all tests, please upload a scan of your passport clearly showing your photograph, the date you took the test and your obtained scores. In addition, you will need to provide the below details for these specific tests

- IELTS (Academic): provide your Test Report Form (TRF) number

- TOEFL iBT: Appointment Number/Registration Number

We do accept other tests to meet the English language requirements so do send in test details so that we can see if these can be verified. If we are unable to verify the results with the details you provide, we will contact you to obtain a scan of the certificate.

 

Required documents or experience

We understand that you may not be able to provide all the documents that we usually require to assess your application, such as official transcripts or references, at this time.

If you cannot provide the requested information within the timeframe, we aim to be as flexible as possible so if you need more time, please let us know by contacting us on King's Apply and we will advise you further.

Please note: If you are still studying, we will accept scans and screenshots of unofficial interim transcripts/record of current results for us to continue processing your application. In the event you receive an offer to study with us, upon completion of your current study, we will require official evidence of you successfully meeting the requirement and achieving the qualification.

We would normally expect that you will have undertaken some work experience in a caring environment and/or observation in a medical clinical setting, which may not be possible given the current situation. If this is not possible, we will look for evidence that you have worked in a setting where you can interact with the general public or for any evidence of working successfully within a team. We look for applicants who have participated as fully as possible in school or college life, making the most of the opportunities available to them and also demonstrated some experience of society beyond their immediate environment.

 

Offer acceptance deadline

For the majority of our September programmes, our first acceptance deadline for offers made before the end of March is 30 April 2020. After the end of March, our standard acceptance deadline is a month from the offer date.

Given the current circumstances, we have extended the acceptance/deposit deadline to Tuesday 30 June 2020 for the offer holders on these programmes who have yet to respond to their offer. From the beginning of June, we will be returning to the standard acceptance deadlines which is below:

- If you receive an offer between 1 June and 30 June 2020, payment is due within one month.

- If you receive an offer between 1 July 2020 and 31 July 2020, payment is due within two weeks.

- If you receive an offer on or after 1st August, payment is due within one week.

- If you receive an offer in late August, payment is due within 2 days.

We will update this information if our expected timeframes for our standard acceptance deadlines change.

All offer holders can see their current acceptance deadline on their 'Your Offer' tab.

 

Events and visiting King's

We know many of you were signed up to visit King’s and to attend a range of events over the coming months. Following Public Health England guidelines, we are not currently running events on campus and have moved all our activity online. We would be delighted to connect with you online. Keep an eye out on your emails for invitations to join webinars, online chats, and to visit our webpages which will be updated with virtual campus and department tours in the coming weeks.

Here are some quick ways for you to connect with us online right now:

Email us at openday@kcl.ac.uk if you have any questions.

 

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