Plans for the next academic year
Updated: 19 August 2020
We will be open and ready to teach our new and returning students at the start of the next academic year in September and October 2020 as scheduled.
We know that the COVID-19 pandemic is causing uncertainty for everyone and we have shaped our plans so we can be ready to teach despite anticipated safe-distancing and international travel measures. With the health and wellbeing of our community and staff and students our absolute priority, our campus will be open with safety measures in place - informed by our leading researchers and academics and based on the latest UK government guidance.
We will offer a combination of some on-campus teaching and learning with online delivery, to ensure that our students can access the high-quality King’s education that is highly respected by employers around the globe, as well as an enriching university experience. You can read the full article here.
Please keep checking our Q&A pages for the latest information.
Returning next year
Will the new academic year start as scheduled?
We are planning for the 2020/21 academic year to start as scheduled and putting detailed arrangements in place to protect the health and wellbeing of our students and staff in line with UK Government guidance. We are looking forward to welcoming students onto our campuses. The numbers of students able to be on campus at any one time will be governed by the safe distancing guidelines and we are planning for a combination of campus-based and online teaching and digital services to ensure that all our students can receive the highest quality education, no matter what their circumstances are.
Through our planning our intention is to prioritise some small group teaching activity such as seminars, group teaching, supervisions, laboratory sessions and other practical elements of programmes to be delivered on campus, whilst respecting safe distancing guidelines. Large teaching events such as lectures will be delivered online for at least the first semester.
Should I travel to London for the start of my programme?
Wherever possible, we expect you to travel to London, to register at King’s in time for the start of your programme.
For those of you able to join us in London, we will be offering a combination of small group on-campus teaching and learning with online delivery through enhanced use of technology. The numbers of students able to be on campus at any one time will be governed by the safe distancing guidelines. Our intention is to prioritise small group teaching activity such as seminars, group teaching, supervisions, laboratory sessions and other practical elements of programmes to be delivered on campus, whilst respecting safe distancing guidelines. We will apply the same principles to other aspects of your campus experience, such as access to support services and advice.
If you are unable to travel - for example due to travel restrictions, visa delays or health conditions that make you vulnerable – you will still be able to access high-quality education and support online, throughout the first semester.
Campus and teaching
Will there be modules to help support and familiarise students with online learning?
Resources and support will be made available to students to support those aspects of their learning that will be undertaken online. This will be available as part of induction and re-induction programmes. The KEATS Learning Support page will form part of these resources.
Guidance on staying safe online is now available.
How will I engage with academics and my tutor in the new academic year?
We know that regular interaction, and discussion with our expert teaching staff, with individual support, is central to your experience and this will continue to be at the heart of our educational provision across all activities, however teaching is delivered.
How are you ensuring the quality of teaching is consistent in every programme/module?
We are supporting all departments and faculties in developing their plans for education in the coming year, and supporting academic colleagues to adapt programmes and modules so that they can be delivered flexibly. King's has significant experience in online and digital education, and we are drawing on all of that expertise to ensure we maintain the high quality of teaching and learning.
Will placement learning, including in clinical settings, go ahead in 2020/21?
We are working with our partners on the mechanisms and timing of placement learning. There may be some changes to the timing of this learning from how your programme was originally structured, depending on partner requirements and UK government guidance. Your department will confirm arrangements with you as plans for the new academic year are developed. In all cases, you will be supported to achieve the outcomes for the programme.
How will students be supported to make the most of online learning?
Free LinkedIn Learning access
All students have free access to LinkedIn Learning which is an online training library with thousands of high-quality, current and engaging video tutorials. Using LinkedIn Learning’s expert-led videos, you can access courses covering a huge range of business skills, software skills and wider creative skills, to help support online learning. Students do not need to have or set up a LinkedIn account to access LinkedIn Learning. Please use this link to log in using your King’s email and password. Email firstname.lastname@example.org if you need any support.
Student digital capabilities programme
We are currently developing an online digital capabilities programme for students. This programme will be ready for the new 20/21 academic year and all students will get the opportunity to join the programme. Please contact email@example.com if you have any questions about this programme.
- Ensure all King’s students are proficient in using IT systems to support their academic development.
- Ensure students are aware of key services, systems and processes that are available to support their academic, professional and personal development.
- Ensure students feel confident in using technology to support their learning and development throughout their time at King’s.
- Ensure all King’s students are digitally literate to meet employability requirement.
- Raise awareness about the importance of digital capabilities and ensure students can reflect on their digital capabilities throughout their study.
King’s has a range of technologies which can help you engage with your studies online. More information is available here.
If my lectures are online does this mean I will not have any on-campus teaching?
We will be offering a combination of small group on-campus teaching and learning with online delivery through enhanced use of technology. The numbers of students able to be on campus at any one time will be governed by the safe distancing guidelines. Our intention is to prioritise small group teaching activity such as seminars, group teaching, supervisions, laboratory sessions and other practical elements of programmes to be delivered on campus, whilst respecting safe distancing guidelines.
Technical support for online study
If you need technical support or access to equipment to enable you to study online, please see Student Services Online for guidance or contact IT on firstname.lastname@example.org.
Fees and funding
Will it be possible to pay fees in multiple instalments?
We recognise that a commitment to higher education study is a significant one. One aspect of this is arranging to pay your college fees and we recognise that the current economic environment may make this more challenging for students and their families. King’s is committed to supporting our students through such difficulties, including when you encounter more personal financial challenges.
For the 2020-21 academic year, in line with current practice, students who encounter difficulties in meeting fee due dates can seek out further advice and flexibility from Credit Control. We remind all current and future students that payments can be made at any time to smooth the cost out throughout the academic year so long as key payment milestones are met. This can mean making more frequent payments towards the cost of tuition. Students who encounter further challenges should contact us for help and advice.
Can I still apply for Student Finance for the 2020-21 academic year?
New and existing students in England and Wales can continue to apply for Student Finance.
Student Finance England has advised that there may be delays to processing 2020-21 applications due to the impact of Coronavirus, so it is important to apply as early as possible.
Apply for Student Finance online.
What should I do if I have financial difficulties?
If you have been directly affected financially by the ongoing COVID-19 crisis, you may be able to receive further financial support by submitting a King’s Financial Aid application.
Applications will be considered for help with financial costs in one of 5 categories:
- Financial Hardship directly related to COVID-19
- Visa / Exceptional Costs
- Vulnerable Students / Students of Concern
- Electives/Field Trips/Placements (industrial / study)
- Erasmus Placements
If you are experiencing financial difficulty, but your situation has not directly arisen due to the effects of the COVID-19 crisis, then we would encourage you to apply to one of our standard hardship funds and to seek advice from our Advice & Guidance team. If you are unsure which application to complete please see our guide.
I am experiencing financial difficulties as a result of COVID-19, what should I do if I am unable to pay my tuition fees?
If your income has reduced or you are worried about your financial security during the COVID-19 outbreak and feel that you are unable to keep up with your financial commitments to the university, you should contact Credit Control and complete this form.
If you are experiencing broader financial difficulties as a result of COVID-19, and are worried about other financial commitments, Advice & Guidance can help you to assess your eligibility for funding or welfare replacement benefits, and evaluate how you can pay your bills in these ever changing circumstances.
Will I still receive my NHS bursary payments?
All NHS bursary payments will continue to be paid as normal.
What bursaries and scholarships are available and how can I apply?
Information on bursaries and scholarships can be found on our website.
For undergraduates - www.kcl.ac.uk/study/undergraduate/fees-and-funding/student-funding/scholarships-and-bursaries
For postgraduate - www.kcl.ac.uk/study/postgraduate/fees-and-funding/student-funding
Are you able to confirm my student status for the TFL 18+ Student Oyster Photocard Scheme?
The Student Funding Office will be able to confirm your student status for the TFL 18+ Student Oyster Photocard scheme. Applications cannot be approved until your first day of term, and we will only be able to approve applications for students who have fully completed registration. Students on part-time courses are not generally eligible, and should see our website for more information.
Can I defer my place and when is the deadline?
We hope this will not be necessary as the academic year will start as scheduled. If you are considering a deferral request an early discussion with your personal tutor or programme or department director of studies is advised. Programmes may not be able to accept deferral requests and it is important to consider and discuss the full range of factors, including any implications for meeting professional body requirements where they are relevant to your programme.
All requests for deferrals will be considered after the 15 July on a case by case basis and at the discretion of your programme. Where programmes accept deferrals the conditions may be different including the tuition fee.
If your deferral request has already been approved this will be honoured.
Read our advice about accommodation.