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Undergraduate admissions policy

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King’s Admissions Office is committed to the principles of our Fair Admissions Policy and to providing useful information to help you plan your application. We also want to help you understand our selection process and try and anticipate some of the questions you may have.

On this page you will find links to a variety of useful information about the application process, policies and general guidance.

Download our Fair Admissions Policy (undergraduate entry) (PDF)

Undergraduate admissions policies and procedures

Appeals and Feedback (unsuccessful applicants)

Admission to a large majority of King's courses is highly competitive, and this means that unfortunately a large number of applicants - even those who meet or exceed the minimum entry requirements for consideration - will regrettably be unsuccessful each year.

King's is committed to providing individual feedback to applicants who receive an unsuccessful decision. Initial feedback will be provided with any unsuccessful decision, but more individual feedback is available on request

Appeals

The university operates a clear and robust admissions appeals process. View a copy of the Admissions Appeals Procedure (PDF). Unsuccessful applicants who feel that they have grounds to make an appeal as outlined in the Admissions Appeal Procedure and would like to contest the decision on their application must complete the online Admissions Appeal Form.

Feedback

If you feel that you have met the minimum entry requirements for your application to be considered, but have not been offered a place on a competitive course, you are strongly encouraged to request feedback in the first instance. This will help you to better understand our decision. All requests for feedback should be made in writing within one month of the admissions decision being made, through your King's Apply account. This request for feedback is not considered as part of an official appeal, which is considered through a separate process.

Aptitude tests

See our entry requirements webpage for information about which courses require aptitude tests to be taken in addition to other requirements.

Detailed guidance as to how each test is used in the selection process will be available in the online prospectus for specific courses.

Complaints

King's College London is committed to providing high quality and responsive services to all applicants as they make an application to study at the university. However, it is recognised that there may be occasions where applicants feel that the university has not met the high standards that it sets itself.

The Admissions Complaints Procedure (Word) explains how applicants to King’s can make a complaint regarding the level of service received from the university in the application process. If you wish to submit a formal First Stage Complaint, please use the official Admissions Complaints Form (Word) and return to admissions.confidential@kcl.ac.uk within 10 working days of the incident in question. 

Note: This procedure is not for applicants wishing to appeal a decision or those who are seeking feedback on an application. Information on feedback and appeals can be found further down this page.

Confirmation and Adjustment

In August each year we will provide detailed information for those undergraduate applicants awaiting their exam results on our website.

UCAS applicants can find out more about confirmation, adjustment and clearing at www.ucas.com

Contextualised admissions

King’s currently receives from UCAS a number of pieces of socio-economic, and school performance data which may be used as part of the holistic assessment of a student’s future potential to succeed at King’s. Care-leaver status will also be taken into consideration.

For some courses, such as the Extended Medical Degree Programme, contextual information will be used extensively both in the admissions process and in offer making. 

For further details, please see our Fair Admissions Policy (Undergraduate) (PDF).

Data protection

The Admissions Office will treat all personal data in accordance with King's Data Protection Policy. We will only communicate directly with the applicant (or designated Agent) and not with your teacher, parents or guardians unless we have specific written permission from you that we may do so.

If you are applying for an undergraduate course through UCAS for undergraduate entry, there will be an opportunity in the application process for you to name another person who can then act on your behalf and speak directly to the College if required. This may be a parent, teacher, or other adult.

To help us in protecting your data, please ensure that when contacting the Admissions Office you do so through your King's Apply account wherever possible. If you contact us by telephone, please be ready to answer some security questions. 

Deferred entry / military service deferrals

Deferred entry / gap years

King’s is happy to consider you if you wish to take a year out to gain some specific experience, earn funds in preparation for your studies or generally broaden your interests. We suggest that you apply in the final year of secondary or further education, indicating in your UCAS application that you will be deferring entry and outlining your general plans in your personal statement. You are also welcome to apply to King’s towards the beginning of your gap year after completing your qualifications.

Military service deferrals

A deferral of two academic years will usually only be considered if an applicant is completing compulsory national or military service which exceeds 12 months. Applicants will need to provide evidence that they will be undertaking compulsory service along with their deferral request, and all requests should be made via King’s Apply

General guidance on deferrals

  • In rare circumstances King’s programmes may become unavailable, or change name or content from year to year. If you have a deferred offer and such changes occur King’s will contact you to make you aware as soon as possible through King’s Apply, and discuss any options for you.

  • We are unable to defer conditional offers. All conditions must be met before we can defer your place.

  • If you have been awarded funding or a scholarship for a specific academic year there is no guarantee that  that same funding will be available if you defer, and you may have to re-apply for the academic year in which you intend to join. Please check the information on your funding award or scholarship carefully, and contact the Student Funding Team if you are unsure.

  •  If you require a visa to study, please note that your CAS and visa is assigned to a specific start date and programme. If you change your start date you may have to apply for a new CAS or visa in the year that you wish to study.

  • Your fee status is assessed at the time of application based on the information you have provided to date, and takes into consideration a specific start date. If you defer your programme start date, be aware that this could affect your fee status (which determines your eligibility for lower tuition fees and access to student finance support). The Admissions Office reserves the right to re-assess your status for your deferred start date.

  • If English is not your first language we may have asked you for to take a English language test. Please note that these are only eligible for two years. If a deferral would make your English language test out of date, we reserve the right to amend your offer to a conditional offer based on demonstrating your current proficiency with a new test. Please see our English language requirements page for further information.

  • If you have applied for King’s accommodation or made arrangements for disability or dyslexia support, you may need to re-apply or update your arrangements for your new start date. Please contact the relevant service for further information.

Deposits

If you have received an offer for an undergraduate degree course, you will only be asked for a deposit if you are:

  • Overseas (International) fee-paying student

AND

  • only once you hold an unconditional firm offer

You will be sent details of deadlines, terms and conditions, and methods of payment in a message via the King's Apply portal.

English language requirements

If English is not your first language, please see our Undergraduate English Language requirements.

Equality and diversity

Information on College-wide Equality & Diversity policies at King's for staff & students is available from our Equality & Diversity Unit.

You may also wish to read our Fair Admissions policy (PDF), and specific information for applicants at the bottom of this page.

You can also find out more about the work of our Widening Participation team.

Exam results and re-marks

King’s understands that students and schools will want to challenge the grades awarded for one or more qualifications where this seems not to match the student’s potential and performance during the relevant examination(s). While Awarding Bodies often work to expedite the process for reviewing grades and issuing re-marks, this can take a little time and mean students are unable to meet the offer conditions by the deadline specified in their offer letter from King’s.

If you have not met the terms of your offer, but are requesting a re-mark of one or more of your qualifications, we ask that you get in touch with us via King’s Apply to confirm this as soon as possible.

Wherever we can, we will hold your place until 31 August, and you will be entitled to enrol on the programme if your re-marks mean you meet the offer conditions by this date. In some cases, such as Medicine (where the number of students we can enrol is strictly limited), we may not be able to offer you a place for direct entry even if you receive a re-mark by 31 August – in which case we will generally offer you a place for deferred entry in the next academic year. If you do not receive your re-marks until after 31 August, please get in touch with us as soon as you can to discuss your options – we will still try to accommodate your offer if possible, and would normally offer a place for deferred entry if we are unable to enrol you this year.

Fee status assessment

The College charges two different levels of tuition fees for our undergraduate degree courses. You will often see a ‘Home’ (or ‘Home/EU’) fee which is lower than the ‘Overseas’ fee.

This is due to the way higher education is funded in England. Your fee status may also affect your eligibility for certain funding or scholarships, and sometimes for a particular course (usually where linked to National Health Service funding/places).

For further guidance see our Fee Status guidelines.

Fee status reassessment for applicants

As regulations regarding fee status can be quite complex, King's does not undertake fee status assessments before receiving a formal application for admission. However when you apply, your application form will ask you for certain information which will help us undertake an initial assessment, such as your nationality, permanent address and your education history.

If current applicants would like to query their fee status, they should do so by contacting the Admissions Office using the King's Apply portal. Messages and documents must be communicated through the portal in order for us to keep an accurate record of your correspondence.

Please ensure that all fee status queries are resolved before accepting an offer, paying any deposit, or enrolling on the course, as there are only a very few circumstances where your fee status can change during your course of study.

Fee status reassessment for enrolled students

The Admissions Office recognises that there may be circumstances where fee status decisions may require review following enrolment, for example if a student’s immigration status changes after they enrol.

There are strict criteria surrounding the procedure for contesting fee status following enrolment which can be found in our policy document.

If current students feel that they meet the criteria outlined and would like to contest their fee status, they must complete the Fee Status Review Form and submit this, along with scans of supporting evidence to feestatusreview@kcl.ac.uk

Interviews

Some of our courses require students to attend an interview in order to assess qualities which might be harder to assess from your application form (or perhaps where an applicant is offering non-traditional qualifications). Please note that if a course uses interviews as part of their selection process, this does not mean that all applicants will be asked to attend an interview.

Invited to interview?

If you are invited to an interview you will be provided with further details about the expected interview format and guidance of when and where to report to. Please feel free to contact the Admissions Office through King's Apply if you have any concerns or questions in advance of the interview.

In particular, once you are aware of arrangements, it's important to contact the Admissions Office if you feel you will need reasonable adjustments to be made to enable you to visit the campus and/or participate in the interview or selection process: the sooner you can provide this information, the more time the Admissions Office has to make arrangements.  

Fair interviews

The exact format, content and assessment of interviews will depend on your programme, and details will be provided in your invitation. However be assured that all interviews are underpinned by our Admissions Interview Policy.

Mitigating circumstances

In our mitigating circumstances pages you can find details of:

  • how the Admissions Office considers mitigating circumstances in the application process

and

  • how to notify King's of any mitigating circumstances affecting your studies, examinations, or other assessment (related to your admission)

Plagiarism in applications

It is important that any personal statement, research proposal, or other written materials submitted as part of an application are your own work, and King's may use similarity detection software to evaluate the originality of a piece of work.

Where applicants are applying through UCAS Undergraduate 'Apply' please note that UCAS informs all applicants of the importance of originality in Personal Statements and that they deploy similarity detection software on all statements submitted with an application. A copy of this guidance can be found on the UCAS website.

UCAS will notify King's of any personal statements deemed to have a level of similarity worthy of investigation.

If the College is considering making the applicant an offer, or inviting the applicant to an interview or selection day, we will not continue this action until we have investigated the validity of the personal statement further and contacting the applicant through King's Apply.

Regulations

Please visit the King's College London's Regulations pages for more details, including a Student A-Z guide to Regulations.

Re-sits

Work experience

Specific guidance for...

Applicants with children

The Student Advice team has prepared some practical and financial tips for student parents, including childcare guidance which we hope will be useful when planning your future studies. You can also follow our King's Student Parents community on Twitter @KingsParents 

Care-leavers

We strongly advise all care-experienced applicants to disclose this on their UCAS application form. This will not have a negative impact on your application and will allow admissions staff to take your full circumstances into consideration.

We also advise teachers to ensure this information is included in their student’s reference. It is helpful if this can inform universities of how long and how recently you were in care.

UCAS have put together a useful video explaining how to disclose your care experience on the application form, as well as the benefits of doing so.

For further details of King’s additional consideration and support for care-experienced applicants, we strongly recommend you read our Care Leavers information in full.

Applicants with a disability or specific learning difference

See our advice for disabled applicants.

Applicants with a criminal conviction or caution

King's does not consider any previous criminal convictions or cautions during the academic assessment of your application. However, we do have a duty to safeguard the university community, including any vulnerable persons who may come into contact with our students. Due to GDPR considerations and recent changes to our processes we are currently reviewing our guidance and policies. In the meantime you may find our Criminal Conviction policy from our 2018 cycle useful.

Please note that some of our courses require an enhanced criminal conviction check (through the Disclosure & Barring Service): you can check the course you're interested in requires a DBS check by looking in our online prospectus, seeing our policy document (see link above), or contacting the Admissions Office.Contact us

For our courses which do not require an enhanced criminal conviction check you will be asked to declare any unspent, relevant convictions or cautions once you have received an offer to study here at King’s.

Mature students

Advice: Our Student Advice team has provided further guidance about studying as a mature student.

Applications: Applicants with relevant work/life experience should apply through UCAS (who have specific guidance here) Your application is considered on its own merits with relevant experience considered in place of formal qualifications where appropriate. However please note that many courses do require previous study and demonstrable high attainment in certain subject areas. We suggest that you contact the Admissions Office before applying with details of your academic background and appropriate experience.

  • Tip: If you are thinking of taking further qualifications with a view to applying in the future, you may want to consider Access to HE diplomas (where suitable) or ask the Admissions Office for advice.

  • Read more on on our Widening Participation pages.

Applicants who will be under 18 years old at the start of their course

King’s does not operate a minimum age requirement for the large majority of our courses, but applicants must be able to demonstrate the maturity and personal skills, as well as academic, in order to succeed on a university level course and benefit from a university education.

Offer holders who will be under 18 at the start of your course may be required – as a condition of your offer - to engage with the College before starting your course, to ensure appropriate arrangements are in place to support your time on campus.

There may however be age requirements on a number of our professional health courses (such as Nursing , Midwifery and Medicine) due to the clinical placements they contain. Applicants who would be under 18 at the start of these courses are encouraged to contact the Admissions Office for guidance.

Parent or Legal Guardian Agreement to Study U18 Form

Applicants who identify as trans/transgender

Applicants who identify as trans may wish to be aware of this guidance on support and policies at King's:

In addition we know that some trans identifying applicants may have questions relating to how their gender and/or name or title is recorded and used specifically during the admissions process. We are preparing FAQs for applicants as King's undergoes a consultation on the support available to our Trans community. In the meantime if you would like further confidential guidance please feel free to contact the Admissions Manager (Operations) at admissions.confidential@kcl.ac.uk in the first instance.

Applicants with a refugee or asylum-seeker background

We are preparing further guidance in this area, but in the meantime, please let us know if you have questions about any of the following:

If you have any questions which aren’t answered here or in our online prospectus, please see our FAQs or feel free to contact the Admissions Office for further assistance. 


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