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Widening Participation

Widening participation is the opening up of the university to under-represented groups. Here at King’s College London we’re committed to finding the brightest minds regardless of their background and supporting them in accessing higher education.

On these pages you can find details of the schemes and programmes we run. This information will be particularly helpful for prospective students, teachers and parents/carers. Our activities are targeted at state school students, students from less advantaged socio-economic backgrounds, students from low-participation neighbourhoods, mature learners, black and minority ethnic students, disabled students and care leavers.



Find specific support for:

Current students | Teachers & advisors | Care leavers | Estranged students | Mature students | Gypsy, Roma and Traveller students | Forced migrant students 


Widening participation is one of the eight strategic priorities for King's College London. Each year we develop an access and participation plan with the Office for Students (OFS) that sets us clear benchmarks for our progress in supporting key groups.

At King’s we believe a diverse study body enriches the education that we offer.

You can read more about all of our work in our 2019 Yearbook.



Key projects:

K+ Attainment Raising

This is an extension of our flagship K+ programme. K+ is a well-established, targeted programme giving year 12 and 13 learners a chance to experience various different aspects of university study and increase their chances of getting to a top university. K+ graduates who complete an academic assignment receive a variable offer from King’s. We have identified that students struggle to achieve top A Level grades in certain subjects. As a result we have developed a series of intensive revision sessions for K+ students so that they can meet the terms of their offer. This provides enhanced support to students who might not otherwise be able to access expensive personal tutoring.

You can find out more here.

Parent Power

In collaboration South London Citizens we have provided community organising training to parents of year 7-9 learners on our King’s Scholars programme. Parents have used these tools and techniques to campaign on issues of educational equality. They have secured funded open day visits to Oxford, Cambridge and the University of Leicester and a number of subsidised places on private summer schools. This also provides parents with the knowledge and experience to help their children make informed choices and aspire to the best possible education that is right for them. This work has been covered by the BBC and features prominently in King’s College London’s strategy for London and our commitment to Service.

King’s Advocate Award

The King’s Advocate Award is an annual widening participation training programme that enables teachers and social workers to support some of the most under-represented pupils in London to access and thrive at university. Participants achieve the award by attending training, carrying out engagement activities in the context of their roles, reflecting on their learning and sharing good practice. We also provide funding for teachers and social workers to bid for to develop activity to improve their work supporting students.

You can find out more here.


KCLWP is a long term supporter of IntoUniversity, a nation-wide education charity which promotes aspiration amongst under-represented young people. The charity works with schools and colleges to deliver a programme of workshops which are designed to encourage ambition and enhance attainment. From its local centres, IntoUniversity provides learning and homework support, as well as a mentoring scheme. Since July 2018 KCLWP has been a core funder of IntoUniversity’s Lambeth centre.

You can find out more here.




 Our activities:

Sutton Trust 

Sutton Trust Summer Schools are free, residential courses offering students a taste of university life.

Realising Opportunities

This national partnership of 15 research-intensive universities works together to promote fair access and social mobility.

King's Scholars

Our King's Scholars scheme works with students in Years 7-9 in the boroughs of Lambeth, Southwark and Westminster.

School and college visits

Our Schools and Colleges Liaison team have a number of talks and workshops available. You can find out more here

Departmental activities

Find out about the widening participation activities delivered by other academic departments at King's.


Our partners: 

The Widening Participation Department at King’s College London works in partnership with a number of organisations to meet our aims. These include:

  • The Brilliant Club
  • South London Citizens
  • Teach First
  • upReach
  • St Paul’s Way Trust School
  • Harris Federation
  • Routes into Languages
  • King’s College London Students’ Union (KCLSU)

 Click here to find out more about all of these partnerships and how they support our work.




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