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Offer holder handbook 2016

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Congratulations on your offerCongratulations on being offered a place to study at King’s College London. Ranked 19th= in the world* and located in the heart of London, King’s is where you can feel inspired and be at the forefront of innovation and discovery.

About your offer Your offer from King’s may be unconditional or conditional. Unconditional offers are only made if you have already satisfied the entry requirements for your course.

If you have received a conditional offer, this is because you have not yet completed your academic or language qualifications (p8). Your offer will only be changed to unconditional when your grades have been confirmed or you have provided official documentary evidence of satisfying the conditions of your offer. Please refer to your offer letter for the submission deadline.

Deferring your offerIf you wish to defer your offer you can contact the Admissions Office by sending a message through King’s Apply (p2). Please note that deferment is not guaranteed.

About your offer 1

Track your progress 2

Offer holder events 3

Online enrolment 4

Arriving at King’s 5

Preparing to study 6

Study resources 7

English Language Centre 8

Cutting-edge research 9

London on your doorstep 10

Invest in your future 11

Student services 12-13

Accommodation 14-17

Living costs 18

Visas 19

Students’ Union 20-21

Sports & fitness 22

Social spaces 23

Fees & funding (Home & EU students) 24-26

Fees & funding (Overseas students) 27

Funding for healthcare students 28

Bursaries & scholarships 29

Central location 30

Checklist 31

My notes 32

Important information 33

* QS World University Rankings, 2015–16

Top tip

Use King’s Apply to contact the admissions team if you have any questions about your offer or the admissions process:

apply.kcl.ac.uk

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Top tip

The dates for all offer holder events will be announced online:

www.kcl.ac.uk/futurekings

You can track your offer status through King’s Apply by visiting apply.kcl.ac.uk. You will also be able to upload supporting academic documents such as English language test results and find your King’s username and password.

International applicants will also be able to see information relating to the UK Tier 4 visa system.

If you applied through UCAS you can also track your application progress through UCAS Track.

Track your progress

At our offer holder open days, you’ll have the chance to hear from current King’s students and meet your lecturers. You and your family will also have the opportunity to spend the day exploring London and join guided tours of the campuses and accommodation.

King’s Live ChatThroughout the year King’s staff and students will also be hosting a range of live chats. Topics range from study skills and accommodation to fees and funding.

Offer holder eventsBetween now and arriving at King’s we will host a variety of events to help you explore all avenues of student life and get your questions answered.

Maughan Library, Strand CampusHodgkin Building, Guy’s Campus

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Enrolling online will help you access further information including your next steps. You will also receive your King’s email, username and password, which you can use to communicate with staff and students.

To make sure you receive your enrolment details, please keep us informed if you change your contact details, in particular your email address via King’s Apply:

apply.kcl.ac.uk

To successfully enrol on your course in September, please make sure you have completed or been officially withdrawn from all other universities or courses you applied for. You will receive further information by email along with your enrolment details.

Online enrolmentBefore arriving at King’s you will be asked to enrol online and will receive further information about this in late August, depending on your course.

Arriving at King’s

Top tip

Full-time undergraduate students aged 18 and over can apply for a Student Oyster Photocard which can save you 30% on London tubes, trains, buses or tramlinks:

www.tfl.gov.uk

Welcome Week will be your time to meet students, staff and academics. You will also receive your Student ID Card, course handbook and information about your modules and timetable.

You will have the opportunity to attend specialist events to help you learn more about the library services and resources on offer, both online and offline.

www.kcl.ac.uk/welcome

Attend our welcome fairSeptember is KCLSU welcome month. KCLSU organise lots of student-led events and activities to get the year off to a great start, including a two-day welcome fair.

www.kclsu.org/welcome

EU and international student welcomeIf you are a student arriving from the EU or overseas you will be invited to our international orientation and Welcome Week. The event is optional to attend and aims to give you a full introduction to life at King’s and to help you settle in and meet people before you commence your studies.

All events are free but you will need to book a place online in advance as places are first come first serve.

www.kcl.ac.uk/advice

Top tip

Remember to keep checking your emails for information about enrolment and Welcome Week.

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Whether you’re looking to progress your academic and study skills, your English language skills or simply want to prepare for the transition to undergraduate study, there are many ways we can support you.

On your course you are likely to have a mix of large group lectures, smaller group

seminars, practical sessions and tutorials. You will also have direct contact with academic staff in your department and be encouraged to actively participate in small group sessions and engage in discussions.

Preparing to studyThere are a variety of resources and services available to support you during your studies.

Talk to us

If you are a disabled student, or think you may have an undiagnosed Specific Learning Difficulty and this impacts on how you engage with your studies, there is a dedicated and experienced team that you can talk to:

www.kcl.ac.uk/disability

Study resourcesKing’s library and computer rooms are located on each of our main campuses with staff on hand to assist with your research, learning and IT needs.

King’s librariesOn any King’s campus you can make use of self-service kiosks, individual and group study areas, on and off-campus access to electronic resources, a free inter-library loan service and a laptop loan service. Leading up to summer exams, libraries are open 24/7 so you can study any time of day.

Throughout Welcome Week you can attend specialist events run by Library Services to help you learn more about the library and how to access over 1.25 million books, ebooks, ejournals, databases and other online resources, as well as archives and special collections.

While studying at King’s you’ll also have free access to the Senate House Library, most University of London libraries and selected academic libraries within the M25 consortium.

www.kcl.ac.uk/library

King’s ITOn all campuses you will have access to a fast, free and secure wireless internet connection and selected student computing rooms are open 24/7 to suit your study needs. Computers are installed with specialist software applications for your course and there are multi-function devices for printing, scanning and photocopying.

You will have your own King’s IT account, which provides access to the intranet, your own email account and OneDrive for Business, a cloud storage system that provides 1TB of personal storage.

You will be able to download Microsoft Office 365 ProPlus which will enable you to use the full Microsoft suite throughout your time at King’s. This will give you access to a total of fifteen free licences; five for tablets, five for Windows PC or Apple Mac and five for mobile devices.

www.kcl.ac.uk/it

Maughan Library, Strand Campus

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Cutting-edge researchThe excellence of our research, delivered by world-leading academics and practitioners has led to groundbreaking new discoveries and underpins all of King’s teaching. As part of the next generation of world thinkers, how will you answer some of society’s most pressing questions?

PEANUT ALLERGY?Prescribe peanuts?

NEW MODELS FOR GROWTH?Look in less obvious places

BRAIN DISORDERS?Get help from the unlikely source

ASTHMA PREVENTION?Link air quality and genetic data

Become part of the next generation of world thinkers

www.kcl.ac.uk/futurekings

BREAST CANCER?Target only the malignant cells

English Language CentreThe English Language Centre (ELC) is accredited by the British Council and offers a range of courses including International Foundation Programmes and Pre-sessional English Programmes, as well as in-sessional Academic English and Study Skills support.

Pre-sessional ProgrammesPre-sessional Programmes are designed for international students holding an offer to study a degree at King’s. The programmes run for 5, 10, 15 and 20 weeks throughout the spring and summer. If you have not met the English language requirements of your degree offer, or wish to further improve your academic English before starting your degree, you may be eligible to attend a pre-sessional programme instead of retaking an external English language test.

Continuing supportThe ELC provides free academic English and study skills support throughout the year for native and non-native English speakers. A series of ELC lectures, workshops, and online resources are available to help you develop essential language and academic skills such as critical thinking, presenting, referencing and using sources effectively.

www.kcl.ac.uk/elc

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Find out about the latest opportunities:

@Kingscareers

www.kcl.ac.uk/careers

London on your doorstepStudying at London’s most central university you will be able to take full advantage of living in one of the world’s most connected and dynamic cities.

Benefit from our partnerships with London’s key institutions including The British Library, British Museum, National Gallery, Guy’s & St Thomas’ NHS Foundation Trusts, Southbank Centre, Cancer Research UK, British Heart Foundation and many more.

Working in LondonTake advantage of a variety of part-time and out of term work in London as well as work on campus and with the Students’ Union.

King’s Careers & Employability Team advertise vacancies for part-time, temporary and outside of term work

across London, and students can register with King’s exclusive on-campus temping agency for casual work.

If you are an international student you may be subject to immigration restrictions, including the number of hours you can work and the type of work you can undertake. You will need to apply for a National Insurance number in order to be paid. The Student Advice Service provides advice and guidance on these issues and the Compass helpdesk can provide you with a confirmation of study letter for your employer.

www.kcl.ac.uk/advice

InternshipsKing’s Careers & Employability Team will support you in finding interesting, paid internships across a range of roles and sectors. This is a great way to gain work experience alongside your studies. The dedicated King’s Internships portal and guidance from the team will help you successfully apply for internships and different types of work experience.

www.kcl.ac.uk/kingsinternships

Depending on your degree, you may have the opportunity to undertake an accredited internship, which is assessed as part of the curriculum through the Internship Programme. This will give you direct access to our extensive global network of internship host organisations.

www.kcl.ac.uk/internships

Careers fairsCareers fairs are an invaluable way to meet employers face-to-face and learn about their individual recruitment processes. By attending the fairs you will learn about specific sectors straight from those already established within them.

www.kcl.ac.uk/careers/events

Associate of King’s CollegeAlongside your degree you can also study the Associate of King’s College (AKC). Unique to King’s, the programme provides an opportunity to think about questions of ethics, philosophy, theology and religion in a contemporary context and encourages an enquiring mind about important issues beyond your chosen field of study.

www.kcl.ac.uk/akc

Invest in your future careerThroughout your time at King’s you can explore your career options with support from our Careers & Employability service. From job application guidance and interview coaching, to careers events on campus, the team can advise you on how to maximise your time at King’s and increase your employability.

Top tip

The King’s Leadership & Professional Skills Award is a ten week course delivered by a careers consultant and an employer to help you develop core employment skills:

www.kcl.ac.uk/klpsa

Strand Campus

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Student servicesIn addition to study and careers support, you will have access to a comprehensive range of facilities and services including the Counselling Service, Disability Advice Service, healthcare, personal tutors, religious provision and pastoral care.

The CompassStudent support officers aim to make your time at King’s as unburdened and enriching as possible, by providing the practical information, guidance and documentation you need to navigate through your studies and any personal issues that may arise. Based in the four main libraries, you can visit a Compass desk on all campuses, or you can get in touch online and by phone all year round.

[email protected]

Student Advice ServiceOur team of student advisors can give you advice on a range of issues including immigration, alternative funding, money management, welfare benefits, housing rights, legal issues, bringing your dependants and practical issues such as childcare.

www.kcl.ac.uk/advice

Disability Advisory ServiceIf you have a disability which may impact on how you engage with your studies, there is a dedicated and experienced team that you can talk to about possible support options. The Disability Advisory Service (DAS) provides information, advice and guidance to people with a disability, long-term medical or mental health condition or Specific Learning Difficulty such as Dyslexia.

Wherever possible, our aim is to put support in place before you begin your course, please contact the service as soon as possible.

All advice is free, impartial and confidential.

www.kcl.ac.uk/disability +44 (0)2078 487018 [email protected]

Health and wellbeing King’s College NHS Health Centre at the Strand Campus is a general practitioner service and has nurses, doctors and health care assistants. To register visit:

www.kingscollegehealthcentre.com

For more information about health and wellbeing (not for clinical consultations) contact:

[email protected] +44 (0)2078 482613

You may also register with a GP local to where you are living. For GP and other NHS health services and self-care information you can visit:

www.nhs.uk

If you are an international student with existing medical conditions it is essential you check prior to arrival if care you need will be covered on the NHS and if not ensure you have adequate health insurance.

Counselling ServiceKing’s Student Counselling Service provides a free, confidential service, offering support to both undergraduate and postgraduate students across all four campuses.

Our experienced team run drop in sessions, appointments and a variety of groups and workshops. For more information or to access our online resources, please visit:

www.kcl.ac.uk/counselling

Top tip

To read more about the range of student support available check the website:

www.kcl.ac.uk/campuslife/services

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AccommodationKing’s offers a range of accommodation to suit your needs. Many first-year undergraduates live in King’s residences or University of London Intercollegiate Halls whilst others may live at home or in the private rented sector.

Student residencesMost of our residences are in central London and close to King’s teaching campuses. They are all self-catered, non-smoking, with on-site laundry facilities and include CCTV, security, swipe card access and wireless internet connection.

University of London Intercollegiate HallsThere are nearly 500 places available for King’s students within the University of London Intercollegiate Halls, which provide an opportunity to meet a wide range of students.

Private rented sector London offers an enormous and varied range of private properties to rent. King’s has a dedicated student housing advisor for advice on accommodation, budgeting and tenancies

and you can also use the University of London Housing Services (ULHS), which specialises in helping students find private accommodation.

Tenancy agreementsStandard residence agreements are offered for a fixed period; usually 40 weeks for King’s residences and 40, 41, 48, 51 and 40 weeks for Intercollegiate Halls. If you are studying nursing, midwifery or physiotherapy, you will be offered a longer contract.

Council taxCouncil tax is a charge made by Local Authorities to all households within their borough to help fund local services. When a property is solely occupied by full time students you will not have to pay council tax providing you all send in exemption certificates to the Local Authority (or Council).

www.kcl.ac.uk/advice

You can find the most up to date information about King’s Residences and applying on our website. King’s has ten different halls of residences to choose from, we would recommend researching online to find out which options may be most suited to you and your course (please see page 17 for more information). Applications are only accepted for student residences if you have firmly accepted a conditional or unconditional offer of a place at King’s. If you are holding King’s as your insurance offer you will be unable to submit an online application until all conditions of entry have been satisfied and you have a confirmed place at King’s.

We need to receive your accommodation application by the end of June and you should expect to hear from us with the outcome from 22 August 2016 onwards.If you have a disability and/or exceptional housing requirements please make early contact with the King’s Disability Advisory Service and Student Residences to discuss support.

Drop in to the King’s Residences Reservation Office Monday - Friday 8am - 8pm Saturday - Sunday 10am - 6pm +44 (0)2078 481790

www.kcl.ac.uk/accomm

Applying for King’s residences

3 easy steps to apply

1. Firmly accept your offer to study at King’s

2. Research your options and choose your top five residences

3. Complete your online application

Julian Markham House

Housing advice

Regular drop-in sessions, housing events and talks will be held throughout the year at King’s and specialist advice is also available from the Student Advice Service:

www.kcl.ac.uk/advice [email protected]

Find out more:

@Kingsresidences

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Residences Location Cost per person per week (2015/2016 fees*)

Ewen Henderson Court

Zone 2. Direct train to London Bridge from New Cross Gate.

Ensuite: £155Non-ensuite: £147

Stratford One Zone 3. Brand new facilities near the Olympic Park. 25–30 minutes on public transport to Guy’s and Strand Campuses, 40 minutes to Denmark Hill Campus.

Ensuite: £179

Stamford Street Apartments

Zone 1. Walking distance to Strand, Guy’s and Waterloo Campuses.

Ensuite: £179One bedroom flat: £231

Champion Hill Zone 2. Direct bus links to Waterloo and Strand Campuses.

Standard: £189Large: £196Non-ensuite: £155

Angel Lane Zone 3. Near to the Olympic Park. 25–30 minutes on public transport to Guy’s and Strand Campuses, 40 minutes to Denmark Hill Campus.

Ensuite: £185Studio: £220

Great Dover Street Apartments

Zone 1. Walking distance to Guy’s and Waterloo Campuses.

Ensuite: £192

Orchard Lisle and Iris Brook

Zone 1. Walking distance to Guy’s and Waterloo Campuses.

Single: £195Studio: £249

Moonraker Point Zone 1. Walking distance to Guy’s and Waterloo Campuses.

Ensuite: £221Studio: £282

Wolfson House Zone 1. Walking distance to Guy’s and Waterloo Campuses.

Single: £140One bedroom flat: £231

Juilian Markham House

Zone 1 & 2. Four minute walk to Elephant and Castle underground and overground station. Can reach all King’s campuses in 20 minutes or less.

Ensuite: £192 Studio: £244

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*Residence fees may be subject to increase. Check online for the lastest information.

Travel zones

All London travel zones can be found at

www.tfl.gov.uk/maps

Julian Markham House

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6 tips for a healthy budget

1. Spending diary: Make a list of all your weekly/monthly costs

2. Be aware: Review bank statements and receipts

3. Be generous: Overestimate and you won’t fall short

4. Don’t forget: To include one off, miscellaneous and emergency costs

5. Bargain: Shop around to get the best prices

6. Double check: When updating your spending diary make sure it’s correct

www.kcl.ac.uk/moneydoctors

Living costsLondon offers a huge variety of ways in which to enjoy your free time, explore your interests and experience the city’s cosmopolitan culture.

VisasThe vast majority of international (non-EU) students coming to study in the UK are required to apply for Entry Clearance before travel at their nearest British Diplomatic Post (Embassy, Consulate General or High Commission) that has a visa section. If you need a Tier 4 student visa, the Admissions Office will provide you with a Confirmation of

Acceptance for Studies (CAS) number in the summer, which you will need to apply for your visa.

King’s offers dedicated student advice to international students offering guidance on not only visa and immigration matters but also money management, working in the UK and any other queries about living in the UK.

With a huge student population in London, there’s a range of student discounts and activities on offer to help you get the best out of your student budget.

The amount you spend will depend on your lifestyle choices so below we have some tips to help you stay on budget.

BudgetingYou need to budget sufficient funds for your fees, accommodation, food, travel, books and other living expenses. Start planning how you will manage your money before you arrive. If

you haven’t lived away from home or created a budget before, our student money advisors will be able to help.

If you have a budget outlining your income and manage your expenses, you should be able to minimise the risk of running out of money. This will help you leave university having accumulated the minimum amount of debt.

Don’t forget to consider your initial arrival costs, for example; deposits, utensils, clothing, insurance etc. How much you need depends on your lifestyle and accommodation choice.

www.kcl.ac.uk/advice

[email protected]

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Students’ UnionEvery student at King’s is automatically a member of King’s College London Students’ Union (KCLSU). Run by students, for students, KCLSU is here to make sure you have the best student experience possible to connect, have fun, build communities, share experiences and make change.

Societies and activity groupsKCLSU has over 260 societies and activity groups. From the GKT Medical Students’ Association (MSA) to the Game of Thrones Society, we’ve got something for everyone.

To get involved in student life at university and meet new people, just find a group (or groups) and join online.

www.kclsu.org/societies

Student MediaStudent Media is the place to get involved with newspaper journalism, photography, radio and TV broadcasting whilst at university.

Award-winning student media groups include KCLRadio, KingsTV, the Photography Society and Roar! News.

www.kclsu.org/studentmediaBHANGRA SOCSimrath Singh Mangat, President

What’s the Bhangra Soc?“The KCL Bhangra Soc is a vibrant, colourful and energetic society that serves to teach the dance form of Bhangra. We provide the chance to learn the dance and have opportunities to perform at large scale charity shows and at national competitions.

In February 2015 we performed at the SSE ARENA Wembley at “The Bhangra Showdown” - where we placed 3rd in the largest Bhangra competition in the UK.”

Who can join?“Anyone is welcome to join. If you have the passion to dance - come and join in.”

BIOSCIENCE STUDENT ASSOCIATIONEdward Cunningham-Oakes, President

What’s the Bioscience Student Association?‘’The Bioscience Student Association aims to provide a strong representation for bioscience students throughout King’s, and gives students an unrivalled social and academic experience”.

Who can join?‘’All undergraduate and postgraduate students in the School of Bioscience Education.’’

MYLIFEMYSAY Mashrufa Miah, Treasurer

What’s MYLIFEMYSAY?“Our main aim is to engage people in politics through events ranging from British political affairs to international affairs. Currently working with Parliament and the EU, we deliver training. We also provide a forum for people to debate issues, hosting political speakers such as Ed Miliband, Alastair Campbell and Polly Toynbee and many others.

Last year we had over 300 people turn up to witness US political scientist Norman Finkelstein and Professor Alan Johnson debate on Israel-Palestine.’’

Who can join?‘’Anyone can join our society for free! For more information, visit our website at www.mylifemysay.org.uk or find us on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.’’

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SAILING CLUB Ton Fang, Medicine MBBS

Where and when do you train?“We train at Docklands Watersports Sailing Centre on Wednesdays and Sundays, as well as taking part in a whole range of competitions.”

Who can join?“Our club welcomes anyone who wants to try out sailing or take to the water on a regular basis. We have qualified instructors who will support you through your time with the club and a good social atmosphere.’’

Alumni vs Students

Social spacesThe Lobby at the Strand Campus and The Spit at Guy’s Campus are KCLSU spaces open for you to study or socialise any time.

Sport & fitnessKCLSU has over 60 sports clubs at a variety of levels, so whether you’re a keen athlete or just want to try something new, we’ve got something that’s right for you. Take a look through our clubs list on our website – from American football to Wing Chun Kung Fu at www.kclsu.org/sport

Sports eventsThe London Varsity Series is the biggest sporting event in KCLSU’s calendar, when King’s students challenge university rivals, University College London, across a week of matches in March. All students are encouraged to come along, support and enjoy the team spirit.

BeActiveThe BeActive programme is a social sport programme allowing all students to just turn up and give something a go.

www.kcl.ac.uk/sport/beactive

Sports scholarshipsA number of annual scholarships are available to help support high performing student athletes.

www.kcl.ac.uk/sport/performance

Stay fit and healthyJoin the King’s Sport Health & Fitness Centre at the Waterloo Campus and enjoy state-of-the-art equipment and facilities, exciting classes and our welcoming atmosphere.

KCL Basketball

Every King’s campus has a KCLSU Student Centre that’s a one-stop-shop for all your questions about student life. KCLSU’s award-winning venues offer great food, drinks and atmosphere at

student friendly prices. Check out The Waterfront Bar & Kitchen on the Strand Campus and Guy’s Bar Cafe on Guy’s Campus.

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Fees & funding Home & EU studentsOn the following pages you will find a variety of funding options whether you are coming from Europe or the UK. Our range of funding options are designed to help you achieve your potential, whatever your financial circumstances.

To give you an idea of costs below we have provided the cost of fees for the academic year 2016-17. Find out more online by searching ‘fees & funding’. Please be aware tuition fees are due to increase with inflation in 2017-18.

Home/EU tuition fees Most home and EU undergraduate students won’t need to pay any fees while studying unless you wish to. Instead, you can defer payment by taking out a student loan for fees.

If you are a self-funded or sponsored student please find more information by searching online for ‘fee payment terms and conditions’.

Visit the UKCISA website for more information on home/EU fees:

www.ukcisa.org.uk

Student loans

Student loan for feesIn 2016-17 most home and EU full-time undergraduate students will not have to pay tuition fees whilst studying, unless you wish to. Instead, you will be able to apply for a student loan for fees. This loan is available to all eligible home and EU full-time undergraduates to match the level of tuition fees you have to pay, through the Student Loans Company (SLC). This means that you will be deferring payment of your tuition fees until after you have left university.

EU students applying for a student loan for fees please contact the EU Student Loans Customer Services Team: +44 (0)1412 433570, [email protected]

Student loan for maintenance (Home students only)Student loans for maintenance are part of the financial student support package available to assist both new and existing full-time home undergraduate students with their living expenses. All eligible students will be entitled to at least 44 per cent of the maximum figure. Whether you can get any or all of the remaining 56 per cent will depend on your income and that of your household. The amount of student loan for maintenance you request can be any amount up to your maximum entitlement, as decided by Student

Finance England/Wales/Northern Ireland or the Student Awards Agency for Scotland (depending on where you live and your household income).

RepaymentsThe SLC will pay your fee contribution to the university on your behalf, and the value of the fee will be consolidated with your student loan for maintenance, where appropriate, and will be repaid in the same way.

Repayments of your consolidated student loans start in the April after you leave your course, and only once you start earning over £21,000. Repayments will depend on the amount you earn, not the amount you borrowed. You will only repay nine per cent of your earnings above £21,000 (about £7.50 per month if you are earning £22,000).

EligibilityUndergraduate students who have previously completed a degree at a UK or overseas institution will not be eligible for a student loan for tuition fees or maintenance grant. You also will not be eligible for a student loan for maintenance – unless you are undertaking a course leading to a professional qualification in medicine or dentistry, or are in receipt of a means-tested NHS Bursary (see page 28 for information on NHS bursaries).

If you want to check what help you might be entitled to, try the online calculator at:

www.gov.uk/student-finance-calculator

LOAN FOR MAINTENANCE RATES FOR 2016-17

Full year

Maximum available Non-income assessed Income assessed

London rate £10,702 £4,708 £5,994

Parental home rate £6,904 £3,037 £3,867

Home & EU student fees

All courses £9,000Student Funding Office

Get confidential and expert advice on a range of funding issues including tuition fees, living expenses, bursaries, scholarships and student loans. Contact our staff if you need any help or advice, both before and during your studies:

www.kcl.ac.uk/funding

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To give you an idea of costs below we have provided the cost of fees for the academic year 2016-17.

Please be aware fees are due to increase in 2017-18 and vary depending on the year of entry. Find out more online by searching ‘fees & funding’.

Please note this information does not apply to English Language Centre courses:

www.kcl.ac.uk/elc

International tuition fees – payment conditionsFor self-funded students fees will be payable in two equal instalments. The first instalment is due for payment by 31 October 2016 or 14 days from date of invoice if later. The second instalment is due for payment by 31 January 2017 or 14 days from date of invoice if later.

For sponsored students, where a student provides a valid sponsor letter at registration from an external corporate body agreeing to pay tuition fees, the invoice will be sent direct to the sponsoring organisation and payment of the invoice will be due immediately. A student who is sponsored by a friend or relative will be regarded as responsible for their own fees.

Financial support is awarded according to specific eligibility criteria and selection processes. The amount awarded may vary depending on which household income band you fall into and if your parents/caregivers earn above the top band you may not be eligible to apply. There are a limited number of scholarships, grants and bursaries available; meeting the criteria for an award does not guarantee you will receive it. Acceptance of one award can exclude you from receiving another and some of these awards are subject specific. For details about the variety of schemes visit:

www.kcl.ac.uk/funding

Scholarships and LoansA number of scholarships are available for EU and international students applying to King’s.

Find further information online:

www.kcl.ac.uk/funding www.kcl.ac.uk/international/yourcountry

International Hardship FundKing’s has set aside limited funds to assist EU and international students in unexpected financial difficulty. If financial difficulties arise then you should contact the Student Funding Office to discuss your circumstances.

Student Disability FundThe International Student Disability Fund (ISDF) is available to EU and international students with a disability who are studying at King’s on a part-time, full-time, undergraduate, postgraduate or exchange basis. More information is available from the Disability Advisory Service.

www.kcl.ac.uk/disability

OVERSEAS STUDENT FEES

Classroom-based courses £16,250

MPharm courses £19,000

Laboratory-based courses £21,750

Clinical years of the courses £37,350

Fees & fundingOverseas studentsWe understand that coming to the UK as an overseas student is a big financial commitment and before you start your degree at King’s we want to ensure you have fully considered your finances.

Fees & funding Home & EU students The financial support outlined in the table below is designed to help students with limited family incomes meet the costs of studying at King’s College London.

BURSARY/SCHOLARSHIP SCHEME Amount you could receive with a household income of:

£0–25,000 £25,001–42,620

King’s living bursary £1,500 £1,000

Access to Professions Scholarship £9,000 £9,000

UNITE Accommodation & Access Scholarship Accommodation plus £12,000 bursary

n/a

King’s Student Fund Up to £3,500 n/a

Student Funding Office

Get confidential and expert advice on a range of funding issues including tuition fees, living expenses, bursaries, scholarships and student loans:

www.kcl.ac.uk/funding

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Funding for healthcare studentsHealthcare students NHS bursaries are available in England and Wales. Subjects eligible for support include: Dentistry, Nutrition & Dietetics, Medicine, Midwifery, Nursing and Physiotherapy.

Bursaries & scholarshipsMerit-based scholarships are offered to students on specific courses and awarded according to your individual achievement. Often you will require excellent grades, be asked to write an essay and be invited to an interview during the selection process.

Find updates on King’s merit-based scholarships at: www.kcl.ac.uk/funding

Merit-based bursaries and scholarships

Home/EU students maximum amount available under scheme

International students maximum amount available under scheme

Angela Scott Medical Award £5,000 n/a

Kenshole Family Scholarship £5,000 n/a

Dickson Poon Scholarship (Law) £5,000 £5,000

Tynybedw Bursary (Law) available to Welsh residents only

£25,000 bursary n/a

*Final amounts for 2016-17 entry are TBC

NHS STUDENT SUPPORT 2015-16

Non-means tested grant

Means tested bursary (30 week courses*)

Means tested bursary (45 week courses)

Non-means tested student loan

London rate £1,000 £3,191 £5,567 £3,263

Parental home rate £1,000 £2,207 £4,583 £1,744

*including students intercalating in 5th or later year of study

GRADUATE ENTRY MEDICAL/DENTAL 2016-17

YEAR OF STUDY 1 2-4

Tuition Fee £9,000 £9,000

Maximum Fee Loan £5,535 £5,535

NHS Funded n/a £3,465

Self-funded £3,465 n/a

All coursesIt is important that students considering healthcare professional training refer to the Financial Help for Healthcare Students booklet available at www.kcl.ac.uk/funding or on the NHS student bursary website at www.nhsbsa.nhs.uk. As a guide to what may be available, the figures below show the funding for 2016-17.

The NHS package of support will provide new degree students with:

• a non-means tested grant of £1,000• a means tested bursary worth up to £5,567• a reduced rate non-means-tested student

loan provided by Student Finance England

www.kcl.ac.uk/funding

Medical & Dental CoursesUndergraduate medical and dental students living in England and Wales on standard five to six year courses in the UK will be eligible for income-assessed NHS bursaries and help with tuition fees in fifth and further years of

study. You can also receive the reduced rate student loan in your fifth and further years of study. The first four years will be on the same basis as other undergraduate students*.

www.nhsbsa.nhs.uk /816.aspx

Students undertaking the four-year Graduate Entry Programmes (Medicine/Dentistry) will be eligible to take up a student loan for fees each year up to a maximum of £5,535. The remainder, in years two to four, will be NHS funded, but in year one must be self-funded.

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Checklist

INTERNATIONAL OFFER HOLDER – ExTRA CHECKS

Check your offer email for details of how and when you should pay your deposit

Check the website if would like to complete an English course before you start your degree

pg 8 www.kcl.ac.uk/elc

Secure funding and ensure you can meet the maintenance requirements for your visa

pg 27 www.kcl.ac.uk/advice

Check you have entered your passport details in King’s Apply if you need a visa

pg 2 apply.kcl.ac.uk

Check the website for information on applying for your visa

pg 19 www.kcl.ac.uk/advice

Book for the international student welcome pg 5 www.kcl.ac.uk/advice

Accept your offer either via Track (www.ucas.com) if you applied through UCAS, or King’s Apply (apply.kcl.ac.uk) if you applied directly to King’s through Common App.

Check your King’s Apply account for any updates and messages relating to your application or offer

pg 2 apply.kcl.ac.uk

Check King’s offer holder web pages and events

pg 3www.kcl.ac.uk/futurekings

Find out what support is available if you have a disability, medical condition or specific learning requirement

pg 12www.kcl.ac.uk/disability

Research your accommodation options (apply online for King’s accommodation by the end of June)

pg 14-17 www.kcl.ac.uk/accomm

Plan an estimated budget pg 18 www.kcl.ac.uk/advice

Find out if you are entitled to any grants, loans, bursaries or scholarships

pg 24-29 www.kcl.ac.uk/funding

KING’S STRAND CAMPUS

Central locationKing’s is the most centrally located university in London and provides a wealth of research facilities and academic societies on your doorstep.

KING’S MAUGHAN LIBRARY

KING’S GUY’S CAMPUS

KING’S ST THOMAS’ CAMPUS

SOUTH BANK ARTS COMPLEx

LONDON EYE

ST PAUL’S CATHEDRAL

KING’S WATERLOO CAMPUS

STAMFORD ST. APARTMENTS

TATE MODERN

SHAKESPEARE’S GLOBE

MOONRAKER POINT

WATERLOO STATION

FINANCIAL DISTRICT

THE SHARD

BIG BEN

HOUSES OF PARLIAMENT

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My notes Important informationDiversity & Inclusion

Key principlesKing’s College London is a thriving and diverse community of over 26,000 students completing a wide variety of courses from study abroad, through undergraduate and postgraduate degrees and including executive education courses.

The university is committed to the recruitment of students based solely on academic ability and potential, irrespective of social, cultural or economic background. All applications are considered on their individual merits and treated in a fair and equal way, utilising a holistic approach, based on all information provided to the university through the application process.

King’s College London is committed to embedding diversity and inclusion into all of its activities to ensure that the university becomes a richer and more diverse place to work and study. The Diversity and Inclusion Team promote best practice in diversity and inclusion, to enable all staff and students to achieve excellence. The team does this through developing initiatives to support staff and students from particular groups to succeed; the provision of training; reviewing and developing policies and practices that promote equality of opportunity and undertaking steps to ensure the university is compliant with the Equality Act 2010. For more information about diversity and inclusion at King’s please contact [email protected].

Important information

Changes to courses and handbook informationThe following message contains some very important information. Please read it before you use this handbook. This handbook was printed in the summer of 2015. It contains information on the courses that King’s College London (“King’s”) intends to run for students who are planning to start university in the autumn of 2016. King’s has made every effort to ensure that the information provided is both helpful and accurate as at the date of publication. However, some changes, for example to courses, facilities or fees may become necessary due to legitimate staffing, financial, regulatory and academic reasons. King’s will endeavour at all times to keep any changes to a minimum and to keep students informed appropriately. For this reason, it is particularly important that you should check the website for updates (www.kcl.ac.uk/prospectus) or contact King’s using the contact details contained within this document.

No liability to parents, sponsors or other third partiesKing’s dealings and contracts with students and prospective students do not create a contract or other legally binding relationship between King’s and anyone else, for example parents, guardians or sponsors.

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King’s is ranked in the top 20 universities worldwide* and based in the heart of London. With eight faculties and over 150 partner institutions around the world, King’s offers world-class teaching and research. Our extensive range of subjects include the arts, humanities, law, the sciences (including a wide range of health areas such as psychology, medicine, nursing and dentistry) and social sciences including international affairs.

*QS World University Rankings, 2015

Main address: King’s College London Strand London WC2R 2LS United Kingdom Tel +44 (0)20 7836 5454

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