University Preparation students
Starting at Kings

Personal mentoring and support is at the heart of the Kings approach. It starts from the moment we welcome you to your new college.

Days one and two

On your first day you should arrive at college by 08.45 in the morning. Your homestay carer, residence warden or the person who welcomes you to your accommodation will show you how to get to the college.

There will be a lot of new information to learn and listen to in the first couple of days, but it’s also a time to get important things done.

Welcome, Induction and College Registration
We plan to welcome you to our college and for you to meet some of the members of our college. We’ll also ask you to complete a form with your personal details. It is very important that we have accurate contact numbers for you, and contact numbers and an email for your parents. Please also remember to bring your passport with you on your first day as we will need to take a copy of this.

Testing
We will ask you to complete some tests of your English knowledge and perhaps of some other subjects when you arrive, so we can choose the best possible class for you. You will also have a short informal interview with our Director of studies.

Your Health
If you have any allergies, medical conditions, or illness, it is very important that you tell us about these immediately on your enrolment form. If you prefer, you can speak to the Welfare Officer in confidence.

Tour of the College and Local Area
You will be taken around the college buildings and the local area, so that you can get to know it quickly. In the afternoon, you will be taken on a tour of the local area to show you where the nearest shops, cafes, banks and transport links can be found.

Your Timetable and Classes
You will learn important information about the college, your course and your timetable and will receive the text books that you will work from in your lessons. Please do not write in these books as you will need to return them at the end of your course.

The College Rules
We would like you to make sure you understand how you should behave while you are a student with us. You may be asked to read these and check you understand.

You should also think about...

A mobile phone SIM card
If you need to call home, you can buy SIM cards from the city centre. Ask a member of staff for information.

Money and Important Documents
If you prefer we will keep your passport, flight tickets and any large amounts of money you bring in the college safe.

First day checklist

  • Passport – including valid Visa
  • Biometric Residence Permit letter – from UK Visas and Immigration, telling you where to collect your BRP when you arrive in the UK (for non-EU nationals)
  • Signed IELTS Consent Form - for under 18s in order to take any IELTS tests required
  • Student/Parent/School Agreement – signed by parent and student
  • 4 x Passport sized photos – for student ID cards
  • Translated copies of your high school or other academic certificates - these are needed for applications to UK universities
  • School equipment – such as a pen, notebook, coloured pens and highlighters, calculator, ruler etc.
    (Also available to buy locally in first week for approx £30)
  • Insurance documents – travel, medical and personal belongings
  • Laptop Device – for homework and coursework use.
    It is the responsibility of the student to ensure that they have access to a fully functional laptop with full admin access and the English language pack enabled. Essential applications include Microsoft Office and Adobe Photoshop CS6. Either a Windows laptop or Apple laptop is permitted.
  • Paper translation dictionary and study dictionary (also available to buy locally in first week for approx £30)

Your first week

Feeling Settled
It’s important for us that you feel comfortable, settled and ‘at home’ in your new college and home and as soon as possible. The best way to do this is to get to know the people and places!

College Activities and Trips
The College has several weekly activities which all students are welcome to join. There are also many different societies and Clubs which you are welcome to join to help you learn new skills, enjoy your hobbies and make new friends. There are regular sightseeing trips around London and the South-East of England on Saturday and Sunday, every week. Please see the noticeboards and TV screens in the main reception area or speak to the Activities Manager for more information.

Click here for PDF Social Activity Calendars

Police registration

Depending on your nationality, you may be required to register with the police within 7 days of arriving in the UK. We will be able to help you do this. When registering with the police you need to take:

  • Your passport
  • Letter from college
  • 2 passport photos
  • Registration fee (currently £34.00, cash only)

Making friends

It’s important to start making friends as soon as possible. For information about this see Living in the UK: Making Friends.