Kings Education London
Since 1957 Kings has been helping international students to prepare for onward studies at UK universities either through its GCSE and A-level programmes, University Foundation Year programmes or Academic English courses. The London school opened in 1966.
African students graduating from high school with the local diploma of their home country (such as the WAEC in Nigeria or the Bac in Francophone countries) will all need to start at Kings before being eligible for admission into a British university. A Foundation Year will typically be an option for most students. Upon successful completion of the program, students will be able to apply for most British universities, subject to their exact grades. The school also offers an Accelerated 1-year A-level programme and a standard 2-year A-level programme, which helps students get into any British university – including those such as Oxford and Cambridge.
Kings London offers Foundation programmes for a wide range of fields of study, including science and engineering, medicine and health sciences, business, law, computing as well as a wide range of art and design programmes.
Kings offers very small class sizes and students receive a lot of individual attention. Students can choose either a Foundation course that guarantees entry into a specific university or a program that allows access to the UK’s Universities and Colleges Admissions Service or UCAS. In both cases, students have to achieve academic entry criteria. If choosing the UCAS route, students can select up to 5 different institutions to apply for entry to.
Kings students selecting the Medicine Foundation can opt for guaranteed entry into Aston or Keele Universities, the Art & Design Foundation is primarily designed to lead into Kingston University, London or University of West of England and the University of Bristol Foundation will lead into a wide range of different areas of study, including business, engineering and social sciences, within a university currently ranked 91st in the world by Times Higher Education in its current 2021 World University Rankings.
King’s Foundation courses have up to 3 different intakes per year. Please note that the Medical Foundation programme only has the one intake, in September. While Foundation programmes are generally not required by students who may have completed A-levels or the International Baccalaureat in their home country, students looking to study medicine in the UK may still be advised to study the Medical Foundation.
Students who did not achieve their desired grades at A-level or IB for any field of study may decide on a Foundation programme as a way to improve their grades, and therefore have access to higher ranking British universities.
Kings also offers GCSE and A-level programmes, these are the examinations that British students take at the age of 16 and 18 respectively and allow access to the UCAS system. Kings also has some British students on these programmes, in particular on A-level programs. A wide range of subjects are available at A-level, including Art & Design, Chemistry, Economics, Geography, History, Physics, Biology, Maths,Psychology, English Literature and Government & Politics. Most students will take 2-years to complete A-levels. For highly motivated and talented students Kings offers an Accelerated 1-year option.
A limited number of merit-based scholarships are available to African students applying for Kings’ GCSE, A-level or Foundation programs. The scholarship award will be worth up to 25% of the tuition fee. No additional application is required – students will be automatically assessed for any aware that they may be entitled to based on past academic performance.
Kings London is located in the safe and leafy suburb of Beckenham in South-East London, just 20 minutes by train from central London and its many world-famous museums and attractions. Beckingham has a lot of green spaces to relax when not studying, as well as shops and other local amenities. There are three train and underground (metro) stations which make it easy to reach any part of London.
Kings has a weekly programme of social activities that will help you to get to know your local environment and your fellow students at the same time. Popular activities include sports such as football, badminton and tennis at the local sports centre. Film nights on campus, at the residence or in the six-screen cinema a short walk from the main building. There are also student art & textile clubs, debating & enterprise societies and drama workshops that you can join. Theatre, restaurant, shopping and Premiership football trips are popular with students in London. Cricket is popular in Beckenham and students may like to watch, or even participate, in a match.
Kings London offers a mix of housing options. Carefully selected homestay families continue to be a popular and affordable choice for many students, giving you the chance to experience life with a London family. This is a great option to learn more about local life and culture. And if a student needs to perfect their English language skills, a great chance to practise with native speakers in an informal setting. Students can choose to share a twin room with another student (Kings will match you to a student of a similar age and, where possible, from a different language group) or have a single room; there are also a limited number of single, en-suite rooms at additional cost. Unless you have paid for an en-suite room, you will share a bathroom with other students and/or homestay family members. Breakfast and dinner are provided daily by the homestay – dinner-time is an especially good time to catch up with your homestay and to engage them in conversation.
For students who seek a more independent style of living residential accommodation is available. Kings Residential Apartments are located 14 minutes walk from the main campus building. Single and twin rooms in stylish student apartments. There are some en-suite rooms available. The apartments are modern and have fully equipped kitchens, complete with fridge-freezer, washing machine, and other appliances for students to use.
For lunch, both homestay and residential students make use of the on-site cafeteria facilities. Students can opt for buying lunch, hot and cold drinks or snack throughout the day.
What comes next?
Graduates from Kings London go onto university in the UK capital city, or in other parts of the country. The personal attention that students receive allows many to fulfil their potential and attend top UK institutions. Every year there are many King’s graduates that go to top 10 UK universities in the fields of business, science and the arts. Kings provides a small college environment that helps students achieve their dream of a Bachelor degree at a British university!