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King's College London, University of London

Westminster | South East England

Political City

Ucas code: K60

King's is the 'fun' university of London. We're slap bang in the middle of the world's best city, making us a rather big deal. Our five campuses are filled with academically driven, sports loving, volunteering and sociable students, with an active Students' Union who proudly promotes diversity, equality and fairness. Desmond Tutu, Florence Nightingale and John Keats all studied at King's.
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What students say about this university

Dialog 1204 comments (327 students)
    • Academic Experience

      The course is a 50/50 split between uni and clinical placement. Im not going to lie - the course is full-on, demanding and at...

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      2013, 2nd year, Adult Nursing

      Academic Experience

      The course is a 50/50 split between uni and clinical placement. Im not going to lie - the course is full-on, demanding and at times exhausting. 12hr shifts can leave little time to have a life. There is an assessment for each of the four or five modules per year - this could be an exam, an essay or a clinical practical examination. Kings is full-on - we do more academic stuff than the other unis. But by god, you will come out of it prepared for anything that nursing can throw at you!

      2013, 2nd year, Adult Nursing

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    • Academic Experience

      There is very little teaching time and unless you find a lecturer that particularly likes you, you're on your own and you won't...

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      2013, 2nd year, Music Not Elsewhere Classified

      Academic Experience

      There is very little teaching time and unless you find a lecturer that particularly likes you, you're on your own and you won't get any extra 'perks' from the course/ department budget. On the other hand this really challenges you to make the most of it yourselves. There is no denying that you will have the best academics in your field and they will be happy to point you in the right direction for extra sources. It's mostly essay based with the odd bit of performance/ composition but really depends on what you choose to do. Feedback is usually within four weeks but its so variable what quality of feedback you'll get - if you don't think it's adequate, ask for more. The facilities are not great but you may be able to get more things to suit your needs if you ask. That's basically what it's all about - if you're not happy, ask.

      2013, 2nd year, Music Not Elsewhere Classified

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    • Academic Experience

      I think there should be more one on one contact time with personal tutors and more frequent seminars rather than the usual...

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      2013, 2nd year, English Literature

      Academic Experience

      I think there should be more one on one contact time with personal tutors and more frequent seminars rather than the usual seminar/lecture per week deal. I just studied in the USA and there was about double the amount of class hours which ultimately left you feeling like you'd understood more and really got to know the material, other than racing to read four books a week to discuss in a 50 minute seminar. I do really enjoy the course material but there needs to be more emphasis on gender studies and women's writing. We don't do work throughout the term but over reading week and the holidays which makes what should be a relaxing time a stressful rush. As you aren't doing frequent work, you don't get frequent feedback so it's less easy to learn as you go along - you probably won't even have the results of your midsemester essays when you're preparing for the final ones. Course specific facilities aren't even a thing but we are getting a new campus next year so we'll see.

      2013, 2nd year, English Literature

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    • Academic Experience

      There are generally several lectures a week for each module. Some modules have tutorials and seminars but lectures are the main...

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      2013, 2nd year, Human & Social Geography Not Elsewhere Classified

      Academic Experience

      There are generally several lectures a week for each module. Some modules have tutorials and seminars but lectures are the main method of delivery. You have to do some reading each week so you can write your coursework essays. Feedback from tutors on essays is delivered anonymously on a sheet of paper in your pigeonhole so it can feel a bit impersonal at times.

      2013, 2nd year, Human & Social Geography Not Elsewhere Classified

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    • Academic Experience

      The course is intense. Teaching is high quality. Students are required to attend university every day and do as well a lot of...

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      2013, 2nd year, Adult Nursing

      Academic Experience

      The course is intense. Teaching is high quality. Students are required to attend university every day and do as well a lot of work in their own time to revise for exams, write essay and work in group with other students. Support given to student is excellent. At least 600 hours pet year are spent in clinical environment (beside the academic part). Student nurses must be ready to work any day of the week, long hours and night shifts.

      2013, 2nd year, Adult Nursing

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    • Academic Experience

      Not much teaching in clinical medicine; learning is very much self-directed, and we are more or less left to just get on with...

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      2013, 3rd year, Clinical Medicine

      Academic Experience

      Not much teaching in clinical medicine; learning is very much self-directed, and we are more or less left to just get on with it. Quality of teaching varies widely across rotations, and some consultants are great and see you a lot, whereas some just don't want to know. Not much central support, and I'm not convinced that struggling students would be picked up before exam time. Course content is great; very challenging, you can always know more clinical medicine no matter how good your existing knowledge. Facilities are great, as Guy's, King's and St Thomas' Hospitals are three of the best in London and great places to learn.

      2013, 3rd year, Clinical Medicine

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How students describe this university

We asked more than 11,000 undergraduates to say how far they would describe their uni as having the following characteristics. We carry out this analysis where we have scores from at least 30 students. You can also see whether these ratings are high, medium or low compared to other universities.

Varied union activities

71%

MED

Sporty

60%

MED

Political

68%

HIGH

Creative

59%

MED

Diverse local nightlife

71%

MED

Vital stats

Sources: NSS, DLHE & HESA
% of graduates in work or further study 98% HIGH
Average graduate salary £24.5k HIGH

Number of students

28,900

students attended last year

Undergraduate / Postgraduate

61%

of students are undergrads

Full-time / Part-time

22%

of students are part-time

Male / Female

63%

of students are female

Young / Mature

23%

of students aged over 21

UK / Non-UK

31%

of students here are from outside the UK

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