What is K+?
K+ is a two-year widening participation programme run by King’s College London. It is designed for year 12 and 13 students in London and some parts of Essex who have the potential to go to the best universities in the country but need support to get there.
We know that some young people are far more likely to go to university than others. There are a number of factors that might make going to university more difficult. These include: being the first person in your family to apply, the school you attend, your ethnicity and where you live. The aim of K+ is to make sure that students at top universities, like King’s, reflect all members of our society, and that students’ circumstances don’t stop them from succeeding.
“The other students and student ambassadors were really supportive of me and helped me push myself out of my comfort zone. In the end I loved showcasing to others what we had learned and was entertained by other students. presentations. To me, I think that really sums up K+: knowing that there are so many other people out there that can help and are willing to aid you to become the best version of yourself possible. I cannot recommend enough to apply to K+. You learn so much, not just academically but also socially, and you learn so much more about yourself. If you’re looking for a first step into stepping out of your comfort zone, then K+ is definitely the way to go.“
Hazha, K+ Arts & Humanities 2022-24
What are the benefits of K+?
We know that some students have access to extra support and development opportunities outside of school which help them get to university . We want to make sure that students on the K+ programme have access to the same experiences, to make their applications as strong as possible, and ensure that as they are prepared and able to succeed once they get to university.
Whilst on the programme, students are organised into 8 subject streams, based on what they might wish to study at university. It’s within these groups that students explore what student life might be like, from attending lectures and seminars given by King’s College London’s academics, to working with PhD students on academic projects, or learning about student finance and budgeting.
We do this by:
- University taster days
- Subjects taught by university lecturers
- Advice on student finance
- Support for parents and carers
- Work experience
- Academic support for A levels.
Students who successfully complete K+ also receive a 2-grade reduced offer on most courses at King’s College London and up to a £1000 bursary in the first year if they decide to come and study here.