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Undergraduate Preparation in the UK

We are committed to ensuring every international student leaves us to achieve success at the best possible university.

It's why each year our students continue to win places at the UK's leading universities. But at Kings, you will not be simply coached for university entry. You will leave us fully equipped to excel throughout your degree and thrive within wider university life.

Student Success in the UK

More Student Stories
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Zixuan Xiong (Summer)

Zixuan (Summer), from China, is studying Economics at the University of Cambridge (ranked No. 1). She took A-levels at Kings Oxford.

"Cambridge is my dream university and it is why I choose to study in the UK. It is considered to be one of the most prestigious institutes of higher learning, and also has a traditionally strong reputation in Economics.

My economics teacher [at Kings] answered my queries in different topics beyond the curriculum range. The school also provided me a mock interview which I found really helpful especially when you have never attended an interview. It helped me gain insight into what is going to happen in an academic interview and made me less nervous.

Kings is a place in which I had a memorable life and met my close friends. I really appreciate the teachers there."

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Artur Begyan

Artur is from Russia and is studying Economics at the University of Warwick. He took A-levels at Kings Bournemouth.

"When I was 12 years old, I wanted to follow a road, which nobody else in my family had taken. I wanted to be exceptional. My dream was to get to one of the top universities in the UK. That is also when I decided to learn English and hopefully come here and get ready for university.

Initially I wanted to study Economics. I was just curious about this subject, I wanted to know why things happen, how the economy functions, not only the global economy but also the micro-economy, the markets. I am also very curious about subjects like computer science and physics. In the future I am planning to combine these subjects to create something new."

Read a full interview with Artur on Kings Life.

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Serra Ileri

Serra is from Turkey and is currently studying for a degree in Business and Management at Durham University. She took Advanced Level Foundation at Kings Oxford.

"My English was already quite good when I came to Kings but it's completely different from the education system I was used to and I had no idea how to write essays or how to do an academic presentation.

At the time I thought the CSS and Data module was important but now I realise how essential it is. I have a lot of friends who did A-levels and they don't know how to write an academic essay, how to do presentations, how to reference, and I know all of that thanks to CSS and honestly it saved my life! I'm the only international student who got a First in the 'Changing the World of Business' assignment and I think it's only because I'm good at referencing! If it wasn't for CSS I wouldn't have known how to do it.

England has many good universities, so that's why I came to Kings before university. I went to the university fair that Kings arranged and the Durham representative told me that since I had the French Baccalaureate I maybe didn't need A-levels etc, but I'm pleased I did the Foundation as I think I would have failed my university course if I hadn't gone to Kings before."

Read a full interview with Serra on Kings Life.

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Orvanda Ferreira

Orvanda, from Angola, is studying Mechanical and Electrical Engineering at the University of Bath. She took Advanced Level Foundation at Kings London.

"It's really small at Kings, you get lots of help as everyone knows everyone so they know when you're struggling and you'll always get the support you need.

Kings provides more like a general type of Foundation which allows for flexibility in switching between course choices if one doesn't succeed and/or doesn't like a particular module.

I particularly enjoyed Physics! Although I had studied it in Angola it's always better to see it from a different perspective and it was good to get used to the English system and the English terms for things. They gave us all the basics in Physics — it was helpful as when you go to university they expect you to know this."

Read a full interview with Orvanda on Kings Life.

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Leda Camila Andrade Padre

Camila is from Cape Verde and is studying Civil Engineering at UCL. She took Advanced Level Foundation at Kings Oxford.

"I have cousins and brothers who I visited in London. I feel so inspired to live in the city, surrounded by places like Big Ben — those attractions are all so famous and for me London is a really beautiful city. I think it's perfect.

UCL is really central, near to the big attractions and I know that it is responsible for the British Museum and other important places like that. I think it's also one of the top places to study Engineering in the UK.

I want to do my degree here and if I found a good job here after I might work here (in the UK) for a while. I expect to have great opportunities to travel and work in different countries around the world and then when I have enough experience I can go back to my country and help develop it — it’s a country in development so it needs change and infrastructure. This is my dream."

Read a full interview with Camila on Kings Life.

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Muhammad Muazu

Muhammad is from Nigeria and is studying Aeronautical Engineering at Loughborough University. He took Advanced Level Foundation at Kings London.

"I applied to five universities and received four offers to study aeronautical engineering.

The course has been quite stressful as it’s quite intense, but it’s fine. I think because I’ve already experienced a really intense course here at Kings I won’t be overwhelmed by anything I come across at university.

The CSS module has been helpful because it teaches you how to communicate and the assignments help you know how to do essays at university, also to do presentations in PowerPoint – this will also help in the future." 

Read a full interview with Muhammad on Kings Life.

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Anastasiia Kononenko

Anastasiia, from Russia, is studying Economics and Management at LSE. She took A-levels at Kings Oxford.

"This is the first time that I've been away from home for such a long time. It's the first time I've studied other subjects in English — it was pretty strange to start with, but you get used to it fast. The teachers understand that English isn't our first language, so they take care of us. We get a lot of help from our CSS classes, these help me to be successful in my academic subjects.

Small class size is a real advantage of this system of education. The teachers can pay attention to each student. We are encouraged to ask lots of questions, and I always get a proper answer."

Read a full interview with Anastasiia on Kings Life.

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Jia Ling Goh

Jia Ling is from Malaysia and is studying Law at the University of Leeds. She took Advanced Level Foundation at Kings Oxford.

I chose to come to Kings because of the Foundation course, which keeps my options wide. I can select my own modules, and I chose economics, geography and politics. I’d like to study Law.

Kings actually suggested which universities I should look at based on my results, then I looked at those universities and did research.

The UK education system is definitely different from the one in Malaysia. For example here at the start of each term we have target setting, we make appointments with teachers and they suggest to you what to do to improve academically.”

Our Undergraduate Preparation in the UK

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Art and Design Preparation Programme

The programme is aimed at students who need to develop their portfolio and/or their language level prior to a main art-related course.

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English for Academic Study

The English for Academic Study is a one-term programme students can take to strengthen their English before our academic programmes.