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Student progression stories

Meet some of our most recent alumni below.
Their destination universities are ordered by overall university ranking or by subject-specific ranking, whichever is higher, according to The Times Good University Guide 2017.
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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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Timofej Fedotov

Timofej is from Russia and is currently studying for a degree in General Engineering at Oxford University. He took A-levels at Kings Oxford.

"My course director and teachers have played an essential role in my education. They gave me useful hints not only in terms of learning but also in terms of choosing a suitable course and university. Every time I felt like I need extra classes or activities they tried their best to provide me with those."

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Lisys Zaire

Lisys is from Brazil and is currently studying for a degree in International Relations at Loughborough University. 

"[Kings] gave me the basis to come to university, not only the knowledge and academic aspects of it, but also the experience of studying in the UK and dealing with a different system. It all came together at Kings and they orientate you to what you should do, how you should study effectively and (are a) huge support after you finish your course and come to university. They are the reason why I am here"

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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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Diego Reineck

Diego is from Belgium and is currently studying for a degree in Earth and Environmental Science at Lancaster University. He took the Advanced Level Foundation.

"They (Kings) were very helpful in helping me to apply to UK universities because it’s a completely different system from my country, so my director of studies helped me to write my letter, she checked my grades and she helped me to get in contact with people from this university. ”"

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Melissa Bilambo

Melissa Bilambo is from Congo and is currently studying for a degree in Economics and Management at Durham University. She took the Advanced Level Foundation at Kings Bournemouth.

"I would recommend Kings, especially if you’re not used to the education system in the UK — Kings is a very good bridge for that and it will help you prepare and settle in before having to come to university."

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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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Oscar Hidalgo

Oscar from El Salvador, is studying Actuarial Mathematics at University of Leeds (#11). He took the Advanced Level Foundation at Kings Bournemouth.

"I would definitely recommend Kings — it helps you a lot, especially to be ready for university. The skills that you learn at Kings are way different from the ones that you learn in a normal school. They are really helpful for university."

Read a full interview with Oscar from the time when he was still a Kings Bournemouth student.

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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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Aidai Ergeshova

Aidai from Kazakhstan, is studying International Relations at the University of Exeter (#12). She took an Advanced Level Foundation at Kings Oxford.

"The whole course [at Kings] was really helpful for preparation for university, especially for a high ranked university like this. I got a really great experience studying the Foundation year in Kings Oxford."

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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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Dan Huy Nguyen

Dan Huy Nguyen from Vietnam, is studying English Literature with Creative Writing at the University of East Anglia (#15). He took an Advanced Level Foundation at Kings Brighton.

"In Vietnam we don’t have as many faculty staff, usually just the teacher — we don’t even have a counsellor or student services, it is mostly just us and our school work. Here, at Kings, I feel connected and involved."

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Sofia Calvino Rodriguez

Sofia, from Venezuela, is studying Criminology and Psychology at the University of Southampton. She took Advanced Level Foundation at Kings Oxford.

"Looking back I don't think I would be able to go straight to university from high school — it would be too much so this year has been perfect.

I recommend it 100%. It's tough though — if you think here you'll be here just partying and doing nothing, that's not the case! You have to work really hard."

Read a full interview with Sofia on Kings Life.

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Vun Yee Wah (Vivian)

Vun Yee (Vivian), from Malaysia, is studying Biomedical Sciences at the University of Bristol. She took Advanced Level Foundation at Kings Oxford.

"I wanted to study Foundation and I found out that the one here is different to others, and that here it's more similar to the A-level syllabus. Also here you can have five university choices, and you can get to high ranking universities.

I think CSS is very useful. We learn how to give presentations and write essays. I learnt English in my country but we only learnt reading and writing, we didn't learn about speaking and I get to speak more doing CSS."

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Taisei Tsuruoka

Taisei is from Japan and is studying Mathematics at the University of Manchester. He took the one-year A-level at Kings London.

"I used to go to a school in Suffolk, but I couldn't get in to my desired university so I needed to retake my A-levels. The reason I came here is because they offer the one-year A-level, I didn't want to spend another two years.

I have to say the one-year A-level is quite intense, but each lesson is well organised so it's not a problem. I'm doing Maths, Further Maths and Chemistry.

I've been interested in computing since I was young, so I have applied for Computer Science courses at university. My career will be as a systems engineer or programmer.

The big difference (between Kings and my school in Japan) is that in this school there are less than 10 people in lessons — in Japan we had about 30 people. I guess this is good as the teachers can take care of every student."

Read a full interview with Taisei on Kings Life.

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Anna Krivoshlykova

Anna, from Russia, is studying for a degree in English Language and Linguistics at the University of York. She took Advanced Level Foundation at Kings Oxford.

"I chose to come to Oxford because I fell in love with it the first time I saw it. Kings, I chose, because it was recommended to me by my agent. I went there and met Ruth and Adam, and they were very welcoming and friendly. I really hoped I would get through my exams so I could come to Kings.

[From the Foundation] I think I gained independence, because it was my first time away from friends and family, and I learned to be prepare for exams and assignments by myself — even though the teachers were always on hand if I needed them. I was also taught to write assignments properly, I learned how to do an independent research, how to paraphrase, how to do bibliography and so on. It turned out to be extremely helpful at the university!"

Read a full interview with Anna on Kings Life.

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Tsz Tung Nicole Pong

Nicole is from Hong Kong and is studying Law at the University of York. She took Advanced Level Foundation at Kings London.

"My sister studied in Bath and so I sort of always knew that I would study in the UK. It's why I didn't do the last year of high school in Hong Kong and came straight here to do the Advanced Level Foundation.

A lot of international students at York actually graduated high school and then realised the they didn't have the credentials needed by UK universities, so they came here to do a foundation.

I think the best things about Kings is the staff. When I did my UCAS applications and got into York I remember Emma jumping up and down with joy for me! The staff are amazing — they were so supportive and helpful with everything and you really need that as an international student. Steven and Emma really helped with my personal statement — they didn't mind if I just ran up the stairs and said 'Help'!"

Read a full interview with Nicole on Kings Life.

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Nasib Al Dirani

Nasib is from Syria and is studying Bioengineering at the University of Sheffield. He took Advanced Level Foundation at Kings Oxford.

"The idea of applying for Bioengineering came up whilst I was at Kings, and I had help from a couple of my teachers. They did check the course, and they told me what's in it, as the course description on the website was a bit vague. I would recommend going to the university, seeing what the atmosphere is like, visiting the department, and asking some experts about the course. Each university has its specialisms so my teachers helped give me a general idea of where to consider.

I think that doing Foundation will give you a lot of advantages, especially if you’re an international student going to an English university. It helps you understand how teachers want you to answer in England — in Syria we had a different way. The CSS helped me a lot."

Read a full interview with Nasib on Kings Life.

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Nina Hasebe

Nina is from Japan and is studying Robotics and Intelligent Systems at Kings College London. She took Advanced Level Foundation at Kings London.

"When I first came here I wanted to do aerospace engineering but when I was trying to write my personal statement over the winter holidays I realised that what I specifically wanted to do was work with the systems in the spacecraft. For that reason I felt that maybe robotics or some kind of computer science would be better for me, unless I decided to go for the whole design of the spacecraft and all the other aerospace engineering stuff. For what I want to do, if I had a general knowledge of robotics systems it will help me more.

Writing my personal statement I had to think about why I wanted to do aerospace engineering and this really made me ask myself whether it was what I wanted to study for 3 or 4 years.

Another thing that influenced my decision was the visits I went on to universities — not open days, but individual visits that the school helped me organise with private appointments with students doing my anticipated degree subject. The universities that I was looking at before, it turned out weren’t actually the best places for me — I only discovered this when I visited."