The University of Kent welcomes students from all backgrounds. About 20% of our students have returned to study after a few years (or more) out of formal education. Our staff have a wide range of experience in helping students who are returning to fulltime or part-time study.
Advice for students returning to learning
In addition to all the support services and resources described elsewhere in this prospectus, our Information and Guidance staff can offer friendly, experienced advice if you are thinking of returning to study, if you are unsure about the course you wish to study or want to discuss any topic relating to study in higher education. We can give information and advice on a wide range of topics relating to studying in higher education, including how to choose your course, preparing for your course, admissions processes and general information regarding preparation for higher education.
Information and Guidance staff are based on the Canterbury campus and can be contacted between 9am-5pm, Monday to Friday. Staff can provide you with information and literature, and generally answer your questions.
You can book an appointment for a one-to-one guidance session with a trained adviser. The session can be conducted either by telephone or face to face. Alternatively, you could come along to one of our Open Days see inside the back cover for information and dates, or visit Open Days our website.
For guidance information, or to book an individual guidance session, please contact us:
T: 0800 975 3777 or 01227 827272
Science foundation programmes
Computer Systems Engineering, Electronic and Communications Engineering, Forensic Science, Mathematics and Physics offer a four-year programme with a foundation year for all students who don’t have the appropriate qualifications for direct entry to a three-year programme.
If you don’t have qualifications in the necessary subjects for your chosen degree, or if, for whatever reason, your grades aren’t high enough, you can apply for this programme.
Many of our standard undergraduate degree programmes can be studied part-time and there are other programmes that can be studied on a part-time basis. For more details please see our Part-time study page.
Access to Higher Education Diploma
Would you like to take the first step towards gaining a degree? Build your skills and confidence with a friendly group, supportive tutor, informal environment and inspiring course sessions.
Whether you have taken a gap from learning, would like to refresh your skills or need to gain the necessary qualifications, the Access to Higher Education Diploma is for you.
Find out more about the Access to Higher Education Diploma including which subjects you can study and how to apply.
Kent welcomes applications from everyone with the potential to benefit from its programmes. Not all of our students have the traditional entrance qualifications required to take a degree. We will consider your previous experience including work-related skills, alternative qualifications and any other information that you can give us.