Course changes explained

To improve your student experience, and the quality of your degree, it is sometimes necessary to make changes to a course whilst you are studying here at Kingston. Our degree courses are reviewed regularly to ensure that they meet expected standards and keep up with developments in the subject.

We listen to feedback from students, employers, professional bodies and other stakeholders to see if changes are required, this helps raise the quality and standing of your Kingston University degree. On this page, we explain how likely course changes are and how we will communicate these changes to you.

Material information

There are certain changes we must inform you of if they are made after you have accepted an offer of a place on a course. The information that fall into this category is commonly referred to as ‘material information'.

What is material information?

Material information include:

  • Course/award title
  • Entry criteria
  • Length of course
  • Accreditation details
  • Overall balance of how you get taught, i.e. between lectures, other scheduled learning and self-study time
  • Location the course will be delivered, including work placements (if applicable)
  • Overall balance of the different types of assessments, i.e. exams, coursework and practical examination (see the Assessment section,  under Teaching and Assessment, on the course web page)
  • The module diet for your course, i.e. list of core (you have to take) and optional (you can choose to take) modules
  • Particular terms on your course, i.e. anything in your course which does not follow standard University regulations
  • Course costs, including tuition fees and any other mandatory extra costs

Is the material information likely to change?

It is unlikely that material information will change between when you accept an offer and you start the course, as the University has strict deadlines by when changes must be approved by. These deadlines have been closely aligned to when potential students will be looking at the material information and using it to make their decision to apply to a course.

However, there may be some instances where material information needs to be amended and implemented quickly. Such changes would only be approved if there was a strong rationale for the change and it was demonstrated that it was in the students' interest and/or that it was required to meet a professional body requirement.

How will we let you know?

Significant material changes

In order to be fair to you, we have identified the material changes listed below as significant, as they have the potential to impact your decision to study that course at Kingston University. Therefore if, exceptionally, changes are made to any of this information you will be informed immediately and given the option to keep your place on the course or withdraw your acceptance to study with us. We will support you through this process; to get in touch, you can contact us.

Significant changes are any changes to:

  • Course/award title
  • Entry criteria
  • Length of course
  • Accreditation details
  • Location of course (and work placements if applicable) delivery
  • Total course costs

Other material changes

Changes to any other material information, not listed above under significant changes, will be highlighted to you at the point of enrolment.

If you are unhappy with those changes, we will support you to find a suitable alternative course either at Kingston University or another institution. To get in touch, you can contact us.

If you have started the course

If changes are made after you have started the course then you will be informed of those changes through your course Canvas site.

Any questions?

Please speak to your Course Director if you have queries about changes that affect your course. 

If you have not yet made an application please contact the Student Recruitment team; if you have already made an application please contact the Admissions team. For contact information, visit our contact us page.