Undergraduate: pre-application
King’s is happy to consider applicants who wish to take a year out to gain some specific experience or to broaden their interests. Our advice is to apply for your chosen programme in the final year of secondary or further education, indicate on your UCAS form that you will be deferring your entry, and then outline your plans in your personal statement.

You are of course very welcome to apply during your gap year after completing your studies if you wish, but do make sure that you can be contacted during this time - especially if you are abroad. You can find further advice on completing your UCAS application, on their webpages.

Undergraduate: post-application
If you’ve already applied and you subsequently decide that you would like to defer your place, then you should send a request to King’s in writing (please do this in a message via your King’s Apply account if possible, but if not you may send this by email). In your message, please state clearly that you are requesting a deferral and provide a brief reason for this decision.

Requests should be sent to the Admissions team responsible for your relevant programme(s). To find the correct email address, search for your programme within our online prospectus  and check the "Further information" section.

We are usually sympathetic to deferral requests on the first occasion, but we might be more restrictive if this is the second deferral that you have requested in a row.


Postgraduate applicants: 

After careful consideration, we have taken the decision not to allow any deferrals on our postgraduate taught programmes from 2021/22 to the next academic year. Please visit our Coronavirus Offer Holder webpages for further information.