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 at www.ucas.com

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 on www.kcl.ac.uk/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: pre-application

Most students apply for entry to King’s in the next academic year (i.e. they would begin their postgraduate programme in the September immediately following the completion of their previous degree), but King’s will usually be able to accept applications for deferred entry.

Postgraduate: post-application

If you have already applied for entry in the next entry cycle and you then decide or need to request a deferral, please contact Admissions directly by logging in to your King’s Apply account and sending us a portal message as soon as possible, providing a brief reason for your decision. Your Admissions Officer will be able to advise you further via the portal.

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.