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Key Information Set (KIS)

Introduction to KIS

In Autumn 2012, you will see that every UK college and University is providing Key Information Set (KIS) information on their undergraduate course web pages (for both full and part-time courses).

This information is intended to help you make an informed decision about the Institutions you are interested in applying to by presenting a quick snapshot of standard course information. A direct link to the Unistats website will take you to the full list of key information for that course.

What does the full KIS contain?

Student satisfaction

This information is gathered from the results of the latest National Student Survey and covers a variety of aspects of each course, such as academic support, satisfaction with the course, teaching and learning, IT provision, and feedback.

Contact hours

This provides an overview of the proportion of time you will spend on a course in various learning and teaching activities (i.e. lecturers, seminars, fieldwork, etc) - by year or stage of study. Most undergraduate courses require students to study for 120 credits at a given level, but different courses will involve a range of types of learning, and different amounts of self-study time.

The contact hours information is provided as a percentage, and will not necessarily explain how many hours you will have in lectures every week, but should help you to get a rough idea. These percentages are an approximate average based on the modules chosen by students taking the course the previous year, so the amount of actual learning hours may differ from the KIS depending on which modules you choose.

If you'd like to see how your time could be spent over an average week, please see below for a typical example of how one of our current students splits their time:

How your learning on the course will be assessed

Courses can involve exams, coursework and practicals to assess your progress, or a combination of all three, and this information explains what kind of assessment you can expect from a particular course in each year of study. These percentages are also an approximate average based on the modules chosen by students taking the course the previous year, so the type of assessment may differ from the KIS depending on which modules you choose.

Finance information

This includes:

  • The cost of tuition fees for the course
  • The typical cost of University accommodation (given as a range of prices)
  • The typical cost of private accommodation available locally
  • Any financial support that is available from the University/college you are applying to

Graduate employability

This shows:

  • What people who have taken this course do after they have graduated (this includes working, studying, working and studying, unemployed, and not available for work)
  • The % of those in employment that are in managerial/professional jobs six months after graduation.
  • The average salary of graduates from the course six months after graduation


This indicates if a course is recognised by any Professional, statutory and regulatory bodies for example our undergraduate psychology courses are accredited by the British Psychological Society (BPS), our pharmacy courses by the Royal Pharmaceutical Society of Great Britain.

Students Union

This section looks at what percentage of students view the Students' Union positively. This information is also taken from the National Student Survey.

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