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Snapshot of KIS widget, Chemistry

Fig.1 An example of the KIS widget showing data for one of our Chemistry programmes.

What is the Key Information Set (KIS)?

As you look through our online Prospectus, you’ll notice that most degree programmes show a set of statistics on the left-hand side called a KIS, or Key Information Set (see Fig.1).

This information is provided by the Higher Education Funding Council for England (HEFCE) and is designed to give you more information about all our programmes to help you make a decision on where and what to study.

What is a Key Information Set (KIS)?

The KIS is a set of standard information, which can help you to compare degree programmes at UCL or at other universities. The KIS shows information about questions like:

  • Are teaching staff good at explaining things?
  • Have teaching staff made the subject more interesting?
  • What is the overall satisfaction rate for this programme?
  • What percentage of graduates are at work or study after six months?
  • Does the programme offer professional accreditation?
  • What is the rate of satisfaction with the support and guidance on offer?
  • What percentage of graduates are in professional and managerial roles after six months?
  • What are my accommodation costs likely to be?
  • Percentage of scheduled learning and teaching activities?
  • Percentage of coursework?

Where does the information come from?

The data for the KIS is collected by the Higher Education Funding Council for England (HEFCE) and comes from a range of sources, including the National Student Survey, the Higher Education Statistics Agency (HESA)’s Destinations of Leavers of Higher Education Survey, and from the higher education institutions themselves.

How can I compare degree programmes using the KIS?

You can compare degree programmes by visiting the Unistats website, which shows KIS information about all UK degree programmes.

Why KIS data on some programmes limited or missing?

Some of our degree programmes, such as Philosophy, Politics and Economics BSc, are relatively new and so information about things like student satisfaction and what graduates are now doing has not been gathered yet, or simply does not exist. The fact that this data is missing is in no way a reflection on the quality of these programmes.

How can I find out more about UCL degree programmes and life at UCL?

You’re already at the best starting point – the UCL Undergraduate Prospectus should give you a good idea of what your programme content will be, and can point you to information about important things like accommodation and student finance. If you’d like more information, you can also look at departmental websites and get in touch with the contacts listed beside each degree programme.

UCL representatives can also be found at most UCAS conventions, where they will be happy to answer any questions you may have, and there are several opportunities throughout the year to come and visit us at our Open Day or the University of London Open Days.

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