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If you're applying to Solent or already know you'll be joining us in September for the first time we can't wait to welcome you!

We know that, due to the Covid-19 pandemic, the start of your University journey will look different to everything you've imagined, but please know that everyone here is working hard to make sure that life as a Solent student will be the amazing experience you deserve.

Hopefully you've already taken a look at our 'Solent in September' page where we've shared a first-look at what campus and your studies will look like in the new academic year. 

Below, you can also find some frequently asked questions that provide more details specifically for our new students.We'll be updating them regularly, so keep checking back - and we look forward to seeing you soon! 

Can I apply to Solent for 2020/21

We are still open and accepting applications for all levels of courses. Please explore our courses for more information. You can also contact with more specific questions you may have around entry.

Can I attend an open day?

Due to Covid-19, our open days are postponed until the autumn. Until then, you can still experience life at Solent. Explore our online resources to take a tour of our campus and residences, find more information about our courses, and find out how we can support you during your time at Solent. If you have any questions about open day events, please get in touch:

I have a conditional offer - what will happen?

In light of the unprecendented challenges learners are facing, Solent will be as flexible as we can in relation to applicants fulfilling the terms of their conditional offer. The University recognises potential - in terms of the qualifications you have already achieved and additional selection criteria, such as portfolio, audition or interviews, predicted grades, personal statements, and your tutor's reference - and will take these factors into account where learning has been disrupted.

The University is awaiting further updates from the Government and OfQual on how qualifications may be awarded this summer. Depending on the outcome of these discussions, the University may choose to amend, or even waive, the academic conditions of your offer. We will let you know as soon as we are in a position to do so.

The University reserves the right to make independent academic decisions on each individual application. Please be assured, the University is actively considering how to minimise the disruption to you. We know you must be anxious, and we will be in touch again as soon as we can.

What is happening with my exams?

The UK Government has cancelled exams and assessments, including A-levels, in May and June 2020. Instead of using exam results to determine your grades, the exam regulator and exam boards are working with teachers to give you your grades that reflect the work you've already done. Exam boards aim to confirm results by the end of July.

You can also check the UCAS website for up-to-date information. You can read more about the assessment methods replacing exams on the Government website.

I am an independent student - what does this mean for me?

Awarding bodies and qualification regulators are working to provide further guidance for independent applicants, and further information will be given as it becomes available. OfQual is urgently exploring whether there are alternative options for those students who do not have an existing relationship with a centre and who need results this summer for progression purposes. OfQual has said, "Unfortunately, this is unlikely to be possible for all external candidates, some of whom may instead need to take exams in the autumn to get their grades". OfQual have said they will provide an update "as soon as possible".

Solent will be as flexible as we can when making admissions decisions this summer for any private candidates who do not receive a grade.

I'm due to start my course in September 2020, can I defer/delay my place?

You can defer your offer as long as you are holding an unconditional firm offer and meet the standard tariff (ie, have not been accepted on any clearing drops).

However, if your reason for deferring is because of the current Covid-19 situation, we would encourage you to hold your offer for now. If closer to the start of term you are not able to attend and would like to defer, you will need to send an email to with your full name and student ID or UCAS number, the course you have applied for, and your request to defer. The team will then look to see if you are able to do this and will communicate with you accordingly.

I have submitted an application, but haven't received a response

Thank you for your application.

The admissions team are working from home and are processing applications every day to ensure you all receive a decision as soon as possible. The team will contact you if any further information is required.

What should I do about accommodation?

We know students are keen to know more about what our campus changes will mean for you, your course and your plans for September. 

We are continuing work on our plans as we monitor changing circumstances and respond to the latest Government guidance, and will be in touch with students again by 1 July in order to provide more specific information on how individual courses will be taught and what flexible accommodation options we are able to offer. 

If you have already applied for accommodation, we will hold this for you for the time being, and will be in touch with you directly once we’re able to share the details of your course and time on campus so you can make your final decisions.
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