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Tuesday 5 July - Friday 8 July 2016

Our four-day residential summer school will provide your year 12s with an exciting, sustained and intensive experience of university life in the late summer term. The summer school will help your students build skills and the confidence necessary to progress their education in a safe, caring environment, assisted by our experienced and supportive staff and student ambassadors.

Students will work with our lecturers and current students in world-class facilities, with the opportunity to focus on a particular subject area. They'll be challenged to complete an engaging, relevant and hands-on project related to their chosen subject, and can attend a range of workshops designed to support them with topics such as applying, entering and excelling in higher education.

We’ll also put on a programme of exciting evening activities, giving your students a glimpse of the social side of university life.  


It's free to take part in the summer school, with costs being met by Southampton Solent University. This includes food and accommodation, all trips, activities (where appropriate), and evening entertainment. The only cost that you'll be required to meet is that of return travel from home to the summer school. You're also welcome to bring money for any extras you may require.


Students engage in a variety of subject-specific activities, as well as a study skills workshop and other sessions that will provide insight into areas ranging from student life to understanding the UCAS application process. There will also be a programme of evening activities and entertainment available for all attendees.

The programmes on offer are listed below:

Business management and marketing - it's a cruise 

Students will be instructed on how to provide management services to businesses in Southampton and the wider Solent region. The sessions will explore business strategy and operational aspects that businesses need to consider to secure future business contracts. In addition students will be shown some of the different elements of creating an advertising campaign, running events or innovating new product ideas. Using this information, they'll be able to showcase their knowledge and expertise such that a potential client can be impressed with the level of excellent business awareness and sound operational proficiency.

News journalism - website showcase

Students work together to produce a small website to showcase their output of words, pictures and video. 

Day one: What is news? Where does it come from? How can we find it?
Activity: Newsgathering exercise with written work uploaded to website.

Day two: Every picture tells a story - how to take compelling photographs to illustrate stories.
Activity: Photography assignment, introduction to imaging software. Pictures uploaded to website.

Day three: Moving words and pictures / how to make a short video.
Activity: Working in teams to produce a video news bulletin, uploaded to website.

Day four: Editing and making it all happen.
Activity: Refining and enhancing the website presence to ensure coherent and professional content and design.

Product design/interior design - design for life 

Working with the product design and interior design teams at Solent, students create and develop an idea for a new product based around 'well being' - products/interiors that enable our ageing population to continue to live independent lives.

Students will take part in a creative thinking workshop, as well as a session to understand how a user-centred approach to design is an important. To help with their designs, students will also be able to use our state of the art 'aging suit' to simulate what it feels like to be much older. They'll then work with some of our own students to develop their ideas into working models.

Finally, all teams will have the opportunity to present the idea in a Dragons Den scenario. Our dragons will advise on the commercial potential of each idea. 

This is a fun and creative workshop that will equip your students with knowledge and skills that are very relevant if they're doing A levels in an art and design-related discipline. 

Criminology - whodunnit?

Providing a broad overview of the subject of criminology, these sessions cover areas such as crime scene investigation, perceptions of criminals and the detection of crime, criminal trials, sentencing, and the growth of cybercrime. The interactive approach of these sessions for learning about crime and justice are designed to bring the subject alive and introduce the participants to several of the themes covered in a criminology degree.

Fashion - careers in the fashion industry 

This programme is perfect for students who would love to work in the fashion industry, and who want to find out more about the many career opportunities available. On this fun, practical workshop, students will find out how Southampton Solent University can provide a fantastic launch pad for their careers. Whether it's fashion photography, buying, PR, graphics, fashion marketing, styling, hair and make-up, fashion design or promotion, we will help your students understand these areas and how our courses could lead them straight to industry.

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