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Our taster days give your year 12 and 13 students the opportunity to spend a day on our campus to gain first-hand experience of their chosen subject in a university environment. They can take a look at the great facilities available at Southampton Solent University and meet the our students and teaching staff, and experience the different teaching methods used by university academics.

Business and law taster days

Southampton Solent University was one of the first universities on the south coast to secure the Small Business Charter award. Our undergraduate students have worked with a range of companies, such as University Hospital Southampton NHS Foundation Trust, the Army, Sainsbury's, Wiggle, Business in the Community, B&Q, Unilever, P&O Cruises, Sony, Red Funnel, Marwell Zoo.

Many of the courses we offer are additionally accredited by professional and regulatory bodies, including CMI, PRINCE2, CIPD, and ACCA.

The business and law taster days are design to stimulate your students' knowledge of today's business world. The sessions cover a variety of teaching methods and topics, such as strategic operations management, air travel, employment in tourism, and event management.

Theming an event experience

An exciting competition for potential students to decide on a theme for an event of their choice from a list. Then to pitch ASAP - the faster they decide on a theme, the more time they have to prepare. This creates a competitive element for the task. The tutor will then allocate groups one of the themes. Teams will develop a specific theme or concept and describe the design elements they would use to make the event ‘memorable’. Their potential event will be scored against each of these criteria and the team with highest scores wins!

Date: Delivered on request
Time: AM or PM
Maximum student capacity: 30

Gazing at Tourism

This interactive session uses photographs to engage students in a discussion about the multi-faceted nature of travel and tourism. Photography plays a key role in the tourism experience for both tourists and the tourism industry and the gaze is much discussed in tourism literature. Photo elicitation in tourism is also a very current research method and an interesting starting point for further discussion.

Aim: To increase awareness of the nature of travel and tourism through the use of images.
Objective: To use photos to discuss which elements of travel and tourism are illustrated in specific pictures.

Date: Delivered on request
Time: AM or PM
Maximum student capacity: 20

Under £1 at the pumps: So what?

A contemporary subject area for any aspiring business student to explore is the business environment. Upon having an appreciation of this, students will have greater knowledge and understanding to engage other key areas of the business function, such as finance, marketing, human resources, information technology and economics. The aim is to gain learning from a real life example by using the skills of group work and research to inform a business knowledge base to support further learning.


  1. Explore the fundamentals of a current business environment issue by desktop research techniques.
  2. Discuss and prepare an analysis of findings using the SWOT framework.
  3. Develop and deliver a five minute presentation to share findings.
  4. Reflect on task to endorse learning and onward development.

Law and Sexual Equality

An analysis of how the law helps to shape the social attitudes to sexual equality. Looking at the nature of equality, and focusing on aspects of bias, prejudice and discrimination. How have social attitudes to gender and sexuality been reflected in recent legislative changes, such as the Marriage (Same Sex Couples) Act 2013? The session will include a Q&A on how those factors shape legal/social attitudes, followed by a plenary - has the law got it right?

Date: Delivered on request
Time: AM or PM

Analysis of Crime and Law

An investigation as to the nature of criminal behaviour – what are crimes, and why are they regulated by law? How can we identify criminal behaviour, and how do lawyers separate law and morals in order to discern those behaviours that are illegal? The workshop will also discuss the legal meaning of ‘harm’, and the moral/legal obligations to protect against causing harm to others.

Date: Delivered on request
Time: AM or PM

Fact Analysis and Law

An investigation as to the nature of facts – what are they and why are they important? How can we identify facts, and how do lawyers separate varying facts in order to discern those that are ‘material’? Why do lawyers see facts (and the obvious) differently from others?

Date: Delivered on request
Time: AM or PM

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Communication and marketing taster days

All our taster workshops are designed to stimulate your students’ knowledge of the creative industry sector. The sessions cover a variety of teaching methods and topics, including, journalism, photojournalism, public relations, broadcasting, social media, marketing and advertising.

The school is home to Solent Creatives, the University's on-campus creative agency where our talented students have opportunities to work with industry. Our BA (Hons) Public Relations and Communications course has scored 100% in the National Student Survey for the past three years, and our English courses are ranked in the top 20 for ‘overall satisfaction’, second for ‘personal development’ and second for ‘learning resources’, out of 104 universities in the UK. We also offer exciting two year accelerated degrees for BA (Hons) Journalism, BA (Hons) Advertising and BA (Hons) Public Relations, all developed with Creative Skillset. Some of the school’s staff have also been nominated as ‘star teachers’ in Solent’s own awards ceremony. 

Live from the newsroom: Studying journalism

Studying journalism at university is about making your way into an exciting career. Journalists are on the scene when news breaks and they experience the best and worst of life. Journalists tell stories, inform their readers and can make the difference that changes people’s worlds. The session gives students the opportunity to come and experience what it is like to be a journalist, to test themselves in a lively newsroom environment and to find out what it's like to study journalism for you to realise your potential.

Maximum student capacity: 40
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Storytelling is the new marketing

Reflecting the importance of content marketing for all brands, the session will focus on developing a campaign plan including marketing, advertising and public relations. Responding to a client brief, students will consider their competition, target audience and positioning of their product. Using an agile development process, students could have the opportunity to build a strategy, develop creative concepts, storyboard a YouTube viral and plan a social media campaign.

Maximum student capacity: 20-40
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Design the latest edition of 'SEVEN' magazine

Responding to our client’s brief for a new fashion magazine, students could have the opportunity to create original digital artwork in our professional photographic studios and learn how to incorporate this into their own magazine cover design. They could use their journalistic skills to create imaginative, eye-catching text, or employ their stylistic design skills to create original and compelling imagery. Students are guided at all stages, from the initial concept through to the final product. At the end of the day, they will have launched the face for a new magazine concept– online and in print!

Maximum student capacity: 15-20
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