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Post-16 opportunities

Preparing your students for university and beyond

An update on our services

In light of the Covid-19 pandemic, the UK student recruitment team are unable to deliver any formal on- or off-campus activities or events. However, we are working hard to develop alternative ways of delivering key information, advice and guidance to you and your students - find out more in our student resources section, below. If you have any questions or would like to discuss ways we can support your students, please contact us:

While the team work from home, they are contactable by email at or through their individual email addresses and mobile phone numbers, which can be found on their email signatures.

For full details of the actions Solent University is taking, please see our Covid-19 information section which is updated regularly. We are always here to support you and your students through this difficult time.

Virtual open days

Get ready to experience life at Solent

While we're unable to hold physical open days on campus, we're still giving your students the opportunity to find out more about studying at Solent at one of our autumn virtual open days.

Held throughout October and November, there are open days for each faculty where students can attend course talks online, go on a virtual campus tour, and virtually visit our student residences.

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Student resources

The team has produced a host of online resources for your year 12 and 13 students to complete. These have been designed to support with personal development, specifically around transitioning into higher education. Students can watch recordings and read up on how to choose a university, how to write a personal statement, how to ace an audition and how to transition to university by clicking here.

Students can read more about our subjects in these downloadable brochures:

Architecture and construction
Art, design and fashion
Business, law and criminology
Computing, games and networking
Health, psychology and sociology
Maritime and engineering
Music and performance
Sport and fitness
TV, film and media technology
Writing and communications

Chat to our students

Have your students got questions about studying at Solent? Now they can ask our current students! Whether it's about the course they're studying, or what sports teams there are, or if it's simply what it's like to be a student at Solent, we have a team of students ready to answer their questions.

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Students walking through The Spark with The Pod in the background

52 Things To Do

Weekly hints and tips to help your students prepare for university - from personal statements and applying, to student finance, accommodation, and more.

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We work with you to help your students with their university choices by offering events and activities both at Solent and in your institution. Our activities are linked to Gatsby Benchmarks and are designed to introduce your students to student life and help raise their aspirations to get the most our of their studies. We also run bespoke conferences, events and networking opportunities for HE and careers advisers, giving you information on what's happening at Solent and in HE in general.

Here, you'll find more information on:

For any enquiries, please contact the Schools and Colleges Liaison Team on 023 8201 3581 or email

Discover Solent University

Activity offer

Our new activity offer can support you by providing key information through innovative, interactive and engaging Gatsby Benchmark-linked sessions for your level three learners. All activities are delivered in 10- to 30-minute modules, which can be built into bespoke sessions, depending on your needs. Read on to find out more.

Discovery days

Our Discovery Days allow you and your students to get hands-on with practical activities aimed at providing an in-depth experience of some of the degrees we offer, as well as real-world experience of working in industry. Your students will also be able to speak to our industry professionals and see some of our fantastic facilities.

All sessions are linked to the Gatsby Benchmarks, as well as tangible skills development outcomes, such as problem-solving, self-reflection, resilience, confidence and teamwork.

Click on the subject areas below to find out what Discovery Days we offer, and to book.

If your students are unable to attend a Discovery Day, or would like to learn about another course area at Solent, we offer a variety of bespoke taster days on alternative dates. We can also arrange for our academics to deliver an interactive session or presentation at your institution. Scroll down for more details.

Discovery Day guidelines

Gatsby benchmark-linked presentations at your institution

We can support you by delivering fun, innovative sessions to Years 12 and 13. All sessions are linked to the Gatsby benchmarks, as well as tangible skills development outcomes, such as problem-solving, self-reflection, resilience, confidence and teamwork. All sessions are delivered in 10 to 30-minute modules, which can be built into bespoke sessions depending on your needs.

We currently offer the following sessions:

  • Personal statements
  • Student finance
  • Choosing a university
  • Applying to university
  • Building the best you - confidence and resilience
  • Student life
  • Study and revision skills
  • Transition to higher education
  • Employability
  • Portfolios, auditions and interviews
  • Applying to nursing

Student with a lecturer

To book a presentation, please contact your named regional student recruitment officer or email

Subject taster sessions at Solent or your institution

If your students are unable to attend a Discovery Day or would like to learn about another course area at Solent, we offer a variety of bespoke subject taster sessions on alternative dates. We can also arrange for our academics to deliver an interactive session or presentation at your institution.

These sessions will link as much as possible into the level three curriculum and offer insight into degree routes and career pathways.

Activities at Solent

Subject taster sessions

Taster sessions are a great opportunity for your level 3 students to gain a better understanding of what it's like to study at Solent. They can spend up to a day on campus chatting to our student ambassadors about their experiences and familiarising themselves with our teaching style, facilities and support networks.

Click on the subject areas below to find out what taster days we offer, and to book. These sessions are available on an ad-hoc basis.


Three students working on a project together


Activities at your institution

Enrich your curriculum and inspire your students with a visit from our academic experts. Many of our academics have industry experience and can deliver fun, engaging and interactive sessions to your students across a range of subject areas.

Faculty of Creative Industries, Architecture and Engineering
Subject areas: architecture and construction, art and design, fashion, music and performance, engineering, yacht design

Faculty of Business, Law and Digital Technologies
Subject areas: business and finance; English and journalism; law and criminology; marketing, communications and public relations; travel and tourism; computing and games; TV, film, media production and technology.

Faculty of Sport, Health and Social Sciences
Subject areas: health, psychology and sociology; sport and fitness.

Warsash Maritime School
Subject areas: maritime.

Benefits to you

  • Curriculum support offered in a familiar environment.
  • Supports progression to higher education in these subject areas.
  • Promotes modern teaching and learning for all.
  • Clarifies any misconceptions about university life, eg, assessment criteria.
  • Students become more focused in their ability to consider future employability choices.
  • Meet like-minded staff and students.
  • Easy to communicate with us, and saves administration work at your end!

Additional support

We can also provide additional support across all post-16 areas in all activities we provide. The main areas are listed below. If you're interested in any of these, or wish to suggest anything else, please add it to your booking form.

Events for advisers, open day dates and partnership opportunities

The higher education sector is fast-moving and has been subject to many developments, so advising students about entry to university can be challenging.

Working together to develop your students

Solent University is committed to developing meaningful and effective partnerships within the educational community. In line with this commitment we have developed a UK Partner College Agreement to help support your students' progress into higher education programmes at Solent.

We are also committed to rewarding excellence. Our undergraduate merit scholarship rewards students who have demonstrated academic excellence and ability. We offer a range of other ways to support your students financially, from sporting scholarships, to various support grants.

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Festive Lunch - Tuesday 8 December 2020

This event is a celebration of our partnership with you. It's a great opportunity to network with staff from within the University (including the Vice-Chancellor's office) and across the further education sector - all while enjoying some festive food and entertainment!

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Awards and recognition

Yacht engineering student in the workshop

We are proud to have received a number of awards and recognitions related to our teaching, facilities and student experience. Here are some of our most recent achievements: 

  • Shortlisted for University of the Year 2019 by Times Higher Education.
  • Our law courses were ranked 5th (out of 101) in the Guardian 2019 League Table.
  • Our English and Creative Writing course was ranked 16th (out of 105) in the Guardian 2019 League Table.
  • Our law courses were ranked first out of 101 other UK institutions for student satisfaction (NSS 2019).
  • Our social work, product design, adventure and outdoor management, and film degrees achieved 100% for overall student satisfaction (NSS 2019).