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Post-16 opportunities

Helping your students to be university-ready - identifying their goals and finding a degree that can make dream careers into a reality.

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

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

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Discovery days

Fun, innovative and interactive subject-specific sessions to enable your level 3 students to encounter higher education (Gatsby Benchmark 7), as well as various careers.

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Subject taster days

Taster days 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.

If there is a topic or subject area you'd like a taster session in, but which isn't covered in our programme, let us know.

Taster/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

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

Book a Solent tutor

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 wide range of subject areas.

Take a look at our schools pages to find out more about courses and staff, as well as the latest news and research activities:

School of Art, Design and Fashion

Subject areas:

  • Architecture and construction
  • Art and design
  • Fashion

School of Business, Law and Communications

Subject areas:

  • Business and finance
  • English and journalism
  • Law and criminology
  • Marketing, communications and public relations
  • Travel and tourism

Warsash School of Maritime Science and Engineering

Subject areas:

  • Engineering
  • Maritime

School of Media Arts and Technology

Subject areas:

  • Computing and games
  • Music and performance
  • TV, film, media production and technology

School of Sport, Health and Social Sciences

Subject areas:

  • Health, psychology and sociology
  • Sport and fitness

Benefits to you

There are many benefits to having our academics visit your students:

  • 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.

Employability and enterprise

More than 95% of Solent’s graduates are in employment or further study six months after leaving, according to the Higher Education Statistics Agency (HESA) – Solent’s best result yet.

Our students have access to our careers and employability service. The service helps them find jobs and take the first steps in their chosen career. We also offer the service to those not yet enrolled at the University.

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Student support

Our students are offered a range of support throughout their studies. From council tax advice to academic support, our dedicated teams are there for all students during their time at Solent.

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Our funding advisers offer professional and impartial advice to students on budgeting, bursaries, scholarships and more. They can give your students advice on funding, before they begin their studies at Solent.

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Students' Union

Students can get involved in the Students' Union by joining one of the many societies run by the Union, or even start one themselves. The Students' Union hosts a huge range of events throughout the year.

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Student ambassadors

Students can earn a little extra money by getting a part-time job as one of our student ambassadors. Ambassadors are paid to represent Solent at a number of external events, as well as our own open days.

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Study abroad

Students at Solent are given the opportunity to experience studying at a partner institution in a different part of the world.

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If there's anything else you would like us to inform your students about, please let us know.

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.

Festive lunch - Tuesday 10 December

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!

As the invite is open to a maximum of two delegates per institution, we require each attendee to complete the booking form by Wednesday 27 November.

Teachers and advisers higher education conference

This one-day event is for careers advisers, senior managers and subject tutors interested in knowing more about what Solent has to offer. Join us to learn more about our courses and facilities and hear from our expert academics. The conference will have a particular theme, reflecting our modern curriculum, and offers you the opportunity to network with your colleagues from across the sector.

Our next conference is Thursday, 14 May 2020. 

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Open days

See what's on offer at one of our open days. The next dates are:

  • Sunday 10 November 2019
  • Saturday 23 November 2019

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Travel voucher scheme

We offer a travel voucher scheme that allows open day visitors who live outside of the local authority of Southampton City Council to apply to receive an Amazon voucher towards the cost of their travel. Find out more.

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 an admissions agreement to help support your students' progress into higher education programmes at Solent.

We are also committed to rewarding excellence. Our unconditional offer scheme is aimed at applicants who have displayed an exceptional academic performance during their studies. Our undergraduate merit scholarship rewards students who have demonstrated academic excellence and ability.

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Coach education courses

We offer an extensive programme of coach education courses and National Governing Body (NGB) qualifications that may be of interest to you and your students. View a complete list, as well as information on how to book.  

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Awards and recognition

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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).

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