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Post-16 (Key Stage 5)

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

Bespoke presentations on your campus

We can bring our experienced and knowledgeable staff to you to deliver talks to your students in a wide range of subject areas to stimulate their interest in higher education.

We offer the following presentations designed especially for your level 3 students:

  • How to choose the right university
  • Why go to university
  • How to apply to university
  • How to write a personal statement
  • Choosing the right course
  • Student finance
  • Student life
  • Exams and making college work
  • What are apprenticeships?

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

Student with a lecturer

Subject taster days

Taster days are a great opportunity for groups of level 3 students to gain a deeper insight into what it's like to study their chosen subject at HE level, while at the same time highlighting the breadth of study options here at Solent. Taster day participants will spend a day on campus, meet our student ambassadors, and experience for themselves the teaching, facilities and support enjoyed by our students.

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.

Benefits to your students

  • They'll experience first-hand what life is like at Solent. They'll meet current students to talk to them about their career aspirations and why they applied to Solent.
  • Your students will be able to experience the different teaching methods delivered at Solent, eg, lectures, discussions and tutorial sessions. They'll also get to know the staff, all in the same environment in which our undergraduate students learn.
  • Participants will gain a greater knowledge of their preferred subject area. Taking part in a taster session can help them confirm that their chosen course matches their ability and career ambitions.
  • Your students will have the opportunity to take a look around our excellent teaching facilities. 
  • They'll gain a better understanding of what student support is available to ease any worries they may have and also meet our student support teams.
  • Attending a taster session will help your students to better 'sell' themselves when writing their personal statement for their course.
  • They'll have the opportunity to ask questions about life at Solent and HE.

Get the most out of your taster day

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 Key Stage 5 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.

Find out more

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.

Find out more

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.

Find out more

Study abroad

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

Find out more

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

Higher education and careers advisers

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

Higher education advisers conference

Thursday 16 May 2019, 9.30am - 3.30pm
The Spark

Booking is now open

Aimed at careers advisers, senior management and subject tutors, this year's conference is themed around the student experience. You'll become a Solent undergraduate in what will be a fun, interactive and busy day.

You'll be able to network with like-minded people (Solent staff and students) and get the full 'student experience' by:

  • touring our modern campus,
  • trying out some of our courses with mini taster demos in nutrition and nursing,
  • experiencing our new maritime bridge simulator, as well as make-up tutorials,
  • being a newsroom journalist,
  • looking into the future with a session on the Internet of Things (IoT),
  • watching presentations on recent student support developments at Solent, including improvements in students' mental health support
  • taking part in an employability session with a local employer.

We advise wearing comfortable walking shoes!

Complimentary refreshments, lunch and afternoon tea are provided.

Book now

Please complete all sections on the form, being sure to tell us if you need any additional mobility support, or if you have specific dietary requirements.

For further information, please email

Festive lunch

In recognition of our partnership work with you, we hold a celebratory festive lunch in December. The date for this year's lunch is Tuesday 10 December. If you have any queries, please email

Open days

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

  • Saturday 8 June 2019
  • Saturday 8 June 2019 (careers in maritime)
  • Saturday 28 September 2019
  • Saturday 12 October 2019 (careers in maritime only)
  • Sunday 13 October 2019
  • Sunday 10 November 2019
  • Saturday 23 November 2019

Find out more

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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Contact us

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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: 

  • Top 25 university for satisfaction with ‘academic support’ and ‘learning opportunities’ (2018 National Student Survey)
  • Awarded a Silver award in the ‘Teaching Excellence Framework’ in recognition of the University’s excellent teaching and graduate outcomes (OfS, 2018)
  • Shortlisted in the 2018 Times Higher Education Leadership and Management awards for Outstanding Library Team
  • Highly rated for teaching, inclusivity, facilities and student employability (QS World University Rankings, 2017)
  • Ranked in the top 10 for number of graduate start-ups created, two years running. (HE-BCI, 2016/17)

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