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Post-16 opportunities

Preparing your students for university and beyond

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.

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For any enquiries, please contact the Schools and Colleges Liaison Team on 023 8201 3581 or email schools.colleges@solent.ac.uk

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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.

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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 schools.colleges@solent.ac.uk.

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.

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.

 

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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.

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.

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.

Warsash School of Maritime Science and Engineering
Subject areas: engineering, 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.

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!

Bookings for this year's festive lunch are now closed. If you wish to visit the University, why not come to our Teachers and Advisers Higher Education Conference (see below) or contact schools.colleges@solent.ac.uk for a bespoke visit.

Teachers and Advisers Higher Education Conference - Thursday 14 May 2020

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.

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Open days

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

  • Monday 9 December 2019 (advice and guidance evening)
  • Saturday 1 February 2020
  • Saturday 15 February 2020 (careers in maritime)
  • Saturday 14 March 2020
  • Saturday 18 April 2020

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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 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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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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