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Our step into success programme of activities has been designed to help learners get the best advice and information on the range of higher educations programmes available to them. We'll also talk to them about their career goals to identify the best degree programmes that relate to them. And to get a feel for university life, they'll have the opportunity to come to the Solent campus and gain real insight into our facilities, the student experience and the university application process.

We provide a number of activities including:

  • attendance at careers and HE fairs,
  • attendance at UCAS events across the UK,
  • higher education information sessions, such as applying to HE, personal statements, and the student experience,
  • taster days,
  • summer school, and
  • other activities such as Solent Sound and our High Stakes quiz show.

Taster days

Taster days are a great opportunity for year 12 and 13 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.

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Summer school

Our free four-day residential summer school is a fantastic opportunity for year 12 students to benefit from an exciting, sustained and intensive experience of university life. Summer school students complete an engaging, relevant and hands-on project related to their chosen subject, and participate in an exciting programme of evening activities designed to offer a taste of university social life.

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Open days

A Southampton Solent University open day offers your students a unique opportunity to come and see the University for themselves. They'll have the chance to meet our students and teaching staff, and find out more about studying and living here in Southampton.

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Solent Sound

Enjoy the thrill of taking part in Solent Sound - live! Build your students’ skills in creative industry subjects such as music, media and writing, with expert support from the Southampton Solent lecturers and students – and hands-on experience with the University’s state-of-the-art professional production equipment.

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Show us your Shorts

This short film competition for students takes entries from years 12 and 13. Everyone who takes part is invited to our fantastic celebration evening in June to see their films up on the big screen, and for the final prizes to be awarded.

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‘High Stakes’ quiz show 

High Stakes, television's first inter-college test of knowledge, is an exciting televised quiz show held in our high-definition TV studio and venue space. The competition tests general knowledge and requires quick thinking, strategy and risk taking.

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