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Many of the courses here at Southampton Solent University are recognised or accredited by professional industry bodies. Professional accreditation for your course shows employers that your education has met strict standards put in place by a relevant and trusted professional body.

Select an academic School to see which industry bodies accredit our courses and how these accreditations could benefit you.

School of Business, Law and Communications


Small Business Charter

Solent holds the Small Business Charter award in recognition of our excellent enterprise education and links with businesses. Our Business School is a trailblazing member of the scheme with university staff and students working on consultancy projects and providing expert advice to local SMEs.

The award endorses the extensive opportunities the school provides to benefit our entrepreneurial students including professional networks, an incubator space for up to 20 SMEs, 'seed funding' of approximately £80k per year as well as numerous employability and enterprise events, awards and societies.

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Chartered Association of Business Schools

The Chartered Association of Business Schools (CABS) is the voice for the UK's business schools and sets the agenda for business and management education in the UK. As a member of the ABS, we have access to up-to-the-minute resources which help ensure that our courses are informed by best practice.

Southampton Solent Business School is featured as a case study of good practice in the 21st Century Leaders Report, published jointly by the CABS, Chartered Management Institute (CMI) and Quality Assurance Agency (QAA). Our membership of the CABS helps us to influence policy and provides opportunities for staff and students to benefit from collaboration with businesses and with other Business Schools.

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Association of Chartered Certified Accountants

We're accredited by the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales (ICAEW), the community of leading global accountancy professionals, as well as the Association of International Accountants (AIA), the global body for professional accountants who endorse first class qualifications that produce world class accountants.

Successfully completing our BA (Hons) Accountancy and Finance degree allows our students to apply for exemptions for the entire F level (nine examinations) of the ACCA syllabus. We also cover material from the ACCA's P level papers, so our accountancy and finance graduates could pass their ACCA examinations within a year of graduation.

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The Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development

The Chartered Institute of Professional Development (CIPD) is the professional body for individuals working in human resource management and offers aspiring HR professionals several routes to membership (which includes three different levels of qualification).

At Southampton Solent University we offer courses at two of these levels. At level 5, which is equivalent to the second year of an undergraduate degree, you can study for the Intermediate Diploma in Human Resource Management and gain Associate Membership with the CIPD.

At postgraduate level, the University offers its own PG Certificate, PG Diploma and MA Personnel and Development courses which are accredited by the CIPD. On successful completion of these courses you can apply for full Chartered Membership of the CIPD.

This is an essential qualification for all aspiring HR professionals and most large organisations in the UK expect their HR employees to possess or be working towards chartered membership.

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Chartered Management Institute

Chartered Management Institute (CMI) qualifications ensure the application of learning to the workplace, giving students the confidence to demonstrate their skills effectively after completing their study.

Southampton Solent's School of Business, Law and Communications is featured as a case study of good practice in the 21st Century Leaders Report, published jointly by the Association of Business Schools (ABS), CMI and Quality Assurance Agency (QAA).

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Higher Education Academy

Our accreditation from the Higher Education Academy (HEA) demonstrates our commitment to providing excellent learning experiences and confirms that our courses are aligned with the UK Professional Standards Framework for teaching in higher education.

We currently have five accredited courses including our Postgraduate Certificate in Learning and Teaching in Higher Education, which offers our lecturers the opportunity to enhance their teaching and apply for professional recognition at HEA Fellowship level.

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PRINCE2®

The world's most popular project management qualification, PRINCE2® (PRojects IN a Controlled Environment), is a structured project management method and embodies established and proven best practice in project management. PRINCE2 is fully accredited by APMG and Southampton Solent University is an accredited training organisation (ATO).

Courses which have PRINCE2® embedded within them include BA (Hons) Business Management; BA (Hons) Marketing; and BA (Hons) Marketing with Advertising Management. We also offer a standalone PRINCE2® Foundation and Practitioner professional courses.

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Staff and Educational Development Association

The Staff and Educational Development Association (SEDA) is the professional association for staff and educational developers in the UK, promoting innovation and good practice in higher education.

Our educational development courses, notably our PG Certificate in Blended Learning, are accredited by SEDA, meaning that you'll have a quality learning experience based on the latest innovations in good practice.

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Solicitors Regulatory Authority/Bar Standards Board

Our LLB (Hons) course is accredited by the Solicitors Regulation Authority (for intending solicitors) and the Bar Standards Board (for intending barristers) and is a Qualifying Law Degree (QLD).

This means the University and students comply with the QLD rules of professional bodies found on the professional bodies’ websites and access professional advice and guidance on qualifying as a solicitor or barrister.

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The Chartered Institute of Marketing

The Chartered Institute of Marketing (CIM) is the global representative of professional marketing and CIM qualifications are internationally recognised. Southampton Solent University has a long established record of successful CIM graduates from our Foundation Certificate, Professional Certificate and Professional Diploma courses.

We’ve also embedded the CIM and CAM syllabus into our undergraduate degrees, meaning our students are exempt from many of the CIM assessments.

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The Chartered Institute of Public Relations

Students on our public relations and communications programme benefit from our full CIPR accreditation, entitling students to a place on the CIPRs register of qualified practitioners and allowing them to get a head start on any future CIPR qualifications that they might pursue.

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Broadcast Journalism Training Council

Accreditation from the BJTC acknowledges that Southampton Solent University is a industry leading provider of multi-platform journalism training. BJTC courses have a focus on vocational skills and hands-on experience, with work placements, live projects and practical engagement at the forefront of the curriculum.

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School of Art, Design and Fashion

Chartered Institute of Architectural Technologists

Southampton Solent University is pleased to offer Chartered Institute of Architectural Technologists (CIAT) accreditation on a number of our architectural technology courses, giving students access to networking opportunities throughout their studies and opportunities for continued professional development after graduation.

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Society of British and International Design

Southampton Solent University's interior design programme is accredited by the Society of British and International Design (SPID).

The SPID helps to set the standards for interior design teaching and practice in the UK. This accreditation lets employers know that Southampton Solent interior design graduates are up to speed and ready for employment.

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Association of Photographers

Our range of photography programmes are affiliated with the Association of Photographers (AOP), giving students the opportunity to attend industry events, enter AOP competitions and get a student AOP membership for free.

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School of Maritime Science and Engineering

Institute of Marine Engineering, Science and Technology

Southampton Solent University is proud to be accredited for shipping operations by the IMarEST. This accreditation is confirmation that the course, its content, and the academic staff delivering it are of the highest professional standard.

As a result, students who successfully complete the MSc Shipping Operations here at Southampton Solent can apply for associate membership of the IMarEST immediately upon graduation.

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Institution of Engineering and Technology

Southampton Solent's accreditation from the IET shows that related courses meet the the requirements needed to achieve the UK Standard for Professional Engineering Competence (UK-SPEC). Because of this, graduates will be able to avoid a significant number of assessments that lead up to Incorporated Engineer (IEng) or Chartered Engineer (CEng) status.

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Institute of Chartered Shipbrokers

Our accreditation from the Institute of Chartered Shipbrokers gives graduates exemption from some of the professional requirements needed to gain membership to the Institute. This will help to improve employability and speed entrance into this prestigious institute.

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School of Sport Health and Social Sciences

The British Association of Sport and Exercise Sciences

The British Association of Sport and Exercise Sciences (BASES) is a professional membership organisation and a recognised standard for all sport and exercise science undergraduate programmes in the UK. At Southampton Solent University, BASES endorses BSc (Hons) Applied Sport Science and BSc (Hons) Sport Coaching.

The scheme assures the quality of the curriculum, resources and opportunities that our courses offer you. Upon successful completion of your BASES-accredited degree and a postgraduate level of study, you will be considered to have the required level of technical knowledge and understanding for full BASES accreditation.

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The British Psychological Society

The British Psychological Society (BPS) is the representative body for psychology and psychologists in the UK. Our courses, including BSc (Hons) PsychologyBSc (Hons) Psychology (Counselling)BSc (Hons) Psychology (Criminal Behaviour) and BSc (Hons) Psychology (Education) are accredited by the BPS.

Successfully completing one of our BPS-accredited degrees allows our students to gain Graduate Basis for Chartered (GBC) Registration with the BPS, the first step on the road to becoming a chartered psychologist.

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Health and Care Professions Council

The Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) is the regulatory body for health and care education and training programmes. As the professional regulator, the HCPC approve and monitor social work qualifications to ensure that they meet the professional standards of education and training.

Our BA (Hons) Social Work course is approved by the HCPC and successful graduates are eligible to apply to the HCPC’s register. Maintaining the register is a key function of the HCPC and it lists health professionals who are ‘fit to practise’.

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The Register of Exercise Professionals

The Register of Exercise Professionals (REPs) is an independent public register which recognises the qualifications and expertise of health-enhancing exercise instructors in the UK. A number of courses at Southampton Solent University are endorsed as Industry Recognised Awards by the Register of Exercise Professionals (REPs) including BSc (Hons) Applied Sport Science, BA (Hons) Fitness Management and Personal Training and BSc (Hons) Health, Exercise and Physical Activity. We ensure that our students are able to gain REPs accreditation and produce graduates who are recognised and employable within the industry. Qualifications available to students are gym instructor, personal trainer, exercise referral, working with older adults, working with disabled adults, exercise to music and biomechanics trainer.

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School of Media Arts and Technology


Creative Skillset

Southampton Solent University is fully accredited by Creative Skillset for a range of courses including broadcast technology, animation, game design and media technology. This accreditation is saved for institutions offering training on the cutting-edge of media technology. Dinah Caine, CEO of Creative Skillset, had this to say:

"Skillset is very pleased to be working with Southampton Solent University, a valuable member of the Skillset Media Academy network of industry-accredited institutions. Potential students can be confident that the Southampton Solent's media academy provides a high standard of practical training and represents a very effective partnership between education and industry.

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The Charted Institute for IT

The Charted Institute for IT (BCS) fully CITP accredits a variety of courses at Southampton Solent University including computing, computer systems and networks, business information technology, software engineering, web design and development and computer networks and web design.

This higher education qualification provides entry to selected masters degree programmes and establishes a route to a successful career in IT.

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Unreal Academic Partner

Southampton Solent is proud to be an official Unreal Academic Partner, using Unreal Engine 4 to train the next generation of game designers, artists and programmers.

Unreal Engine 4 is used by many of the industry's biggest names including Ubisoft, Square Enix, Sega and Activision.

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Cisco Systems Academic Partner

Southampton Solent University is in partnership with Cisco systems as a professional computer network education and qualification provider. The high level and widely respected qualifications Cisco Certified Network Associate (CCNA) and Cisco Certified Network Professional (CCNP) are both prepared for as part of the academy program.

These courses are offered to undergraduate and postgraduate students and as a short course for applicants looking for career professional development.

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EC Council Academic Partner

Southampton Solent University is an academic partner with the the International Council of E Commerce Consultants (EC Council). This allows the University to embed the industry recognised Certified Ethical Hacker (CEH) cyber security course into the network security management degree.

This partnership trains and certifies students with the skill of ethical hacking, a technique for discovery and mitigation of security flaws and vulnerabilities in computers systems and networks.

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