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As a signatory of the UK Armed Forces Covenant, Southampton Solent University has pledged that it will support armed service leavers and members of the wider armed forces community - particularly as they seek to resettle into civilian life and retrain for a new career. This page will give you more information about the support available to armed service leavers here at Solent.

Our Covenant

Armed forces Gateway programme

All new students who enter higher education, regardless of age and background, can have anxieties about coping with the demands of a university course. Those who have recently left the armed service may be particularly concerned about what might be expected of them once they return to education.

One way that we seek to make this transition easier is though the Gateway programme. This programme is designed to help mature students of all backgrounds to settle into life as a Southampton Solent University student prior to arrival of other undergraduate students. 

Participants will have the opportunity to meet other mature students and build core skills required for higher education. This includes the management of group work, reflective thinking and presentation skills.

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Funding for armed service leavers

Financing higher education courses isn't always straightforward. That's why our team of student funding advisers are on hand to help you find the best way to finance your studies. The student finance team are available on 023 8201 5200 or via email at

You can also visit them in person during term time in the Student Hub (RM050):

  • Monday to Tuesday: 10.30am - 4pm
  • Wednesday to Thursday: 10.30am - 12pm and 2pm - 4pm
  • Friday: 10.30am - 12pm and 2pm - 3pm

Please note: times may vary in the event of staff absence and during the holidays.

If you are currently serving in the armed forces or have left within the last five years, you may be able to partially fund your course through the Enhanced Learning Credits scheme. You can use the Enhanced Learning Credits you built up during your time in the armed forces to pay for eligible courses at Southampton Solent University or Warsash Maritime Academy.

View a list of eligible courses (ELCAS website)

Solent's funding advice team

Career advice for the armed forces community

All students at Southampton Solent University benefit from access to our dedicated careers and employability service. You can use this service even if you haven't yet enrolled at Southampton Solent. Get in touch using to find out how your choice of course could support your future career.

Academic support

During the duration of your service you will have learnt a wide range of specialist skills and proficiencies. Despite this, you may find that when you arrive at University you are asked to do things that you have never done before. Our study skills and academic support services (Succeed@Solent) will be available throughout the duration of your course, offering advice and one-to-one support on a range of topics including:

  • public speaking and presentation,
  • English language skills,
  • academic research,
  • essay writing and referencing,
  • revision techniques.

To find out more about the academic support available to you here at Southampton Solent University, please contact the student hub:

Employer recognition scheme

Southampton Solent University is proud to hold a bronze award within the Armed Forces Covenant Employer Recognition Scheme (ERC).


This award recognises our pledge to support employees from an armed forces background, as well as those from the wider armed forces community.

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