University of Southampton

Undergraduate applications

If you wish to study an Undergraduate degree, you should apply online with UCAS, the Universities and Colleges Admissions Service. This also applies to international students.

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Application deadlines

UK and EU students should submit their applications to UCAS before 15 January 2016 at 18:00

If you are a non-EU student, you can apply until 30 June 2015, though we advise you to apply as soon as possible and contact us to check that there are still spaces on your course.

These dates apply for all courses apart from Medicine, for which the closing date is 15 October 2015 at 18:00.

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UCAS information

When you apply for a place at the University of Southampton through UCAS, you will be asked for an institution name and number.

  • Our code name is SOTON
  • Our number is S27
  • The application fee is £23 if you are applying to more than one college, university or programme of study.
  • The fee will be £12 if you are just applying to one programme of study at one institution.

More information about the application process and application fees can be found on the UCAS website.

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What happens next?

Once you have applied through UCAS, they will send you an acknowledgement email and forward your application to us. We will let you know that your application has been received and is being processed. Your application will then be carefully considereed by the Admissions Tutor and staff in the Academic Unit, and you will hear from us in two to six weeks, depending on your programme of study.

Interviews

Some programmes may require you to attend a selection or interview session before making you an offer. If you do need to, you will be contacted after your application has been received. Some Academic Units only interview a few applicants, and some do not equire interviews at all. If the selection process for your course does not require an interview, then your personal statement is even more important.

Deferred entry

If you wish to take a gap year, your application will be considered in the normal way, but for entry in 2016 the conditions must be met in the summer of 2015.

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Qualifications and entry requirements

Each academic unit sets its own entry requirements. Required grades can be found on each course page.

Accepted qualifications

Accepted qualifications typically include:

  • GCE A levels and AS levels
  • Scottish Highers and Advanced Highers
  • Welsh Baccalaureate
  • International Baccalaureate Diploma
  • Cambridge Pre-U
  • Access to HE Diplomas
  • BTECs
  • Many European and international qualifications
  • combinations of qualifications.

If you are taking (or have taken) qualifications not listed on the course pages, admissions tutors will be happy to advise you on entry requirements for their courses.

Extended Project Qualification

The Extended Project Qualification (EPQ) is a single piece of work of a student’s choosing that demonstrates evidence of planning, preparation, research and autonomous working.

An extended project is roughly equivalent to half an A level and is available as a stand-alone qualification for A-level students.

Students can undertake a project on a topic of their own choosing, which may or may not be linked to their A-level subjects. The extended project will develop research and independent learning skills, which are essential for students progressing to higher education or employment.

An extended project could be:

  • a design
  • a report with findings from an investigation or study
  • a dissertation presenting an argument
  • an artefact
  • a performance.

The extended project is recommended by four examination boards of England and Wales (Edexcel, OCR, AQA and CIE) and England's qualifications authority, the QCA.

Students could use their project at interview stage for higher education and/or in their UCAS personal statement. Certain courses at the University will count A-grades achieved in the extended project towards their entry criteria. You will find more information on individual course pages.

Special considerations

We are committed to recruiting talented students who have the potential to succeed at the University regardless of their educational or social background. We recognise that A-Level grades alone cannot tell us everything about an applicant's abilities or personal circumstances.

We have developed the Access to Southampton (A2S) scheme to provide special consideration and financial support to students who meet our eligibility criteria.

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Contact us

If you have any queries about the application process, please visit the Admissions contact page.