The University of Southampton
Health Sciences

How to apply

Once you’ve chosen a course, the next step is to make an application through UCAS, the central processing body for higher education courses.

If you are based in the UK, we strongly encourage you to come to one of our Open Days before applying. This will allow you to get a feel for the University and its facilities, and help you to make that all-important decision.

Applying for a full-time course

You can make your application online at the UCAS website,, where you’ll also find key dates and deadlines.

You will be asked for an institution code 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 university or college, or for more than one programme; £12 if you are just applying for a single programme at one institution.

What happens next?

UCAS will send you an acknowledgement and forward your application to us. You will also receive an acknowledgement email from us to let you know that your application has been received and is being processed. The Admissions Tutor and others in the Academic Unit will consider your application carefully. You will hear back from us in two to six weeks depending on your programme of study.

Some programmes may require you to attend a selection or interview session before making you an offer. You will be provided with details following your application.

What happens if I want to take a gap year?

Applications for deferred entry will be considered in the normal way, but for entry in 2017 the conditions of any offer must be met in the summer of 2016. Please note, Winchester School of Art does not accept deferred applications, however, in exceptional circumstances WSA can defer entry to the following year once you have been offered a place, have accepted it as your firm choice and met all your conditions.

Who can I contact with general queries?

If you have any general queries about the application process, please contact the University of Southampton central admissions office by emailing

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Why apply to Health Sciences?

Undergraduate full time applications

All full time Health Sciences undergraduate applications must be made through UCAS; the most important part of your application is the personal statement. This is your opportunity to explain why you will excel in your chosen career and demonstrate your knowledge of the profession. Applicants demonstrating motivation, understanding and intelligence will either be invited to interview to further confirm their skills or offered a place based on the personal statement.

All applicants are advised to gain work experience in a relevant field to show interest and skill development to enhance their application. For further information on the application procedure visit

UCAS tips

Plan and start your application as early as possible. Everything on your UCAS form is important, and it's the one chance you will have for the year of entry.

Keep your personal statement focused towards the course that you're applying for. If you have a particular hobby or interest, show how this relates to health sciences.

For courses involving more than one subject area, demonstrate your interest in each subject and justify your choice of the combination. 

If you're a mature applicant, highlight the experience and skills you've gained outside formal education.

As well as guidance from your tutors at school or college, there is plenty of advice on the web. See our links below

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