The University of Southampton

Undergraduate applications

Thank you for considering Southampton as one of your university choices. To make an application you will need to apply online with UCAS, the Universities and Colleges Admissions Service. This also applies to international students.

You are still able to apply, though the key date for undergraduate applications for most courses for September 2018 entry was Monday 15 January 2018. To find out more about the timeline for undergraduate admissions for 2018 visit the UCAS Key Dates page.

If you have any questions that you cannot find the answer to on our website regarding your application, please contact the admissions team.

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Application deadlines

For 2018 entry

UK and EU students should have submitted their applications to UCAS by 15 January 2018.

If you've used all five choices and you're not holding any offers, you may be able to add another choice using UCAS Extra.

These dates apply for all courses apart from Medicine, for which the closing date was 15 October 2017.

All key dates for UK and EU students can be found on the UCAS website.

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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.

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 considered 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.

Depending on when you applied, you will have a certain date that you need to reply to your offers by. All decision deadlines can be found on the UCAS website.


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 require 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 2018 the conditions must be met in the summer of 2017.

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.

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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:

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:

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.

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