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Undergraduate applications

Thank you for choosing to apply to Southampton and welcome to your applicant journey.

Here you will find a step-by-step guide to applying and details of what happens after you make an application.

If you have any further questions please contact our admissions team who will be happy to help you. We look forward to receiving your application.

You can still apply for 2018

There are limited spaces on a number of our undergraduate courses for September 2018 entry.

Any courses which are full will be marked on the UCAS course search pages.

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Application steps

Applying to university is an exciting time with lots to think about. With this in mind, we have created these steps as a guide to simplify the process.

Step 1: Key dates and deadlines

Starting study in September 2018

All key dates for UK and EU students can be found on the UCAS website. These dates apply for all courses apart from Medicine, for which the closing date was 15 October 2017.

You are still able to apply for most courses for September 2018 entry. Any courses which are full for this intake will be marked on the UCAS course search pages.

You may also be able to add another choice to your application using UCAS Extra if you've used all five choices and you're not holding any offers.

Starting studies in September 2019

The key dates for 2019 will be available in the summer. Please check back again soon.

Step 2: Before you apply

Make sure the course is right for you

Making sure the course is right for you is essential. Review the course details and don't be afraid to contact the faculty if you have any questions, we are always happy to help.

Entry requirements and qualifications

It is important that you check that your qualifications are accepted and your grades are in line with the course entry requirements. If you are an international student please also advise check the English language requirements before applying.

Step 3: Preparing for your application

UCAS information

When you apply through UCAS, you will be asked for an institution name and number and course code. Having the UCAS information ready will make things quicker:

  • our code name is SOTON
  • our number is S27
  • course code can be found on the course page under 'Course facts'
  • 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
Personal statement

Start preparing your personal statement before you apply. For some inspiration and expert advice, check out 'Top tips for writing a personal statement' from our Head of Admissions.

Step 4: Applying and response times

Submitting an application

All undergraduate applicants, including international students will need to apply online with UCAS. Once you have applied, UCAS 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.

Application response

You will receive a response within two to six weeks, depending on your course. As well as a notification in UCAS Track, we will send you an email with our response. If you live in the UK you will also receive a printed copy by post.

Step 5: What happens next?

Register for Clearing updates After you apply

You will be sent an invitation to an Applicant Visit Day* either after you apply or if you are made an offer to study, depending on your course and the time of year that you apply. This will allow you to talk to academics and tour the labs, studios and lecture theatres in which you'll be studying.

For some subjects you may be required to attend an interview. If this is the case, you will be contacted directly by the faculty.

*Please note Applicant Visit Days do not generally take place from May - October but there are other ways you can visit us.

If you are made an offer

Congratulations if you have been made an offer to study with us. Depending on when you applied, you will have a deadline to reply to your offers by. All decision deadlines can be found on the UCAS website.

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.

Clearing and Adjustment 2018

You can use Clearing and Adjustment if you decide you want to apply to University after 30 June or your exam results turn out differently to what you had thought.

Head over to our Clearing page to find out what Clearing is and how it works, and register for Clearing updates for help and advice and important alerts.

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