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Access to Southampton

Access to Southampton is designed to help those with high potential from non-traditional backgrounds to come to the University of Southampton.

Access to Southampton is designed to help those with high potential from non-traditional backgrounds to come to the University of Southampton. The scheme targets a non-traditional group (subject to selection criteria), who may not apply to the University of Southampton even though they have the aptitude to succeed on its programmes, and allows students with potential to show their commitment to study at Southampton.

The programme is a pre-university entry scheme where successful applicants, often without a family history of entry to HE, are given two offers: a standard prospectus offer and an alternative Access offer of 2 A-level grades below standard. The Access to Southampton alternative offer is conditional, and in order to be given the Access offer, students in Years 12 and 13 are required to attend and pass an academically challenging assessed programme set by the academic departments. The Access to Southampton programme also runs a compulsory academic skills day each Easter for those who have passed the written assignment.

In order be eligible to apply to this programme students must meet a minimum of 2 of the following criteria:

Dr Helen Spurling and Chris Fuller lead the summer school for History with the aim of providing an insight into the types of courses that potential students could study at Southampton. For example, Dr Helen Spurling discusses the question of ‘What is History?' in relation to her work on apocalypticism.

Applicants who successfully pass the evaluation must make the University of Southampton their conditional firm choice when applying to UCAS to remain eligible for the alternative Access to Southampton offer. For more details and how to apply visit the Recruitment and Outreach page.

Access to Southampton

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