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Access to Southampton (A2S) / Ignite your Journey

Access to Southampton (A2S) becomes Ignite your Journey.

At the University of Southampton, we take a lifecycle approach to Widening Participation and Social Mobility. Our flagship programme Ignite Southampton allows us to offer sustained and sequential support to students from groups under-represented in higher education.

Born out of 10 year of excellent outcomes through our Access to Southampton (A2S) programme, Ignite your Journey, our strand for Year 12/13 students, is designed to support your university application, help develop the skills you'll need for study at a research led university and support your transition to higher education (HE).

Applications are now open for eligible students in Year 12, who are planning to apply to university for 2023 entry.

Programme overview

Participants will take part in a number of activities between August 2022 and April 2023 to develop skills and knowledge around university level study, and help with their transition to HE.

As well as getting the chance develop skills and understanding of the transition to university, those who complete the programme in full will be eligible to receive:

Eligibility

To be eligible for Ignite your Journey you must be in Year 12, attend a state school and meet at least one of the following widening participation criteria:

• In receipt of a 16-19 bursary or similar grant OR received Free School Meals during at any point during your secondary school studies.
• Been in local authority care or looked after for three months or more OR are estranged from your family.
• Are a Young Carer.
• Current home post code shows that you live in an area with low levels of progression to Higher Education. (Postcodes within the lowest 2 POLAR4 quintiles).
• Current home post code shows that you live in area that falls within the lowest 20 per cent of the Index of Multiple Deprivation (IMD). (Postcodes in the lowest IMD quintile).

You can check your postcode for the POLAR4 measure here – Search by postcode.

You can check your postcode for the IMD measure here – ensure you use 2019 data.

Please note that Chemical Engineering, Environmental Geoscience, Medicine, Midwifery, Physiotherapy, Natural Sciences and programmes based at Winchester School of Art are not currently available through Ignite your Journey.

How to apply

Applications are via our online form below. Your application will need to be supported with a reference from a teacher or other member of staff at your school/college – the reference pro forma can be downloaded below.

Please ensure that you read our application guidance below before completing your application.

Applications close on 13th July 2022.

APPLICATION GUIDANCEAPPLY NOW REFERENCE PROFORMA

Contact us

If you have any questions about Ignite your Journey, please contact us at outreach@soton.ac.uk.

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