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Access to Southampton (A2S)

A2S is a programme of events and activities designed to give you insight into studying at a research-led university, and to support your application. Applications to the programme for 2022 entry are now closed, and the information below is for reference only.


Access to Southampton (A2S) is open nationally to students living permanently in the UK. Students must apply to A2S when they are in Year 12 or the first year of A-Level (or equivalent) study. To be eligible for the A2S scheme you must attend a state school, have the potential to study at the University of Southampton and meet at least one of the following eligibility criteria:

Eligibility for the POLAR4 measure can be checked at (Postcodes in the lowest 2 POLAR4 quintiles qualify).

Eligibility for the IMD measure can be checked at (Postcodes in the lowest 2 deciles qualify).

Participating subjects

A large number of our subject areas participate in the Access to Southampton scheme. 

Unfortunately, at this time the following disciplines are not available through the scheme: Chemical Engineering, Ecology, Medicine, Midwifery, Natural Sciences,  Physiotherapy and programmes based at Winchester School of Art.

If you're unsure whether your subject of interest participates please contact us.

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Academic and University Insight


Academic Insight

Whilst we aren't able to run our on campus summer schools as usual this year, as the first part of the programme, successful applicants will get the chance to gain insight into their chosen subject or wider discipline, through resources posted to the University Virtual Learning Environment by academics and students. They will also have access to online sessions on skills needed for higher education, designed to broaden their understanding of studying at a research led university. These resources will be available to successful applicants in mid August.

In addition, we will host a series of monthly Q&A sessions, between August and March, on a variety of different topics that will be relevant to your journey to University.


The next stage of the A2S programme will be online support from a current University of Southampton student. They will be able to share their experiences of applying to and studying at University, giving an insight into what it's really like to be a student at Southampton and increasing awareness of the demands of studying at University.  

Year 13 A2S transition and skills event

When students undergo the transition from school/college to University, they are faced with a range of new experiences and challenges, from being taught and learning in different way to becoming more independent. This day of workshops will help prepare you for the transition to University life by providing information and guidance on topics such as research skills, academic integrity, time management and budgeting.

A2S Scholarship

Those who successfully complete the A2S programme in full and within the required deadlines will receive a £1000 scholarship in their first year of study when they enrol at the University of Southampton. As a successful A2S student you may also be eligible for additional scholarships, programmes and opportunities whilst at the University of Southampton.

Eligibility for additional admissions consideration

Students who complete the programme in full could be eligible for additional consideration in the admissions process when they apply to the University of Southampton. Depending on the course you are applying to, this could take the following forms:

a) an admissions offer which is lower than the typical offer for that programme;

b) additional consideration and you will not be rejected solely on the basis of predicted (or actual) grades;

c) a guaranteed interview (or similar additional opportunity dependent upon the discipline).

Access to Southampton does not guarantee an offer from the University. Admissions decisions are based on a combination of your predicted grades, content of your UCAS personal statement, UCAS reference, interview (for some courses) and the additional information provided on the A2S application forms. You must meet any standard GCSE entry requirements for the course.

How to apply

Applications for the programme for 2022 entry to university closed on 2 July 2021.


Frequently Asked Questions
Referee guidance document Access to Southampton Application Guidance

Contact us

For further information on Access to Southampton, please contact the A2S Co-ordinator:


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