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Access to Southampton (A2S)

A2S is a programme of activities and resources that is designed to support your journey to university, and to help you develop the skills you'll need to be a successful university student.

We know that COVID has had a significant impact on applicants and their ability to take up opportunities in the usual timeframe, so we are piloting a second intake point to our A2S programme this year. It will represent a condensed version of our usual programme, drawing on the key support relevant to your transition to university, and the main elements of this Cohort 2 programme will run between February and April 2022 – with some additional activity in the lead up to enrolment at university for applicants who confirm Southampton as their firm choice.


To be eligible for the A2S programme you must attend a state school, either have applied or be in the process of applying to the University of Southampton, and meet at least one of the following widening participation 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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Cohort 2 A2S 2022 Entry Programme Overview


Transition and Skills Support

You will have access to online resources on some of the skills needed for higher education, designed to broaden your understanding of studying at a research-led university or to support your personal and academic skills development. We will also host a bi-weekly live Q&A series on a range of topics relevant to your journey to University, from February through to Easter-time. This will culminate in what we hope will be an on campus Transition and Skills event on 13th April 2022, which will help consolidate your knowledge of some of those key skills through a day of workshops and talks.


As part of the programme you will be matched with a current University of Southampton student via a moderated e-mentoring platform. 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.

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 Cohort 2 A2S Programme are open until 12th January 2022. Please complete the online application form, which requires a reference from your school/college verifying which of the eligibility criteria you meet. You must submit the reference with the form, and applications without a reference attached will not be accepted.


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Contact us

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


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