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Experience University of Southampton Virtual Event

What is Experience UoS?

In place of our residential experience events this year The University of Southampton will be hosting a series of online experience days. These will allow students to attend an interactive taster session in a degree subject* alongside a number of extra curricula talks and sessions.

Our experience days will be taking place 20-22 July 2021.

Experience days are a great opportunity to get a taste of degrees offered at UoS and student life ahead of university applications. We will be using blackboard collaborative – to allow students an opportunity to use the student virtual learning environment!

The experience days include:

  • A taster session in a degree programme/ subject area
  • Experience teaching within a subject area
  • Wellbeing session - Pilates
  • Finance talk and budgeting workshop
  • Alumni drop in
  • Accommodation - talk and tour
  • Student life Q&A
  • Virtual campus tour
  • Social opportunities throughout the event.
  • Aid in the decision making for a University course

*Degree programmes/ subject areas are subject to availability. Below is a full list of subject areas on offer:

This event is completely free for Year 12 students who meet the below eligibility requirements.

Our experience UoS days are free for Year 12 students.

To be eligible participants must be taking relevant and required subjects in relation to the taster degree subject session chosen.

Participants must also meet at least one of the following Widening Participation criteria:

  • In the first generation of your immediate family to apply to Higher Education
  • Current home postcode shows that you live in an area with low levels of progression to Higher Education. (Postcodes within the lowest two (1 &2)POLAR4 young participation quintile). Postcodes can be checked for eligibility on the OfS Postcode Checker.
  • or current home postcode falls within the lowest 20 per cent of the Index of Multiple Deprivation (Check postcode), or a member of a travelling family.
  • Attended a school/college whose performance places it into the lowest two quintiles for average QCA points per A level student (or equivalent) (in England, Wales or Northern Ireland) as identified by the Department for Education dataset and provided to the University via UCAS. A list of schools/ colleges meeting this criteria can be found under useful downloads in the document 'Eligible schools for applications made in 2018/19'.
  • In receipt of a 16-19 bursary or similar grant OR received Free School Meals at any point during your school education
  • Living or grew up in Local Authority care
  • Are a Young Carer

Our Experience UoS days are open to students (home UK only) currently studying in Year 12 or S5 in Scotland (or equivalent) at maintained schools or colleges in the UK.

If you do not meet the criteria we will make every effort to offer you a space on one of the academic taster sessions, capacity allowing. Please register your interest by emailing with your preferred taster session and we will be in touch as soon as possible.

Applications are now closed for our 2021 summer virtual event. Information about our 2022 offer will be available in the Autumn Term.

For further information on Experience UoS Virtual Event, please contact the residential co-ordinator:

Telephone: 02380 594803


Students participating in the event, poolside.
Experience engineering residential - ship science activity
Students visiting our laboratories to undertake practical group work.
Students visiting our laboratories to undertake practical group work.
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