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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 closed for the 2023 entry programme. Applications for the 2024 entry programme will open in May 2023, the below information is for reference only.

Programme overview

Participants will take part in a number of activities between August 2023 and April 2024 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:

*For Medicine, those who complete the Ignite your Journey programme must also meet another of the University's contextual admissions policy criteria (A-C or E-F) in order to receive additional admissions consideration.

Please note that Ignite your Journey does not guarantee an offer from the University, and that neither your acceptance onto the programme nor your participation in the activities confers eligibility for admission to our undergraduate programmes. Admissions decisions are made on a combination of your predicted and achieved grades, content of your UCAS personal statement, UCAS reference, interview and/or admissions test (for some courses). You must complete any standard admissions process in addition to the Ignite your Journey activities which may include, but is not limited to; interviews, visit days and additional skills tests.


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, BM6 Medicine, Midwifery, Natural Sciences and programmes based at Winchester School of Art are not currently available through Ignite your Journey.

How to apply

Applications are now closed for the 2023 entry programme. Applications for the programme for 2024 entry will open in May 2023. To receive a notification when applications open please register your interest.

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