• Entry Standards
    Entry Standards

    The average UCAS tariff score of new students entering the University. These tables use the old UCAS tariff.

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  • Student Satisfaction
    Student Satisfaction

    A guide to how satisfied students are with the quality of teaching they receive.

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    4.04 / 5.00
  • Research Quality
    Research Quality

    A measure of the quality of the research undertaken in the University.

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    1.63 / 4.00
  • Research Intensity
    Research Intensity

    A measure of the proportion of staff involved in high-quality research in the University.

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    0.07 / 1.00
  • Graduate Prospects
    Graduate Prospects

    A guide to the employability of graduates on completion of their courses at the University.

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    56.5 / 100.0
  • Student-Staff Ratio
    Student-Staff Ratio

    The average staffing levels at the University.

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  • Academic Services Spend
    Academic Services Spend

    A guide to how much the University spends on supporting services such as libraries and IT.

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  • Facilities Spend
    Facilities Spend

    A guide to how much the University spends on supporting facilities such as the careers service, health and counselling services and sport facilities.

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  • Good Honours
    Good Honours

    The percentage of graduates achieving a first or upper second class honours degree – the class of degree achieved can impact a graduate’s employment prospects.

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    69.7 / 100.0
  • Degree Completion
    Degree Completion

    The proportion of students expected to successfully complete their studies and gain a degree from the University.

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    77.1 / 100.0

Southampton Solent is a dynamic and ambitious international university, spanning business and law, the creative industries, engineering and technology, maritime, media, sport and tourism.  The university has invested extensively in facilities and buildings, due for completion in 2020. Home to one of the world's leading maritime training academies, the university is also highly regarded as one of the most creative universities by its students.

Entry Requirements

  • Solent offers open access to those without formal qualifications, in particular mature students with previous work experience.
  • Around 75% of full-time first degree entrants have A levels as their highest qualifications.

Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF)

TEF Bronze is awarded to institutions that deliver teaching, learning and outcomes for their students that meet "rigorous national quality requirements" for higher education in the UK. Find out more about TEF.

Teaching Methods

Undergraduate Courses

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Course Flexibility

  • The university offers a wide range of full- and part-time undergraduate and postgraduate courses and foundation degrees. Delivered in collaboration with industry partners, Higher and Degree Apprenticeships in business and management, or health and social care, offer an alternative to traditional degrees. The university is also developing programmes in construction and the built environment, engineering, and the digital industries.
  • Solent Online Learning (SOL) is a specialist and fully integrated online learning environment, giving access to online materials, information, news and notices about students' individual course units, as well as offering distance or blended learning students remote access. 
  • There is an extensive range of top-up and extended degrees.
  • Multiple start dates for postgraduate courses and some extended degrees.
  • Flexible study and work abroad opportunities in the EU and Canada exist across many undergraduate degree programmes, supported through the Erasmus+ programme. 

Student Services and Facilities

  • Solent's comprehensive and inclusive range of support for students was identified as an example of best practice by the Quality Assurance Agency for Higher Education.
  • Excellent library facilities, with social learning spaces, quiet study spaces and 24/7 opening on weekdays during term time, providing a comprehensive graduate skills programme and extensive electronic resources.
  • Learning Resource centres and a dedicated wireless network, along with specialist IT and computing resources within schools to support course requirements.
  • An online student portal provides a single point of access to a number of services and personalised information, including the university’s virtual learning environment, email and library resources.

Disability Services

  • Access Solent is a targeted advice and support service, working to support disabled students so they can achieve their academic potential.
  • Please refer to the university website for details.

Students' Union

  • The Students' Union supports and protects the rights of students and offers independent advice, from housing to academic matters.
  • A hub of activities for students, it offers social events and opportunities for building skills and experience through clubs, societies volunteering and in the running of the union itself.
  • The union represents students on all matters regarding university policy and works with local organisations to represent the wider student body on a national level.

Availability of Part-Time Work

  • Solent Futures links with over 3,000 employers based regionally, nationally and internationally. Solent Graduate Jobs, the university's jobs board, advertises a range of part-time jobs in the city as well as placements, volunteering roles and graduate opportunities. 
  • The university also has opportunities for students to work on campus while they study for short-term projects and longer-term positions, such as student ambassadors; last year the university hired over 50 graduates to work across the university on its paid graduate schemes.

Careers Guidance

  • Solent Futures' activities are available to all students as part of their academic courses.
  • There is also support through workshops, drop-ins and bookable 1-to-1 career appointments to discuss career options, decision-making and further study.
  • Students wishing to set up their own businesses or become freelancers are supported by a number of initiatives, including the university's creative agency, Solent Creatives, and the Re:So store − the first fully student-operated retail initiative in a UK shopping centre.
  • Students may access many extracurricular programmes and support such as the Professional Mentor programme, where they are matched with an experienced professional within local and regional organisations.

Student Mix

Student population


Level of study

  • Undergraduate 96%
  • Postgraduate 4%

Mode of study

  • Full Time 85%
  • Part Time 15%

Where students come from

  • UK 85%
  • EU 9%
  • Other 6%

Student gender

  • Male 60%
  • Female 40%


  • Southampton Solent University gained university status in July 2005.
  • Its origins can be traced to a private School of Art founded in 1855, which became Southampton College of Art.
  • Mergers with the Southampton College of Technology and the College of Nautical Studies led to the establishment of Southampton Institute in 1984.

Notable Alumni

  • Jenny Packham – leading fashion designer; a favourite with A-listers and royals.
  • Helena Lucas – Great Britain’s first ever sailing gold medallist at the 2012 Paralympic Games.
  • Paul Goodison – Olympic Gold medallist, Laser class sailing at Beijing 2008.
  • Sean Yazbeck – winner of The Apprentice 2006 (USA).
  • The late David Quayle – B&Q co-founder.
  • Bill Dixon and the late Ed Dubois – leading yacht and boat designers.
  • Roger Towner – Registrar General of Shipping and Seamen at Maritime and Coastguard Agency.
  • Guy Platten – CEO UK Chamber of Shipping.
  • Jack Eames – fashion photographer. 
  • Mark Evans – CEO Telefonica UK.

Further Details

Address Southampton Solent University
East Park Terrace
SO14 0YN
UCAS Code S30