Southampton Solent University

  • Entry Standards Entry Standards

    The average UCAS tariff score of new students entering the University.

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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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    4.02 / 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 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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    54.1 / 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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    67.7 / 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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    78.5 / 100.0


  • 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.

Location and Transport

  • The main campus enjoys a lively city centre location, close to Southampton’s nightlife, shops, entertainment and cultural landmarks.
  • Southampton has the advantage of excellent road, rail, sea and air links. By rail we are just 75 minutes from London, 60 minutes from Portsmouth, 30 minutes from Basingstoke, Bournemouth and Salisbury and only 15 minutes from Winchester. We are 20 minutes away from Southampton Airport, which has direct flights to over 40 destinations.
  • The university’s Warsash Maritime Academy and Watersports Centre are ideally located at the mouth of the River Hamble. A world-class ship handling centre operates from a 10-acre lake at Timsbury, near Romsey.

Entry Requirements

  • 74% of full-time first degree entrants have A levels as their highest qualification (2014–15).
  • Solent offers open access to those without formal qualifications, in particular mature students with previous work experience.

Student Mix

The 11,305 students enrolled in the academic year 2014/15 comprise:

Level of study

  • Undergraduate 97%
  • Postgraduate 3%

Mode of study

  • Full Time 87%
  • Part Time 13%


  • UK 86%
  • EU 8%
  • Other 6%

Student gender

  • Male 58%
  • Female 42%

Course Flexibility

  • A wide range of full- and part-time undergraduate and postgraduate courses, short and CPD courses and foundation degrees.
  • A comprehensive student portal giving access to a wide range of on-line services and information.
  • Virtual Learning Environment 'myCourse' gives access to online teaching materials, information, news and notices about students' individual course units.
  • Solent On-Line (SOL) a specialist and fully integrated on-line learning environment for distance or blended learning students, studying remotely.
  • Extensive range of top-up and extended degrees.
  • Multiple start dates for PGT courses and some extended degrees.

Teaching Standards

  • QAA Institutional Audit (June 2013) – 'confidence' awarded in all four judgement areas.
  • In 2013–14 (as in previous years) all external examiners confirmed that the academic standards of the university's awards continued to be appropriate, secure and comparable with the UK university sector as a whole.
  • Teaching, academic support, learning resources, personal development, and overall satisfaction were all rated 4/5 for student satisfaction in the 2015 NSS.

Research Standards

  • Research is to be the foundation of our curriculum, it informs our teaching and contributes to innovation of regional, national or international significance.
  • Almost 200 PhDs awarded to date, with a further 60 (2014–15) students currently studying towards MPhil or PhD.
  • Research and scholarship encompasses a wide range of applied research, addressing organisation, educational, engineering, maritime, sport, heath, societal and cultural issues as well as practice-based research in art and design with direct links to the taught curriculum.
  • A new Research and Innovation Office has recently been established.
  • In the 2014 REF two completely new areas of research were assessed. Communication, Cultural and Media Studies achieved 'world-leading' status and Sport and Exercise Sciences, Leisure and Tourism was recorded as 'internationally excellent'. These were in addition to the existing research areas of Art and Design: History, Practice and Theory which included areas assessed as 'world-leading' and General Engineering, which included 'internationally excellent' research areas.

Academic Strengths

  • With a broad-based academic subject portfolio including business and technology, the university is building on its niche areas of excellence in the creative industries, sport and maritime.
  • 57 courses are accredited by professional bodies.
  • Official indicators show that over 90.7 % of Solent leavers were in employment or further study in 2014.
  • The distinctive curriculum connects theory and practice, with emphasis on real world and real work learning experiences. Graduates gain a combination of academic knowledge and professional employability and entrepreneurial skills.
  • The university has a strong track record in business start-ups and supports 40 new businesses annually.

Undergraduate Courses

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Student Facilities

  • The university’s comprehensive and inclusive range of support mechanisms for students, was identified as an example of best practice by the Quality Assurance Agency for Higher Education.
  • Excellent library facilities including social learning spaces and quiet study spaces, the provision of a comprehensive graduate skills programme and extensive electronic resources enhance 24:7 availability. Ranked 26th in the Learning Resources section of the NSS survey 2015.
  • Learning Resource centres and a dedicated wireless network provides students with the IT resources they require to succeed.
  • Specialist IT and computing resources are available within schools to support course requirements.
  • Online student portal provides a single point of access to a number of online services and personalised information, including the university’s virtual learning environment, email and library resources.
  • The university spent £271 per student FTE on its library. This ranked it 76th out of 122 universities. This was higher than all the post-92 universities on the south coast. (Source: SCONUL Library Management Statistics 2013–14, latest publication.)
  • The university ranked 52nd out of 122 universities for number or work stations in the library (421). This was one of the highest on the south coast. (Source: SCONUL Library Management Statistics 2013–14, latest publication.)

Disability Services

  • Access Solent is a targeted advice and support service, working to support disabled students so they can achieve their academic potential.
  • Email or telephone +44 (0)23 8201 3201 to discuss your support needs.

Students' Union

  • The Students' Union supports and protects the rights of students and offers independent advice – from housing to academic matters. For more information, please visit our website.
  • A hub of activities for students offering social events and opportunities for building skills and experience through clubs, societies volunteering and in the running of the union itself.

Availability of Part-Time Work

  • Employability and enterprise links with over 3,000 employers based regionally, nationally and internationally
  • Solent Graduate Jobs advertises a range of part-time jobs in the city as well as placement and volunteering roles and graduate opportunities.
  • We offer opportunities for students to work on campus while they study – for short-term projects and longer-term positions, such as student ambassadors.
  • Last year we hired more than 50 of our graduates to work across the university on our paid graduate schemes.

Careers Guidance

  • Employability and Enterprise activities are available to all students as part of their academic courses. There is additional support through workshops, drop-ins and bookable one-to-one career appointments.
  • 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 – first fully student-operated retail initiative in a UK shopping centre.
  • Budding entrepreneurs can also access a wide range of extra-curricular support through the Solent Entrepreneur Programme.

Recent/Prospective New Builds

  • £110m campus capital investment (2010–20). The university has spent in excess of £47m (capital) on the estate over the last five years – a £15m spend on the estate during 2014–15.
  • A new £33m teaching and learning building is under construction and due for completion in March 2016.
  • World-leading £3m shipping handling centre, one of only five in the world.
  • A new exhibition space at the heart of Southampton’s new culture quarter.
  • Planned projects include a new indoor sports centre and a student hub.

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 Yasbeck – winner of 2006 the Apprentice (USA).
  • The late David Quayle – B&Q co-founder.
  • Geoff Holt – transatlantic record breaking sailor.
  • Pamela Blundell – fashion designer.
  • Bobby Parks – former Hampshire and England cricketer.
  • Peter Long – former First Choice holidays CEO.
  • Ed Dubois and Bill Dixon – 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.

Further Details

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