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Solent University - QA Higher Education

United Kingdom


Solent University Pathway helps international students transition into UK university education. Programmes are available for students who can't initially meet undergraduate course requirements.

Programmes are taught at Solent University's main campus in Southampton, southern England. Pathway students have access to the university's excellent facilities. They can also access extensive academic services and personal support. Friendly and professional help is available at every step of the student journey.

Southampton is an exciting waterfront location. There's plenty to keep students entertained while they're not studying. It's near to a national park, and is home to one of the country's largest shopping centres. The campus is near the city centre, so students are close to all amenities on and off campus.

Programmes are provided in partnership with QA Higher Education. International students develop their English language, academic and general skills to boost their employability. They choose between STEM, creative and business programmes, and prepare for undergraduate study.

Solent University is a prestigious institution recognized globally for its achievements, such as:

  • Silver rating in the latest UK Teaching Excellence Framework
  • Four-star overall rating in QS World University Rankings 2019, with five stars for facilities, teaching, employability, internationalization and inclusiveness.
  • Shortlisted for THE university of the year, 2019.

Solent University Pathway strives to transform students into confident, skilled and knowledgeable individuals. It's dedicated to helping learners reach their goals and potential.

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What's new

What's new

Covid-19 update

New programmes starting in October 2020 are currently going ahead as planned. Some changes may be made to term dates. This is to give more flexibility to students who are in countries with travel restrictions.

The university is aware that it might not be possible to book English language tests. Therefore, it is accepting a wide range of test scores, including the QA Higher Education English test.

Students are able to defer their programmes if they wish, and start studying at a later date. Those who pay a deposit and are unable to start their programme due to restrictions will be eligible for a full refund.

Solent University continues to review the situation, and follows government and health advice. The Pathway College aims to keep all applicants up to date, and is updating relevant content regularly.

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Teaching quality

Teaching quality

International Foundation Programme

The pathway programme helps those who want to study at Solent University, but can't meet the entry requirements. Programmes are designed so students can build on their skills and qualifications. They can then progress to a creative, art, engineering, business or computing degree course.

The International Foundation Programme lasts either two or three terms. Lengths depend on how much English language tuition the student needs. Students develop writing, reading, speaking and listening skills, as well as academic skills. They also study specific modules that introduce them to the subject area of their chosen undergraduate course.


Students study on the campus in Southampton. This gives them the support and facilities that degree students benefit from.

Programmes are led in partnership with QA Higher Education. They are validated by the university and taught by QA Higher Education staff. Teachers are experienced in tutoring students from all different kinds of nationalities. They are dedicated to helping students build the qualities they'll need for a wide range of degree courses.

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Department structure

Department structure

There are three main pathway programmes available:

Business and Management

Students build on their knowledge and skills in areas of business and management. The programme looks at business from a variety of different perspectives. This helps students understand how different businesses operate and work together. There is also a focus on management theories.

Creative Industries

Those looking to work in the creative industry can learn about the key areas of art, design and media. They are able to develop their interests, confidence and competencies, so they can communicate their ideas well. The programme includes a creative project. This helps students prepare well for the intensity of undergraduate study.


Students pursuing the STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) pathway learn through practical experiences. They develop their problem-solving abilities in scientific contexts and understand how to apply theories. Students complete the course ready for their demanding undergraduate courses.

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Entry requirements

Entry requirements

For the International Foundation Programme, students must meet a number of entry criteria.

English language requirements

  • Two term programme – minimum IELTS score of 5.0 overall with no less than 4.5 in each band, or an approved equivalent.
  • Three term programme – minimum IELTS score of 4.5 overall with no less than 4.0 in each band, or an approved equivalent.

Academic requirements

International students need to have completed 12–13 years of schooling, depending on their home country's education system. There are specific requirements for different countries.


Students must be aged 17 years or older. If they are 17, they must turn 18 during the first six months of their studies.


To find out more information about the programme or how to apply, students can register online and will be contacted by the Admissions Team. The team will discuss different options and provide answers to any questions.

Students are encouraged to apply early so all preparations for studying in the UK can be made in time. Information about dates and deadlines can be found online. Successful applicants will be sent an offer of a place as well as information about how to register and enrol.

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Students can utilize the many facilities on Solent University's campus. There are modern learning spaces, a brand-new sports complex, a student-run cinema, the Students' Union, campus cafes and fitness facilities. GBP 43 million has recently been invested into maritime training facilities at the institution. The university is home to the biggest maritime simulation centre in the UK.


Student residences provide safe spaces for studying, socializing and relaxing. Bedrooms come with furnishings, high-speed Wi-Fi access and personal contents insurance. Students can enjoy shared lounges with table tennis and pool tables.

There is a residence management team which is available for support 24/7. They maintain accommodation, clean communal areas and adapt rooms so that they are accessible for disabled students.

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Scholarships & funding

Scholarships & funding

Tuition fees

For the International Foundation Programme in 2020/21:

  • Two terms – GBP 10,500
  • Three terms – GBP 13,000.

Fees may increase annually due to inflation.

Discount guarantee

Students who receive a discount on their pathway programme tuition fees will receive the same discount on their undergraduate degree tuition fees. For instance, if there is a ten per cent fee discount for the pathway programme, the student will also have a ten per cent fee discount for their destination course.

Other expenses

As well as tuition fees, pathway students have living costs such as accommodation and food. It's recommended they budget accordingly. A number of courses also require extra costs. This could be for field trips or equipment to support learning.

Financial support

The finance team can provide friendly and helpful advice to those who have any issues with budgeting or paying their tuition fees.

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Average cost of living in United Kingdom

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QA Higher Education works in partnership with Solent University to deliver a range of programmes for foundation to undergraduate level. The International Foundation Programme pathway programmes are designed to help International students improve their academic and English language skills before undertaking undergraduate degree studies with Solent University. At Solent, international student population spans across more than 100 countries in six continents giving its campus and classrooms a diverse, multicultural feel.

Launched in 2019, QA Higher Education also work with Solent University to deliver a range of undergraduate degrees at central locations in London, Birmingham and Manchester. These programmes include evening and weekend teaching options too, enabling students to study alongside existing commitments. The programmes are validated by Solent University and taught by QA Higher Education staff.

Situated right in the centre of the busy city of Southampton, Solent University?s main campus is ideally located for students. This vibrant and modern city has a rich maritime heritage and offers all the charm and excitement of a bustling waterfront city with much for students to explore. Of course, being in the city centre means that many amenities are just a few minutes? walk from the lecture room, but as well as exploring Southampton and the south coast, students can take some time to discover what?s available on campus, from the student-run cinema and fitness facilities, to the campus cafes and Students? Union.

QA Higher Education is a private UK higher education provider. Working in partnership with universities, colleges and education specialists in the UK, it recruits, market and deliver a range of programmes from foundation level, to undergraduate and postgraduate degrees that are designed to support students? future career aspirations.
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