The University of Southampton

A-Level Students

Welcome, students! Whether you’re in Years 12 or 13, studying A-Levels, IBs, BTECs or equvialents, working on an EPQ, CREST Award or Arts Award, or just curious, we have something for you!

Talk directly with world experts from Southampton and beyond in subjects you’re currently studying, thinking of taking further, or simply interested in; find tools and templates for essay and report writing, project designing and more; challenge yourself with online activities and courses; sit back with a podcast or video; or get up and move with sports and wellbeing classes you can do from your living room!

More than anything, keep following everything your teachers send you, they are working super hard to keep you engaged, motivated and working towards your best possible future. You’ve got this!

Want to know what our current students are doing, how they’re finding studying remotely or what it’s like to do a particular course? Chat to them now via Uni Buddies!

FeaturedVirtual Summer School for A’ Level Physics Students of African-Caribbean Heritage

20th July 2022 9.30am-3:30pm

We would like to invite A’ Level Physics students of African-Caribbean heritage studying in the UK to come to a free one-day Physics and Astronomy virtual summer school. We recognise that students of African-Caribbean heritage are severely under-represented among those studying Physics and Astronomy in the UK and would like to take pro-active steps to remedy the situation. This will be our second annual summer school for students of African-Caribbean heritage with the first such event last year receiving extremely positive feedback from attendees. We have designed a day, which we hope will be inspirational and informative for you, to include the following activities:

  • Learn about the aurora and take part in cutting edge Space Environment Physics research by classifying different types of aurorae (no previous knowledge required).
  • ‘Listen’ to the cosmos with our work to support people with vision impairments engage with astronomy research.
  • Help our researchers hunting for black holes in the Universe.
  • Take a virtual tour of our labs and research facilities with us.
  • Learn about careers in Physics and why you should be interested in a future with Physics.

The day will feature a presentation by Benyam Dejen, Director of Outreach at the Blackett Lab Family. Benyam Dejen has a master’s degree in Physics from Imperial College, London with specialities in the field of quantum optics.  The Blackett Lab Family is a social enterprise made up of people from a variety of professions and specialisms who share a passion for physics and positive representations of the Black community.  This national collective of talented, successful, and influential people is making waves in education, research, industry, technology, finance and law. Their ambition is to become influential in society, leading the conversation on diversity in physics and inspiring a new generation of Black minds in our communities – and beyond. Benyam Dejen will give a talk about his research in quantum optics, his physics journey to date and the incredible work of other UK-based Black physicists.

The day will be run via Blackboard Collaborate (Similar to Zoom) and you will need access to a computer for the day.  Let us know if this is a problem as we may be able to help.

Please register here:

We would like to send out some learning materials to compliment the online event so when you register we do ask for your home/school address.

Contact the Outreach team at with any questions.


Featured: In Focus Community Photography Workshops

Use this form to express your interest in the In Focus photography workshops on; Saturday 16th, 23rd July & 6th & 13th Aug 10am to 12pm. Once complete, someone will contact you with more details. All personal data is securely stored inline with current GDPR guidelines. If you have any questions please email

Featured: Family Fun Day

Sunday 3rd July

Join us at MAST Mayflower Studios for our Family Fun Day! We are offering a variety of free activities suitable for all ages. This will include face painting, crafts, drama and music workshops. We will also have our very own ‘Book Swap’. So bring along a book you have finished and pick up a brand new one!

We hope to see you there for a day of creativity and fun for all the family.

Family Fun Day tickets are free but must be booked in advance.

Running Time
Morning Slot: 10am – 1pm
Afternoon Slot: 1pm – 4pm
Age Advice: All ages.

Featured: Ignite Your Journey Programme

Ignite your Journey is part of our flagship programme, Ignite Southampton, which allows us to offer sustained and sequential support to students from groups under-represented in higher education. Applications for Ignite your Journey are now open to eligible students in Year 12 who are planning to apply to university for 2023 entry.

Ignite your Journey participants will take part in a number of activities between August 2022 and April 2023 to develop skills and knowledge around university level study, and help with their transition to HE:

Online learning module: You will complete an online learning module to prepare you for university and help develop some of the key skills needed for higher education.

Virtual Q&A sessions: We will host monthly live Q&As to connect you with experts on topics related to your journey to university.

E-mentoring: You will be matched with a current University of Southampton student who will be able to share their experience of university life and answer your questions.

Personal development opportunities: We will offer a range of opportunities which will focus on transferable skills to get you thinking about your employability and personal development.

On campus activities: We will offer a travel bursary of up to £100 to enable Ignite your Journey students to attend one of the University’s Autumn Open Days. All participants will also attend a Transition and Skills event in April of Year 13 which will consolidate your online learning.

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:

– Additional admissions consideration when you apply to Southampton.
– £1000 scholarship in your first year of study.
– Support to apply to Ignite your Success, an Alumni funded programme that supports undergraduates with a blend of financial, career, academic and other opportunities.

Please visit our website to see or eligibility criteria and details of how to apply.

Featured: Year-12 on-campus events

We’re running five days of events on campus from Monday 27 June to Friday 1 July 2022. These are designed to demonstrate how we’re preparing our undergraduates with the knowledge and skills to help tackle some of the world’s greatest challenges.

Each day will have its own subject focus and include a number of taster sessions on different topics, all with the overarching theme of sustainability.

Students can find out more about each event and book a place on each corresponding Eventbrite page. Teachers – if you would like to organise a group booking or have any questions, please email us at

Monday 27 June: Earth, Ocean and the Environment
Tuesday 28 June: Medicine and Health
Wednesday 29 June: Social Sciences
Thursday 30 June: Exploring STEM
Friday 1 July: Humanities


Featured: Medicine Virtual Work Experience

Applications are now open for two Medicine Virtual Work Experience. This programme is open to all students from Year 10 upwards however there are places set aside for students who meet 2 widening participation criteria. The criteria is:

  • First generation applicant to Higher Education
  • Parents, guardian or self in receipt of a means tested benefit
  • Young people looked after by a Local Authority or you have been in care or looked after for three months or more
  • In receipt of 16-19 bursary or similar grant
  • Resident in an area with a postcode which falls within the lowest 20% of the IMD (Index of Multiple Deprivation), or a member of a travelling family.
  • In receipt of free school meals at any time during Years 10-13 (normally for a minimum period of at least one school term/2 months.)
  • Eligible for the UCAT Bursary
  • Participation in a recognised outreach or widening participation programme

The next event will be Monday 22nd, Tuesday 23rd, Wednesday 24th and Thursday 25th August.

The timetable is being finalised at the moment, but may include the following:

  • Operating Theatre
  • Ward Rounds
  • WISH Lab
  • Apprenticeship Opportunities
  • Opportunity to speak to current medical students
  • Opportunities to speal with a number of clinicians representing Pharmacy, Histopathology, Cardiac Physiology more TBC

You will need to be available for all days to participate.

Places are limited, so if you would like to participate in the Virtual Work Experience programme, please complete the application form here by midday on Monday 18th July

Featured: 2022 School of Psychology College Link day

2022 School of Psychology College Link day at the University of Southampton.

Our proposed date is Friday 24th June, 2022. 10:30-2:30.

As usual this event will involve taster lectures, lab demo and live Q&A sessions.

We had very positive feedback about the online event last year, and were able to accommodate a larger number of schools and students, so this years event will also be run online.

Teachers, please register your interest here,

Featured: Experience University of Southampton Residentials

26th-28th July and 2nd-4th August 2022

We are excited to once again offer our on campus residential opportunities for Year 12 students. Our Experience UoS Residentials are 3-day, 2-night on-campus programmes, giving you the opportunity to experience studying a subject at university. You’ll learn in an academic environment and work with students from other schools and colleges through a timetable of lectures, practical activities and a variety of fun social activities in the evenings. You’ll get to meet our enthusiastic team of Student Ambassadors studying the courses you are aspiring to, as well as academics, researchers and alumni. These residentials are free and open to Year 12 students who meet our academic and Widening Participation eligibility criteria. You’ll be provided with free accommodation and meals for the duration of the residential. The University of Southampton is also able to cover up to £80 of the cost of travel to and from the residential.

For more information, eligibility criteria and to apply click here. Deadline is 4th April.

Ask The Expert

Ask the Expert – Why Study Humanities at University?

This talk will explain why studying humanities subjects is so important. Your generation is likely to witness staggering technological developments and momentous changes to our planet. But no matter what technology we end up using, it will have been created by humans.
From climate change to the rapid expansion of our cities, understanding our world requires an understanding of us … humans. And so it requires us to study the humanities. It is essential that we understand what makes us human—how we communicate, tell stories, make music, or carve out identities and come into conflict.
The talk will draw on examples from History and Archaeology, Languages, English, Film, Philosophy, and Music and demonstrate how skills developed in those types of subjects will always be in demand and valued in many different careers.


Ask The Expert – Acoustical Engineering

Ever wondered how dolphins communicate underwater? Why some cars are louder than others? What’s making all that noise when you boil water in a kettle and why it changes? Now’s your time to ask our researchers from the Institute of Sound and Vibration Research (ISVR) and find out!

Ask questions via twitter to @ISVRSouthampton – and check out their youtube channel for video responses plus virtual tours of their spooky Anechoic and Reverberation Chambers, demos and more!


Ask the Expert – Ecology, Nature & Biodiversity – The Dinosaur on Your Window Sill

  • Talk directly to our researchers, students and a diverse community of ecology enthusiasts!
  • Share photos, videos and questions plus daily challenges!
  • Stay engaged with nature from your home.


Ask the Expert – English

  • Discuss all things English with our researchers and students.
  • Build your confidence, creativity and analytical skills through discussion and online seminars.
  • Specifically for A-Level and Undergraduate English students.


For Our Future – A guide to volunteering and work experience

After signing off from school or college for the summer holidays, the weeks ahead could be the perfect time to get a taste of work experience or volunteering.

We know how hard it can be to find opportunities for young people to get access to volunteering and work experience, particularly during the COVID-19 pandemic, and so we have created this booklet to help get you started with some ideas and inspiration around how you can make those opportunities happen.

Along with practical tips and suggestions, the booklet looks at how to manage work experience safely as we ease our way out of lockdown and how you can make the most of your experiences when applying for a job or further education opportunity.


5 in 5 videos – Tips for Schools and Colleges 

Members of University of Southampton’s School Liaison team will guide you through 5 key considerations in 5 minutes on different topics relating to University.


UCAS Applications and Personal Statements

How do you write a personal statement? In this video, Chloe and Luke, studying Neuroscience and Marine Biology respectively, discuss UCAS applications and personal statements.


Ancient Mariner Podcasts

Alongside the current nationwide project, Ancient Mariner Big Read, the English Department at University of Southampton have assembled four incredible podcasts, inspired by Samuel Taylor Coleridge’s poem The Rime of the Ancient Mariner.


(Virtual) Arcade by WSA #WSAgames

  • Support our Games Design students at Winchester School of Art – and see where art and computing can take you!
  • You have the very first opportunity to play games from the next generation of creative game makers!
  • The games will be updated regularly on the virtual Arcade until mid June (when we have a special live stream showcase).
  • Your feedback on the projects will enhance each project.


Aurora Zoo – Citizen Science

  • Help our scientists analyse images and short video clips of the Aurora!
  • Support real, current research into this mysterious phenomenon which effects our weather, satellites and more.
  • Learn about the science behind the Northern Lights.


Avian is a cooperative multiplayer game with conservation, collaboration, and altruism at its core. Engage in multiple modes of play such as a negotiation puzzler and a fast-paced race as you help your community thrive.

Bite-Sized Lectures

At the University of Southampton, we’re very lucky to have some truly inspirational speakers visit us! During the lockdown response to the covid-19 pandemic in 2020, many of these lectures were edited into bite-sized videos for you to watch from home!

You can also explore our archive of full-length public lectures, on a range of topics and with a diverse cast of distinguished speakers, here.


Centre for International Film Research – Blogs and Podcasts


Discover Neuroscience

  • A prupose-built website covering neuroscience projects, EPQ advice, lessons, and more – written by researchers, teachers and college students.
  • Students can access a comprehensive EPQ guide, project ideas, and information about studying Neuroscience at the UoS.
  • Features UoS’ own Changing Minds project merging neuroscience and fashion! (So cool!)


#DoesYouGood – Stay well from your own home with free courses led by our Sports and Wellbeing instructors!


God’s House Tower exhibitions

Southampton’s newest arts and heritage venue, God’s House Tower, has an exciting exhibition schedule which you can view here.

There is something for everyone to enjoy – with many events free of charge.


#ForOurFuture from LifeLab

A comprehensive toolkit for supporting young people during lockdown including educational, cultural and wellbeing activities, information, advice and guidance.


How to get to 100 and enjoy it!

What are your chances of living to 100? How do your early years, your family life, where you live, your lifestyle and your work affect these chances? With one in three children born today expected to live to 100, these questions have never been more relevant.

Find out more about how our population is changing through a number of interactive activities from the world-leading Centre for Population Change! Download the ‘Our Life Journey’ app to learn about demographic change in Europe and the field of Population Studies. Explore a series of interactive maps and infographics to explore how Life ExpectancyEducation & EmploymentMigrationPopulation Structure, and Ageing change with location and impact our life journey.

Each area of discovery includes questions to get students thinking and suggested classroom activities. There is also a downloadable workbook that can be worked through individually or as a class. And look out for the exhibition as it tours the country – or enjoy it from home via the gallery!


Introduction to Modern Russian History

Dr. George Gilbert has re-created his popular talk for A-Level students as five 10-15 minute podcast episodes, taking you from Russia in the late 19th Century up to 1917.

George says, “The Russian Revolution is quite arguably the seminal revolutionary event of the entire twentieth century. This short talk will explore the long and short term causes surrounding the revolution, its placement in early twentieth century Russia’s longer-term epoch of conflict and violence, and briefly touch on some of its outcomes.”

#JHGflags – YOUR flag: Call for entries

  • Inspired by the work of artist Larry Achiampong, whose ‘PAN AFRICAN FLAGS FOR THE RELIC TRAVELLERS’ ALLIANCE (MOTION)’  currently cover John Hansard Gallery’s windows.
  • Resources for schools, colleges, families and individuals to create and share flags representing a place or community special to them.
  • Share on social media – and you can also submit your work for selection to be displayed later this year as part of our Community Takeover!


Journey to Beginnings 

The Journey to the Beginnings educational adventure puzzle game allows players to discover everyday life of four prehistoric cultures along the Danube river.

Although the story is fictional, the artistic interpretation of everyday life is based on real archeological research done on four prehistoric sites: Százhalombatta in Hungary, Vučedol in Croatia, Lepenski Vir in Serbia, and Gârla Mare in Romania. From these sites, many real heritage objects today kept in museums were introduced in the game. Established scientific knowledge about society, everyday life, technology, language, and culture has been introduced into the game allowing players to seamlessly learn about our ancestors in a fun and interactive way.


Learn with US (Transition) 

We have become increasingly concerned about the level of trepidation that year 13 students must be feeling about entering university without having had the opportunity to formally complete their sixth form education by finishing their qualifications in the usual way. We know that students find the transition to university hard at the best of times, least of all when they may be lacking confidence, something which we recognise is a likely problem especially for WP students.

To that end we have put together a package of resources for those students in years 12 and 13 who wish to familiarise themselves with styles of Higher Education teaching and learning. There is a welcome video that explains the premise of the programme, followed by a presentation from myself about what to expect at university and some essential academic research skills. This is complemented by two taster lectures from Becki and Rich. The talks cover pertinent topics – the prospect of Universal Basic Income (UBI) and the use of the Web in health information-seeking, both of which have come under close scrutiny due to the ongoing COVID-19 crisis. In addition, each talk is accompanied by further reading lists, exemplar lecture notes and a range of seminar-style questions for students to address. The aim of the package is to give an impression of what teaching and learning in a university setting is like, providing a foundation for students to build on in their respective future fields of study.


Lifelong Learning Podcast Library

Our Lifelong Learnging team curate a diverse series of courses through which anyone can learn directly from our experts in a range of areas. Many of the talks have been recorded as podcasts which can be enjoyed for free via the link above!


Maths & Physics videos with UoS Graduate Dr. Emma Osbourne


National Cipher Challenge – New Weekly Challenges!

  • Help Harry crack the codes and discover the secrets!
  • Open to all ages and abilities.
  • Join or create a team or individual entry to submit your answers for live marking – or have a go at past challenges in your own time and reveal answers to check your own work.
  • Great way to engage with Maths and Computing.
  • Developed with IBM, GCHQ and other cipher/code-breaking experts!

Re-Sourcing History

  • Resources provided by the history department at the University of Southampton, from over 40 scholars.
  • Lectures, UCAS support, podcasts, and work booklets can be found, assisting both teachers and students.


SOTSEF Goes Digital!

SOTSEF 2020 is back…with a fresh digital twist, as ‘SOTSEF Goes Digital’!
Although the live events have come to an end, many of the videos, podcasts, blogs and activities are still available – so you can still join us and discover the amazing!


Southampton English Podcasts

  • Includes a series of podcasts discussing key English texts.
  • Created to aid GCSE and A-level students in their studies.
  • Information regarding previous and ongoing research projects, as well as details about further education in English can be found elsewhere on the website.


Southampton Philosophy Café Podcasts

  • Philosophy Café ran from 2009-2014 to provide philosophical stimulation in a relaxed atmosphere.
  • All events were recorded and are now available on the archive page in the form of podcasts.
  • Information about exciting ways people can get involved with Philosophy, including 6th Form Philosophy conferences, can be found elsewhere on the website.

Southern Universities Network (SUN) Resources

Resources for schools from our local partnership the SUN include careers and student resources, webinars and information for parents and carers to support their young people’s future decision making.

Special Collections – Online Exhibitions

The University Hartley Library Special Collections Gallery was funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund primarily for the display of material from the collections to encourage public awareness and access. The exhibition programme focuses on themes within the collection and links in with University academic activity including celebrations of research, conferences and contributions to national and international events and commemorations – and many have parallel online exhibitions which can be viewed via the link above!

Surge Radio – Study Abroad & Exchange Podcasts

Listen to find out what University of Southampton students have to say about their experiences studying or working abroad for a semester, full year or summer school in this award-winning Surge Radio and University of Southampton collaborative podcast. Students give advice about living abroad, country-specific information and their favourite memories.

Contact us at and follow our students on Instagram @sotonabroad

Made in collaboration with the Study Abroad and Exchange team and the student-led Surge Radio Factual and Culture team.


Turner Sims: Cordelia Williams, playing the Steinway Piano

If you are craving serenity, watch the first in a series of four stunning films from pianist Cordelia Williams, in which she plays the beautiful Turner Sims Steinway piano in the concert hall at Highfield campus. In this initial film, Cordelia serenades us with Mozart’s Rondo No 3, K511.


Talks for Year 12 Students

You will need to register for a free GoToWebinar account to view these talks


A Word from the Wise – Epistemology Interviews with Philosophy Experts

A series of podcast interviews conducted by Philosophy student George Tracey relating UoS Philosphy research directly to the A-Level Philosophy and Religious Studies curriculums, on the theme of Epistemology.


University of Southampton MOOCs (Massive Open Online Courses)


University of Southampton Research Videos

Ever wondered what goes on in a jet propulsion lab? How we study Saturn’s rings? What it’s like to hear for the first time thanks to a cochlear implant? How researchers fight cancer or understand the effects of plastics in the ocean? Explore all these things and more, with these short videos of some of the world-changing research taking place at Southampton – we hope they inspire the researchers of the future!

UoS Campus Tours 

Check out our campuses in these campus tours, linked in a playlist on our Youtube channel! Find out what it is like to study with us by looking at the wonderful facilities available.

From other organisations…

Free Languages Resources for Students – Rosetta Stone

Free access to Rosetta Stone for Students for three months, making learning new languages accessible. You will get instant feedback on your pronunciation. You’ll be able to see how you’re coming along with progress data and printable reports.


School Physics

Over 3,000 pages, this website created by long-term ASE (Association for Science Education) member Keith Gibbs offers simple explanations and diagrams covering a wealth of key physics concepts, categorised by student age.


The Youth STEMM Award (YSA)

The STEMM skills award for year’s 9-13. Any extracurricular activity involving Science, Technology, Engineering, Maths and Medicine could count towards an award. Students log hours to the e-portfolio and receive a medal and certificate upon completion.



Subject Specific Webinars

Degrees to Save the World: Revolutionising Health Care

Wed 18 May, 17:00 to 18:00

Hear from students and alumni from Southampton, who are transforming the future of healthcare and medicine using AI-driven health analytics to make chronic care faster, simpler and safer.

Degrees to Save the World: Creating Inclusive Communities

Wed 25 May, 17:00 to 18:00

Learn how Southampton alumni are using storytelling and art to create social impact, reduce inequalities and promote inclusive communities.


Youth STEM Scientific Writing

Write an article about a STEM project or idea and share it with the world through the Youth STEM platform.


More MOOCs!

Of course the UoS isn’t the only place to have free online courses available for you to engage with and gain skills in specialist subjects – so why not also try the following?

BBC BitesizeA free online study support resource across a wide range of academic subjects, plus wellbeing and career choices. Written by teachers and subject experts, mapped to the curricula of the UK, and from April 20th Bitesize will be publishing daily lessons to help students across the UK with home schooling.

The Open UniversityAccess a huge range of free online courses from Open Learn. Increase confidence, and develop skills needed to enter Higher Education and succeed with learning. Subjects include Health Sports and Psychology, Education and Development, History and the Arts, Languages, Money and Business, Nature and Environment, STEM, Society, Politics and Law, and many more!

EtonX: Courses have been made available free online and offer training in skills important to life and to the workplace. Topics include CV Writing, Creative Problem Solving, Interview Skills, Making an Impact, Resilience, Research Skills, and Writing Skills.

MASSOLIT: Over 3,000 lectures across more than 400 courses. MASSOLIT works with academics from the world’s best universities to produce high-quality, curriculum-linked videos covering a range of subjects, perfect for GCSE, A-Level and International Baccalaureate students.

FutureLearn: The host of our UoS MOOCs also gives access to hundreds of free, online courses produced by many providers. Enhance your learning in a subject area, learn something new, and develop skills that will assist with future career plans. For example, click on a subject area below to see their full range of courses in that area.



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