Submitting assignments online

How to upload your assignment/file

Check your work

  • Make sure that your file name only includes your unit code and your student ID name.
  • Make sure your file size is less than 40MB for written assignments (e.g. Office docs, Powerpoints, PDFs).      
  • Other files (e.g. photoshop, spreadsheets, etc.) can be up to 250MB if set to that limit by your tutor
  • Maximum file uploads can be up to 20 files (if set to that limit by your tutor)

If asked to upload a text-based document, note that Apple Pages (.pages) files are not accepted by Turnitin and will not generate a similarity report (for further information, see information on the Turnitin website about file types.  If a document is written using Pages it can still be saved as a Microsoft Word document through the export feature. 

Submit your work

Go to your unit and find the correct 'Solent Online Learning assignment upload' link.

upload link

Upload your assignment using the Add draft button.

Add draft

Files can be uploaded by clicking on the 'Add' button or by dragging and dropping the file into the file area (if your browser is up-to-date). It is a required field, so to save this, there must be a file present.

File submission

After uploading the file, you must Save Changes.

Save changes 

The submission status shows 'Draft uploaded' but it is 'not submitted for marking' yet.

Read the instructions on this next screen carefully so you know exactly what to do next.

Submission screen for students

If your file is a text-based document and under 40MB, it will go through to Turnitin automatically with a 'draft' status.  You will see a Turnitin icon saying 'Turnitin status: Queued' which means your assignment is being processed with Turnitin.  If successful, this will later change to a Turnitin ID (if you receive an error, see the chapter on Troubleshooting) and percentage icon for your originality report will appear underneath, which you can click on to check your work.  

Use the originality report to see where you need to correct any referencing or citations to avoid plagiarism. Click here to find out about Using the originality report in Turnitin.  Click here to find out about Referencing.


Whilst your assignment is in 'draft', i
t is possible to delete and add as many drafts as you like up until the due date, to check your originality report. The report can take anywhere between 5 mins and 24 hours to be returned however, after three attempts this report will always take a minimum of 24 hours to be returned.  To delete your assignment, you must have your next version ready to upload in its place.  Go back to Edit draft and click on your uploaded file.  In the pop-up window, click Delete, add your new version and click Save.

If your file is a non-text-based document (e.g. an image, image-based PDF or PPT, etc.) and Turnitin has been switched off by you tutor, then you will not receive a paper ID or an originality report.

The submission status is still in draft so you must click on the Submit assignment button to fully complete the process . Please be aware that once you click on the 'Submit assignment' button in the next step, you will not be able to make any more changes.  

Note: You can still submit your draft assignment even if the similarity report has not yet been returned. 

Click the
Submit assignment button to make your final submission.

Submit assignment button

You must tick the box to confirm that this is your own work and you are asked again if you are happy to made a final submission as no more changes can be made once the assignment is submitted for grading. 

Click the Continue button, or if you want to make more changes click Cancel .

Confirm work before submission

This shows the final screen that you will see once the process is complete. The submission status clearly states 'Submitted for grading'.

Submitted for grading

An email notification from SOL will be sent to you to confirm that you have submitted an assignment for the 'assessment' in question.  Keep this in a safe place for future reference.

SOL notification