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Year 12 Bitesize Uni

Bitesize Uni

Please note: the majority of summer school places are now full. See How To Apply for further info.

Event Details

Bitesize Uni (BSU) will run from Tuesday 19 to Friday 22 July 2016.

BSU will provide Year 12 students with the information and opportunities to help them make an informed decision about whether or not they want to go to university. It is completely free to attend as everything is paid for by the University.

BSU will help you to:

  • make an informed decision about whether or not you want to go to university 
  • find out more about the range of courses you could study at university – it’s not all like school!
  • develop the skills for success at University
  • gain an insight into university life and what it’s really like to be a student by using the range of on-campus facilities and living in our Halls of Residence

To see what activities students will take part in, take a look at the BSU 2016 Provisional Timetable (PDF: 313KB).

Find out what students thought about the event by looking at our BSU Storify.

Why you need to go to a Summer School!

What will you do during the 2016 programme?

There are two timetable options to choose from:

If you are not sure what you want to study at university yet, then that’s fine as you can choose three ‘bite size’ Subject Taster sessions across a range of subjects available to study at Newcastle University. The full list of Bitesize Uni 2015 Subject Taster Sessions included Medicine, Animal Science, History, Philosophy, Languages and even Marine Biology. If your application is successful we will send you an online form to choose your three preferred subject tasters.

Alternatively, you may wish to receive a more in-depth insight of a particular subject by choosing one of our 9 Specialised Subject Strands*. During this programme, each subject session that you attend and your group work project will be based within your chosen specialised subject.

Applications for all subject areas are now closed, with the exception of:

Already Applied?

If you've already applied for BSU, your application is under consideration. You'll be notified of the outcome at the beginning of May.

How to Apply

Applications are still open for either:

  • Bitesize Uni - Geographic Information Sciences / Surveying and Mapping Sciences (STILL OPEN)
  • A RESERVE place on Bitesize Uni - three 'bitesize' Subject Taster Sessions option. If a current applicant drops out and your reserve application has been successful you'll receive an online form to select your three preferred subject areas.

This event is primarily aimed at students who have achieved at least 5 A* to C grades at GCSE. However, we still welcome applications from students who did not meet these grades. Places are allocated in accordance with our residential event eligibility criteria.

Male applicants are particularly welcome, as males are historically under-represented during this event, as are female applicants who are studying for a science or engineering qualification or have an interest in studying these at degree level.

Before you apply for a place at Bitesize Uni there are a few things you need to consider.

The application form cannot be saved: you must complete it in one go. If you are applying for a Specialised Subject Programme you will need to include a personal statement. You should do this on Microsoft Word first and copy and paste your text into the form.

To complete the application form you will need to know the following information:

  • E-mail address(es) for your parent(s)/carer(s)
  • Your parent(s)/carer(s) highest educational qualification
  • Whether your parent(s)/carer(s) have been to University
  • The occupation of the highest-earning parent/carer of the household in which you live 
  • Name and e-mail address for a teacher/advisor at your school e.g. the person that deals with university visit
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Information for teachers

As part of the application process we will be collecting a named school contact from each applicant. Once the application deadline has passed we will contact each named school contact to verify individual applications. If you would like an updated list of applicants from your school at any point during the application process, or you have any questions, please contact us.

Contact us

Telephone: +44 (0) 191 208 5895

Info Evening

Once you have been offered a place on BSU you will be invited to the Information Evening on Tuesday 7th June:

  • Location: Curtis Auditorium, Herschel Building (number 17 on the ‌campus map)
  • Refreshments: 17:30 - 18:00
  • Presentation and Q&A: 18:00 - 19:30

This evening will provide you and your parents with information about BSU. This will include specific details of arrangements, and give you the opportunity to ask any questions you may have.

The evening is an opportunity to meet some of the BSU organisers, and will cover:

  • background information on BSU and its benefits
  • an explanation of the programme including subject taster sessions, HE skills sessions and evening activities
  • the Student Rep perspective - hear from current Newcastle University Students, who have attended BSU and find out what it’s really like
  • practicalities - we’ll tell you what you need to bring and recap some aspects of the code of conduct

If you can't make it to the Information Evening, don't worry. During the event, the presentation will be available to view online at this address. The video will also remain available after the event in case you miss it. You have the opportunity to ask questions via the comments section on youtube and via Q&A once the live stream begins.


Bitesize Uni (BSU) is a great way to find out first-hand what it's like to live in Halls of Residence. You will stay in either Manor Bank or Turner Court, only a short walk away from Newcastle University Campus, in the heart of Newcastle.

You will have your own room on a corridor or in a flat with other students on BSU. If you want to be with one of your friends let us know and we will try our best to allocate you rooms on the same floor. You will have access to a shared bathroom, kitchen and lounge. Each corridor/flat will accommodate either all male or all female students, with staff staying nearby if you need any help.


Bitesize Uni is completely free. Everything is paid for by the University, including the social activities.

Each day you will get a voucher for your lunch and other meals will be provided free of charge. You may want to bring some spending money with you in case you want extra food or drinks at the social events, but we recommend that you do not bring more than £20 with you.

Travel expenses

We will also reimburse your travel expenses to and from the event, provided you can produce a receipt for your travel.

If it costs you less than £10 to travel to BSU, we will reimburse your costs in cash once you have registered at BSU.

If it costs you £10 or more to travel to BSU we can reimburse the cost by BACS to a bank account, either held by you or your parent(s)/carer(s). To do this we will need you to provide an account holder name, account number and sort code when you register at BSU.

We can also buy your travel tickets for you once you have been allocated a place at the event. If you would prefer to travel by car we can reimburse you at a rate of 15p per mile

If you have any questions about travel expenses please contact us.

What to Pack

You can wear casual clothes at Bitesize Uni - whatever you feel comfortable in. Remember though that 'summer' does not mean sunshine so make sure you bring a warm/waterproof jacket!

Newcastle University's campus is spread over a large area. You should expect to do a lot of walking - so bring some comfy shoes. Other than clothes you should bring toiletries and a watch!

We will provide you with bedding and towels.

Our suggested packing list


You should bring enough things to last for three days and two nights, including:

  • waterproof outdoor clothing including a coat/jacket
  • comfortable shoes (you will be doing a lot of walking)
  • selection of comfortable daytime clothes for warm/cool weather and for the ice-breaker activities
  • nightwear, underwear, socks etc
  • clothes for the evening social events
  • wellies if you are taking part in the Agriculture session

Other items

You will also need to bring:

  • any medication needed
  • toiletries, hairbrush, hairdryer, hair straighteners etc.
  • glasses/contact lenses/solutions (if necessary)
  • mobile phone and charger
  • spending money (we strongly recommend you do not bring any more than £20)
  • travel ticket (including return)
  • rucksack/small bag to carry things during the day
  • sun cream

Please don't bring

You should not bring:

  • expensive jewellery or other items
  • electrical/electronic equipment
  • large amounts of money
  • anything that is valuable or expensive

The University cannot be held responsible if any of your belongings are lost or stolen.

Parents/Carers Info

Bitesize Uni (BSU) is organised and delivered by a trained team of University staff, available 24 hours a day. Students are divided into groups of 10, and each group is led by two experienced Student Representatives.

Child protection and risk assessment

Before any student is accepted on to the Summer School, we ask for parental consent and ensure that every student has signed and agreed to a specific code of conduct.

All members of staff and Student Reps working on Bitesize Uni hold an enhanced disclosure from the Criminal Records Bureau and are fully trained in Child Protection Issues.

We take our responsibilities towards health and safety very seriously. We have produced a detailed BSU 2016 Risk Assessment (PDF: 271KB) and all staff adhere to a strict ‌Child Protection Policy (May 2016) (PDF: 139KB).



Further information on Bitesize Uni

Two weeks before the event your child/young person in your care will be sent a comprehensive Bitesize Uni handbook that will include details of everything he/she needs to know. This will include any last minute changes to the programme.

Once your child has been offered a place on Bitesize Uni then you will be invited along to our information evening to meet the organisers, and have any questions that you may have answered.

If you have any questions or would like more information about the event, please contact us.