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Year 12 Bitesize Uni

Bitesize Uni

A fun-filled four day event which helps you make an informed decision about your future.

BSU students having fun at the student forum.


Bitesize Uni (BSU) will run from Tuesday 18 to Friday 21 July 2017.

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

You can get an idea what you could take part in using 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 2017 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 Subject Taster Sessions 2016 includes Medicine, Animal Science, Law, Philosophy, Languages and Business Management. 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.


Apply for a place at BSU.

Applications for Bitesize University will open in early 2017.

To be amongst the first to know when the application form is available, register your interest and we'll notify you via email as soon as it goes live.

All places will be allocated according to our residential event eligibility criteria.

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

If you have any questions, please contact us.

Info Evening

We will host an Information Evening for attendees and their parents/carers.

The Information Evening will take place on  took place on Tuesday 6th June. If you can't make it on this date, don't worry, we will make all information available online. The evening will cover the following: 

  • 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


Bitesize Uni 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 Disclosure & Barring Service and are fully trained in Child Protection Issues.

We take our responsibilities towards health and safety very seriously. We will produce a detailed event risk assessment prior to the event, which will be available online. 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.


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.