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Year 12 Bitesize Uni

Bitesize Uni

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

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Grab a Bitesize taste of what university life is really like by living on our campus for four days and attending Bitesize Uni from Tuesday 17 to Friday 20 July 2018.

Bitesize Uni (also known as BSU) provides Year 12 and First Year College students with the information and opportunities to help them make an informed decision about whether or not they want to go to University. BSU will also help you to understand the range of courses available to study and develop your skills for success at University.

On top of that, it is also completely free to attend. Everything is paid for by the University, including your travel to Newcastle upon Tyne.

You must be eligible to attend BSU. You can check the eligibility criteria we use before you apply.

To apply, read all of the instructions and complete the online application.

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

View full details of our eligibility criteria, which include:

  • Home postcode
  • School/college
  • Expereience of local authority care
  • Whether an applicant is in receipt of, or entitled to, Free Schools Meals and/or discretionary school/college payments, which are directly related to financial hardship
  • Ethnic minority group
  • Registered disability

If you have any questions about eligibility, please contact us.


Applications for BSU 2018 will open in September 2017.

All places will be allocated according to our residential event criteria. Applicants will find out if their application has been successful by the end of April 2018.

Info Evening

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

The Information Evening will take place in June 2018.

The evening will cover the following: 

  • background information on BSU and its benefits
  • an explanation of the programme including subject taster sessions, Personal Development session 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 - the presentation will be streamed live online. The presentation will also be available to download after the event.

BSU Information Evening Live Stream. Starts at 18:00, 6 June 2017.


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 Document 2017.

Contact Us

If you have any questions, 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.