Policy and Procedures for Admitting Students Under 18
Newcastle University welcomes applications from people of all ages. No applicant shall be refused
admission on grounds of age.
Whilst responsibility for a student’s personal supervision and welfare continues to rest with the parent
or guardian, the University recognises its special duty of care towards students who are legally still
children. It has established procedures for dealing with applications from people who as students will
be under 18. Principles, institutional responsibilities and procedures relating to the protection of under
18s and vulnerable adult students are set out in the University’sPolicy for the Safeguarding of Under 18s and Vulnerable Adults ’
The Procedures that follow here are concerned with the admissions
process and preparation for the admission of such students.
A separate ‘
Under 18 Students in Residence Policy’
is available for students who are under 18 and live
in University owned or managed accommodation.
Separate provisions apply for applicants to INTO Newcastle University and to pathway programmes at
Newcastle University London.
2. Procedure for Applicants with Parent(s)
in the United Kingdom
2.1 When applications for undergraduate degrees are received, any applicants who will still be under
18 when they begin their first year of study shall be identified.
2.2 In the case of any such identified applicants to whom admissions tutors wish to make an offer, a
letter shall be sent by the Admissions Office
to let the applicant know that, if he/she accepts
Newcastle’s offer, certain formalities will need to be completed before the start of the degree
2.3 In addition, action shall be taken as follows, depending on whether applicants will be aged
between 16 and 17 on entry or whether they will be under 16.
If they will be 16 or 17:
All references to ‘parent(s)’ in this document are intended also to cover legal guardians and any other person or body
having parental responsibility.
‘Admissions Office’ is used in this document to refer to the central Admissions Office, the offices in the Faculty of
Medical Sciences that deal with undergraduate applications to that Faculty, and INTO University Partnerships staff who
process applications for Newcastle University London.