International Pathway Agreements

What is a Pathway Agreement?

A Pathway Agreement is essentially a low-risk arms-length marketing arrangement.

It creates a clear and transparent mechanism in collaboration with a partner for promoting access to NU academic programmes and considering partner student applications on a case-by-case basis against clear admissions criteria based on the student’s prior learning performance. 

Such Agreements are established in accordance with the University’s Policy on Credit Transfer and Recognition of Prior Learning and based on the development and approval of a syllabus-matching document. 

They can be developed at either undergraduate (e.g. 1+3, 2+2) or postgraduate level (e.g. 4+1, 1+1), and can lead to direct entry to Year 1 / Stage 1 of a degree programme or, in certain circumstances, advanced entry to Stage 2 (or Stage 3 of integrated Master’s programmes).

When is it a Pathway and when is it an Articulation?

An Articulation may take the same shape as a Pathway arrangement but the distinction is that it guarantees entry, usually for large numbers of students, against certain set criteria.  There is likely to be very close alignment between the partner’s syllabus and the NU syllabus and probably joint syllabus development.  This represents a greater investment and a higher risk. Articulation arrangements are scrutinised by the Educational Partnerships Sub-Committee of ULTSEC (EPSC), requiring the preparation of partner and programme approval documentation, usually including a syllabus-matching document.

Advice and Guidance

For advice and guidance on the development of International Pathway Agreements please contact:

ULTSEC has approved a Policy for the development and operation of Pathway partnerships.  The International Office, in collaboration with LTDS, has developed a supporting Toolkit:

Useful Documentation