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PARTNERS Programme Eligibility Criteria

Find out the full eligibility criteria for the PARTNERS Programme Supported Entry Route 2023 Entry.


To take part in PARTNERS, you must meet all of the Essential Conditions and any one Eligibility Criteria. 

Please note:

  • PARTNERS Applications for 2023 entry closed on Friday 24th February at 5pm.
  • The below criteria is for 2023 entry only, and will be updated this September for 2024 entry.

If you have used the tool above and are still unsure whether you meet the criteria, it is listed below in full for you to check. You can also get in touch with us here if you have any questions.

Essential conditions

To take part in the PARTNERS Programme you must meet all of the following conditions.

You must:

  • Be resident in the UK.
  • Have home student status for fees purposes.*
  • Not hold a higher education qualification (eg a degree or higher degree).

*This means that you have the right to reside in the UK, or have been granted permission from the Home Office. If you are an asylum seeker, you must be in the process of applying for the right to reside in the UK.

Predicted grades

You must have predicted grades that are within one grade of the lower PARTNERS offer.

This means that your predicted grades must be no more than one grade lower than the PARTNERS Offer.

  • For example, if you're applying to Biomedical Sciences (B940) (PARTNERS offer: BBB) your predicted grades must be BBC or above.

Submission deadlines

Applicants to Medicine & Surgery (A100) and Dentistry (A206)

Applications to PARTNERS from Medicine or Dentistry applicants have a deadline of 15 October 2022. PARTNERS applications to these courses are now closed.

Applicants to all other UG courses

The UCAS deadline for all other courses during the 2022/23 admissions cycle is 25 January 2023. The final deadline to submit a PARTNERS application is 5pm, Friday 24th February 2023.

The PARTNERS offer

To take advantage of the PARTNERS offer, you must:

  • Make Newcastle University your firm choice (CF) through UCAS when you make your final decisions in spring.
  • Successfully complete the PARTNERS Academic Summer School.

Eligibility criteria

In addition to meeting the essential conditions, you must meet one (or more) of the following criteria.

Key educational times

Some criteria refer to 'Key educational times'. We define key educational time as the study periods which affect the completion of your GCSE and/or A-level qualifications (or equivalent).

Evidence required

Most eligibility criteria are confirmed via referee approval of a completed PARTNERS application form, alongside an applicant's UCAS application.

You may also be asked to provide evidence on a case-by-case basis. However, we require evidence to be submitted to eligibility via the following criteria:

  • Recognised Carer
  • Estranged Student

Examples of acceptable evidence include:

  • Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) Carer’s Allowance statement/letter
  • Carer’s support group
  • Social Services/Local Authority
  • Your relative's NHS or Private Support Worker
  • A letter from your GP
  • estranged student support group/network, such as StandAlone or the Unite Foundation
  • social Services/Local Authority
  • A statement from your school/college
  • A headed letter from a professional body.

Unsure whether you meet the criteria?

The information you provide on your PARTNERS application form will be used to determine if you meet any of the criteria for eligibility, as listed above.

If you're unsure whether you meet the criteria, use the links below for more support, including detailed information about the data behind each eligibility criteria.