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PARTNERS Programme Eligibility Criteria

Find out the full eligibility criteria for the PARTNERS Programme Supported Entry Route 2024 Entry. PARTNERS applications for 2024 entry will close on 31st January 2024.


Check your eligibility

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

You can use our interactive eligibility checker above to find out if you are eligible for the PARTNERS programme. The full criteria for 2024 entry is also outlined below.

If you are still unsure whether you meet the criteria, please do not hesistate to get in touch with the team.

Please be aware that the PARTNERS eligibility criteria is reviewed on an annual basis and is subject to change. If you are interested in applying for 2025 entry, we encourage you to check your eligibility again from September 2024. 

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).

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.

Please note, some courses may require predicted grades to match the PARTNERS offer and initial acceptance on to the programme is provisional. All applications will be assessed by the university admissions team before any offer is made. 

Submission deadlines

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

Applications to PARTNERS from Medicine or Dentistry applicants have a deadline of 16 October 2023.

Applicants to all other UG courses

The UCAS and PARTNERS deadline for all other courses during the 2023/24 admissions cycle is 31 January 2024. 

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, taking place Sunday 30th June - Friday 5th July 2024.

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. The exception to this is if you are applying under the Personal Extenuating Circumstances criteria only. This will be assessed on a case by case basis.

Examples of evidence may include:

  • A letter from your GP
  • A statement from your school/college

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.