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Academic Summer School

Academic Summer School

You must successfully complete the PARTNERS Academic Summer School (PASS) to meet the requirements of the lower programme offer.

The purpose

The PARTNERS Academic Summer School is designed to give you an early introduction to various aspects of Higher Education study and help you to prepare for life at Newcastle University.

PASS is taught by undergraduate lecturers in the same subject field that you apply to as your firm choice course. During the event, you will meet some of your undergraduate lecturers, use Newcastle University facilities to complete academic tasks and get to know other students on your course.

Upon completion of PASS, we hope this will mean that you feel more confident in your ability to be successful at Newcastle University and that you'll be more than ready to begin studying at Higher Education level once the first semester begins in the autumn.

PARTNERS offers a great opportunity to make friends and gain some confidence around campus, and in studying your chosen degree course.

Jen, PARTNERS Graduate

When is it?

The event will likely last 5 days during Monday 27 June to Friday 8 July 2022.

The exact dates will be confirmed with applicants at the earliest opportunity.

Students will be asked to complete a formative assessment during PASS. The hand-in date for this assessment may be after the final day of the event (subject strand dependant).

All applicants holding a PARTNERS offer must be available during the above dates to complete PASS. Therefore we advise all applicants to bear this in mind when making any plans for summer 2022, including the possibility that you may need to set aside some time after 8 July to complete your assessment.

Absences from PASS are only acceptable under extenuating circumstances, such as an illness which is evidenced by a doctor’s note.

What happens at PASS?

There are over 30 subject strands on the Academic Summer School, each with its own subject-specific timetable. You will be allocated to the subject strand which most closely relates to your chosen (firm choice) course of study.

Your time is made up of sessions and activities within four key components:

  1. academic sessions
  2. higher education study skills
  3. employability module
  4. social events

The amount of time you spend in each kind of session varies according to what course you apply for.