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Year 12 Bitesize Uni

Bitesize Uni

A fun-filled four day residential event which helps you make an informed decision about your future.

BSU 2017 Masthead


Grab a Bitesize taste of what university life is really like by living on our campus for four days and attending Bitesize Uni from Tuesday 16 to Friday 19 July 2019.

Bitesize Uni (also known as BSU) provides Year 12, (Year 13 Northern Irish students) and First Year College students with the information and opportunities to help them make an informed decision about whether or not they want to go to University. BSU will also help you to understand the range of courses available to study and develop your skills for success at University.

On top of that, it is also completely free to attend. Everything is paid for by the University, including your travel to Newcastle upon Tyne.

You must be eligible to attend.


All places on BSU will be allocated according to our residential event eligibility criteria.

View full details of our eligibility criteria, which include:

  • Home postcode
  • School/college
  • Expereience of local authority care
  • Whether an applicant is in receipt of, or entitled to, Free Schools Meals and/or discretionary school/college payments, which are directly related to financial hardship
  • Ethnic minority group
  • Registered disability

If you have any questions about eligibility, please contact us.


Applications for BSU are now open!

Before you apply for a place at Bitesize Uni (BSU) there are a few things listed below that you need to consider.

1) BSU is primarily aimed at students who have achieved at least five A* to C grades or 9 – 4 equivalent at GCSE. However, if undersubscribed we still welcome applications from students who did not achieve these grades but meet our residential event eligibility. The teacher that you provide on this form will confirm this.

2) The application form can not be saved and returned to! You must complete the form in one go.

3) To complete the application form you will need to know the following information:

  • Email address for your main parent/carer
  • Your main parent/carer highest educational qualification
  • Whether your parent(s)/carer(s) have been to University
  • The occupation of the highest-earning parent/carer of the household you live in
  • Name and email address of the head of sixth form/year at your school/college

4) You should also consider:

  • Bitesize Uni is only for students in year 12/first year college or their countries equivalent
  • Applicants must be aged 18 or under on the last day of Bitesize Uni (Friday 19 July 2019)
  • All sections of this application form must be completed
  • If any of the requested information is missing/incomplete, this may delay your application
  • An application will only be assessed for eligibility if all sections are completed and returned to us by noon on Monday 8 April 2019
  • We will contact your named head of sixth/year at your school/college to confirm your eligibility to the best of their knowledge
  • We will only contact your main parent/carer to ask their permission for you to attend Bitesize Uni if your application is successful, however they will receive an automated email

5) Places will be allocated according to our residential event eligibility criteria.

Event Information

Here you will find all of the information you need to know before attending BSU.

‌‌‌Event Programme‌‌‌

Have a look at the BSU Provisional Programme 2019‌ and see what you could be doing at BSU!

Social Media

Keep up-to-date with the latest BSU info by following our @NCLsummerschool channels on Snapchat, Instagram and Twitter and keep in touch using the #NCLbitesize.‌

Information Evening

We will host an Information Evening for accepted students on Tuesday 4 June 2019, 6.00pm - 7.30pm.

The evening will cover the following: 

  • background information on BSU and its benefits
  • an explanation of the programme including subject taster sessions, Personal Development session and evening activities
  • the Student Rep perspective - current Newcastle University Students, who have attended BSU shared their experiences
  • practicalities - what you need to bring and aspects of the code of conduct

If you can't make it to the Information Evening, don't worry - the presentation will be available to download after the event.


Bitesize Uni is organised and delivered by a trained team of University staff, available 24 hours a day. Students are divided into groups of 10, and each group is led by two experienced Student Representatives.

‌‌‌‌Child protection and risk assessment

Before any student is accepted on to the Summer School, we ask for parental consent and ensure that every student has signed and agreed to a specific code of conduct.

All members of staff and Student Reps working on Bitesize Uni hold an enhanced disclosure from the Disclosure & Barring Service (DBS) and are fully trained in Child Protection Issues.

We take our responsibilities towards health and safety very seriously and have a detailed Risk Assessment and Child Protection Policy 2018.‌

Contact Us

If you have any questions, please contact us.

Cost & Travel

Newcastle University is closer than you think and attendance is completely free!


‌‌‌‌Everything is paid for by the University, including your accommdoation, social activities, travel and all meals (we've even got snacks covered!). You may want to bring some spending money with you in case you want extra food or drinks at the social events, but it's not essential and we recommend that you do not bring more than £20 with you.

Travel expenses

Transport costs to get to and from Newcastle University are paid for by the summer school, regardless of where you live.

If your application to the summer school is successful, your transport will be booked for you in advance and posted to your home address. We will book the most cost and time effective mode of transport for you.

However, if you are local to the university and travelling by car or local bus/metro, any costs associated with local travel will be reimbursed to you upon arrival at the summer school. Terms and conditions do apply and these will be sent to successful applicants in due course. 

If you have any questions about travel expenses please contact us.