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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.

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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
  • Experience 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 2019 have now closed.

We are no longer able to accept applications for Bitesize Uni 2019.

Applications for Bitesize Uni 2020 will be available from January 2020.

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!

Student Handbook

Before attending the summer school, make sure you read through the BSU Student Handbook 2019.

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 are unable to attend, you will be able to access the presentation during and after the event.

Information Evening - Live Q&A

For BSU attendees who can't make it to campus for the event, we'll also be hosting a live Q&A chat session at the same time as the Information Evening.


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 BSU 2019 Risk Assessment and Child Protection Policy 2019.

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 accommodation, 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.