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PARTNERS Programme

PARTNERS Programme

Newcastle University's Supported Entry Route

What is PARTNERS?

Receive a lower conditional offer to study at Newcastle University via the PARTNERS Programme.

What is PARTNERS?

The PARTNERS Programme has been running since the year 2000 and is one of the most well-established supported entry routes to Higher Education of its kind.

Over 6,000 students have studied at Newcastle University via the PARTNERS Programme. It offers a range of support and opportunities to help you make a successful application to Newcastle University.

Through the PARTNERS Programme you could:

  • Receive a lower conditional offer to Newcastle University
  • Attend the PARTNERS Academic Summer School
  • Develop skills necessary to be a successful student
  • Meet other students and increase your confidence
  • Receive support through the application process, on results day and after entering the University
 

Courses Available

All of our undergraduate degree programmes are available through the PARTNERS Programme.

We offer over 200 undergraduate degree programmes at Newcastle University. All are available through the PARTNERS Programme supported entry route.

If the course you are applying for has any additional selection processes, such as an interview or portfolio submission, you still need to go through this process before any offer may be made.

Entry Requirements via PARTNERS

For most courses, the PARTNERS offer is three grades lower than the typical offer, however it does vary for each course.

Your Journey

Find out about your journey to Newcastle University via the PARTNERS Programme.

Throughout the application process, there will be a series of activities available to help you apply to Newcastle University and prepare for the PARTNERS Academic Summer School.

We will be updating this timetable throughout the admissions process, with further details about when you can take part in the Programme and when you will receive key information.

What's coming up...

WhenWhat  
Wednesday 23 September 2020

Instagram Q&A

Your chance to find out more about PARTNERS, with members of the PARTNERS Team, and former students available via Instagram to answer your questions.

Catch up now
Thursday 15 October 2020

UCAS Deadline!

If you're applying to Medicine or Dentistry, make sure to submit your UCAS & PARTNERS applications by this date.

 
Wednesday 9 December 2020

Monthly PARTNERS Q&A

Your monthly opportunity to meet the PARTNERS Team and current undergraduates who have successfully completed the PARTNERS Programme.

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Thursday 14 January 2021

Monthly PARTNERS Q&A

Your monthly opportunity to meet the PARTNERS Team and current undergraduates who have successfully completed the PARTNERS Programme.

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Friday 29 January 2021

UCAS Deadline!

All UCAS & PARTNERS applications must be submitted by this date.

 
Wednesday 10 February 2021

Monthly PARTNERS Q&A

Your monthly opportunity to meet the PARTNERS Team and current undergraduates who have successfully completed the PARTNERS Programme.

Catch up now
Wednesday 17 March 2021

On Course to PASS: Life at Newcastle Uni

Our first live event which gives you an introduction to life at Newcastle University, as well as the opportunity to meet other PARTNERS students

 
Wednesday 17 March 2021

Monthly PARTNERS Q&A

Your monthly opportunity to meet the PARTNERS Team and current undergraduates who have successfully completed the PARTNERS Programme.

Catch up now
Wednesday 21 April 2021

On Course to PASS: Clubs & Societies

Find out about the extra-curricular activities available to you as a student by taking part in interactive activities with other students in this live event.

Catch up now
Wednesday 21 April 2021

PASS Information Event

This live event is for confirmed PARTNERS students, giving you more about the format of the summer school.

You'll have the opportunity to meet the PARTNERS Team and have your questions answered via a Q&A.

Catch up now
Wednesday 19 May 2021

On Course to PASS: Budgeting

Find out about student finance, part-time work and receive budgeting tips direct from undergraduate students.

Catch up now
Wednesday 19 May 2021

Monthly PARTNERS Q&A

Your monthly opportunity to meet the PARTNERS Team and current undergraduates who have successfully completed the PARTNERS Programme.

Catch up now
Wednesday 23 & Thursday 24 June 2021

On Course to PASS: Meet Your Subject Strand

As final preparations for PASS get underway, this live event is your first opportunity to specifically meet other students on your subject strand!

Take part!
Week commencing Monday 28 June 2021

PASS: Canvas Orientation

With one week to go before PASS, join the PARTNERS Team for a live session that introduces you to Canvas - the platform you'll be using during the Summer School.

More info coming soon...
Monday 5 July - Friday 9 July 2021

PARTNERS Academic Summer School

Attendance at the Summer School forms part of the Lower PARTNERS Offer, so make sure to keep these dates free!

Details sent to PARTNERS students via email
Wednesday 4 August 2021

PARTNERS Results Day

You will receive your result from the Summer School, to confirm whether you've met this condition of your offer to study at Newcastle University.

You can also chat with the PARTNERS Team via an online Q&A.

Details sent to PARTNERS students via email
Tuesday 10 August 2021

A Level Results Day

Check your UCAS Track account to see whether your offer to study at Newcastle University has been confirmed.

The PARTNERS Team will be available throughout the day if you have any questions, doubts or queries.

Find out more... (UCAS website)

*Dates are provisional.

Chat

Chat to a PARTNERS Student now about their experiences of the PARTNERS Programme and Newcastle University in general.

We have a range of students available to chat via the Unibuddy platform. Each of the following students took part in the PARTNERS Programme when they applied to Newcastle University. You may want to ask about:

  • What it was like to take part in the Summer School.
  • What opportunities they have taken advantage of as PARTNERS students.
  • What it's like to study at Newcastle University.


Chat to a PARTNERS student

FAQs

Use our FAQs to answer some of the common queries regarding the PARTNERS Programme.

You may find it useful to use the 'Find' function on your browser (using Control+F on Windows or Command+F on Mac) to find the answer to your question. If your query is not answered below, please contact us.

Teacher Resources

The PARTNERS Programme is available for applications from any student that lives in the UK. The resources below are available to help you to promote this opportunity to students at your school/college.

PARTNERS Introduction Video

The following video has been produced by the PARTNERS Team to introduce the Programme to prospective students. You may wish to share the link (available directly within YouTube) to this video with your students or use it during an assembly.

It covers key aspects of the Programme, including:

  • PARTNERS Academic Summer School
  • Benefits of taking part
  • The eligibility criteria
  • How to apply
PARTNERS Programme - 2021 Entry

Book a PARTNERS Talk

Our outreach team is available throughout the year to deliver a PARTNERS talk to students in years 12 & 13.

Aimed at raising awareness of the Programme amongst your students, the talk is also flexible and can last between 20 to 60 minutes, depending upon your requirements.

In line with current safe working conditions, we are able to deliver events online if necessary. Alternatively, you can use the video above to introduce the Programme to your students.

Please get in touch with us via email and a member of the team will get back to you as soon as possible to confirm availability.

Referee Guidance

In order to successfully process a student’s application to the PARTNERS Programme, it must be verified by a referee.

The referee should be a member of staff who is familiar with the applicant and can verify the details within the student’s application.

If you have been selected as a referee, please follow our guidance to verify your student’s application:

How to Become a PARTNERS Referee

If you need to be set up as a PARTNERS referee so that you can verify your student's application to the Programme, please email us (via partners@ncl.ac.uk) with the following information:

  • Your name
  • Your job title
  • Your school/college & postcode
  • Your email address

Upon receipt of this information, we'll set you up on the PARTNERS Programme application platform.

You can find out what we do with your data, how we keep it safe, and how you can exercise your data rights, by reading our updated Privacy Notices.