Information for Schools and Colleges

Benefits of the Programme


Richardson Harry entered Newcastle University via the PARTNERS Programme. Hear more about what benefits and opportunities he experienced as a result of the Programme.

Lower Offer

Through the PARTNERS Programme you could receive a lower conditional offer to study at Newcastle University which is up to three grades lower than the typical offer.

A PARTNERS offer from the University will be up to three grades lower than the typical offer from the University. As part of the offer you have to successfully complete the PARTNERS Academic Summer School.

As a general guide, the offer may look like this:

Type of offerRequirements
Typical University offer AAA at A level (or equivalent)
PARTNERS offer BBB at A level (or equivalent), plus successful completion of the PARTNERS Summer School

Check the PARTNERS Offer for the Course That You're Interested In

The PARTNERS offer varies according to the course that you're applying to. To check the PARTNERS offer for A levels, BTEC and Scottish qualifications:

  • Go to our undergraduate courses webpage
  • Find the course that you're interested in
  • Under 'Entry Requirements'
  • From the dropdown menu labelled 'Other UK Qualifications (and PARTNERS), select the qualification that you're studying, eg:
    • 'A levels with PARTNERS'
    • 'Scottish Qualifications with PARTNERS'
    • 'BTEC Nationals/Cambridge Technicals with PARTNERS'

Additional Selection Processes

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

Experience Student Life

As a PARTNERS student you will attend the PARTNERS Academic Summer School, which gives you an early introduction to life as a student at Newcastle University.

A Taste of University Life

During the PARTNERS Academic Summer School (PASS), as many aspects of university life will be introduced to you as possible, giving you a taste of what it's like to study at Newcastle University.

You'll be taught using the same facilities and by the same lecturers as first year university. This means that by the time you start undergraduate study, you'll already be one step ahead, with knowledge of the university that other students won't have.

Get to Know Others on Your Course

In 2020, over 1250 students attended the Summer School spread across 32 different strand timetables. Each strand is subject-specific, which means that you'll be placed with students who have applied to the same (or similar) courses to you.  

Early Access to University Services

Where possible, all University services and facilities will be available to you during the Summer School, including:

  • Your University IT & email accounts
  • Access to the University's virtual learning platform, Canvas
  • Computing clusters
  • Newcastle University Library
  • Free access to the gym
  • Student Wellbeing
  • Students Union

The Summer School is designed to reflect undergraduate study as much as possible. However, there are some differences between the Summer School and university life. For example, smaller subject strands may have fewer students than their undergraduate equivalents.

Attendee Feedback

As a result of attending PASS 2020:

  • 80.9% of attendees felt more or much more confident about their ability to be successful at University
  • 81.4% of attendees felt more or much more confident about studying their subject area at University
Newcastle University Students' Union

Ongoing Support

Through the PARTNERS Programme, you could receive ongoing support while you apply to and after you start your course at Newcastle University.

Application Support

As you apply for University, the PARTNERS Team will host a series of online Q&A events which will help you prepare for the transition from school/college to higher education.

These events will provide an opportunity to chat with the PARTNERS Team, PARTNERS Students and other members of staff from across the University, such as Accommodation Services and Student Finance.

While You're at University

If you take part in the Summer School and register at Newcastle University in September 2020, additional support will be available. You'll be added to the PARTNERS mailing list, through which you could:

  • Be the first to know about work opportunities, such as Student Ambassador and Student Rep positions.
  • Take part in focus groups to develop the PARTNERS Programme.
  • Have the opportunity to gain work experience through the ncl+ Career Insights Award.

Financial Support

If you take part in the PARTNERS Programme, there may be financial support available once you begin to study at Newcastle University.

For 2020 entry, PARTNERS students could apply for the following funding opportunities:

  • Charles Letts Scholarship - £2,000 per year
  • Faraday Institute Scholarship - £4,500 per year

The availability of scholarships varies each year and by the course you study. Scholarship provision for 2021 entry is not yet confirmed.

More information is available from Newcastle University Student Finance.

King's Gate, home to Student Services and the PARTNERS Team