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PARTNERS Academic Summer School

PARTNERS Academic Summer School

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

Coronavirus Updates

As the situation regarding the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic develops, we will keep this page updated with information regarding the PARTNERS Academic Summer School.

In addition to information available on these webpages, we will also directly contact all PARTNERS students at the earliest opportunity, to confirm any developments.

You may find thefollowing sources of information useful, regarding current arrangements relating to the coronavirus:

PARTNERS Frequently Asked Questions

PARTNERS Frequently Asked Questions

I’m concerned about my offer from Newcastle University. How does the current situation affect my lower offer?

Your lower PARTNERS offer to the University will not be affected by the ongoing uncertainty regarding the coronavirus. If you have already received a lower offer via the PARTNERS Programme, this will be honored by the University.

If you do not hold a lower offer and would like to know more, please see our How to Apply page for more details.

Will the PARTNERS Academic Summer School still go ahead?

Due to the ongoing situation, Newcastle University has moved all undergraduate teaching online for the foreseeable future. As a result, we have reviewed the delivery model of the PARTNERS Academic Summer School.

We can confirm that the on-campus event will not be going ahead this year. However, we can also confirm that we will be running the PARTNERS Academic Summer School online.

When will the online Summer School take place?

The original Summer School dates will be used to deliver online academic content:

  • Monday 29 June – Friday 3 July

Additional study skills materials and activities will also be made available prior to these dates. You can complete this additional content in your own time and at your own pace.

Is there anyway of creating a group chat before we go to the Summer School (or University in general), so it isn’t as anxiety building to meet completely new people?

Yes! We’ll be setting up a Facebook group for all Firm Choice PARTNERS students shortly. This will give you the opportunity to discuss the Programme, University and Newcastle with fellow students, before arriving at the University.

We will set this up in due course and invite all PARTNERS students to take part.

I don’t have access to a computer from home. I’m worried that I won’t be able to take part in the online Summer School. What can I do?

If you find yourself in this position, please get in touch with us (via at the earliest opportunity to discuss your options.

If I put another university as my firm choice, would I still get a typical offer (non PARTNERS) from Newcastle University, if it is my insurance choice?

Yes, you would receive a typical offer if Newcastle University was your Insurance Choice (but not your Firm Choice). The PARTNERS offer only applies if you choose Newcastle University as your Firm Choice.

You may hold a PARTNERS offer as your Insurance Choice, only if you hold a PARTNERS offer as your Firm Choice as well.

What happens if I accept the PARTNERS offer and then change my mind when results come out?

If you change your mind you will potentially have the option to look at other courses available through Clearing either at Newcastle University or at a different institution.

Remember, you still have some time before you need to make your Firm and Insurance choice decisions. Please check the UCAS website for the deadline dates.


When is the online Summer School?

For 2020 entry, PASS will take place on the following dates:

  • Monday 29 June - Friday 3 July 2020

All applicants holding a PARTNERS offer must be available on these dates, in order to take part in online activities, as set by their academic strand leader.

There will also be additional activities and content available in June, for students to complete in their own time and at their own pace.

What happens at the Summer School?

There are over 30 subject strands on the Summer School, each with their 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 acitivities within four key components: academic, higher education study skills, employability and social sessions. The amount of time you spend in each kind of session varies according to what course you apply to.

Take a look at the example timetable to see what your week may look like:

How will I access the online Summer School?

In June, all confirmed PARTNERS applicants will be given their own login details to the University's Virtual Learning Environment, called Canvas. This is the same platform that will be used by undergraduate students from September 2020.

To ensure that the Summer School is as accessible as possible, the platform and all of its content is available via a variety of devices, including a laptop, tablet or smartphone.

If you're concerned about access to the Summer School due to technology or internet availability, please contact us.


In light of the current circumstances, we have taken the decision to remove the formative assessment for attendees at PASS 2020.

Recognising the challenges we are all facing at the moment, we will not be setting a formative assessment for any student this year.

We understand that not everyone has access to the technology at home that would allow them to complete and submit a piece of work so want to remove that added pressure.

With this in mind, all of the Summer School content will be accessible on a mobile responsive platform. 

Travel & Cost

Taking part in PASS will be completely free for all applicants.

The summer school will take place via an online virtual learning platform, there will be no travel required.

Access to the virtual learning platform will be provided free of charge by the PARTNERS team. PARTNERS applicants will receive their login details for the platform in June.


You must attend 100% of the Academic Summer School to pass and fulfil the conditions of your lower offer to Newcastle University.

You must be available to attend the summer school, which will take place within the following dates:

  • Monday 29 June - Friday 3 July 2020


If you are ill during the Summer School, or have a condition that may prevent you from taking part in any of your sessions, we will require a note from your doctor.


Holidays are not an acceptable reason for absence. If you have a holiday planned during this event you should rearrange it.

You must also ensure that you have plenty of time afterwards to complete and hand in your project work by the agreed deadline. The exact date is dependant on which subject strand you sit at the Summer School and will be confirmed prior to the start of the event.

Other Circumstances

Other circumstances for absence from the Academic Summer School would be considered on an individual basis.