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PARTNERS Academic Summer School

PARTNERS Academic Summer School

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


The PARTNERS Academic Summer School is designed to give you an early introduction to various aspects of Higher Education study and help you to prepare for life at Newcastle University.

PASS is taught by undergraduate lecturers in the same subject field that you apply to as your Firm Choice course. During the event, you will meet some of your undergraduate lecturers, use Newcastle University facilities to complete academic tasks and get to know other students on your course.

Upon completion of PASS, we hope this will mean that you feel more confident in your ability to be successful at Newcastle University and that you'll be more than ready to begin studying at Higher Education level once the first semester begins in the autumn.

When is the Summer School?

The dates of PASS 2021 are dependent upon several variable factors, including the ongoing public health situation, exam timetables and academic semesters.

The event will take place within the following dates:

  • Monday 5 July - Friday 16 July

As soon as we are in a position to confirm the exact dates for each individual subject strand, we will notify applicants via email. This information will also be confirmed online at the earliest opportunity.

All applicants holding a PARTNERS offer must be available during the above dates to complete PASS. Therefore we advise all applicants to bear this in mind when making any plans for summer 2021. Absences from PASS are only acceptable under extenuating circumstances, such as illness which is evidenced by a doctor’s note.

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 activities 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.

Find out more about the four components of PASS:


The exact format of PASS is dependant upon a number of factors, including the ongoing public health situation.

The event may take place on-campus, online, or a combination of the two. We will confirm the exact format of PASS 2021 in due course.

Regardless of the format, attendees will be taught by academics from the same subject area as their Firm Choice course of study, using the same facilities as undergraduate study.

The Summer School took place fully online in 2020 and in 2019 it was an on-campus event. The following information and example timetables give an overview of what students took part in.

Cost & Travel

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

Regardless of the format - whether the event takes place on-campus, online or both - PASS 2021 will be free to attend. We will confirm details of the following as soon as possible, along with the format of the event.


If there is a compulsory on-campus element to PASS, the cost of travel to campus will be covered by the University.


Similarly, if an overnight stay is required for attendees who live too far away to reasonably commute daily to a compulsory on-campus event, the University will arrange for accommodation at one of our Halls of Residence.

Software Access

Any online element to the Programme will be delivered via software that is either freely available or accessible for free using the University's software licenses.

For example, attendees in 2020 were given access to the following free of charge:

  • Canvas, Newcastle University's Virtual Learning Platform
  • Microsoft Office365 (including Word, Excel and Powerpoint)
  • Their own Newcastle University email address
  • Newcastle University Library Services

To ensure that PASS 2021 is as accessible as possible, any platform used will be available via a variety of devices, including laptop, tablet and smartphone.

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


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.


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.