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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.

COVID-19 Updates

In light of the ongoing situation regarding coronavirus, we will be reviewing the delivery methods involved with the PARTNERS Academic Summer School. We will update all PARTNERS students with any developments at the earliest opportunity.

In the meantime, please check the University's FAQ page for more information.


When is the Summer School?

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

  • Monday 29 June - Friday 3 July 2020

All applicants must be available on these dates, in order to attend the summer school.

Applicants to Medicine (A100) and Law (M101)

Registration and induction will take place on Sunday 28 June 2020. If you apply to either of these two courses, you must also be available on this date.

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 within four key components: academic, higher education 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 some of the timetables from PASS 2019 as examples of what to expect during the Summer School:

Find out more about the four components of PASS:


All students will complete work while on the summer school - either formative or summative style, depending upon subject strand.

To successfully complete the summer school, all students must complete all work as set by their academic strand leader. 

The nature of the work depends upon the academic subject strand, for example students may have to:

  • Write an essay
  • Prepare a report
  • Sit an exam
  • Deliver a presentation
  • A combination of these exercises

Formative Assessment Style

The assignments completed by students will be formative. This means that students will receive feedback on their work, giving guidance in preparation for first year of university level studies.


The assessment submission deadline - which varies per subject strand - is often after the summer school.

Students can submit their work online so won't need to attend the University to do this. However we strongly advise students to keep some time free between the end of the Summer School and the hand-in date, so you are able to complete all of the required work.

Travel & Cost

Newcastle University is closer than you think and attendance is completely free!

Travel expenses

Transport costs to get to and from Newcastle University are paid for by the summer school, regardless of where you live.

If you are not local to the univeristy, prior to the summer school we'll get in touch to ask if you'd like us to order your travel tickets on your behalf.

If you are local to the university, any costs associated with local travel (eg bus or Metro) will be reimbursed upon completion of the summer school.


All activities associated with the summer school - such as field trips, social events and equipment - are paid for by the University.

All that you need to bring with you is basic stationary. You can bring a laptop with you, but it's absolutely not essential - you'll have full access to the University's computing network, which includes many PC clusters across campus.


Lunch is provided for all students. As a PASS attendee, you'll be supplied with lunch vouchers which can be redeemed at any of the on-campus EAT@ outlets.

I‌‌‌‌f you stay in accommodation during the Summer School, evening meals and breakfasts are also provided at the Halls of Residence.


There is free accommodation available to non-local students who can't travel to the University each day of the Summer School.

If you can't reasonably commute to the University on a daily basis, you will be offered free accommodation in University Halls of Residence for the duration of the Summer School.

It's not compulsory for you to stay in accommodation if you don't want to. You must attend all sessions in your timetable and most sessions at the Summer School start at 9am, so must live within a reasonable commute to the University.

Castle Leazes Halls of Residence


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.