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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.

Overview

When is the Summer School?

For 2020 entry, the Summer School last approximately five days, during the following period:

  • Sunday 28 June - Friday 10 July 2020

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

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:

Assessment

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
  • A combination of these exercises

Formative Assessment

Most subject strands will complete a formative assignment. This means that students will receive feedback on their work, giving guidance in preparation for first year of university level studies.

Summative Assessment - Dentistry Only

Students who apply to Dentistry will need to complete a summative assessment. This means that students must pass their assessment(s) in order to successfully complete the Summer School. If a student does not pass the summative assessment, they will no longer be able to take advantage of the lower PARTNERS offer.

Deadlines

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.

Costs

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.

Meals

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.

Accommodation

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

Absences

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 10 July 2020

Illness

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.

Holiday

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.