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Head Start to Uni: Year 13 event

Get a head start on your application to University. Open for bookings by individual students or small school groups.

What is involved?

Head Start to Uni is an event for Year 13 students. This is your chance to visit Newcastle University. You can see our campus, talk to current students, and gain information and advice. This will help prepare you for your journey into higher education.

Part of the event includes a welcome talk. This is where we will discuss the afternoon. We will also introduce the Student Ambassadors and staff. They will be on hand throughout the event to answer any queries.

During the event, you have the option to go on a campus tour led by a current student of Newcastle University. This is your chance to see Newcastle University and gain an insight into what it is like to study with us. During the tour, you will see our main campus. This includes our Library, Sports Centre, and Students Union.

You will also attend 1 or 2 workshops. We have designed these workshops to prepare you for your next steps in applying to university. Recent graduates of the University and Newcastle University staff lead these talks.

Why should you take part?

This event gives you the opportunity to:

  • discover information about applying to university
  • tailor the event to develop your knowledge where you need it
  • gain confidence in the application process
  • enhance your critical thinking skills
  • meet and chat with current students
  • explore our campus


As well as our welcome talk, getting to interact with current students, and seeing our campus, you can pick one or two workshops to attend:

Below are examples of workshops from our 2023 event. Please note workshops may change for 2024.

Register your interest now

This event is free to attend and open to year 13 / final year college students. It's available to book by either individual students or teachers/advisers booking on behalf of a group of students.

Student booking

If the event becomes oversubscribed we may allocate places on Head Start to Uni using our PARTNERS criteria. The more criteria an applicant meets, the more likely you are to be offered a place on Head Start to Uni.

Teacher/adviser bookings

Due to capacity, school group bookings are limited to 15 places per school/college.