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Application Decisions

Find out what happens after you have applied to study with us, and what happens next.

Registering for our Apply to Newcastle portal

After you've applied via UCAS for a course at Newcastle University, we will send an email to invite you to register for our Apply to Newcastle portal. You'll be able to upload supporting documents, see how your application is progressing and make enquiries.

How will your application be assessed?

Entry to degrees is competitive. Don't assume that you will receive an offer if you have achieved or are predicted to achieve the grades listed as typical entrance requirements. Admissions tutors take into account your whole application, not just exam results. 

This may include:

  • your personal statement
  • your school or college reference
  • evidence of relevant skills or aptitude
  • any special circumstances which affect your application

Our admissions tutors do not use the UCAS Tariff points system for expressing conditional offers, although they may use it to help them to assess the equivalence of different combinations of qualifications offered by candidates. Achievement of an equivalent number of points does not necessarily mean that you have fulfilled the terms of the conditional offer.

Admissions Policy

When we receive your application, we consider it in accordance with the Admissions Policy.


At Newcastle University, we consider student achievements in the context of their circumstances when assessing all applications. We aim to admit highly-motivated and enthusiastic students of all ages, and from all backgrounds.

You can find out about the types of offers from the UCAS website, including what it means to receive a Conditional or Unconditional Offer and when you are likely to receive a response to your application

You may receive a lower contextual offer that is up to three grades lower than the typical entry requirements via one of the following routes.


Most subject areas don't need applicants to attend an interview. Where interviews are required, it is specified on the specific degree pages.

Some subject areas may conduct informal interviews as part of an Offer Holder Day.

Degree programmes that require an interview (and approximate interview dates where available) include:

  • Business Accounting and Finance (Assessment Centre typically in March)
  • Contemporary and Popular Music (December - April)
  • Dental Surgery (December - March)
  • Dietetics (December - February)
  • Fine Art (February - March); interviews commence after the portfolio submission deadline
  • Folk and Traditional Music (December - April)
  • Medicine and Surgery (December - January)
  • Music BA/BMus
  • Oral and Dental Health Sciences (Late January - February)

Applicants may be invited to interview directly via email.

Offer Holder Experience Days

If you receive an offer to study at Newcastle University, you will be invited to campus. During these events, you can:

  • learn more about the course you've applied to
  • chat with current students
  • familiarise yourself with academic staff and facilities
  • engage with our student support services