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FAQs For Individuals who have applied or enquired about starting a Degree Apprenticeship

Frequently Asked Questions for Undergraduate and Postgraduate enquirers and applicants for Degree Apprenticeship programmes.

Please note that we will be updating this page regularly, as we receive new guidance or as the situation changes. 


My exams have been cancelled. What next?

The government is developing a process for all students who are no longer able to sit their final qualifications, to allow them to receive a grade in the summer of 2020 without sitting exams. These grades will be recognised by all universities (including Northumbria) as equally valid to those we have received in previous years. The exact detail of this process is yet to be confirmed but is likely to include consideration of academic performance from previous years, and teacher assessments. When we receive these results, assuming you meet the terms of your offer, you will be confirmed at Northumbria in line with our usual processes and practices.

Northumbria University typically makes offers based on UCAS tariff points rather than grades and we accept all Level 3 qualifications that attract tariff points. 

Please refer to the UCAS Tariff calculator to work out what tariff points your qualifications attract. 

Please check the UCAS web page or government guidance for updated information related to exams.

Is anything changing about my offer? Will you be waiving any of my conditions?

We have a duty of care to you to ensure that you are properly prepared to study at undergraduate level at Northumbria. We are aware that some universities have been waiving academic conditions in light of the cancellation of A Level exams and changing offers from conditional to unconditional. We do not believe that this is in the interest of supporting freedom of student choice, and that it places unfair pressure on students, at what is already a highly unpredictable and stressful time. In line with UCAS, OfS and OFQUAL recommendations, Northumbria will be waiting for the approved grades to be released and will then follow standard UCAS processes.

Where can I find out more information on the latest changes to the GCSE, AS and A Level examinations?

The government have released a guide for A level, AS and GCSE students and their parents which has detailed information on how grades will be awarded in the Summer.

What if the grade I am awarded is not a fair reflection of my performance?

Northumbria will be as flexible as it possibly can in supporting its future students. As we understand it, students will have an opportunity to appeal against the grade awarded, and will be given the chance to take their final exams in the next academic year when it is expected that schools and colleges will be open and running as usual.


I am currently studying at undergraduate level. What happens if I don't get my degree award when I expected to? Will I lose my place at the university?

We understand that many students who were due to complete their studies will be concerned by the impact that Covid-19 has had to their final year. We will be as flexible as we can be to support you, and will ensure that all candidates are treated fairly. We will communicate with you regularly to make you aware of any timescales as and when the national picture is confirmed to us by the government.

I am a current NU student and have applied for a Master's Programme but I am unsure what will happen with my degree results?

You can find information on your assessments and results on the student portal here.

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