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Frequently Asked Questions

I am unsure as to whether my current qualifications will allow me to progress directly onto a degree course. Who should I talk to find out?

Contact our Admissions team who will be able to give you clarification on the requirements. Telephone: 0191 243 7420 or email us

I don’t think I have the entry requirements for university. What would be the best option for me?

There are many possibilities including Access to Higher Education Courses that are usually delivered in colleges. Access Courses are entry routes into Higher Education specifically designed for mature students (19+).  They usually last for one year full-time or they could be available on a part time basis, and they usually include a mixture of daytime and evening classes to fit around other commitments.

For further information please visit the Access to HE website 

If I come to study at Northumbria, would I be one of a few students returning to learning?

No, not at all. Over half of the students at Northumbria fall into this category so you don’t need to worry about being the odd one out. You will be welcomed by staff and other students and will soon find it very easy to mix with all ages. It’s partly the mixture of all kinds of students which makes Northumbria special and our mature students play a very important part in this.

Do I apply to Northumbria University if I want to study there?

Applications for all undergraduate courses are processed by the Universities and Colleges Admissions Service (UCAS) 

Applications for postgraduate and part-time courses are made directly to the university on our website: with the exception of the Post Graduate Certification in Education (PGCE) and law courses.

Will I need to attend an interview as part of the university application process?

For some programmes an interview or audition is required as part of the selection process. This applies particularly to programmes in Architecture, Art and Design, Drama, and Health, Education and Social Work. If you are invited for interview you will be given full details in advance of what the process will be and anything you will be expected to do beforehand or to take with you on the day. This is your chance to demonstrate why you, rather than someone else, should be offered a place on the course, so it is worth bring well prepared.

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