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Making an Application


How do I apply to Northumbria

Undergraduate Home applications should be made via  International and EU applicants are also able to apply online via our course search.



Postgraduate applications can be made online via our course search.


Click on the following links to find out more about applying for specific campuses or course types

London Campus


Amsterdam Campus


Postgraduate Research


Degree Apprenticeships



Who should I put as my referee

In most cases we would expect an academic referee from your current or former institutions. If however you are applying based on your work experience then references from a current or former employer may also be relevant. We do not typically accept references from family or friends. 

I do not have all my documents should I submit an application

While we can accept your application without all the required documents, we would not consider your application as “complete” until all of these are provided. If you are still waiting on academic qualifications then you can submit your application without these as they are not currently available.  If however you have completed all your qualifications you should ideally provide these at the point of application where possible.

What documents do I have to provide

This will depend on your course and if you have additional requirements, such as needing a visa.  As standard, in most cases, you will need to provide evidence of qualifications, personal statement, references.  If you are subject to immigration permission then you may also be required to provide evidence of your passport, visas, permissions to study.  Some courses may also require other evidence such as a portfolio, evidence of RPEL, proof of ATAS clearance, DBS Clearance certificate

What should I do if my documents are not in English

If any of your documents are not in English you should also supply a certified English translation.

My documents are not in my current name can I apply with them

You can apply with these documents but you should also include evidence of any name change or marriage certificate etc. 

What happens after I submit my application form

After you apply you will receive a confirmation email and login in details to track your application via our applicant portal. You will use the applicant portal to manage your application up to the point you enrol on the programme. 

Do you have registered agents

The university works with a number of recognised agents/university representatives worldwide.  They are able to advise on our programmes, support you in your application journey and support you with any visa application. You can find details of representatives in your country here. 

What should I put in my personal statement

Generally, we want to know how your current or previous studies have shaped your decision and what experiences you've gained. We also what to know about you.


What  interests you about the subject area or course?

Do you have a long-term career goal? Will this course help you get there?

What are your extra-curricular activities, what you do in your spare time, any relevant work/volunteer experience, and any other achievements?

What skills and attributes you have gained from inside and outside of education? For example are you good at problem solving or have good analytical skills.


UCAS provide tips on writing personal statements which can be found here.




What programmes do you offer at Northumbria

We offer a range of different types and levels of programmes including Foundation, Undergraduate, Postgraduate, Research, CPD and Degree Apprenticeships. You can find details of the different programmes here

Are there any distance learning programmes available at Northumbria

Yes, we offer a number of Distance Learning programme. You can view these on our Course Search by selecting Distance Learning in the Mode of Study option. 

Do you have any foundation programmes

We offer foundation year programmes, that lead into many of our degree programmes.  Details of these can be found here.


We also offer specific programmes for international applicants as part of our pathway provision. Details can be found here

Do you offer pre-sessional English programmes

We run Pre-sessional English Language and Summer School programmes in September, January, June and July. You can find out more about the programmes here.  

Do you offer any programmes in January

We offer of a range of programmes that start in January. Further detail on these can be found here. 

Entry Criteria and English Language

Can I apply with work experience

We will consider applications that have significant and relevant work experience.  We recommend that you supply an up to date CV detailing your work experience, alongside your applications.

Do you accept EU and international qualifications

Northumbria regularly welcomes a large number of EU and International applicants.


You can find more information on how your qualifications compare and our typical entry requirements for different countries, here.


We also accept a wide range of EU and International English Language qualifications and exemptions. They can be found here.



If you are not sure if you hold the correct qualifications, then please contact applicant services for further advice.

What English Language tests do you accept

Northumbria recognises a wide range of English Language Tests and exemptions in lieu of GCSE/IELTS.  You can find details of the tests that we currently accept, here. For certain courses we may only be able to consider certain tests to meet UKVI requirements if you require a visa or if their are professional body requirements. 

Where can I find the entry requirements for Northumbria Programmes

Entry requirements are available on the individual course pages.  You can view them by clicking on the Entry Requirements tab.


If you have studied EU or International qualifications you can find more information on how your qualifications compare here.


If you are not sure if you hold the correct qualifications, then please contact applicant services for further advice.

Applicants for Pre-sessional English Programmes

Does Northumbria offer online Pre Sessional English?

Yes we are offering online pre-sessional through our virtual learning environment.  There is an 11 week option in June and a 6 week option in July.  The course you will require will depend your current level of English and how much you need to improve to reach your target degree.

Can I apply to pre-sessional without a SELT/UKVI IELTS?

Yes, as you do not need a visa to study online you therefore do not need a SELT for online pre-sessional.  Please note, if your target programme following the pre-sessional requires a SELT you may still need one for that depending on the current UKVI guidance. Our team of experts will work with you throughout the pre-sessional to ensure you have all the up to date information you need to join your target programme.    

How will the online presessional courses be delivered

The courses will be delivered through our electronic learning platform, Blackboard, and will be a mixture of live teaching, guided learning and tests.

What are the entry requirements for the online pre-sessional English?

The online Pre-sessional English and Study Skills for Summer entry are as follows:

11 Week June Pre sessional:  You must be a maximum of one overall IELTS (or equivalent) under your degree programme entry requirements


6 Week July Pre Sessional:  You must be a maximum of 0.5 overall IELTS (or equivalent) under your degree programme entry requirements

Which English language qualifications are accepted for entry onto the course?

Our acceptable english tests can be found here Due to the current situation Northumbria is expanding the number of tests that we recognise as evidence. We are currently accepting TOEFL Home Edition and from mid-May we will be accepting IELTS Indicator.  We also recognise Duolingo as evidence for entry onto our online/distance learning programmes. 

What is the deadline for summer school applications?

Applications should be received by :

11 Week June Pre sessional – 28 May 2021

6 Week July Pre Sessional – 30 June 2021


Will there be an summer school induction?

Yes, there will be an online induction programme, which will introduce you to the course and to the academic team. This will also cover how the course will be delivered and how you will access learning materials. It is important that you attend these inductions to really ensure you are prepared before the teaching begins. Induction information will be provided in advance of the start of the programme to applicants who have accepted their offer.

Will I need any specialist equipment for the online Pre sessional?

To get the best out of this programme we recommend that you have access to a laptop or PC and also a good stable internet connection. In addition headphones may also be beneficial.

How many hours will i need to study on the programme and what is the timetable

The programme is full-time and sessions are timetabled between 9am-1pm (UK time), Mon-Fri with breaks. During this time, you will receive a total of 14-16 in-class contact hours per week, and a weekly one-to-one meeting with a tutor to discuss your progress. The sessions are scheduled between 9am-1pm to best accommodate international time differences for our students. You will also be expected to complete work outside of class.

How will i be assessed on the online summer school programme

Students will be assessed in listening and reading using end-of-semester online examinations. Writing will be assessed using an online writing exam, as well as submission of an essay with which your tutors will provide ongoing support and feedback. Speaking will be monitored and assessment throughout the programme. The final examinations will take place in weeks 10 and 11 of the programme (11 week course) and weeks 5 and 6 of the programme (6 week course)

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