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Further Admissions Guidance and Requirements

Here you will find guidance and requirements for your chosen course/area to help you prepare your application, meet any additional conditions you may have in your offer, or to ensure you are working towards an appropriate qualification for a specific career.  This information should be read in conjunction with the information on the course web page of your chosen course/area.

 

Many of our courses require international applicants (apart from exempt nationalities) to apply for ATAS clearance in order to receive a CAS (Confirmation of Acceptance for Studies)  to apply for a Student Visa, and enrol on the course. Without a valid ATAS certificate, a visa application will be refused. 

Courses at Northumbria University that require ATAS are:

  • MSc Mechanical Engineering (and Advanced Practice/Study Abroad)

  • MSc Renewable and Sustainable Energy Technologies (and Advanced Practice/Study Abroad)

  • MSc Engineering Management (and Advanced Practice/Study Abroad)

  • MEng Mechanical Engineering

  • MPhys (Hons) Physics

  • MPhys (Hons) Physics and Astrophysics 

  • Postgraduate Research (certain research areas – you will be advised if your research topic requires ATAS)

You do not need to have ATAS clearance at the point of applying for a course, but you must have this in time to apply for your CAS and before enrolment. If your course requires ATAS clearance, you will be advised of this in your offer letter. Please note ATAS clearance is only valid for 6 months.

As part of the entry requirements, many of our courses require a portfolio. This is reviewed by the academic team for your chosen course.

Undergraduate courses with a portfolio requirement are:

  • BA (Hons) Animation

  • BA (Hons) Architecture

  • BA (Hons) Design for Industry

  • BA (Hons) Fashion

  • BA (Hons) Fashion Communication

  • BA (Hons) Fashion Design and Marketing

  • BA (Hons) Fine Art

  • BA (Hons) Graphic Design

  • BA (Hons) Interior Architecture*

  • BA (Hons) Interior Design

  • BA (Hons) Three-Dimensional Design

Postgraduate courses that have a portfolio requirement are:

  • MA Fashion Design

  • MA Fashion Design (Menswear)

  • MA Fashion Design (Womenswear)

  • MA Fashion Design (Performancewear)

  • Master of Fine Art (MFA)

  • MA Communication Design

Portfolio guidelines can be found via the links below:

 

 

Portfolio guidelines for Undergraduate applicants

 

Portfolio guidelines for Postgraduate applicants

If you are applying direct, you can provide a portfolio as part of your application, or if you are applying via UCAS you will be asked to provide a portfolio if you receive an offer. You will be required to upload your portfolio to the applicant portal in the specified format in the guidelines above.

 

*Interior Architecture applicants will also be required to attend an online interview. You will need to submit your portfolio in advance of your interview.

 

 

As part of the entry requirements, some of our MRes courses require additional information as part of your application.

The following MRes courses require you to submit a statement of your proposed area of study.

  • MRes Arts

  • MRes English Literature

  • MRes History

  • MRes Design

  • MRes Psychology

MRes Healthcare Professional Practice

As part of the entry requirements, this course requires you to hold registration as a healthcare professional (or licence to practice) with a nursing regulator or appropriate licensing board / health department. You will need to upload a copy of this evidence as part of your application.

 

As part of the entry requirements, our BA (Hons) and MA Theatre and Performance applicants will be required to attend a group workshop, either online or in person.

More information on the workshop can be found at: 

Workshopguidelines for Undergraduate applicants

Workshopguidelines for Postgraduate applicants

 

 

 

As part of the entry requirements, applicants are required to submit two samples of writing

PG Dip Bar Course / LLM Bar Course

Information for Bar Applicants

Graduate Diploma in Law (GDL)

You must apply via Lawcab for our full time GDL course

Please note completion of this course you will no longer enable progression to the PG Dip Legal Practice Course or LLM Legal Practice Course, as a route to qualifying as a solicitor. From September 2021 the Solicitors Qualifying Examination (SQE) is a new route to solicitor qualification as per the rules and guidance set out by the Solicitors Regulation Authority. The GDL is not designed to prepare students for the SQE assessments but does provide foundational legal knowledge for non-law graduates who may wish to progress onto an SQE preparation course such as Northumbria's Master of Laws Professional Legal Practice LLM.

 

BA (Hons) Primary Education

  • Applications should be made by the last Wednesday in January each year to guarantee equal consideration.

  • We do not accept applications for deferred entry for this course.

  • If you are already a Northumbria Foundation Year student or are currently on any other course at Northumbria, and wish to study this course, you must apply via the Change of Circumstances process by the 20th December

  • In addition to the academic requirements, you will also need to hold GCSE Grade 4 or a recognised equivalent such as Equivalency Tests in Maths, English and Science.

  • We do not accept functional skills for this course.

  • Applicants will be required to attend an interview.

  • Applicants are required to declare any criminal convictions (in line with our criminal conviction policy) at the point of application.

  • Any offer made will be subject to an Enhanced DBS (Disclosure and Barring Service) disclosure, Occupational Health Check and proof of all qualifications. Applicants must meet the DfE's suitability for registration requirements.

  • International applicants applying from outside the UK will also require a Satisfactory Police Clearance check prior to entering the UK.You will be sent information on when and how to provide your DBS and Occupational Health information.

PGCE routes

  • Applications should be made by the last Wednesday in January each year to guarantee equal consideration.

  • Northumbria has two Postgraduate Routes - a campus-based PGCE or a number of school-based PGCE (Schools Direct PGCE). To apply for any of our teacher training courses please visit Apply for teacher training.To learn more about the new service and to get help with your application, visit Get into Teaching.

  • We do not accept applications for deferred entry for this course.

  • In addition to the degree requirement you will also need to hold GCSE Grade 4 or a recognised equivalent such as Equivalency Tests in Maths, English and Science.

  • We do not accept functional skills for this course.

  • You must hold your GCSEs (or equivalent) at the point of application

  • Applicants will be required to attend an interview.

  • Applicants are required to declare any criminal convictions (in line with our criminal conviction policy) at the point of application.

  • Any offer made will be subject to an Enhanced DBS (Disclosure and Barring Service) disclosure , Occupational Health Check and proof of all qualifications. Applicants must meet the DfE's suitability for registration requirements.

  • International applicants applying from outside the UK will also require a Satisfactory Police Clearance check prior to entering the UK.You will be sent information on when and how to provide your DBS and Occupational Health information

To pursue a career as a Chartered Occupational Psychologist, applicants will require a minimum of a 2:2 honours degree in Psychology that provides Graduate Basis for Chartership (GBC) with the British Psychological Society (which can be completed prior to, or following, this degree). This is not an entry requirement of the course, but you should be aware of this for your future career plans.

MSc Nursing

As part of the entry requirements, this course requires you to have Registration as a healthcare professional (or licence to practice) with a nursing regulator or appropriate licensing board/health department. You should upload a copy of this evidence as part of your application.

MSc Nursing Science (Registered Nurse) routes

MSc Nursing Science Registered Nurse (Adult)

MSc Nursing Science Registered Nurse (Child)

MSc Nursing Science Registered Nurse (Learning Disability)

MSc Nursing Science Registered Nurse (Mental Health)

 

  • Applications should be made by 30 June each year for the following January intake. Applications typically open in March. Applicants are required to declare any criminal convictions (in line with our criminal conviction policy) at the point of application.

  • In addition to the degree requirement, you will also need to hold GCSE Grade 4 or a recognised equivalent such as Level 2 Functional Skills or Equivalency Tests in Maths and English

  • International applicants are required to have a minimum overall IELTS (Academic) score of 7.0 with at least 6.5 in the written section and at least 7 in the reading, listening and speaking sections.

  • Applicants will be required to attend an interview. Any offer made will be subject to an Enhanced DBS (Disclosure and Barring Service) disclosure, Occupational Health Check and proof of all qualifications. You will be sent information on when and how to provide your DBS and Occupational Health information.

  • International applicants applying from outside the UK will also require a Satisfactory Police Clearance check prior to entering the UK.

  • Following interview, you will be asked to complete an RPL (Recognition of Prior Learning) document to provide evidence of undertaking a minimum of 500 hours of occupational or voluntary care work, and a minimum of 700 hours of appropriate theoretical learning and understanding, which can be evidenced from a previous degree and practice. You can download a copy of the Required form to complete here. Please note that this will download the form, rather than open a new web page. This should not be submitted by email; you will be given instructions of how and when to upload this.

BSc (Hons) Nursing Science Registered Nurse routes

  • BSc (Hons) Nursing Science Registered Nurse (Adult)

  • BSc (Hons) Nursing Science Registered Nurse (Child)

  • BSc (Hons) Nursing Science Registered Nurse (Mental Health)

  • BSc (Hons) Nursing Science Registered Nurse (Learning Disabilities)

  • Applications should be made by the last Wednesday in January each year to guarantee equal consideration.

  • If you are already a Northumbria Foundation Year student or are currently on any other course at Northumbria, and wish to study this course, you must apply via the Change of Circumstances process by the 20th December

  • Applicants are required to declare any criminal convictions (in line with our criminal conviction policy) at the point of application.

  • In addition to the degree requirement, you will also need to hold GCSE Grade 4 or a recognised equivalent such as Level 2 Functional Skills or Equivalency Tests in Maths and English

  • International applicants are required to have a minimum overall IELTS (Academic) score of 7.0 with at least 6.5 in the written section and at least 7 in the reading, listening and speaking sections.

  • Applicants will be required to attend an interview. Any offer made will be subject to an Enhanced DBS (Disclosure and Barring Service) disclosure, Occupational Health Check and proof of all qualifications. You will be sent information on when and how to provide your DBS and Occupational Health information.

  • International applicants applying from outside the UK will also require a Satisfactory Police Clearance check prior to entering the UK.

 

  • Applications should be made by the last Wednesday in January each year to guarantee equal consideration

  • If you are already a Northumbria Foundation Year student or are currently on any other course at Northumbria, and wish to study this course, you must apply via the Change of Circumstances process by the 20th December

  • Applicants are required to declare any criminal convictions (in line with our criminal conviction policy) at the point of application.

  • In addition to the degree requirement, you will also need to hold GCSE Grade 4 or a recognised equivalent such as Level 2 Functional Skills or Equivalency Tests in Maths and English

  • Applicants will be required to attend an interview. Any offer made will be subject to an Enhanced DBS (Disclosure and Barring Service) disclosure, Occupational Health Check and proof of all qualifications. You will be sent information on when and how to provide your DBS and Occupational Health information.

  • International applicants applying from outside the UK will also require a Satisfactory Police Clearance check prior to entering the UK.

MSc Midwifery

  • Applications should be made by 30 June each year for the following January intake. Applications typically open in March.

  • Applicants are required to declare any criminal convictions (in line with our criminal conviction policy) at the point of application.

  • In addition to the degree requirement, you will also need to hold GCSE Grade 4 or a recognised equivalent such as Level 2 Functional Skills or Equivalency Tests in Maths, English and Science and also a science, social science or health subject at level 3 (A-Level or equivalent)

  • Applicants will be required to attend an interview.

  • Applicants will be required to attend an interview. Any offer made will be subject to an Enhanced DBS (Disclosure and Barring Service) disclosure, Occupational Health Check and proof of all qualifications. You will be sent information on when and how to provide your DBS and Occupational Health information.

  • International applicants applying from outside the UK will also require a Satisfactory Police Clearance check prior to entering the UK.

BSc (Hons) Midwifery

  • Applications should be made by the last Wednesday in January each year to guarantee equal consideration

  • If you are already a Northumbria Foundation Year student or are currently on any other course at Northumbria, and wish to study this course, you must apply via the Change of Circumstances process by the 20th December

  • Applicants are required to declare any criminal convictions (in line with our criminal conviction policy) at the point of application.

  • In addition to the academic requirement you will also need to hold GCSE Grade 4 or a recognised equivalent such as Level 2 Functional Skills or Equivalency Tests in Maths, English and Science.

  • You must also hold an A-level (or equivalent) in a Science or Health-related subject (Applied Science/Biology/Chemistry/Physics/Social science subject/Psychology/Health and social care), or a recognised equivalent.

  • Applicants will be required to attend an interview.

  • Applicants will be required to attend an interview. Any offer made will be subject to an Enhanced DBS (Disclosure and Barring Service) disclosure, Occupational Health Check and proof of all qualifications. You will be sent information on when and how to provide your DBS and Occupational Health information.

  • International applicants applying from outside the UK will also require a Satisfactory Police Clearance check prior to entering the UK.

MSc Physiotherapy

  • Applications must be made by 30 June each year for the next January intake. Applications typically open in March.

  • Applicants are required to declare any criminal convictions (in line with our criminal conviction policy) at the point of application.

  • Applicants will be required to attend an interview. Any offer made will be subject to an Enhanced DBS (Disclosure and Barring Service) disclosure, Occupational Health Check and proof of all qualifications. You will be sent information on when and how to provide your DBS and Occupational Health information

  • International applicants applying from outside the UK will also require a Satisfactory Police Clearance check prior to entering the UK.

BSc (Hons) Physiotherapy

  • Applications should be made by the last Wednesday in January each year to guarantee equal consideration

  • If you are already a Northumbria Foundation Year student or are currently on any other course at Northumbria, and wish to study this course, you must apply via the Change of Circumstances process by the 20th December

  • You should read the course page carefully as it outlines what we expect from a personal statement for this course.

  • In addition to the academic requirement, you will also need to hold GCSE Grade 4 or a recognised equivalent such as Level 2 Functional Skills or Equivalency Tests in Maths, English and Science.

  • Applicants should also have (or be working towards) a Grade C in A-level Science or Health related subject, or a recognised equivalent.

  • Applicants are required to declare any criminal convictions (in line with our criminal conviction policy) at the point of application.

  • Applicants will be required to attend an interview. Any offer made will be subject to an Enhanced DBS (Disclosure and Barring Service) disclosure, Occupational Health Check and proof of all qualifications. You will be sent information on when and how to provide your DBS and Occupational Health information.

  • International applicants applying from outside the UK will also require a Satisfactory Police Clearance check prior to entering the UK.

MSc Occupational Therapy

  • Applicants are required to declare any criminal convictions (in line with our criminal conviction policy) at the point of application.

  • In addition to the academic requirement, you will also need to hold GCSE Grade 4 or a recognised equivalent such as Level 2 Functional Skills or Equivalency Tests in Maths, English and Science.

  • Applicants will be required to attend an interview.

  • Applicants will be required to attend an interview. Any offer made will be subject to an Enhanced DBS (Disclosure and Barring Service) disclosure, Occupational Health Check and proof of all qualifications. You will be sent information on when and how to provide your DBS and Occupational Health information.

  • International applicants applying from outside the UK will also require a Satisfactory Police Clearance check prior to entering the UK.

BSc (Hons) Occupational Therapy

  • Applications should be made by the Last Wednesday in January each year to guarantee equal consideration

  • If you are already a Northumbria Foundation Year student or are currently on any other course at Northumbria, and wish to study this course, you must apply via the Change of Circumstances process by the 20th December

  • Applicants are required to declare any criminal convictions (in line with our criminal conviction policy) at the point of application.

  • In addition to the academic requirement, you will also need to hold GCSE Grade 4 or a recognised equivalent such as Level 2 Functional Skills or Equivalency Tests in Maths, English and Science.

  • Applicants will be required to attend an interview. Any offer made will be subject to an Enhanced DBS (Disclosure and Barring Service) disclosure, Occupational Health Check and proof of all qualifications. You will be sent information on when and how to provide your DBS and Occupational Health information.

  • International applicants applying from outside the UK will also require a Satisfactory Police Clearance check prior to entering the UK.

MA Social Work

  • Applications must be made by 30 June each year for the next January intake. Applications typically open in March.

  • Applicants are required to declare any criminal convictions (in line with our criminal conviction policy) at the point of application.

  • In addition to the academic requirement, you will also need to hold GCSE Grade 4 or a recognised equivalent such as Level 2 Functional Skills or Equivalency Tests in Math and English

  • Applicants will be required to attend an interview.

  • Applicants will be required to attend an interview. Any offer made will be subject to an Enhanced DBS (Disclosure and Barring Service) disclosure, Occupational Health Check and proof of all qualifications. You will be sent information on when and how to provide your DBS and Occupational Health information.

  • International applicants applying from outside the UK will also require a Satisfactory Police Clearance check prior to entering the UK.

  • Applicants who accept an offer are required to complete a Professional Suitability declaration to ensure that they are able to undertake meet Social Work England's Professional Suitability for registration requirements. You will be contacted when to return this to the university, but we suggest you review the document in advance and if you have any queries about the questions, you should contact bc.clearance.checks@northumbria.ac.uk

BSc (Hons) Social Work

  • Applications should be made by the last Wednesday in January each year to guarantee equal consideration

  • If you are already a Northumbria Foundation Year student or are currently on any other course at Northumbria, and wish to study this course, you must apply via the Change of Circumstances process by the 20th December

  • Applicants are required to declare any criminal convictions (in line with our criminal conviction policy) at the point of application.

  • In addition to the academic requirement, you will also need to hold GCSE Grade 4 or a recognised equivalent such as Level 2 Functional Skills or Equivalency Tests in Maths and English.

  • Applicants will be required to attend an interview and you will be required to undertake a written test based on a Social Work Case Study, which will be sent to you 48 hours before your interview.

  • Any offer made will be subject to an Enhanced DBS (Disclosure and Barring Service) disclosure, Occupational Health Check and proof of all qualifications. You will be sent information on when and how to provide your DBS and Occupational Health information.

  • International applicants applying from outside the UK will also require a Satisfactory Police Clearance check prior to entering the UK.

  • Applicants who accept an offer are required to complete a Professional Suitability declaration to ensure that they are able to undertake meet Social Work England's Professional Suitability for registration requirements. You will be contacted when to return this to the university, but we suggest you review the document in advance and if you have any queries about the questions, you should contact bc.clearance.checks@northumbria.ac.uk


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