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Northumbria University is committed to raising educational aspirations and recruiting high quality students, regardless of background, through a fair and transparent admissions process.


The Student Recruitment team are dedicated to providing a menu of relevant activities and support to schools, colleges and students to help nurture talent. Widening Participation remains a high priority and is at the core of the Northumbria University Supported Entry Scheme.


NU Entry is a structured scheme for year 12 students who meet specific academic and background criteria. By participating in the NU Entry Scheme students will be provided with the opportunity to develop skills necessary for successful undergraduate study and have the opportunity to earn NU Entry points, which are the equivalent to UCAS tariff points.

To be eligible for the scheme, students must meet our specific eligibility criteria; have a reference provided by their teacher and authorisation from their parents/carers. After participating in two of the NU Entry Scheme components in Year 12, students will have the opportunity to complete the online assessment. 

Benefits of the Scheme

The programme has been designed to give students the opportunity to develop and be assessed in key skills required to be a successful undergraduate student; such as communication, personal enterprise, teamwork, research and analysis.

Students who successfully complete the Key Competencies Assessment Programme can earn 16 NU Entry Points at Northumbria University, the equivalent of 16 UCAS tariff points (subject to change to reflect changes in the UCAS tariff system.) These points can contribute to applications to Northumbria University undergraduate programmes.

Please note: Applications for Midwifery Studies with a Registered Midwife Qualification (Hons), Primary Education BA (Hons), Foundation Years and all Extended Degrees are excluded from the scheme.

After successfully completing the assessment, NU Entry students will benefit from online mentoring from current Northumbria University students throughout Year 13.

Year 12 students not eligible for the NU Entry scheme can still benefit from participating in the programme of activity.

Programme of Activity

NU Entry schools and colleges can book a tailored programme of activity throughout the year.

Schools must book a minimum of two hours-worth of Evolve workshops for their Year 12 students between September and May. To eligible to participate in the NU Entry assessment, students must attend a minimum of two hours of Evolve; attending a Northumbria Open Day or an On Campus activity can count as one hours-worth.

For more information about Evolve workshops and to book, please click here.

Timeline of Activity

  • September 2016 – May 2017: NU Entry programme of activity
  • 17 October 2016: NU Entry applications open (Deadline for applications 28 April 2017)
  • 19 June 2017: Online Assessment opens
  • 28 July 2017: Deadline for completion of assessment
  • 1 September 2017: UCAS Applications for 2018/19 entry
  • 15th January 2018: UCAS Application deadline for 2018/19 entry

Eligibility Criteria

To be eligible to take part in the online assessment, students must meet the NU Entry criteria below. Students who are not eligible are still welcome to take part in the workshops.

Students must meet all of the following criteria:

  • Have 5 GCSEs at grade C or above, including Maths and English
  • Have potential to achieve or exceed 104 UCAS Tariff points
  • Be recognised as having 'home status' confirmed by the Home Office*
  • Meet the English Language requirements of Northumbria University** 

Students must also meet at least one of the following criteria:

  • Receipt of free school meals
  • Experience of living in the care system/looked after by Local Authority
  • D/deaf or disabled
  • Black and Minority Ethnic
  • Have dependent children
  • Parents without a Higher Education qualification
  • Live in a neighbourhood with a low progression rate to Higher Education***
  • Extenuating circumstances will be considered on an individual basis if the student has been disadvantaged at key educational times
  • Young Carer****
* Definition of ‘home status’ can be found at
** English Language requirements for courses at Northumbria are available at
*** To check your neighbourhood progression rate, enter your home postcode at If your POLAR3 young participation quintile is identified as 1 or 2, you will be eligible.
**** A person who has sole or shared responsibility, unpaid, to care for a friend or family member who has an illness, disability, mental health illness or addiction who couldn't manage without their support.

Additional Information for Students

Please find further information below about:

  • how to get the most out of E-Mentoring - download here.
  • how to include NU Entry on your UCAS application - download here.

Additional Information for Teachers

Please find further information below about:

  • how your students can get the most out of E-Mentoring - download here.
  • how to complete the teacher reference - download here.
  • further FAQ's - download here.


The assessment opens on Monday 19 June and closes on Friday 28 July 2017, after this date you will no longer be able to submit your assignment.

Please read the instructions below carefully as the assessment content is dependent on your subject area of interest.

From the subject list below, select the course that interests you the most and answer the following question in a 750-word essay.

Q) Discuss your interest in ‘choose a subject from the list below’ and how it impacts on the world we live in.

*For those subjects highlighted in bold you have the option to submit a 750 word essay or produce an A3 poster which answers the question above

  • Animation*
  • Architecture
  • Art*
  • Built Environment
  • Business
  • Childhood and Early Years (Education)
  • Computing
  • Criminology*
  • Design*
  • Drama*
  • Engineering
  • English
  • Fashion*
  • Geography
  • History
  • Interior Architecture
  • Law
  • Maths
  • Media/Film*
  • Nursing
  • Physics
  • Photography*
  • Physiotherapy
  • Politics*
  • Psychology
  • Sciences
  • Social Work
  • Sociology*
  • Sport
  • Surveying

Criteria for assessment:

  • Word count should equal 750 words however we will accept 10% below or above the word count
  • If you are submitting a poster this must be completed on one side of A3 and submitted in  ‘PDF’ or ‘JPEG’ format
  • Pass or Fail will be awarded for the assignment
  • You must demonstrate an insight and understanding into the subject you choose to write about
  • Response indicates logical organisation and structure of discussion, demonstrating personal insights.
  • Accurate and clear English Language writing skills are used to communicate issues and ideas (formal language without abbreviations and using full sentences).

How to submit:

The deadline for submission is Friday 28 July 2017. Please email your submission via a word document to

You must include the following in the subject line: your name and subject area of interest

E.g Joe Bloggs - Biology

Please note: the assessment is only available to those students who have applied to participate, and met the eligibility criteria to participate in the NU Entry programme during the 2016/17 academic year.

If you successfully pass this assessment, you will be awarded 16 NU Entry points equivalent to UCAS tariff points, which you can use when applying to Northumbria.

In order to pass the assessment you must have met all other indicated criteria including:

  • Required GCSE results
  • Have undertaken a minimum of two Evolve workshops either in your school/college  or attended an Open Day

On completion of the assessment, we will contact you and your teacher via email to inform you of the outcome. Students will only receive written feedback if assignment does not meet the criteria highlighted above. 

Terms and Conditions

This section should be read by all NU Entry applicants. By submitting the application form the applicant is signing to say they have read, understand and agree with the Terms and Conditions detailed below.

Northumbria Staff are committed to supporting and guiding students through the NU Entry Scheme and we therefore expect the same high level of commitment, dedication and enthusiasm from all participating students, so that they can earn the benefits associated and get the most out of the experience.

It is important to note that there is a compulsory online assessment that students must pass in order to complete the scheme successfully.

We will always do our best to support students and any mitigating circumstances such as serious illness, bereavement or similar, who are not able to complete the assessment within the specified time frame.

Students who successfully complete the Assessment Programme within the Northumbria University Supported Entry Scheme earn 16 NU Entry points which will be accepted as the equivalent of 16 UCAS Tariff points at Northumbria University provided that the student achieves a minimum of 104 UCAS Tariff points from their A levels or equivalent qualification and they meet all the requirements set out in their conditional offer. The award of NU Entry points is made entirely at Northumbria University’s discretion. Please note there are undergraduate courses which DO NOT accept NU Entry points, detailed within the Benefits section.

Northumbria University will consider applications made by NU Entry students through UCAS, and make suitable candidates a standard conditional offer, admitting students who satisfactorily fulfil all aspects of the conditional offer.

Northumbria University is under no obligation to make any form of offer to students who have participated in the NU Entry Scheme, and participation in the NU Entry Scheme in no way constitutes any form of guarantee, promise, indication or agreement that a student will be made an offer of any kind to enrol on any form of course offered by Northumbria University.

Students must be aware of the following:

  • Some courses may not accept the NU Entry Points as UCAS points and are excluded from the scheme.
  • Students holding NU Entry points are only able to defer application to Northumbria University for one year.
  • NU Entry students who are using NU Entry Points to meet the course entry requirements at Northumbria University must choose Northumbria University as their “Firm Choice” once an offer has been made. Northumbria University reserves the right to withdraw any offers in the event that a student does not select Northumbria University as their “Firm choice”.
  • NU Entry Points will not increase specific grades and therefore do not help students to achieve the grades/tariff points required to be eligible for the Rutherford Scholarship.
  • The University reserves the right to withdraw NU Entry points should a student breach the Code of Conduct under the serious incidents of misbehaviour.

Contact Us

NU Entry dedicated members of staff are based within the Student Recruitment team and can be contacted on:

0191 227 4323

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