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NU Entry

**Please note that NU Entry is closed for 17/18. If you need assistance regarding your application, please email **

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, attending schools/colleges in England and Northern Ireland, 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 16 NU Entry points, which are the equivalent to UCAS tariff points when applying to Northumbria University.

To be eligible for the scheme, students must meet our specific eligibility criteria and have an approval by their school to participate in the scheme. There are two compulsory elements to the assessment in order for students to obtain 16 NU Entry points. 

Please note that foundation year programmes are excluded from the scheme. 

Part 1: Year 12 students must attend one Northumbria University Open Day in June 2018, which will involve tailored NU Entry sessions, an NU Entry hub to answer all of their questions and a chance to talk to previous NU Entry students.

Part 2: Year 12 students must complete a reflective essay of their visit to Open Day allowing the student to obtain 16 NU Entry points.

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 NU Entry assessment can earn 16 NU Entry Points, the equivalent of 16 UCAS tariff points. These points can then be used when applying to Northumbria University undergraduate programmes. 

Please note that foundation year programmes are excluded from the scheme. 

After successfully attending one of the Northumbria University Open Days and completing a reflective essay, students will benefit from online mentoring from current Northumbria University students throughout Year 13.

Timeline of Activity

Year 12

  • 15 January 2018 – NU Entry applications open
  • 20 April 2018 – NU Entry applications close at midnight
  • w/c 23 April 2018 – Teachers notified of the outcome of students' applications and to approve participation in the scheme
  • w/c 30 April 2018 – Students notified of the outcome of their application and invited to attend one Northumbria University Open Day
  • Friday 29 June 2018 – Attendance is only required on one of these dates
  • Saturday 30 June 2018 – Attendance is only required on one of these dates

Year 13

  • 17 September 2018 – Students invited to take part in E-Mentoring
  • October 2018 – August 2019 – E-Mentoring

Please note: There will be additional opportunities throughout the year for NU Entry students such as access to library skills support and the NU Entry team will be in touch with further details.


Eligibility Criteria

To be eligible to take part in the scheme, students must meet the NU Entry criteria below.

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
  • Estranged****
  • 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 young person who has no communicative relationship with either of their biological parents/legal guardians and they do not expect the situation to be reconciled. You would be required to provide supporting evidence to confirm your status as ‘estranged’ from one of the following on headed paper:

  • Estranged student support group/network, such as StandAlone or the Unite Foundation
  • Social Services/Local Authority
  • A letter from your GP
  • A statement from your school/college

***** 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 could not manage without their support.



Apply Now

Applications for the NU Entry scheme are now closed

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.
  • further FAQ's - download here.

Terms and Conditions

All NU Entry applicants should read this section:

By submitting the application form the applicant is signing to say they have read, understood 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.

We will always do our best to support students with any mitigating circumstances such as serious illness, bereavement or similar, who are not able to attend the Northumbria University Open Day.

Students who successfully attend the Northumbria University Open Day and successfully complete the reflective essay, will earn 16 NU Entry points which will be accepted as the equivalent of 16 UCAS Tariff points at Northumbria University. This is 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”.
  • 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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