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NU Entry

Applications Opening Soon (Date TBC).

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 (or equivalent), 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 receive 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 and all extended degrees are excluded from the scheme. 

Step 1 (Application Process): Complete the application in full, which includes a reflective piece based on your chosen subject area as part of Application Part 2.

Step 2 (Attend the Conference): Applicants must attend the NU Entry Conference at Northumbria University. The conference will include tailored NU Entry sessions, an NU Entry Hub to answer all queries and a chance to talk to previous NU Entry students.

Introduction to the Scheme

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 all the application in full and attend the NU Entry Conference 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 and all extended degrees are excluded from the scheme. 

After successfully completing all aspects of the application and attending the NU Entry Conference, students will benefit from online mentoring from current Northumbria University students throughout Year 13.

Timeline of Activity

Year 12

  • Date TBC – NU Entry applications open
  • Date TBC – NU Entry applications close at midnight
  • Date TBC – Applicants informed the outcome of their application
  • Date TBC – NU Entry Conference (attendance compulsory to achieve 16 NU Entry points)

Year 13

  • Date TBC – Students invited to take part in E-Mentoring
  • Date TBC – July 2021 – 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: 

  • English Language and Maths GCSEs at grade 4 (C) or above
  • Have the potential to achieve or exceed 16 UCAS tariff points lower than the standard offer
  • Be recognised as having 'home status' confirmed by the Home Office*

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****
  • Military Family*****
  • Gypsy, Roma, Traveller community******

* Definition of ‘home status’ can be found at

** To check your neighbourhood progression rate, click here. If your POLAR4 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.

***** A person who has one or more parent/guardian working full time in the military.

****** If you are from a Gypsy, Roma or Traveller community this must be confirmed by a referee at a school or college that you are attending or have attended.


NU Entry Conference

NU Entry Conference


Attendance and full completion of the NU Entry Conference is compulsory in order to achieve 16 NU Entry points.


Conference Details: TBC 




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Additional Information for Students

Adding NU Entry to your UCAS application (Current Y13 Students and Equivalent)

If you are applying to Northumbria University, you will need to identify that you participated in NU Entry on your UCAS application. Please take note of the following instructions:

  • In the ‘Activities’ section on the application form you must include a start date of the activity, please enter: 01 20 (January 2020); Duration: 1 (year); School Year: 12; Location N77 (code for Northumbria University)
  • You will then need to complete the ‘sponsor’ details box. In this box write "NU ENTRY"

Additional Information for Teachers

Please find further information below about:

  • how your students can get the most out of E-Mentoring - 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, 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.

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 NU Entry Conference.

Students who successfully complete the Reflective Piece and attend the NU Entry Conference, 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 that NU Entry points are not taken into consideration with Foundation programmes and ALL extended degrees.

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:

  • 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

For support with applications, general enquiries or to book an NU Entry Introduction, contact our dedicated NU Entry team at: or via telephone on 0191 227 4181.

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