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Destination Northumbria is a pilot 1-year programme for students in their second year of sixth form or college (Year 13 in England). As part of the pilot, to take part in the scheme you must be attending a school/college in the North East of England. This structured programme is designed to support you to develop the skills and knowledge to be prepared for undergraduate study.

By participating in Destination Northumbria, you will receive information and advice throughout the second half of your final year of sixth form or college studies designed to support you during the final part of your journey to university. Students who complete Destination Northumbria, will earn 8 Destination Northumbria points, which are equivalent to UCAS tariff points when applying to Northumbria University.

To be eligible for the scheme, you must meet our specific eligibility criteria outlined below and receive approval by your school or college to participate in the scheme. Following a successful application to the scheme, you must complete the two compulsory elements of the scheme to obtain the Destination Northumbria points.

Further details of the programme, including how to apply and full terms and conditions for using your Destination Northumbria points can be found below.

Due to the greater level of activity and support offered through NU Entry and as a result, the higher number of associated supported entry scheme points, we would always recommend students participate in NU Entry in year 12. Students who have previously participated in NU Entry and earned the 16 NU Entry points are not eligible to take part in Destination Northumbria and should access the NU Entry year 13 activities for support.


Destination Northumbria has been designed to support students through the final part of their sixth form or college studies with their journey to university.

Through the programme you will have the opportunity to receive support during the final part of the application process, develop the skills required for undergraduate study and receive support to navigate the transition to university. 

During the programme, you will be supported by a current university student through e-mentoring, who will be able to share their experiences and support you through the final part of your journey to university. You will also attend an on campus conference, which will provide you with the opportunity to develop key skills for undergraduate study and experience.

Students who complete the required activities as part of Destination Northumbria will earn 8 Destination Northumbria points, which are equivalent to UCAS tariff points when applying to Northumbria University.

To take part in Destination Northumbria, you must first complete our online application form. Following a successful application, you will then need to satisfactorily engage in our online e-mentoring programme and attend our on campus conference.

Friday 8th October 2021 @  09:00 – Destination Northumbria applications open

Friday 17th December 2021 @ 17:00 – Destination Northumbria applications close

W/C 20th December 2021 - Applicants informed of outcome of application

January - May 2022: Engage in e-mentoring. Students must satisfactorily engage with the e-mentoring programme in order to complete this compulsory element of the programme.

13th or 20th April 2022 – Destination Northumbria Conference on campus. Attendance is compulsory for Destination Northumbria points. Successful applicants will be informed of which of the two days they are allocated.

W/C 6th June – Successful completion of the programme and associated Destination Northumbria points confirmed to students. 

In order to apply for Destination Northumbria, you must be attending a school/college in the North East of England. A full list of these schools and colleges are below:

Ashington Academy

Astley Community High School

Barnard Castle School

Bede Academy

Bedlington Academy

Benfield School

Berwick Academy

Bishop Auckland College

Boldon School

Burnside College

Cardinal Hume Catholic High School

Carmel College

Churchill Community College

City of Sunderland College

Consett Academy

Conyers School, Yarm

Cramlington Learning Village

Dame Allan

Darlington College

Derwentside College

Duchess's Community High School

Duke's Secondary School

Durham High School for Girls

Durham Johnston Comprehensive School

Durham School

Durham Sixth Form Centre

Dyke House Sports and Technology College

East Durham College 

Egglescliffe School

Emmanuel College

English Martyrs School & Sixth Form College

Excelsior Academy

Framwellgate School, Durham

Gateshead College

George Stephenson High School

Gosforth Academy

Christ's College (Formally Grindon Hall Christian School)

Hartlepool College of Further Education

Hartlepool Sixth Form College

Harton Academy 

Haydon Bridge Community High School and Sports College

Jesmond Park Academy (Formally Heaton Manor School)

Heworth Grange Comprehensive School

James Calvert Spence College - Acklington Road

Grace College (Formerly Joseph Swan Academy)

Kenton School

King James I Academy Bishop Auckland

King's Priory School

Kingsmeadow Community Comprehensive School 

Longbenton High School

Longridge Towers School

Lord Lawson of Beamish Academy

Macmillan Academy

Middlesbrough College

Middlesbrough College (Sixth Form)

Monkseaton High School

Monkwearmouth Academy

New College Durham

Newcastle High School for Girls

Newcastle School for Boys

Newcastle Sixth Form College

North East Futures UTC

Northumberland College

Nunthorpe Academy

Park View School

Polam Hall School

Ponteland Community High School

Prior Pursglove College

Prudoe Community High School

Queen Alexandra Sixth Form

Queen Elizabeth High School

Queen Elizabeth Sixth Form College, Darlington

Redcar & Cleveland College

Royal Grammar School

Sacred Heart Catholic High School

South Tyneside College

Southmoor Academy

SRC Bede Sixth Form College

St Anthony's Girls Catholic Academy

St Bede's Catholic Academy, Lanchester

St Bedes Catholic School and Byron College

St Benet Biscop Catholic Academy

St Cuthbert's Catholic High School

St John's School & Sixth Form College - A Catholic Academy

St Joseph's Catholic Academy

St Leonard's Roman Catholic Voluntary Aided Comprehensive School

St Mary's Catholic School

St Robert of Newminster RC School & VI Form College

St Thomas More RC Academy, North Shields

St Thomas More Roman Catholic Academy

St Wilfrid's R. C. College

Stockton Riverside College

Stockton Sixth Form College

Teesdale School

Teesside High School

The English Martyrs School

The Hermitage Academy 

The King Edward VI School

The King's Academy

Thorp Academy

Trinity Catholic College

Tyne Metropolitan College

UTC South Durham

Walbottle Academy

Walker Riverside Academy

Westfield School

Whickham School

Whitburn Church of England Academy

Whitley Bay High School

Yarm School

You must meet all of the following criteria to apply:

  • You are currently in your final year of sixth form or college (Year 13 in England).
  • You are currently studying at a school/college in the North East of England. (Please check above list).
  • You have English Language and Maths GCSEs at grade 4 (C) or above. If you do not currently have these, you can still take part in Destination Northumbria, but must obtain the required GCSE results, or equivalent, by the summer results period before you are due to start your course.
  • Be recognised as having 'home fee status'.
  • If you’re a UK or Irish national or have ‘settled status’ (no restrictions on how long you can stay) and; you normally live in England and; you’ve been living in the UK, the Channel Islands or the Isle of Man for 3 continuous years before the first day of your course, apart from temporary absences such as going on holiday, you will have home fee status.
  • There are several other residency statuses which would make you eligible. These can be checked on the student finance website under the “your nationality or residency status”.
  • If you are an asylum seeker or have limited leave to remain, or discretionary leave to remain and therefore do not currently have home fee status, you can still take part in Destination Northumbria, but will need to have been granted home fee status before the summer results period to receive the 8 Destination Northumbria points upon successful completion of the programme.

You must also meet at least one of the following criteria to apply:

Should the scheme be oversubscribed, priority will be given to students who meet any one of the first six criteria below which are highlighted as priority for the programme. Priority will also be given to students who meet at least two of the non-priority criteria below. However, please note, you only need to meet any one criteria from the entire list below in order to apply.

Care experienced (priority) – Anyone who has previously been in care, for any period of time, under the age of 18. This care may have been provided in many different settings, including: living with foster carers; living in a residential children's home; being looked after at home under a supervision order; living with friends or relatives in kinship care (either through a formal arrangement, such as a Special Guardianship order, or an informal arrangement without local authority support).

Estranged (priority) - A young person aged 18 to 24 who has no communicative relationship with either of their biological/adoptive parents and they do not expect the situation to be reconciled.

Young Adult Carer (priority) - A person aged 14-25 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. Please note this does not include normal, day to day, parental responsibilities.  

Black, Asian or Minority Ethnic (priority) – Students from a Black, Asian or minority ethnic origin.

Refugee (priority) – Your claim for asylum has been recognised and you have been granted official refugee status.

Asylum Seeker or someone who has been granted limited leave to remain or discretionary leave to remain (priority) – You are in the process of seeking asylum, or the decision is still pending, or you have been given permission to stay temporarily in the UK.

Live in a neighbourhood with a low progression rate to Higher Education. Check your neighbourhood progression rate by using the postcode checker. You are eligible if either of the following applies when you search your home postcode (you do not need to meet both):

If your POLAR4 young participation quintile is identified as 1 or 2, you will be eligible to apply to the scheme.


After searching your postcode, click view detailed results and if your TUNDRA MSOA quintile is identified as 1 or 2, you will be eligible to apply to the scheme. (This only applies to applicants living in England).

First generation to go to university -  First generation to go to university means that neither of your parents have been to university and got a degree. You count as being first generation to go to university even if the following people have gone to university: your foster parents, your care workers, your brother or sister, your biological parents (if you're adopted), or a parent with whom you’ve had no contact with during your secondary and post-16 education.

Entitled to or in receipt of free school meals and/or discretionary payments and/or 16-19 bursary at any point during the last six years.

Gypsy, Roma, Traveller, Showmen or Boater – This term encompasses a wide range of individuals who may be defined in relation to their ethnicity, heritage, way of life and how they self-identify. This includes: English or Welsh Romany Gypsies, European Roma, Irish Travellers, Scottish Gypsy Travellers, Showpeople (such as people linked with fairground or circus professions), people living on barges or other boats, people living in settled (bricks and mortar) accommodation or New Age Travellers.

Disability, dyslexic or specific learning difficulty - Applies if you have a physical or mental impairment and the impairment has a substantial and long term effect on your ability to carry out normal day to day activities. A disability, long term health condition, mental health condition, or a specific learning difficulty (SpLD).

LGBTQ+ - A student who identifies as lesbian, gay, bisexual, queer or other non-heterosexual orientations/identities and students who identify as transgender (trans), non-binary and other gender diverse identities.

Service child - a person whose parent or carer serves in the Regular Armed Forces, or as a Reservist, or has done at any point during the first 25 years of that person’s life.

Applications for Destination Northumbria open on the 8th October 2021 @ 9:00 and close 17th December @ 17:00.

Please click here to apply.

By submitting the application form the applicant is signing to say they have read, understand and agree to the Terms and Conditions detailed below:

Northumbria Staff are committed to supporting and guiding students through the Destination Northumbria 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 with the scheme and get the most out of the experience.

Northumbria University will use its reasonable efforts to support students who are not able to complete all compulsory elements of the scheme due to circumstances not within their reasonable control including: access to online sessions; serious illness; bereavement or similar. Any mitigating circumstances should be communicated to Northumbria University as soon as reasonably practicable to the Destination Northumbria team via

Northumbria University are currently reviewing its support package for any student unable to pay for the travel for compulsory on campus elements of the scheme and will use all reasonable efforts to support.

Northumbria University will consider applications made by Destination Northumbria students through UCAS, and make suitable candidates a standard conditional offer, admitting students who satisfactorily fulfil all aspects of the conditional offer. The award of Destination Northumbria points is made entirely at Northumbria University’s discretion.

Northumbria University is under no obligation to make any form of offer to students who have participated in the Destination Northumbria Scheme, and participation in the Destination Northumbria 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 who successfully complete all compulsory elements of Destination Northumbria will earn 8 Destination Northumbria points, which will be accepted as the equivalent of 8 UCAS Tariff points at Northumbria University.

Students must meet all the requirements set out in their conditional offer.

Please note that Destination Northumbria points are not taken into consideration with Foundation programmes and ALL extended degrees.

Students wishing to use their Destination Northumbria points to apply for a degree apprenticeship should note this will need to be discussed with the degree apprenticeship recruiter and will be considered on a case-by-case basis by the employer. The Destination Northumbria team will be able to support with explaining the scheme and its benefits to any recruiter.

Students holding Destination Northumbria points are only able to defer application to Northumbria University for one year only.

Destination Northumbria students who are using Destination Northumbria Points to meet the course entry requirements at Northumbria University must have applied through UCAS by 18:00 on 30th June 2022 and once any offer has been made, place Northumbria as their firm choice, to guarantee their points will be taken into account. Any students applying after this date including through clearing or placing Northumbria as their insurance choice should still make Northumbria University aware they have completed Destination Northumbria and Northumbria University will use its reasonable efforts to honour your Destination Northumbria points, but this will be considered on a case-by-case basis depending on the course.

Northumbria University reserves the right to withdraw any offer of Destination Northumbria points, should a student not place Northumbria University as their firm choice.

Northumbria University reserves the right to withdraw Destination Northumbria points should a student breach the Code of Conduct under the serious incidents of misbehaviour.

Any Destination Northumbria student who is an asylum seeker or has been granted limited leave to remain or discretionary leave to remain, must have home fee status by A-level results day in order to use their Destination Northumbria points.

Students can only achieve a maximum of 16 points from all of our supported entry schemes and any other access initiative combined. Even if students complete multiple programmes, Northumbria University will only be able to consider a maximum of 16 equivalent UCAS tariff points. Therefore, students who have already successfully completed the compulsory elements of NU Entry the previous year and been awarded NU Entry points will not be eligible for Destination Northumbria points, even if all compulsory elements of Destination Northumbria are completed.

For further information or any questions related to the scheme, including support with applications, or staff looking to book a Destination Northumbria introduction session for their students, please contact our dedicated Destination Northumbria team on:

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