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Important information on A-level and BTEC results


The university is currently experiencing technical difficulties that are affecting our telephone systems. If you are an applicant for September 2020 entry and you have a query, please email . We will reply to you as soon as we can.


Our Hotline is open today until 5pm – please do call if you would like to discuss your place at Northumbria, if you have any questions or if you are interested in joining Northumbria this year.




UCAS has now sent Northumbria University all confirmed A-level Centre Assessment Grades (CAGs).

If you are an A-level student, you do not need to worry about sending your results to us. If you are a BTEC student and want to send us your grades, please continue to do so. You will be advised when your results will be shared with us.

If you would like to talk to us about your place, our hotline is open today until 5pm and tomorrow from 10am-2pm. You can reach us on 0800 085 1085.

If your university preference has changed following the release of the CAGs it is important that you do not immediately release yourself into clearing, and speak to your preferred university to discuss your options. As you will have seen on the news, demand for university places has been very high this week. If you immediately release yourself into clearing without confirmation of a place at the University you want, you may not be guaranteed your place, or even the opportunity to start in September 2020. You should ensure you have an offer in writing from your preferred university for entry on the year of study that you want before you ask to be released.

The Minister of State for Universities, Michelle Donelan MP, shared this letter to students last night, which may be of interest.

We thank you for your patience as we work through this process and we will continue to share updates on the latest situation on this web page.




The last week has brought several announcements and changes from government and the qualification regulatory bodies around the release of A-level and BTEC results.

We can confirm that all A-level and BTEC students who meet the terms of their conditional offers from Northumbria University, issued via UCAS, will be accepted.  Please note you must be currently holding an accepted offer, and not have declined your offer previously in the cycle.


BTEC students:

You do not need to contact us at this stage if you have not received your results. When we receive your results, your place will automatically be confirmed if you have met the terms of your conditional offer. If when you receive your results you have not met the terms of your conditional offer, but you would still like to be considered for a place at Northumbria, you can contact us to discuss your options by calling on 0800 0851085. Please note that the same caveats as detailed below in terms of placement programmes applies.

Contacting us:

As you can imagine, these changes have led to a huge increase in calls to the University. Our Admissions staff are working hard to process all updated results and enquiries as quickly as possible. We would appreciate your patience and understanding as we work through this. We will confirm details for individual applicants as soon as we can. If you have any questions in the meantime, you may find this FAQ page helpful.

Need to get in touch?

  • If you have an offer or confirmed place and wish to contact us to discuss your situation, please call 0800 085 1085.

  • If you would like to enquire about a potential place through Clearing, please complete this Clearing Enquiry Form and we will be in touch as soon as we can.




Ofqual  announced on 17th August that A-level results for students in England this summer will be awarded their centre assessment grade (CAG) - that is, the grade their school or college estimated was the grade they would most likely have achieved in their exam - or the moderated grade received last week, whichever is higher. The same position has been confirmed by the devolved administrations of Wales Northern Ireland and Scotland.

We can confirm that all students who meet the terms of their conditional offers from Northumbria University, issued via UCAS, will be accepted. We also confirm that places for all students whose status is currently Unconditional Firm at Northumbria are secure.

For externally regulated programmes where we have placements that mandate a tightly controlled number of places, we may need to defer entry for a limited number of students to September 2021. The programmes where we are considering this are Midwifery and Physiotherapy. We are currently working with the placement providers to expand provision where possible. If you are affected, we will provide information to you directly.

We will provide you with further advice and guidance as soon as we can, and our website, as always, is the most up to date place to find information about Northumbria University.

The health, safety and wellbeing of our students is of paramount importance to us, and it is of great relief that the futures of so many students at Northumbria have been secured by the clarity provided today. We would like to congratulate all of our 2020 entrants on the successes they have achieved in this most challenging of years.

If you wish to contact us to discuss your situation, please contact 0800 085 1085

We know you may have some questions. Please explore some of the FAQS here



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