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Northumbria University - QA Higher Education

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Northumbria University Pathway (NUP) provides a supportive and inclusive learning environment, preparing students for life post-education and teaching skills that will last a lifetime. The college is in partnership with QA Higher Education, and is based at the Newcastle campus, granting students access to all university facilities.

The university has recently invested GBP 200 million, to ensure the campuses are places where students enjoy spending time, studying or socialising. Students also receive expert guidance to improve their English language and academic abilities. They develop skills which lead to future study and employment.

The Pathway College offers three international pathway programmes. The International Foundation Programme is for students who need to improve their English and academic skills and develop awareness of academic culture in the UK. This programme allows progression onto year one of an undergraduate degree at Northumbria.

The International Year One – Business facilitates progression onto year two of an undergraduate degree, and the Graduate Certificate allows progression to progress onto a master's degree. Completing the Pre-Master's programme can lead to studying a master's programme in business, mass communication, or computing and information technology at the Newcastle or London campuses.

Northumbria University has an impressive five-star overall rating for teaching and employability (QS Stars Rated for Excellence 2019). With over 32,000 students from 125 nationalities studying at Northumbria, the university is the fastest-rising university in the world (THE World University Rankings 2020) and ranked 47th in the UK (2020 Guardian University Guide).

Newcastle is regularly voted one of the top UK student cities (Top Universities, 2019). The city is full of activities, a thriving nightlife scene and friendly locals. It also has great transport links to other destinations in the UK, and offers a low cost of living.

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What's new

What's new

Northumbria University will continue with plans for the autumn 2020 programme. This will be achieved through a combination of on-campus study and online course delivery. International students who are unable to travel due to Covid-19 travel restrictions can begin their studies online and join the campus when it is safe to do so.

There is a full accommodation deposit guarantee which is refundable for those unable to travel. The university is also aware students may not be able to book English language tests, so it is accepting a wide variety of tests and exemptions.

The International Foundation Programme includes six pathway options. These are Applied Science, Art, Design and Media, Business and Law, Computing, Engineering and Humanities and Social Science. The International Year One Programme is now offering both 12-month and nine-month study options for prospective students.

The university is continuously reviewing the current situation and updating applicants and students where possible.

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Teaching quality

Teaching quality

Northumbria's three pathway programmes offer international students with the chance to progress to UK degree-level study. Pathway programmes offer the skills and confidence required to enter a course of study at a UK university. Students receive expert guidance from Pathway College's highly experienced team of professional instructors, who prepare them for the next stage of education. Students are assigned a tutor who leads weekly teaching tutorials and workshops. The tutors also provide extra academic support for students with aspirations to study further in specific subject areas.

Teaching takes place at the university's main campus, which is close to Newcastle city centre. International students are taught alongside degree students and share accommodation, which helps them to feel integrated into the wider university community. Tutors are experienced with teaching students from all over the world. They help students develop the qualities they need to meet the expectations of future employers. Students who successfully complete their pathway programmes can progress onto studying an undergraduate or postgraduate degree at Northumbria University.

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International Foundation

International Foundation

The International Foundation Programme is a pathway to undergraduate education at Northumbria University. The programme has been specially designed to support international students who wish to study an undergraduate degree at Northumbria University. The International Foundation Programme can lead to almost any undergraduate degree offered by Northumbria University. There are six pathways students can choose from:

  • Art, Design and Media
  • Business and Law
  • Engineering
  • Computing
  • Applied Science
  • Humanities and Social Science

Courses are available in six, nine and 12-month options, depending on the level of IELTS a student has attained. There are 22-24 hours of classes per week and starting dates for these courses are in January, April, July and October.

Academic entry requirements are five GCSEs at grade A-C, or equivalent. English language requirements are an IELTS score of 4.5, with no band lower than 4.0, or equivalent. Programme content centres around the chosen subject area. Students who successfully complete the programme have a guaranteed place on their desired undergraduate degree course at Northumbria.

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The Pre-Master's programme is for those who don't quite meet the entry requirements for a postgraduate degree. This programme has been designed to help students meet these requirements. Upon successfully completing the Graduate Certificate, students are eligible for entry onto a master's degrees course at Northumbria University in the following subject areas.

  • Business
  • Computing and information technology
  • Mass communication

The courses last three months, or one semester. There are up to 10 hours of classes per week and starting dates for these courses are in September (January and May available in London). Academic entry requirements are a pass, third class or ordinary UK undergraduate degree, or equivalent. English language requirements are an IELTS score of 6.5, with no band lower than 5.5, or equivalent. The fee for international students for the 2020/21 academic year is GBP 6,750, and applicants must be over 21 years old to apply.

A 50 per cent pass rate must be achieved for progression to postgraduate study.

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Northumbria University was ranked 10th for student facilities in the UK in 2017 (The Student Experience survey). With GBP 200 million recently invested into developing its academic facilities and social spaces, the university ensures a high-quality environment in which students are able to thrive.

Top class amenities and a lively campus atmosphere help international students feel at home in no time. The Newcastle campus has everything needed for students from all backgrounds to thrive as a Northumbria student, both in and out of the classroom. Facilities provided include:

  • Sports facilities
  • Food vendors
  • Libraries
  • Accommodation
  • Laboratories
  • Support services

The campus is also home to an award-winning Students' Union and more than 130 societies which are available for all students to join.

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Scholarships & funding

Scholarships & funding

Northumbria University Pathway has funding in place for international students. Eligible students may receive a scholarship or bursary to support their studies. The amount available depends on their chosen programme, nationality and previous academic qualifications.

Scholarships are awarded on a case-by-case basis. Students do not need to apply for a scholarship or bursary, if they are eligible then they will automatically be given the award. Students can find full details online and can get in touch with the admissions team for more information. For the 2020/21 academic year, students from Malaysia can receive an annual bursary of GBP 3,000 or a scholarship of up to GBP 1,000. Students from India are eligible for a bursary of GBP 2,000 per year. Currently, there are no scholarships or bursaries for Graduate Certificate programmes.

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Newcastle upon Tyne Newcastle upon Tyne Newcastle City Campus, 2 Ellison Pl
London Greater London 110- 114 Middlesex Street
Based in Newcastle-upon-Tyne, which is regularly voted one of the top student cities in the UK, Northumbria University has an impressive record of high-quality teaching and world-leading research. Northumbria University together with QA Higher Education delivers courses at the London Campus, and Pathway programmes at the City Campus in Newcastle.

Amid the buzz of London?s business and financial district, students will find the London Campus, offering industry-focused courses at undergraduate top-up and postgraduate level in subject areas such as Business, Computing, IT and Project Management. Pathway programmes are delivered in Newcastle and enable International students to develop their English language and academic skills on programmes that are specifically tailored to their chosen target subject area, with teaching delivered at the main university campus. All courses at the London Campus, and Pathway programmes delivered in Newcastle, are Northumbria University programmes and are delivered by the University and taught by QA Higher Education staff, approved by the University.

Northumbria University?s London Campus is located within a student hub in the heart of the City of London. The campus itself is a small, friendly place to study and relax. Students are able to catch up on coursework in a quiet environment using the workstations that are provided. The student area also has space for students to socialise and relax between lectures.

The Newcastle Campus with its award-winning architecture, modern teaching facilities and impressive sports facilities, it creates an environment that encourages self-development and learning. This is where many university activities take place creating a vibrant student atmosphere and where students can find the main library, high-tech labs, Students? Union, state-of-the-art sports facilities and much more.

QA Higher Education is a private UK higher education provider. Working in partnership with universities, colleges and education specialists in the UK, it recruits, market and deliver a range of programmes from foundation level, to undergraduate and postgraduate degrees that are designed to support students? future career aspirations.
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