High school students

Getting in

Open your door to uniImage of current UoN students.

Everyone's pathway to uni is different and, no matter what your study background, there are several options available to you.


Entry options

As a student looking to head to university directly after high school, the entry options available to you are:

  • Your performance in the HSC or equivalent – irrespective of age of qualification.
  • Your performance in an alternative entry program.

To apply to study at the University of Newcastle, you must be a minimum of 16 years of age at 1 March of the year of admission. If you are under the age of 16, you may apply directly to the Vice-Chancellor for consideration.

If English is not your first language, you must also satisfy our English language proficiency requirements.

Please note that some degrees have an additional application process that you will need to complete in order to be considered for a place. Look carefully at the web pages of the degree(s) you are interested to find out about any additional entry requirements you may need to meet.

If you are completing or have recently completed your HSC, you may be eligible to receive an Australian Tertiary Admission Rank (ATAR), which can be used to gain entry into uni.

The ATAR shows how well you went in the HSC compared to other students. It's based on your overall marks in the HSC and is used for selection into university degrees.

Universities work out how many positions are available in each degree and set a minimum cut-off for entry, which is the rank of the last person admitted to the degree. Previous years cut-offs should be taken as a guide only as they can change from year to year according to demand.

Your rank is your ATAR plus any bonus points you may be awarded.

You've worked hard to achieve outstanding results so we would like to take the guesswork out of uni entry by guaranteeing your place in most of our undergraduate degrees.

If you receive an ATAR of 90 or above you can relax knowing that you've secured your place at a world-class university for 2014.

Take a look at the eligible degrees.

HSC students who go to schools in certain regional or rural postcode areas are awarded an additional four bonus points through our Regional and Rural Preference Scheme.

These bonus points are offered to schools and TAFE colleges with postcodes in the Hunter, Central Coast, Central West, Northern Rivers, Mid-North Coast, New England, Western Plains and Broken Hill mail centres. It applies to all undergraduate degrees except the Bachelor of Medicine - Joint Medical Program and Bachelor of Laws (Graduate Entry).

You don't need to apply for this bonus - the points are automatically added to your rank.

We are committed to rewarding high achieving Year 12 students by awarding up to 4 bonus points for high achievement in specific HSC subjects that are relevant to the program for which you are applying. For example, if you achieve a Band 5 in mathematics and are applying for an engineering degree, you will be awarded two bonus points as maths is relevant to this degree.

For admission into specific degrees in 2014, find out which HSC subjects and band levels are attracting bonus points.

This scheme helps Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander applicants gain entry into our degrees.

To ensure you receive advice about this scheme, you will need to indicate that you are of Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander descent in your application.

Applicants may then be invited to attend interviews conducted at the Newcastle, Central Coast or Port Macquarie campuses of the University of Newcastle.

Find out more by contacting the The Wollotuka Institute on (02) 4921 6863.

If you have experienced educational or other disadvantage, you can apply for the Educational Access Scheme (EAS). The University of Newcastle, through EAS, may award you up to four additional points.

To apply for the EAS, you must complete the application form contained in the EAS booklet produced by UAC or download the form from UAC. Your EAS application should be forwarded to UAC with supporting documents no later than 27 September 2013.

EAS does not apply to the Bachelor of Medicine program.

For more information phone our enquiry centre on (02) 4921 5000.

If your HSC examinations were impacted by the 2013 bushfires, you may be eligible for special consideration for 2014 admission to UoN.

Please complete and submit our Bushfire Consideration Form.

Image of current UoN students.Alternative entry pathways

There's always a plan B. Your ATAR is not the be-all and end-all, and there is usually more than one way to get started in the career you want. If your ATAR result was not what you expected or you're looking for a different path into uni, check out alternative entry options such as our Newstep and Yapug programs, and TAFE.

If you didn't gain enough marks in your HSC for entry to uni, or were unable to complete your HSC, then Newstep is your pathway into university.

Newstep gives recent school leavers aged 18-20 a second chance to study at university. Students who successfully complete Newstep are eligible to apply for entry to degrees at the University of Newcastle (except the Bachelor of Medicine - Joint Medical Program) and many other Australian universities.

There are no fees for Newstep but be prepared for costs such as textbooks and other resources.

Newstep is offered at both our Newcastle and Central Coast campuses.

Find out more about Newstep.

If you are aged 20 years or over, look into our Open Foundation program.

Yapug is a program that helps Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people aged 18 or over to gain skills for entry into degrees at the University of Newcastle. The program is offered at our Newcastle (Callaghan) campus.

The Bachelor of Medicine – Joint Medical Program is included in the degrees that Yapug can prepare students for.

Students enrolled in Yapug are encouraged to develop the academic skills and self-discipline required for success in undergraduate study.

The Wollotuka Institute's Indigenous Student Support and Development Unit offers services to support students including counselling, a well-equipped resource centre, audio and visual materials on Indigenous topics and issues, health support and cultural programs.

Find out more about Yapug.


How to apply

All uni applications need to be submitted online to the Universities Admissions Centre (UAC). UAC receives and processes applications for participating universities mainly located in NSW and ACT.

Get yourself a copy of the UAC Guide as soon as possible. Your school should be able to give you a free copy of the guide or you can purchase it from major newsagencies and bookshops. You can also view the guide online at the UAC website.

Applications open in August and on-time main round applications close on 30 September 2014. You can still apply after this date, but a late fee will apply.

Most degrees will have assumed knowledge and recommended studies.

If subjects are listed in assumed knowledge you will be expected to have obtained this knowledge through study in the HSC or equivalent.

Recommended study means it is highly advisable that you have undertaken the listed subjects. If you have not undertaken the listed recommended study you should take one of our bridging and refresher courses offered before semester commences. Please note that undertaking a bridging and refresher course is not a substitute for studying a subject in detail.

You can nominate up to nine degree preferences in your UAC application. You can change your preferences up until early January, once your initial application is submitted.

List your preferences in the order of what you would like to study most, rather than the degree cut-off.

You'll be offered a place in the first degree on your list for which you achieve the degree cut-off.

Consider all degrees related to your area of interest. For example, if you want a career in marketing, you could consider studying a Bachelor of Business with a major in marketing.

It is important to check if the degree(s) you are interested in have special entry requirements such as an audition, interview or portfolio.

For many degrees, you can choose to study part-time or full-time. Generally, full-time study is made up of four courses a semester. Part-time study is made up of one or two courses a semester.

Mid-year entry

If you missed the application date for start-of-the-year enrolments, applications are now open for mid-year entry. There are over 50 degrees to choose from so you're spoilt for choice!

You can apply to study with us up until Friday 11 July 2014. Find out more about mid-year entry at UON.

Mid-year applications are still completed online through UAC.


Accept or defer your UAC offerImage of current UoN students.

When you receive a UAC offer to study at the University of Newcastle, it is important to either accept or defer your offer.

If you do not accept or defer your offer of admission within the designated period, it will lapse and you will need to contact Admissions on +61 2 4921 5000 or email admissions@newcastle.edu.au.

You have seven days from the date of the offer letter to advise us whether you wish to accept or defer your offer.

Once you have received your UAC offer to study at the University of Newcastle, you can accept online.

Remember - if you need to accept by mail, make sure you allow enough time for your paperwork to reach us. It is advisable to return your acceptance or deferral by Express Post or Certified mail and retain the receipt as proof of postage.

If you accept an offer from the University of Newcastle, you may be able to delay the start date of your degree by up to one year.

Some degrees don't allow you to defer. If you have previously deferred a degree offer, you are not eligible to apply for another deferment of the same degree.

Once you have received your UAC offer to study at the University of Newcastle, you can defer online.

Remember - if you need to defer by mail, make sure you allow enough time for your paperwork to reach us. It is advisable to return your acceptance or deferral by Express Post or Certified mail and retain the receipt as proof of postage.

Bachelor of Medicine

If you wish to defer on offer to study the Bachelor of Medicine, you must contact the Bachelor of Medicine Admissions Officer on (02) 4921 5680 - you cannot defer online.

Requests to defer from the Bachelor of Medicine are not granted automatically and will require you to submit an additional statement outlining why deferment is sought.

Bachelor of Midwifery

If you wish to defer on offer to study the Bachelor of Midwifery, you must contact the Program Officer on BMidwifery-PO@newcastle.edu.au - you can not defer online. 

Requests to defer from the Bachelor of Midwifery are not granted automatically and will require you to submit an additional statement outlining why deferment is sought.


Honours

In a competitive employment market graduating with an honours degree gives you a distinct advantage. Our honours graduates often achieve higher positions and salaries.

An Honours degree can be undertaken in a variety of research areas and provides you with the necessary experience and knowledge for progression to a research degree.

Completing an honours degree demonstrates a high degree of personal initiative, strong organisational skills and the ability to bring a focussed research project to a successful outcome. 

Honours allows you to explore in detail an area of interest and to establish your knowledge and skills in research and theory development. At the beginning of your studies, you will be appointed a research supervisor to assist and mentor you. You will have the opportunity to design a research topic and will work closely with well-established researchers in high quality research environments.

End-on honours degrees

End-on honours is a separate and additional year of study following the completion of a bachelor degree. This is a very different experience to your earlier years of study. There are fewer formal classes and more individual work.

There are various topics that you can design and negotiate with your Faculty. A degree with end-on honours can involve taught courses as well as a research project.

Degrees with embedded honours

Embedded honours means the requirements are embedded into and completed as part of a bachelor degree. There is no additional year added to your degree.

Costs

For information on fees for honours degrees visit:

Scholarships

There are a number of external University and Faculty specific scholarships available if you choose to study honours.

Find out more about our honours scholarships.

Eligibility for end-on honours

If you have completed and done well in a three year bachelor degree, you can apply for an end-on honours degree.

GPA calculator

To find out your grade point average (GPA), use our GPA calculator.

Applying for end-on honours

You usually apply for honours in the final year of your undergraduate degree. To apply, you need to:

  • Complete the Direct Admission Form
  • Contact relevant Faculty (details below) to find out about degree specific admission requirements
  • Submit Direct Admission Form and any other required documents to the appropriate Faculty

To find out more, search for the end-on honours degree(s) you are interested in by using our degree finder.


Non-award admission

Non-award study is for students who wish to study one or more courses (subjects) without proceeding to an award (degree, diploma etc). Non-award enrolment may be undertaken as preliminary work for a higher degree, for professional requirements or because of an interest in the course (subject) area.

To apply as a non-award student you will need to do the following:

Eligibility for non-award study

To see if you are eligible for non-award enrolment you should refer to the Non-Award Enrolment Procedure, in particular Clause 3.

Fees

As a non-award student you are required to pay full fees upfront to the University for each course (subject) based on whether you are a postgraduate, undergraduate or international student. Please review the Fees webpage regarding tuition fees for non-award study.

Course availability and selection

It is your responsibility to access information regarding course availability, timetabling and additional requirements for particular courses. This information can be viewed in the course handbooks.

Restrictions may apply where places in classes are limited. For further information regarding available places, please contact direct admissions to find out if the courses you are interested are available.

Please note: The University cannot guarantee that credit for courses undertaken on a non-award basis will be granted towards a degree/diploma in the future.

Supporting documentation
  • You must submit a certified copy of current or past academic transcript(s) or any past qualifications with your application. 
  • You must submit evidence of identity and citizenship/residency. Your application cannot be processed if you do not provide evidence of your date of birth and citizenship. Please attach 100 points of identification (certified copies of these documents) to your application. You must supply either a copy of your passport, birth certificate or you citizenship certificate as part of your 100 points.

As competition is high for places in some classes, you should ensure that you apply well before the closing date.

Successful applicants

If your application is successful, you will receive a Confirmation of Enrolment letter, and if you have provided a photo with your application, a student photo ID card. You will be given further instructions on how to activate your student account and finalise your enrolment via myHub.

For further information regarding non-award studies please contact the University by telephone on 02 4921 5000 or by email at directadmissions@newcastle.edu.au

International students non-award

International students who wish to undertake non-award study need to follow the same application process as if applying for a program of study.


Cross-institutional study

Students from other Australian universities can undertake approved courses at the University of Newcastle for credit towards an award at their home institution. They receive instruction, assessment and examination results but are not enrolled in a University of Newcastle award program (degree, diploma etc).

To apply as a Cross-Institutional student you will need to do the following:

Following examinations, cross-institutional students can access their results from myHub. As a cross-institutional student you are responsible for forwarding examination results to your home institution for the awarding of credit. Cross-Institutional students are subject to the policies and procedures of the University of Newcastle.

Home provider endorsement

As a cross-institutional student, it is a requirement that your home provider to complete the 'Home Provider Endorsement' form. This will allow the University of Newcastle to assess your fee structure more accurately. The original copy of this form must be sent attached to your application or your home institution can send it directly to the University at the address on the form.

Supporting documentation
  • You must submit a copy of your current academic transcript(s) with your application.
  • You must submit evidence of identity and citizenship/residency. Your application cannot be processed if you do not provide evidence of your date of birth and citizenship. Please attach 100 points of identification (certified copies of these documents) to your application. You must supply either a copy of your passport, birth certificate or you citizenship certificate as part of your 100 points.
Fees

If you are an undergraduate student you will be required to complete a Commonwealth Assistance Form (eCaf) online at myHub as part of your enrolment. If you are a postgraduate student you may apply for a FEE-HELP loan.

Choosing a course (subject)

It is your responsibility to access information regarding course availability, timetabling and additional requirements for particular courses. This information can be accessed here.

You will need to choose appropriate courses from the University of Newcastle website and provide these details to your home institution for approval before you can lodge your application. We recommend that you allow plenty of time.

Please also indicate in the location column of question 5 of the application form if you will be studying via distance learning.

Please note: restrictions may apply where places in classes are limited.

As competition is high for places in some classes, you should ensure that you apply well before the closing date.

Successful applicants

If your application is successful, you will receive a Confirmation of Enrolment letter, and if you have provided a photo with your application, a student photo ID card. You will be given further instructions on how to activate your student account and finalise your enrolment via myHub.

Travel concessions

Students who intend to study full-time are entitled to travel concessions on NSW public transport.

Contact us

If you require further information contact the University by telephone on 02 4921 5000 or by email at directadmissions@newcastle.edu.au.