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.
For more information visit our Newstep pages.
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.
To find out more visit our Yapug pages.
We can help you make the most of previous study through credit transfer.
If your TAFE or other qualification is similar to the university degree you want to study, you may be granted credit (in recognition of prior learning) for up to two years of your degree.
Credit transfer works only after you are offered a university place with us and have accepted that offer.
For a limited number of programs, students can gain admission with a Certificate level III. However, the University recommends that applicants have a Certificate level IV to ensure their choices are not restricted.
Entry is dependent on the level of your qualification and the degree(s) you are interested in.
Credit transfer arrangements apply for a number of WEA qualifications.
For more information visit our credit transfer pages.
You can start some degrees in July. Those on offer and details about mid-year admissions are published in May.
Mid-year applications are still completed online through UAC.