What's in the program?
When you study the Newstep pathway program you will undertake two semesters of full-time study over the course of the normal university academic year. To successfully complete the program you must enrol for a full course load of 80 units; a maximum of 40 units in each semester.
Find out the dates during which the Newstep program is run by looking at the University's semester dates schedule.
Selecting your courses
The main aims of the Newstep university pathway program are to help you gain admission to an undergraduate degree program of your choice and to best prepare you for undergraduate studies. Hence, we advise you to select your courses for Newstep based on two things:
- Courses that you think you will enjoy, are good at, or are interested in, and
- Recommended courses that will help prepare you for the study of specific undergraduate degree programs
To help with your selection you can refer to the semester one and two course outlines below. Simply click on the course code in the tables for more information. If you know what undergraduate degree you would like to study, you can also review the recommended course list section by clicking on the faculty of interest.
If you're uncertain about what degree program you'd like to study or where it might lead you, the University's Careers Service can help with information about the jobs that are available to graduates and the best degrees and courses to help you get there.
|Course Code||Course Name||Campus Available||Unit||Course Video|
|EPHUMA122||Academic Literacies 1|
|Plus 3 courses (30 units) from the following|
|EPMATH124||Advanced Mathematics 1|
Not to be taken with EPMATH126
|EPMATH126||Mathematical Studies 1|
Not to be taken with EPMATH124
|EPSCIE120||Studies in Science (not to be taken with EPSCIE130)||Callaghan/Ourimbah||10||Studies in Science|
|EPSCIE130||Studies in Health Science (not to be taken with EPSCIE120)||Callaghan/Ourimbah||10||Studies in Health Science|
|EPHUMA135||Directed Study 1||Callaghan/Ourimbah||10||Directed Study|
|EPHUMA137||Australian Culture and Society||Callaghan/Ourimbah||10||Australian Culture and Society|
|EPHUMA155||Introduction to Legal Studies||Callaghan/Ourimbah||10||Introduction to Legal Studies|
|EPHUMA160||Film Studies||Callaghan/Ourimbah||10||Film Studies|
|EPINFO150||Information Technology||Callaghan/Ourimbah||10||Information Technology|
|EPARTS190||Design Drawing||Callaghan/Ourimbah||10||Design Drawing|
|Course Code||Course Name||Campus Available||Unit|
|EPHUMA123||Academic Literacies 2|
|Plus 1 course (10 units) from the following|
|EPMATH125||Advanced Mathematics 2|
Assumed Knowledge: EPMATH124
|EPMATH127||Mathematical Studies 2|
Assumed Knowledge: EPMATH126
|EPBIOL259||Introduction to the Life Sciences|
Not to be taken with EPCHEM314 Introduction to Chemistry and the Life Sciences or EPHLTH370 Science for Nursing and midwifery
|EPHUMA148||Introduction to Linguistics|
Not to be taken with EPHUMA311 Linguistics
|EPHUMA120||Media and Communications||Callaghan/Ourimbah||10|
|EPARTS191||Design in Society||Callaghan/Ourimbah||10|
|EPARTS192||Graphic Design Fundamentals||Callaghan only||10|
|Plus 1 course (20 units) from the following|
|EPGEOS301||Earth Science||Callaghan only||20|
|EPHUMA306||Literature and Film||Callaghan/Ourimbah||20|
|EPHUMA311||The Study of Language|
Not to be taken with EPHUMA148
|EPHLTH370||Science for Nursing and Midwifery
Not to be taken with EPBIOL259
Only to be selected if enrolling in EPMATH124 and EPMATH125
|EPCHEM314||Introduction to Chemistry and the Life Sciences|
Not to be taken with EPBIOL259
|EPMANC320||Business Organisation and Management||Callaghan/Ourimbah||20|
Assessment in Newstep is very similar to the way you will be assessed in your university degree program, so you'll be ready for success at uni! Assessment might include the completion of written assignments, oral presentations, mid-semester and end of semester examinations. Satisfactory attendance at classes is required.
You must complete 80 units of study, including sitting final examinations, in order to pass the program. If you don't manage to complete the program or wish to try again, you may carry over a partially completed program to the following year.
Formal end-of-semester examinations in Newstep are a compulsory part of the program (except in the case of the EPARTS courses and EPHUMA135 Directed Study). At the end of each semester you must be available to sit the exams in order to successfully complete the program.
Exams will be held during the exam periods in June and November. The exams are two hours in duration, and will be held under supervision on campus. Exams are normally held during business hours, Monday to Friday, but can be scheduled at 6pm on weekdays or on a Saturday morning. You will be notified of the exact times and locations of your exams approximately four weeks in advance, however, we recommend that you plan now to be available during the entire exam period.