The Newstep foundations study program can be completed over two semesters of full-time study giving you the chance to pursue undergraduate study.


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.

Important dates

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:

  1. Courses that you think you will enjoy, are good at, or are interested in, and
  2. 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 CodeCourse NameCampus AvailableUnit
EPHUMA122Academic Literacies 1
Core Course
Plus 3 courses (30 units) from the following
EPMATH124Advanced Mathematics 1
Not to be taken with EPMATH126
EPMATH126Mathematical Studies 1
Not to be taken with EPMATH124
EPSCIE120Studies in Science (not to be taken with EPSCIE130)Callaghan/Ourimbah10
EPSCIE130Studies in Health Science (not to be taken with EPSCIE120)Callaghan/Ourimbah10
EPHUMA135Directed Study 1Callaghan/Ourimbah10
EPHUMA137Australian Culture and SocietyCallaghan/Ourimbah10
EPHUMA155Introduction to Legal StudiesCallaghan/Ourimbah10
EPHUMA160Film StudiesCallaghan/Ourimbah10
EPINFO150 Information TechnologyCallaghan/Ourimbah10
EPARTS190Design DrawingCallaghan/Ourimbah10
Course CodeCourse NameCampus AvailableUnit
EPHUMA123Academic Literacies 2
Core Course
Plus 1 course (10 units) from the following
EPMATH125Advanced Mathematics 2
Assumed Knowledge: EPMATH124
EPMATH127Mathematical Studies 2
Assumed Knowledge: EPMATH126
EPBIOL259Introduction to the Life Sciences
Not to be taken with EPCHEM314 Introduction to Chemistry and the Life Sciences or EPHLTH370 Science for Nursing and midwifery
EPHUMA148Introduction to Linguistics
Not to be taken with EPHUMA311 Linguistics
EPHUMA120Media and CommunicationsCallaghan/Ourimbah10
EPARTS191Design in SocietyCallaghan/Ourimbah10
EPARTS192Graphic Design FundamentalsCallaghan only10
Plus 1 course (20 units) from the following
EPGEOS301Earth ScienceCallaghan only20
EPHUMA303Australian HistoryCallaghan/Ourimbah20
EPHUMA304Classical StudiesCallaghan/Ourimbah20
EPHUMA306Literature and FilmCallaghan/Ourimbah20
EPHUMA307PhilosophyCallaghan only20
EPHUMA310Social EnquiryCallaghan/Ourimbah20
EPHUMA311The Study of Language
Not to be taken with EPHUMA148
EPHLTH370Science for Nursing and Midwifery
Not to be taken with EPBIOL259
Only to be selected if enrolling in EPMATH124 and EPMATH125
Callaghan only20
EPCHEM314Introduction to Chemistry and the Life Sciences
Not to be taken with EPBIOL259
EPBIOL340Environmental StudiesCallaghan/Ourimbah20
EPMANC320Business Organisation and ManagementCallaghan/Ourimbah20


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.

Semester examinations

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.