We have a Regional and Rural Preference Scheme which will award a bonus four ATAR points, in the year the HSC is sat, to current NSW HSC students who attend schools within a defined postcode boundary. The scheme includes 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. The scheme applies to all programs except the B Medicine or or the B Laws (Graduate Entry). No application is necessary for this bonus.
If you have experienced educational or other disadvantage you may apply for the Educational Access Scheme (EAS). The University of Newcastle through EAS, may award up to four additional ATAR points to applicants who have demonstrated disadvantage.
Disadvantage may include cultural background, low income, disability, health or family problems. Applications need to be supported by documentation from relevant professionals - for example, medical certificates, principals' reports or proof of income. The Access Scheme does not apply to the B Medicine degree.
To apply for the Educational Access Scheme, you must complete the application form contained in the EAS booklet produced by UAC. The booklets are available from UAC or from Student Centres at participating institutions. Australian Year 12 students may also obtain a copy from schools or TAFE colleges.
Your EAS application form should be forwarded to UAC no later than 30 November 2012. You may submit a late application directly to the University by 4 January 2013. Applications submitted after 4 January 2013 will not be considered.
Australian Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander applicants are able to access university study through standard entry and/or special entry procedures.
Australian Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students are enrolled in a variety of degrees and preparatory courses across the University and special quota places are available for students in all faculties. Please contact Wollotuka School of Aboriginal Studies on (02) 4921 6863 for further information.
The University also offers a one year full-time or two year part-time Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Professions Enabling Program named YAPUG. The program helps Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people to become familiar with the role of science, medical and health professionals, as well as the University environment. Different learning methods and skills, including problem based learning, are developed within a culturally, environmentally and academically supportive environment. For further information and an application form call (02) 4921 7232.
The Gibalee Aboriginal Learning Centre, phone: (02) 4349 4500, also provides support for students on the Ourimbah Campus.