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Entry requirements

Admission to our undergraduate degree programs usually requires successful completion of a senior secondary school qualification similar to the Higher School Certificate (HSC), the highest educational award in New South Wales schools.

Study an arts degree

Enrich your mind, diversify your skills and safeguard your future with our new work-ready arts degree at the University of Newcastle.

Studying our new Bachelor of Arts (BA) degree at the University of Newcastle lets you forge your own path. Tailor your studies and gain core specialisations by choosing from 12 majors, 21 minors and 100s of courses in the arts and humanities, leading to diverse careers.

Study a range of courses to better understand and appreciate the world around you, and what it means to be human. Explore ideas, theories and records of how people process the human experience. You will learn about society, culture, history, language, media, politics and more. If you’re hungry for knowledge and enlightenment, an arts degree will allow you to turn your interests into meaningful careers.

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    Why study with us?

    • Safeguard your future with flexible and in-demand employability skills identified as critical for lasting success across a range of careers.
    • Enhance your career: You will learn about society, culture, history, language, media, politics and more. If you’re hungry for knowledge and enlightenment, an arts degree will allow you to turn your interests into meaningful careers.
    • Great career outcomes: Our new BA degree is designed to produce work-ready arts graduates. 86% of BA graduates are employed within four months (overall employment rate - 2019 Graduate Outcomes Survey).
    • Flexible study options: Choose from a range of majors/minors in the arts and humanities and four optional learning streams. A suite of majors, minors and courses are available online and via flexible delivery.
    • Benefit from online peer2peer learning support and enjoy learning circles mentored by an academic leader, with access to our new innovation lab.
    • Work Integrated Learning: Gain real-world experience through industry placement opportunities and embedded authentic experiences throughout the program including global experiences.
    • Graduate with honours: For one extra year of study at the end of your degree, you can refine your practical research skills and enhance your career prospects by completing the Honours program.
    • World leading research: Our BA degree is built on world-leading research ensuring you are exposed to new ideas and fresh ways of thinking.
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    What you will study

    Your core arts courses include practice-based projects and optional internships that further develop skills across digital literacy, problem-solving, innovative thinking and work-readiness.

    Learning streams

    In addition to choosing majors, minors and structured program pathways, you can focus your studies through optional learning pathways:

    • Entrepreneurial stream - work readiness and specified WIL courses
    • Online stream - online and part-time study
    • Global stream - languages acquisition, global and cultural awareness, international mobility, ie. student exchange
    • Innovator stream - digital learning and topics of inquiry

    Arts Majors and minors

    Study diverse majors and minors to develop your core specialisation and take charge of your future. Choose from 12 majors in the arts and humanities, as well as 21 minors, and hundreds of courses.

    Enjoy flexible degree options, choosing one of the following study pathways:

    • a single major
    • a single major and single minor
    • a single major and double minor
    • a double major
    • double major and single minor.

    This degree is offered face to face at the Callaghan campus location. A suite of majors, minors and courses are available online and via flexible delivery (e.g. blended, intensive, online or a combination of these). From 2019, there is the option to complete the program wholly online. Please refer to the program handbook for the majors and minors that are available via online delivery.

    Advanced study options

    For one extra year of study at the end of your Bachelor of Arts degree, you can gain a competitive edge and enhance your career prospects, opening yourself up to higher salaries and positions.

    The Honours program will help refine your practical research skills. Over the year you will complete a research project focusing on a specific topic or problem in the arts and humanities. You could also utilise your research and writing skills or work placement experience to further your future work prospects.

    Your studies and experience will allow you to secure innovative and exciting roles or lead into a career in research. Our diverse and multidisciplinary research and teaching clusters could also bring you in contact with national and international researchers enabling you to develop collaborative research projects.

    The benefits gained from undertaking your Honours degree include the below:

    • you will develop high level analytical and research skills, along with expertise in your research area
    • you will set yourself apart in the highly competitive, global job market
    • enjoy access to extensive facilities and generous scholarships that are offered to Honours students
    • develop the abilities to make a significant and original contribution to your chosen field
    • you set the foundation for further postgraduate research such as a Research Higher Degree or Masters by coursework.

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      Studying a degree combined with the Bachelor of Arts gives you the best of both worlds. The double degrees open new doors, allowing you to jumpstart your career with a stronger competitive edge in the job market. Own your future by expanding your areas of expertise and career options.

      In the course of your Bachelor of Arts studies, you might find that further studies undertaking a postgraduate degree can further your ambitions and qualify you for more specialised and rewarding careers.

      Depending on your chosen core specialisation, you may decide to undertake one of the below postgraduate qualifications.

      Program plans

      Download a program plan for further details on your degree's structure and what courses you will study.

      These program plans are applicable to new students. Current students should refer to the program handbook to access the plan relevant to the year they commenced.

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      Career

      Career opportunities

      As a Bachelor of Arts student, you will enjoy flexible pathways, develop in-demand skills1 and gain broad career outcomes.

      Employment options for BA graduates are many and varied, with employability strengthened further by your chosen areas of specialisation. Primary career outcomes include:

      • Local, state and commonwealth public service
      • Non-government organisations
      • Higher education
      • Media and communications
      • Arts and cultural organisation

      Over 85% of recent Humanities graduates in Australia work full-time, casual or part-time. Specific Arts study areas also enjoyed similar employment outcomes: Languages and Psychology (84%), and Social Sciences (81%)2. Additionally, there are also a range of opportunities for graduates to complete further study or research.


      Careers by major/minor

      The following list provides some examples of job titles that might be suitable for graduates with an Ancient History minor. Some of these jobs will depend on the amount and level of study undertaken, level of experience, the combination of other majors and electives studied, while some may require further study.

      • Archaeological Excavator
      • Architectural Historian
      • Archivist
      • Cultural Heritage Officer
      • Cultural Interpreter
      • Cultural Resource Manager
      • Editor
      • Editorial Assistant
      • Exhibitions Officer
      • Foreign Affairs and Trade Officer
      • Historian
      • History Teacher
      • Linguistic Analyst
      • Museum/Art Gallery Curator
      • Publications Officer/Editor
      • Speechwriter
      • Translator
      • University Lecturer/Academic

      Not everyone uses their degree in the same way and the transferable skills gained through university study may allow graduates to pursue a range of careers that might not be directly linked to their study. Below is a sample list of job titles that might be suitable for someone with the skills gained from a minor in Ancient History.

      • Art Dealer
      • Commissioning Editor
      • Journalist
      • Lawyer
      • Librarian
      • Linguist
      • Management Consultant
      • Media Presenter
      • Mediator
      • Museum Visitor Services Coordinator
      • Office Administrator
      • Playwright
      • Poet
      • Policy Officer/Analyst
      • Political Scientist
      • Tour Guide

      The following list provides some example jobs for the Chinese minor. Some of these jobs will depend upon the amount and level of study undertaken, level of experience, and the combination of other majors and electives studied, for example some may require further study.

      • Cultural Development Officer
      • English As A Second Language Teacher (ESL Teacher)
      • Interpreter
      • Language Teacher
      • Multicultural Community Liaison
      • University Lecturer/Academic

      Not everyone uses their degree in the same way and the transferable skills gained through university study may allow graduates to pursue a range of careers that might not be directly linked to their study. Below is a sample list of job titles that might be suitable for someone with the skills gained from a minor in Chinese.

      • Foreign Affairs and Trade Officer
      • Foreign Correspondent
      • International Exchange Coordinator
      • Linguist
      • Linguistic Analyst
      • Migrant/Refugee Support Worker
      • Tour Guide
      • Tourist Information Officer
      • Translator
      • Voice or Vocal Coach

      The following list provides some example jobs available to those minoring in Education. Some of these jobs will depend on the amount and level of study undertaken, level of experience, the combination of other majors and electives studied, and some may require further study.

      • Public service
      • Museum and art gallery education
      • School Learning Support Officer (SLSO)
      • Defence School Transition Aide (DSTA)
      • Trainer

      The following list provides some example jobs available to graduates majoring in English and Writing. Some of these jobs will depend on the amount and level of study undertaken, level of experience, the combination of other majors and electives studied, while some may require further study.

      • Artist-in-Residence
      • Copywriter
      • Critic
      • Cultural Development Officer
      • Editor
      • Editorial Assistant
      • English As A Second Language Teacher (ESL Teacher)
      • English Teacher
      • Festival/Events Co_ordinator
      • Journalist
      • Media Officer
      • Media Officer
      • Media Presenter
      • Playwright
      • Poet
      • Publications Officer/Editor
      • Screenwriter
      • Songwriter
      • Speechwriter
      • Stage Manager
      • Technical Writer
      • Transcript Typist
      • Travel Writer
      • University Lecturer/Academic
      • Writer

      Not everyone uses their degree in the same way and the transferable skills gained through university study may allow graduates to pursue a range of careers that might not be directly linked to their study. Below is a sample list of job titles that might be suitable for graduates with a major in English and Writing.

      • Arts Manager
      • Broadcast Journalist
      • Commissioning Editor
      • Foreign Affairs and Trade Officer
      • Foreign Correspondent
      • Lawyer
      • Librarian
      • Marketing Communications Manager
      • Media Analyst
      • Museum Visitor Services Coordinator
      • Narrator
      • Office Administrator
      • Policy Officer/Analyst
      • Public Relations Officer
      • Publishing Distribution Officer

      The following list provides some example jobs available to those majoring in Film, Media and Cultural Studies. Some of these jobs will depend on the amount and level of study undertaken, level of experience, the combination of other majors and electives studied, and some may require further study.

      • Archivist
      • Arts Administrator
      • Casting Director
      • Copywriter
      • Critic
      • Cultural Development Officer
      • Cultural Heritage Officer
      • Cultural Resource Manager
      • Editor
      • Editorial Assistant
      • Exhibitions Officer
      • Foreign Affairs and Trade Officer
      • Media Analyst
      • Media Officer
      • Media Officer
      • Media Presenter
      • Museum/Art Gallery Curator
      • Policy Officer/Analyst
      • Producer
      • Publications Officer/Editor
      • Screenwriter
      • Script Supervisor
      • University Lecturer/Academic
      • Writer

      Not everyone uses their degree in the same way and the transferable skills gained through university study may allow graduates to pursue a range of careers that might not be directly linked to their study. Below is a sample list of job titles that might be suitable for graduates with the skills gained majoring in Film, Media and Cultural Studies.

      Some of these jobs will depend upon the amount and level of study undertaken, level of experience, and the combination of other majors and electives studied, for example some may require further study.

      • Art Dealer
      • Arts Manager
      • Brand Manager
      • Broadcast Journalist
      • Campaign Manager
      • Cinema/Theatre Managers
      • Commissioning Editor
      • Cultural Interpreter
      • English Teacher
      • Foreign Correspondent
      • Journalist
      • Lawyer
      • Librarian
      • Lighting Operator/Technician
      • Market Research Analyst
      • Museum Visitor Services Coordinator
      • Narrator
      • Office Administrator
      • Playwright
      • Political Advisor
      • Production Director / Manager (Artistic)
      • Public Relations Officer
      • Tour Guide

      The following list provides some example jobs available to graduates of the French major. Some of these jobs will depend on the amount and level of study undertaken, level of experience, the combination of other majors and electives studied, and some may require further study.

      • Cultural Development Officer
      • Editor
      • Editorial Assistant
      • English As A Second Language Teacher (ESL Teacher)
      • Immigration Officer
      • International Admissions Officer
      • Interpreter
      • Language Teacher
      • Multicultural Community Liaison
      • Translator
      • University Lecturer/Academic

      Not everyone uses their degree in the same way and the transferable skills gained through university study may allow graduates to pursue a range of careers that might not be directly linked to their study. Below is a sample list of job titles that might be suitable for someone with the skills gained from a major in French.

      • Commissioning Editor
      • Development Manager (International Aid)
      • Foreign Affairs and Trade Officer
      • Foreign Correspondent
      • International Aid/Development Worker
      • International Exchange Coordinator
      • Lawyer
      • Linguist
      • Linguistic Analyst
      • Media Presenter
      • Migrant/Refugee Support Worker
      • Tour Guide
      • Tourism Manager
      • Tourist Information Officer
      • Travel Consultant
      • Travel Writer
      • Voice or Vocal Coach

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      The following list provides example jobs for the German major. Some of these jobs will depend upon the amount and level of study undertaken, level of experience, and the combination of other majors and electives studied, for example some may require more than an Arts degree.

      • Cultural Development Officer
      • Editor
      • Editorial Assistant
      • English As A Second Language Teacher (ESL Teacher)
      • Immigration Officer
      • International Admissions Officer
      • Interpreter
      • Language Teacher
      • Multicultural Community Liaison
      • Translator
      • University Lecturer/Academic

      Not everyone uses their degree in the same way and the transferable skills gained through university study may allow graduates to pursue a range of careers that might not be directly linked to their study. Below is a sample list of job titles that might be suitable for someone with the skills gained from a major in German.

      • Commissioning Editor
      • Foreign Affairs and Trade Officer
      • Foreign Correspondent
      • International Aid/Development Worker
      • International Exchange Coordinator
      • Lawyer
      • Linguist
      • Linguistic Analyst
      • Media Presenter
      • Migrant/Refugee Support Worker
      • Tour Guide
      • Tourism Manager
      • Tourist Information Officer
      • Travel Consultant
      • Travel Writer
      • Voice or Vocal Coach

      The following list provides some example job titles that may be available to graduates with a major in Aboriginal Studies. Some of these jobs will depend on the amount and level of study undertaken, level of experience, the combination of other majors and electives studied, while some may require further study.

      • Aboriginal Cultural Educational Officer
      • Aged and Disability Officer
      • Arts Administrator
      • Community Arts Worker
      • Community Development Worker
      • Community Liaison Officer
      • Community Project Officer
      • Community Services Worker
      • Cultural Development Officer
      • Cultural Heritage Officer
      • Cultural Resource Manager
      • Foreign Affairs and Trade Officer
      • Immigration Officer
      • International Aid/Development Worker
      • Multicultural Community Liaison
      • Museum/Art Gallery Curator
      • Native Title Consultant
      • Park Ranger
      • Policy Officer/Analyst
      • Social Researcher
      • Social Scientist
      • Tourism Manager
      • University Lecturer/Academic
      • Welfare Officer
      • Youth Worker

      Not everyone uses their degree in the same way and the transferable skills gained through university study may allow graduates to pursue a range of careers that might not be directly linked to their study. Below is a sample list of job titles that might be suitable for someone with the skills gained from a major in Aboriginal Studies.

      • Archivist
      • Art Dealer
      • Child Protection Officer
      • Counsellor
      • Cultural Interpreter
      • Ethicist
      • Exhibitions Officer
      • Health Promotion Officer
      • Journalist
      • Lawyer
      • Legal Aid Lawyer
      • Librarian
      • Linguistic Analyst
      • Media Planner
      • Media Presenter
      • Mediator
      • Migrant/Refugee Support Worker
      • Museum Visitor Services Coordinator
      • Narrator
      • Office Administrator
      • Political Advisor
      • Program Development Officer
      • Project Worker
      • Tour Guide
      • Tourist Information Officer

      The following list provides some example jobs available to graduates majoring in History. Some of these jobs will depend on the amount and level of study undertaken, level of experience, the combination of other majors and electives studied, while some may require further study.

      • Archivist
      • Cultural Heritage Officer
      • Cultural Interpreter
      • Cultural Resource Manager
      • Editor
      • Editorial Assistant
      • Exhibitions Officer
      • Foreign Affairs and Trade Officer
      • Historian
      • History Teacher
      • Museum/Art Gallery Curator
      • Publications Officer/Editor
      • Social Scientist
      • Speechwriter
      • University Lecturer/Academic

      Not everyone uses their degree in the same way and the transferable skills gained through university study may allow graduates to pursue a range of careers that might not be directly linked to their study. Below is a sample list of job titles that might be suitable for someone with the skills gained from a major in History.

      • Architectural Historian
      • Commissioning Editor
      • Court Officer
      • Ethicist
      • Foreign Correspondent
      • Industrial Relations Officer
      • Journalist
      • Lawyer
      • Librarian
      • Media Presenter
      • Museum Visitor Services Coordinator
      • Narrator
      • Office Administrator
      • Policy Officer/Analyst
      • Political Scientist
      • Social Researcher
      • Tour Guide
      • Trade Union Official

      The following list provides some example jobs available to graduates majoring in Human Geography and the Environment. Some of these jobs will depend on the amount and level of study undertaken, level of experience, the combination of other majors and electives studied, while some may require further study.

      • Community Development Worker
      • Community Project Officer
      • Community Services Worker
      • Coordinator of Social Services
      • Cultural Heritage Officer
      • Cultural Resource Manager
      • Demographer
      • Development Manager (International Aid)
      • Environmental Geographer
      • Foreign Affairs and Trade Officer
      • Immigration Officer
      • Native Title Consultant
      • Park Ranger
      • Policy Officer/Analyst
      • Program Development Officer
      • Project Manager
      • Project Worker
      • Social Researcher
      • Transport Geographer
      • University Lecturer/Academic

      Not everyone uses their degree in the same way and the transferable skills gained through university study may allow graduates to pursue a range of careers that might not be directly linked to their study. Below is a sample list of job titles that might be suitable for someone with the skills gained during the Human Geography and the Environment major.

      • Access and Equity Advisor
      • Climate Change Analysts
      • Cultural Development Officer
      • Cultural Interpreter
      • Electorate Officer
      • Ethicist
      • Grants Officer
      • International Aid/Development Worker
      • Lawyer
      • Market Research Analyst
      • Police Officer
      • Political Advisor
      • Real Estate Appraiser and Researcher
      • Tour Guide
      • Tourist Information Officer
      • Travel Writer
      • Urban Designer
      • Youth Worker

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      The following list provides some example jobs available to graduates majoring in Japanese Studies. Some of these jobs will depend on the amount and level of study undertaken, level of experience, the combination of other majors and electives studied, while some may require further study.

      • Cultural Development Officer
      • Editor
      • Editorial Assistant
      • English As A Second Language Teacher (ESL Teacher)
      • Immigration Officer
      • International Admissions Officer
      • Interpreter
      • Language Teacher
      • Multicultural Community Liaison
      • Translator
      • University Lecturer/Academic

      Not everyone uses their degree in the same way and the transferable skills gained through university study may allow graduates to pursue a range of careers that might not be directly linked to their study. Below is a sample list of job titles that might be suitable for someone with the skills gained from a major in Japanese.

      • Commissioning Editor
      • Foreign Affairs and Trade Officer
      • Foreign Correspondent
      • International Exchange Coordinator
      • Lawyer
      • Linguist
      • Linguistic Analyst
      • Media Presenter
      • Migrant/Refugee Support Worker
      • Tour Guide
      • Tourism Manager
      • Tourist Information Officer
      • Travel Consultant
      • Voice or Vocal Coach

      The following list provides some example jobs available to graduates majoring in Linguistics. Some of these jobs will depend on the amount and level of study undertaken, level of experience, the combination of other majors and electives studied, while some may require further study.

      • Cryptographer / Cryptanalyst / Cryptologist / Decipherer
      • Editor
      • Editorial Assistant
      • English As A Second Language Teacher (ESL Teacher)
      • Linguist
      • Linguistic Analyst
      • Research Scientist
      • Social Scientist
      • Transcript Typist
      • Translator
      • University Lecturer/Academic

      Not everyone uses their degree in the same way and the transferable skills gained through university study may allow graduates to pursue a range of careers that might not be directly linked to their study. Below is a sample list of job titles that might be suitable for someone with the skills gained from a major in Linguistics.

      • Audiologist
      • Commissioning Editor
      • Computational Linguist
      • Foreign Affairs and Trade Officer
      • Instructional Designer
      • Interpreter
      • Journalist
      • Lawyer
      • Librarian
      • Media Planner
      • Migrant/Refugee Support Worker
      • Multicultural Community Liaison
      • Museum Visitor Services Coordinator
      • Narrator
      • Playwright
      • Poet
      • Speech Pathologist
      • Support Worker
      • Voice or Vocal Coach

      The following list provides some example jobs relevant to graduates majoring in Politics and International Relations. Some of these jobs may require further study, experience or a combination of both.

      • Compliance Officer
      • Foreign Affairs and Trade Officer
      • Governance Coordinator
      • Historian
      • Immigration Officer
      • Industrial Relations Officer
      • International Admissions Officer
      • Lobbyist
      • Multicultural Community Liaison
      • Parliamentarian/Member of Parliament/Politician
      • Policy Officer/Analyst
      • Political Advisor
      • Political Scientist
      • Research Officer
      • Social Researcher
      • Social Scientist
      • Speechwriter
      • Trade Union Official
      • University Lecturer/Academic

      Not all graduates will use their degree in the same way. The transferable skills gained through university study allow graduates to pursue a broader range of career pathways. The list below demonstrates some of the broader possibilities for Politics and International Relations graduates. Again, some of these jobs may require further study or experience.  

      • Access and Equity Advisor
      • Archivist
      • Broadcast Journalist
      • Business Relationship Manager
      • Campaign Manager
      • Community Development Worker
      • Community Liaison Officer
      • Development Manager (International Aid)
      • Editorial Assistant
      • Foreign Correspondent
      • Grants Officer
      • Industrial Relations Lawyer
      • International Aid/Development Worker
      • Journalist
      • Lawyer
      • Legal Aid Lawyer
      • Management Consultant
      • Mediator
      • Migrant/Refugee Support Worker
      • Office Administrator
      • Project Worker
      • Secondary Technology Teacher
      • Writer

      Graduates majoring in Psychology Studies can find employment in a variety of roles in many different types of organisations. The list below provides typical job titles for graduates from this major.

      Some of these jobs will depend upon the amount and level of study undertaken, level of experience, and the combination of other majors and electives studied, for example some may require further study.

      • Access and Equity Advisor
      • Aged and Disability Officer
      • Careers Counsellor
      • Case Manager/Worker
      • Community Development Worker
      • Community Project Officer
      • Community Services Worker
      • Counsellor
      • Disability Services Manager
      • Disability Services Officer
      • Drug and Alcohol Counsellor
      • Foreign Affairs and Trade Officer
      • Health Promotion Officer
      • Human Resources Officer
      • Immigration Officer
      • Learning and Development Consultant
      • Lifestyle Coordinator
      • Market Research Analyst
      • Neuroscientist
      • Probation/Parole Officer
      • Recruitment Consultant
      • Rehabilitation Consultant
      • Research Scientist
      • Residential Care Worker
      • Scientific Writer
      • Social Scientist
      • Support Worker
      • Training Officer
      • University Lecturer/Academic
      • Welfare Officer
      • Witness Assistance Officer
      • Youth Worker

      Not everyone uses their degree in the same way and the transferable skills gained through university study may allow graduates to pursue a range of careers that might not be directly linked to their study. Below is a sample list of job titles that might be suitable for graduates with the skills gained majoring in Psychology Studies.

      Some of these jobs will depend upon the amount and level of study undertaken, level of experience, and the combination of other majors and electives studied, for example some may require further study.

      • Child Protection Officer
      • Customs Officer
      • Human Resources Manager
      • International Aid/Development Worker
      • Journalist
      • Lawyer
      • Legal Aid Lawyer
      • Management Consultant
      • Media Planner
      • Mediator
      • Medical Technician
      • Office Administrator
      • Play Therapist
      • Player Development Manager
      • Police Officer
      • Primatologist
      • Speech Pathologist
      • Statistician
      • Training and Development Manager

      Graduates majoring in Sociology and Anthropology can find employment in a variety of roles in many different types of organisations. The list below provides typical job titles for graduates from this major.

      Some of these jobs will depend upon the amount and level of study undertaken, level of experience, and the combination of other majors and electives studied, for example some may require further study.

      • Aboriginal Cultural Educational Officer
      • Access and Equity Advisor
      • Archaeological Excavator
      • Community Development Worker
      • Community Project Officer
      • Community Services Worker
      • Coordinator of Social Services
      • Cultural Development Officer
      • Cultural Heritage Officer
      • Cultural Resource Manager
      • Development Manager (International Aid)
      • Disability Services Officer
      • Electorate Officer
      • Foreign Affairs and Trade Officer
      • Immigration Officer
      • Media Planner
      • Multicultural Community Liaison
      • Parliamentarian/Member of Parliament/Politician
      • Policy Officer/Analyst
      • Political Advisor
      • Program Development Officer
      • Project Worker
      • Research Manager
      • Research Officer
      • Social Researcher
      • Social Scientist
      • Sociologist
      • Support Worker
      • University Lecturer/Academic
      • Welfare Officer
      • Youth Worker

      Not everyone uses their degree in the same way and the transferable skills gained through university study may allow graduates to pursue a range of careers that might not be directly linked to their study. Below is a sample list of job titles that might be suitable for graduates with the skills gained with a major in Sociology and Anthropology.

      Some of these jobs will depend upon the amount and level of study undertaken, level of experience, and the combination of other majors and electives studied, for example some may require further study.

      • Aged and Disability Officer
      • Chaplain/Pastoral Care Worker
      • Child Protection Officer
      • Client Service Manager
      • Commissioning Editor
      • Counsellor
      • Cultural Interpreter
      • Demographer
      • Disability Services Manager
      • Economic/Social Statistician
      • Editor
      • Editorial Assistant
      • Environmental Geographer
      • Ethicist
      • Exhibitions Officer
      • Grants Officer
      • Health Promotion Officer
      • Industrial Relations Officer
      • International Aid/Development Worker
      • Journalist
      • Lawyer
      • Legal Aid Lawyer
      • Librarian
      • Lifestyle Coordinator
      • Linguistic Analyst
      • Lobbyist
      • Market Research Analyst
      • Mediator
      • Museum Visitor Services Coordinator
      • Museum/Art Gallery Curator
      • Narrator
      • Native Title Consultant
      • Office Administrator
      • Planning Officer
      • Police Officer
      • Political Scientist
      • Primatologist
      • Residential Care Worker
      • Trade Union Official
      • Travel Writer
      • Witness Assistance Officer

      Graduates minoring in Studies of Religion can find employment in a variety of roles in many different types of organisations. The list below provides typical job titles for graduates with a minor in Studies of Religion.

      Some of these jobs will depend upon the amount and level of study undertaken, level of experience, and the combination of other majors and electives studied, for example some may require further study.

      • Access and Equity Advisor
      • Community Development Worker
      • Community Project Officer
      • Cultural Development Officer
      • Cultural Heritage Officer
      • Foreign Affairs and Trade Officer
      • Historian
      • Journalist
      • Museum/Art Gallery Curator
      • Policy Analyst
      • Political Scientist
      • Religious Organisation Administrator
      • Studies of Religion Education Coordinator
      • Researcher
      • Technical Writer
      • University Lecturer/Academic

      Not everyone uses their degree in the same way and the transferable skills gained through university study may allow graduates to pursue a range of careers that might not be directly linked to their study. Below is a sample list of job titles that might be suitable for graduates with the skills gained minoring in Studies of Religion.

      Some of these jobs will depend upon the amount and level of study undertaken, level of experience, and the combination of other majors and electives studied, for example some may require further study.

      • Child Protection Officer
      • Commissioning Editor
      • Copywriter
      • Editor
      • Editorial Assistant
      • Ethicist
      • Foreign Correspondent
      • Journalist
      • Lawyer
      • Librarian
      • Management Consultant
      • Mediator
      • Migrant/Refugee Support Worker
      • Museum Visitor Services Coordinator
      • Narrator
      • Office Administrator
      • Political Advisor
      • Project Worker

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      1Employability Skills for the Future (2002) - a report produced by Business Council of Australia (BCA) and the Australian Chamber of Commerce and Industry (ACCI) on behalf of the Department of Education, Science and Training (DEST) and the Australian National Training Authority (ANTA)

      2Grad Stats Report (December 2015) - developed by Graduate Careers Australia, the leading authority on graduate employment issues in Australia Higher Education research data collection.

      Practical experience

      Practical experience

      Gain a stronger competitive advantage through practical experience and work-ready skills. The Bachelor of Arts program allows you to undertake practical placements in your second and third years of study.

      These opportunities will be designed to further develop the identified key employability skills that are useful to a range of careers. Opportunities exist to undertake Work Integrated Learning (WIL) courses, internship and placements to enhance your career goals.

      Our Bachelor of Arts graduates develop specialist expertise and valuable job skills that are adaptable across various careers and industries in Australia and around the world

      How to apply

      Applying for Bachelor of Arts

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      student, looking to study at

      Let's just check you are eligible

      Pick your situation from the list below for more information.

      If you are an international student, read the information below before completing an application.

      As someone who recently completed secondary education, either at high school, TAFE or another VET provider, you will generally be considered for entry based on your Selection Rank (SR). Some degrees have additional entry requirements such as auditions or interviews and where required you will find these listed on the relevant degree page.

      Try to choose what you are most interested in and then research some back up options with lower Selection Ranks (SR) to put as your later choices. A good tip is to look at degrees that may have similar first year subjects. This will help you reduce your overall study time if you want to apply to transfer to your degree of choice after the first year. We also recommend choosing one of our free pathway programs as a backup option as your fifth preference on your UAC application. Selection Ranks (SR) requirements for our degrees do change from year to year so only use the Selection Rank (SR) as a guide.

      You should start planning your way into uni from Year 10 onwards. Think about:

      • Using our study areas to narrow down study options based on what you are interested in
      • Come and speak to us at events like Open Day, Schools Visit Day and campus tours
      • Check the Assumed Knowledge and Recommended Studies of the degrees you are interested in
      • If you are a high performer you can get a head start by completing some uni subjects while still at school
      • Sign up to our mailing list for regular updates
      • Have a look at adjustment points and other entry schemes that may give you an extra boost
      • Decide on some back up options like Open Foundation and other entry pathways if you don't get the required marks
      • See our Application FAQs .
      • Have questions? Ask a student.  We know you must have heaps of questions about university life – what’s needed to get into your degree, where to go for support, what on-campus accommodation is available and of course, where to find the best coffee. Jump on our website to chat to one of our Student Ambassadors.

      Secondary results don’t have a use-by date, so even if you completed high school 20 years ago, these results may be used to apply to the University of Newcastle. You can use your ATAR or equivalent (UAI, TER etc) to apply irrespective of when you completed Year 12.

      It can be complicated to calculate your Selection Rank (SR) based on high school results prior to the introduction of the ATAR in 2009. Contact us at 1300 275 866 and let us do the calculating for you.

      If you don’t think you will meet the Selection Rank (SR) for admission there are other options to get in depending on your situation:

      For advice on these other options please contact us by calling 1300 275 866.

      If you studied vocational education and training, the type of qualification, whether or not you completed it, and if it was graded or competency-based will all be taken into consideration to assess your eligibility for admission. TAFE and private providers, as well as some universities, typically offer Certificate III, IV and Diploma Australian Qualification Framework (AQF) awards. Some also offer Advanced Diploma and Associate Degrees.

      For admission purposes, and to ensure fairness and transparency among applicants with different types of qualifications, all assessable qualifications are converted to a selection rank. Selection ranks from different individual qualifications are not combined or added together to form a rank. The highest of the two numbers will be the one used to assess your eligibility for admission. Different selection ranks are assigned to VET courses with graded assessment and competency based (ungraded) assessment. The tables below provide information on how to assess your selection rank based on your AQF qualification.

      TAFE Guaranteed Entry

      Many of our students come to us after completing TAFE studies. You can gain guaranteed entry into many of our 2021 undergraduate programs if you have previously completed an accredited Certificate IV, Diploma, or Advanced Diploma at TAFE or another registered training organisation (RTO).


      Complete Graded AQF Diploma or AQF Advanced Diploma

      Grade Point Average Rank - AQF Diploma Rank - AQF Advanced Diploma
      6.5+ 95 96.95
      6.25-6.49 93 95.25
      6.00-6.24 90 93
      5.75-5.99 88 91
      5.50-5.74 86 89
      5.25-5.49 83 86
      5.00-5.24 81 83
      4.75-4.99 78 80
      4.00-4.74 75 76

      Complete and Incomplete Ungraded AQF Diploma or AQF Advanced Diploma

      Rank - AQF Advanced Diploma Rank - AQF Diploma
      76 75


      Complete Graded AQF Certificate III or AQF Certificate IV

      Please note: Certificate III qualifications and below are not accepted for the Bachelor of Nursing program.

      Grade Point Average Rank - AQF Certificate III Rank - AQF Certificate IV
      6.5+ 78 90
      6.25-6.49 78 88
      6.00-6.24 77 86
      5.75-5.99 76 84
      5.50-5.74 75 82
      5.25-5.49 73 80
      5.00-5.24 71 78
      4.75-4.99 69 75
      4.00-4.74 67 73


      Complete Ungraded AQF Certificate III and AQF Certificate IV

      Rank - AQF Certificate III Rank - AQF Certificate IV
      6773

      Note: Incomplete VET studies must be AQF Diploma level or above and more than 0.2 of a full time student (FTE) to be considered for admission.


      It is probably best to contact our Enquiry Centre on 1300 275 866 to discuss your qualifications and grades. Our team are happy to advise you on your options.

      Your previous qualifications may also make you eligible for credit to your degree. This will cut down on your study time. You can apply for credit before you start. See our credit page for more information.

      If you don’t think you will meet the requirements for admission there are other options to get in depending on your situation:

      If you completed higher education or partial higher education studies your grade point average (GPA) (or Grade Average as a percentage for pathway programs like Open Foundation or Yapug) can be converted to a selection rank to be used for admission purposes. To ensure fairness and transparency among applicants with different types of qualifications, all assessable qualifications are converted to a selection rank. The selection rank from this qualification is not added to your ATAR. The highest of the two numbers will be the one used to assess your eligibility for admission.

      If you have completed a degree and want to move onto postgraduate study please see our Postgraduate website.


      Bachelor degree studies

      Min GPA (>0.5FTE*) Selection Rank
      6.5+ 97.30
      6 93.40
      5 86.30
      4 77.65
      3 67.25

      *Your GPA can only be calculated if you have completed at least 20 units of study. A full-time study (FTE) load is usually 80 units per year.


      Completed pathway (also known as enabling or tertiary preparation) programs

      Overall Grade Average Selection Rank
      >97 99.55
      80 84
      70 77
      60 70
      50 65

      If you are currently studying a degree at the University of Newcastle and want to transfer across to another degree, please see our Internal Transfers page for current students for more information.

      If you have completed or are soon to complete an Enabling Pathways program (Open Foundation or Yapug) you can apply with us directly for free for most degrees. Please visit the Your Next Move website for more information.

      If you want to transfer or complete a tertiary preparation program at another university you will need to apply through UAC. Please contact our Enquiry Centre 1300 275 866 for information and advice.

      If you think you may be eligible for credit please visit our credit section.

      If you’re applying on the basis of overseas secondary qualifications, there are some that are considered as equivalent to an Australian Year 12 qualification. Note that equivalence of qualifications alone does not guarantee entry into programs. For admission purposes, and to ensure fairness and transparency among applicants with different types of qualifications, your overseas qualification will be converted to a selection rank so you can be compared to other applicants.

      For advice on your options please contact us by calling 1300 275 866 or visit AskUON.

      If you haven’t completed any formal secondary, VET or higher education studies we offer a range of options to get you on the pathway to your dream degree. Our recommended pathways are:

      Pathway programs (Open Foundation and Yapug)

      The University of Newcastle is the largest provider of pathway programs in Australia. If you haven’t studied for a while, or your high school results weren’t what you expected, you can start at university with one of our pathway programs. Our pathway programs offer guaranteed entry to over 40+ University of Newcastle degrees. When you complete this program your Grade Point Average as a percentage can be converted to a selection rank to be used for admission purposes. The programs on offer are:

      • Open Foundation
        Completing our Open Foundation pathway program will award you a new rank to apply to uni.  Finish Open Foundation in just a single semester or take your time - up to 2 years. Flexible study supports you to learn at your own pace, including online, part-time or full-time options.
      • Yapug
        If you are an Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander student you could complete our one year Yapug pathway program.
      • Diploma in Engineering
        Complete this program full-time (in one year) or part-time (up to 4 years) to get entry into one of our Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) degrees.
      • Undergraduate Certificates
        Complete this program full-time  (in a single semester) or part-time (two semesters) you can gain up to 40 units of credit and receive guaranteed entry into a number of related degree programs.

      .

      Special Tertiary Admissions Test (STAT)

      The Special Tertiary Admissions Test or STAT is an aptitude test, organised through the Australian Council for Educational Research (ACER), that assesses a range of competencies considered important for successful tertiary study. If you are over 18 and not a current Year 12 student, results from the STAT multiple-choice test can be used for entry into some (but not all) of the degrees offered at the University of Newcastle. Make sure you look into which degrees accept STAT for entry.

      If your qualification is not listed and you are unsure whether you can use it to gain entry please contact us on 1300 275 866 or AskUON.


      If your qualification is not listed and you are unsure whether you can use it to gain entry please contact us on 1300 275 866 or AskUON.

      Non-Award Admission

      If you want to do one or two subjects at the University of Newcastle but not a full degree you can apply for non-award admission. You may want to do this for preliminary work for a higher degree, professional requirements or because of an interest in the area.

      Find out more and apply by visiting Non-Award Admission.


      Cross-Institutional Study

      If you are currently at another university and want to do one or more subjects at the University of Newcastle for credit you can apply for Cross-Institutional Study.

      Find out more and apply by visiting Cross-Institutional Study.

      If you have more than one of the qualifications listed above they may all count towards your application. We are always happy to provide advice and discuss your circumstances so please contact us by calling 1300 275 866 or by submitting a question using AskUON. Otherwise check out our application FAQ.

      Senior secondary school qualification

      Admission to our undergraduate degree programs usually requires successful completion of a senior secondary school qualification similar to the Higher School Certificate (HSC), the highest educational award in New South Wales schools. To check if your qualification is recognised for direct entry into the University of Newcastle, please refer to the entry requirement tables below.

      International Undergraduate Admission Requirements - Asia

      International Undergraduate Admission Requirements - Rest of World

      International Undergraduate Admission Requirements - South Asia

      International Undergraduate Admission Requirements - Europe

      Post-secondary study

      Further education like diplomas and university study can also be assessed for admission.

      Additional requirements

      Some of our programs have additional requirements like an audition, or portfolio.

      Applicants who do not speak English as a first language must demonstrate that they meet the University's English proficiency requirement. Further information regarding English language proficiency requirements can be found at the English Language Proficiency for Admission Policy.

      The Australian Government operates a student visa program that enables people who are not Australian citizens or Australian permanent residents to undertake study in Australia. A person who wants to undertake a course of study under the student visa programme must obtain a student visa before they can commence a course of study in Australia. A successful applicant must be both a genuine temporary entrant and a genuine student.

      An applicant who is a genuine temporary entrant will have circumstances that support a genuine intention to temporarily enter and remain in Australia, notwithstanding the potential for this intention to change over time to an intention to utilise lawful means to remain in Australia for an extended period of time or permanently. All Australian education providers must have strategies and arrangements in place to ensure that all students and prospective students meet the requirements with Direction 69 as a condition of admission to the institution.

      When your application for admission is received, the University of Newcastle will assess this against university entrance requirements including: minimum age, English and academic entry requirements. To comply with Australian law your application will also be assessed to check that you are genuinely seeking temporary entry to Australia to study. You may be asked to provide the University of Newcastle with evidence addressing Ministerial Direction 69 as part of finalising your admission. If the University forms the opinion that you are not a Genuine Temporary Entrant (GTE) it may refuse to assess your application, withdraw an offer of a place, or cancel your confirmation of enrolment.

      The Department of Immigration and Border Protection in Australia will also assess each application for a student visa (subclass 500) against the applicant’s intention to stay temporarily in Australia as a genuine student. The criteria for this assessment are outlined in Ministerial Direction 69. Applicants that don’t satisfy the criteria under Direction 69 will not be granted a student visa.

      For more information, please refer to the following areas of the Department of Immigration and Border Protection website:

      Other things to consider

      Make sure you double check the special entry requirements, assumed knowledge or recommended studies for the degree:

      Admission to this program is available to Australian students, residents and international students. 

      Admission information for Australian students and residents is available here.

      Admission information for international students is available here.

      During the admission process adjustment factors may be applied to your Selection Rank.  Please visit our website to see if you are eligible.

      All Applicants must demonstrate that they meet the University’s English proficiency requirement. Further information regarding English language proficiency requirements can be found at the English Language Proficiency for Admission Policy here.

      Mathematics for those anticipating studying Psychology Studies major. English Advanced or equivalent for all other major/s and/or minors.

      You can look at NUPrep for options to brush up on knowledge before you start.

      You should also think about degree add-ons like combined options or a Diploma in Languages. If you would like to learn an additional language alongside your main bachelor degree, then this program is for you. Languages offered include: Australian Sign Language (Auslan), Chinese, French, German and Japanese.

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      You can select up to five preferences in your UAC application, so have a look around and select some back-up options. Put the degree you are most interested in first.

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