The University of Newcastle, Australia
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Duration3 years full-time or part-time equivalent up to 8 years maximum.3 years full-time.
Mode of deliveryFace to Face
Start datesSemester 1 (February), Semester 2 (July), Semester 1 (February), Semester 2 (July), Semester 1 (February), Semester 2 (July), Trimester 2 (May), Trimester 3 (August), Semester 1 (February), Semester 2 (July), Semester 1 (February), Semester 2 (July), Semester 1 (February), Semester 2 (July), Semester 1 (February), Semester 2 (July), Semester 1 (February), Semester 2 (July), Semester 1 (February), Semester 2 (July),
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English proficiencyIELTS overall minimum - 6.0, IELTS section minimum - 6.0 Find out more about IELTS.
CRICOS CodeCRICOS code: 001133A
Program Code40027
Selection Rank
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65.00
74.93 (Median SR)
65.00
74.93 (Median SR)
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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 a business degree

Learn business locally. Do business globally.

Studying the Bachelor of Business degree will give you a broad understanding of Australian and global business environments. Through your courses you will gain practical skills and attributes that are highly valued by employers in a range of business and entrepreneurial disciplines including finance, accounting, economics, politics, marketing, leisure and tourism, the legal system, industrial relations and statistics. Our business graduates go on to exciting, stimulating and lucrative careers in the private, government and not-for-profit sectors in Australia and internationally.

The Newcastle Business School is hands-on and practical in its approach to learning and teaching. You will have the opportunity to gain local and international workplace experience through work integrated learning projects, industry placements and guest lectures from business professionals. Our international immersion and placement opportunities run annually to countries such as China, Fiji and Kenya.

Why study with us?

  • Our business graduates get jobs - with 92.8% of Bachelor of Business graduates securing employment within four months of completing their degree. (Overall employment rate - 2019 Graduate Outcomes Survey).
  • Make global connections - take part in international immersions, placements, student exchange and leadership programs in countries all over the world.
  • Hands on program with real world experience - with industry placements, overseas study opportunities, projects and visits. Newcastle Business School works with industry to create work-ready graduates that possess the skills and business acumen employers’ desire.
  • Work Integrated Learning opportunities - we design courses and programs that enable you to develop your professional skillset alongside your knowledge, including our BUSN3002 Industry Placement course, the BUSN3001 Project in Business course and our EMPOWER Network.
  • Study in state-of-the-art facilities - NUspace, located in Newcastle’s CBD, provides the optimum environment for you to excel in your studies.
  • Balance your studies while you work - our flexible timetables make it easy for you to attend class outside normal working hours.
92.8% Employed ? for Bachelor of Business graduates within four months
World Top 150 ? for management

What you will study

When you study a Bachelor of Business degree you will establish a firm understanding of the contemporary business environment and undertake studies in a range of disciplines. You'll have the opportunity to select your courses from eight business-related majors.

In your first year of the business degree you will complete courses from a broad range of disciplines. This initial year of business studies gives you a strong grounding in business principles and equips you with a set of core business development skills before you choose your major. You will develop skills in the following areas:

  • accounting
  • management
  • law
  • marketing
  • microeconomics
  • finance
  • business decision making

In the second and third years of your business degree, you'll undertake courses relevant to your chosen specialty. Each of our eight majors provide specialist skills to succeed within that field.

Business majors

The Bachelor of Business degree is designed to allow you to choose from eight majors from a range of business fields. Our majors are at the cutting-edge of business trends and will provide you with the knowledge and experience required in a dynamic, modern workplace.

You can also choose to study a double major. This allows you to pursue courses from multiple areas of interest and broaden your range of career options after graduation.

For more information on the difference between a single and double major see the program plans.

Advanced study options

There are many benefits of commencing a business research degree at UON.

  • You'll develop high level analytical and research skills, along with expertise in your research area.
  • You'll set yourself apart in the highly competitive, global job market.
  • We're a highly ranked research University with a world class research community.
  • We have highly experienced personnel with backgrounds in both professional services and academia.
  • We have extensive facilities and generous scholarships offered to Honours students.
  • Most importantly, making a significant and original contribution to your chosen field is a rewarding, intellectually engaging and highly satisfying achievement

People who study here do well

Honours graduates at Newcastle Business School are prepared for demanding career opportunities in their chosen field or for further postgraduate research, such as an award at masters or postgraduate level.

We're hands-on and responsive in the way we teach

The Honours degree at the Newcastle Business School is a practical program. Students performing qualitative research are encouraged to implement primary data collection strategies while quantitative research students are required to use analysis tools and methods that are widely used in the professional workforce.

A great environment for study

The Newcastle Business School utilises all three of the UON's campuses offering plenty of flexibility in learning and a variety of equipment and assistance. The environment in the Honours program makes sure you're among like-minded and innovative students while being mentored by passionate and supportive academic staff.

World-class research

UON is ranked in the world's top three percent of universities worldwide (QS World University Rankings 2015) and consistently ranks in Australia's top 10 universities for research funding and outcomes (ERA 2012). This enables Newcastle Business School Honours students to immerse themselves in a pioneering research environment that is constantly challenging boundaries in all fields.

A place of opportunity

The Newcastle Business School offers ten Honours scholarships of $5,000 per student each year. The program also presents opportunities in pursuing challenging careers with multinational companies and in the public sector. Recent graduates have secured positions with Macquarie Bank and the Reserve Bank of Australia. Upon completion of the Honours program, any student that is awarded first class honours will become eligible for a further faculty scholarship to commence a Research Higher Degree.

The Bachelor of Business is also available as a combined degree:

You can also enrol in a combined degree program. A combined degree is a customised study plan which allows you to simultaneously complete a related degree alongside your Bachelor of Business. We offer the following degree combinations with the Bachelor of Business.

Business (Honours) program handbook

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Career

Career opportunities

84.9% of Bachelor of Business graduates secure employment within four months of completing their degree (overall employment rate - 2018 Graduate Outcomes Survey). Take a look at the options below to find out more about your business career opportunities.

Careers by major

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

  • Account Manager
  • Brand Manager
  • Business Analyst
  • Business Development Manager
  • Business Intelligence Developer
  • Business Process Analyst/Operations Research Analyst
  • Business Relationship Manager
  • Compliance Officer
  • Entrepreneur
  • Executive Manager
  • Management Consultant
  • Managing Director/ General Manager
  • Risk Analyst

More Options

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 Entrepreneurship and Innovation graduates. Again, some of these job may require further study or experience.

  • Campaign Manager
  • Change Management Consultant
  • Market Research Analyst
  • Mediator
  • Police Officer
  • Production Director / Manager (Artistic)
  • Project Manager
  • University Lecturer/Academic

The following list provides some example job titles that may be available to graduates with a major in Governance, Policy and Political Economy. 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.

  • Access and Equity Advisor
  • Business Analyst
  • Business Relationship Manager
  • Compliance Officer
  • Executive Manager
  • Foreign Affairs and Trade Officer
  • Governance Coordinator
  • Immigration Officer
  • Industrial Relations Officer
  • Lobbyist
  • Managing Director/ General Manager
  • Media Officer
  • Media Officer
  • Multicultural Community Liaison
  • Parliamentarian/Member of Parliament/Politician
  • Policy Officer/Analyst
  • Political Advisor
  • Political Scientist
  • Public Relations Officer
  • Research Officer
  • Resource and Regulatory Compliance Manager
  • Social Researcher
  • Social Scientist
  • Speechwriter
  • Trade Union Official
  • 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 Governance, Policy and Political Economy.

  • Archivist
  • Campaign Manager
  • Community Development Worker
  • Development Manager (International Aid)
  • Editorial Assistant
  • Foreign Correspondent
  • Grants Officer
  • Historian
  • International Admissions Officer
  • Journalist
  • Lawyer
  • Management Consultant
  • Mediator
  • Office Administrator
  • Project Worker
  • Writer

The following list provides some example jobs available to graduates of a Bachelor of Business majoring in Human Resource Management. 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.

  • Access and Equity Advisor
  • Careers Counsellor
  • Human Resources Manager
  • Human Resources Officer
  • Industrial Relations Officer
  • Learning and Development Consultant
  • Organisational Development Manager
  • Payroll Supervisor
  • Recruitment Consultant
  • Remuneration Consultant
  • Resource and Regulatory Compliance Manager
  • Trainee Manager
  • Training and Development Manager
  • Training Officer
  • 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 Bachelor of Business, majoring in Human Resource Management.

  • Arts Administrator
  • Arts Manager
  • Change Management Consultant
  • Client Service Manager
  • Foreign Affairs and Trade Officer
  • International Exchange Coordinator
  • Mediator
  • Office Administrator
  • Operations Manager
  • Policy Officer/Analyst
  • VET Teacher
  • Work Health and Safety Officer

The following list provides some examples of job titles that might be suitable for a Bachelor of Business graduate, majoring in International Business. 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.

  • Business Analyst
  • Business Relationship Manager
  • Entrepreneur
  • Executive Manager
  • Foreign Affairs and Trade Officer
  • Managing Director/ General Manager
  • Project Manager
  • Resource and Regulatory Compliance Manager
  • Retail Account Manager
  • Risk Analyst
  • Tourism Manager
  • Trainee Manager
  • 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 International Business.

  • Business Development Manager
  • Change Management Consultant
  • Contracts Administrator
  • International Exchange Coordinator
  • Management Consultant
  • Office Administrator
  • Operations Manager
  • Procurement/Sourcing Manager

The following list provides some example jobs available to graduates of a Bachelor of Business majoring in Management. 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.

  • Business Development Manager
  • Business Intelligence Developer
  • Business Relationship Manager
  • Entrepreneur
  • Executive Manager
  • Managing Director/ General Manager
  • Organisational Development Manager
  • Parliamentarian/Member of Parliament/Politician
  • Player Development Manager
  • Production Director / Manager (Artistic)
  • Project Manager
  • Resource and Regulatory Compliance Manager
  • Retail Account Manager
  • Tourism Manager
  • Trainee Manager
  • 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 Management.

  • Arts Administrator
  • Arts Manager
  • Branch Manager (Banking)
  • Business Analyst
  • Change Management Consultant
  • Church Administrator
  • Cinema/Theatre Managers
  • Client Service Manager
  • Contracts Administrator
  • Events Manager
  • Facilities Manager
  • Festival/Events Co_ordinator
  • Management Consultant
  • Media Planner
  • Mediator
  • Office Administrator
  • Operations Manager
  • Portfolio Manager
  • Procurement/Sourcing Manager
  • Production Planner
  • Real Estate Appraiser and Researcher
  • Sports Administrator
  • Supply Chain Manager

The following list provides some example jobs available to Bachelor of Business graduates majoring in Marketing. 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.

  • Account Manager
  • Brand Manager
  • Business Analyst
  • Business Development Manager
  • Campaign Manager
  • Category Marketing Manager
  • Communications Consultant
  • Corporate Partnerships Officer
  • Entrepreneur
  • Executive Manager
  • Integrated Communications Specialist
  • International Admissions Officer
  • Managing Director/ General Manager
  • Market Research Analyst
  • Marketing Communications Manager
  • Marketing Consultant
  • Marketing Coordinator
  • Marketing Manager
  • Marketing Operations Officer
  • Media Analyst
  • Media Planner
  • Publications Officer/Editor
  • Recreation Officer
  • Recruitment Consultant
  • Retail Account Manager
  • Trainee Manager
  • 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 Bachelor of Business, majoring in Marketing.

  • Bank Officer/Customer Service Officer
  • Branch Manager (Banking)
  • Business Relationship Manager
  • Cinema/Theatre Managers
  • Client Service Manager
  • Community Liaison Officer
  • Events Manager
  • Festival/Events Co_ordinator
  • International Aid/Development Worker
  • International Exchange Coordinator
  • Office Administrator
  • Operations Manager
  • Public Relations Manager
  • Public Relations Officer
  • Real Estate Appraiser and Researcher
  • Research Manager
  • Research Officer
  • Sales Representative
  • Sports Administrator
  • Tourism Manager
  • Tourist Information Officer
  • Travel Consultant

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

  • Compliance Officer
  • Events Manager
  • Executive Manager
  • Governance Coordinator
  • Managing Director/ General Manager
  • Marketing Consultant
  • Marketing Coordinator
  • Player Development Manager
  • Public Relations Manager
  • Sports Administrator
  • Sports Development Officer

More Options

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 Sports Management graduates. Again, some of these jobs may require further study or experience.

  • Business Analyst
  • Change Management Consultant
  • Facilities Manager
  • Management Consultant
  • Media Planner
  • Mediator
  • Office Administrator
  • Operations Manager
  • Portfolio Manager
  • Procurement/Sourcing Manager
  • Public Relations Officer
  • Recreation Officer
  • Technical Sales Representative
  • University Lecturer/Academic

Graduates majoring in Tourism will be able to pursue a variety of careers in the travel and tourism industry for both private and public companies, as well as some government roles. Below is a list of some of the typical opportunities for Bachelor of Business graduates who have majored in Tourism.

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.

  • Community Project Officer
  • Cultural Development Officer
  • Events Manager
  • Festival/Events Co_ordinator
  • Media Planner
  • Policy Officer/Analyst
  • Project Manager
  • Social Scientist
  • Tourism Manager
  • Tourist Information Officer
  • Trainee Manager
  • 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 majoring in Tourism.

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.

  • Business Relationship Manager
  • Client Service Manager
  • Cultural Heritage Officer
  • Foreign Affairs and Trade Officer
  • Grants Officer
  • Museum Visitor Services Coordinator
  • Office Administrator
  • Operations Manager
  • Recreation Officer
  • Tour Guide
  • Travel Consultant

Professional recognition

The Marketing major is accredited by the Australian Marketing Institute (AMI).

The Human Resource Management major is accredited by the Australian Human Resource Institute (AHRI)

The Newcastle Business School is accredited by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB), earned by fewer than five percent of the world's business programs.

Practical experience

The Bachelor of Business integrates opportunities for you to gain national and international workplace experience and professional mentoring, building practical skills and work-ready graduates.

Newcastle Business School

The Newcastle Business School offers several Work Integrated Learning (WIL) courses, which incorporate some form of practical experience into the theoretical content. You will have the opportunity to undertake work experience relevant to your area of study throughout your business degree. You can work within a Hunter Region organisation and complete 100 hours of work experience, or on a specific project related to the organisation. This practical experience is undertaken as a course within your business degree.

EMPOWER Network

The EMPOWER Network is designed to give women the confidence and strength to navigate and manage their career development. It provides a three-way connection between high school students, University students and industry professionals. University students at any stage in their degree an join the network. A range of activities and events are held throughout the year for members.

Experience

NeW Space

Take a look at what it will be like to study in NeW Space, UON's $95 million landmark education precinct under development in the heart of Newcastle's CBD. The precinct will host a range of University-supported activities including business and law programs, digital library services and information commons and collaborative learning and research spaces.

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How to apply

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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 Newstep 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:

  • Open Foundation
    Complete this one year or six-month program to get a new mark for entry.
  • Aboriginal and Torres Straight Islander Admission Scheme
    Get entry help by identifying you are of Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander descent.
  • Elite Athlete Program
    Get adjustment points and support by applying as an elite athlete.
  • Special Tertiary Admissions Test
    Complete this test for a mark for entry into some of our degrees.

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 Newstep, 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 at the University of Newcastle and want to transfer across to another degree or if you have completed one of our  pathway programs in the previous year you can apply with us directly. See our Internal Transfers page for current students 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 (Newstep, 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:

  • Newstep
    If you are aged 18-20 you can get a second chance for entry by completing our one year Newstep program. We recommend putting this as your fifth UAC preference, or you can apply to us directly.
  • 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.

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.

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 from http://www.newcastle.edu.au/future-students. Admission information for international students can be found at http://www.newcastle.edu.au/international/study-with-us/how-to-apply. 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.

HSC Mathematics or equivalent.

You can look at UON prep 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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Apply to study this degree through the Universities Admissions Centre (UAC).

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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Both students and education agents can submit applications online. This is our preferred way of application. You can save your application after you have started, and come back to it later.

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