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.
The Diploma in Arts and Social Science prepares students for a wide range of career options; and provides them with a foundation for further studies associated with a Bachelor of Arts, Bachelor of Communication, Bachelor of Criminology, Bachelor of Development Studies, Bachelor of Global Indigenous Studies, or a Bachelor of Social Science.
It is a one year full-time (or equivalent part-time) program which offers a broad range of core and directed course options in the chosen area of study.
The program has a practical orientation allowing students to develop their skills for further tertiary studies through real world projects and develop critical skills for the workforce.
The courses offered by the Pathways and Academic Learning Support Centre within the diploma are distinguished from similar bachelor level courses through the following key features:
- Embedded support from the Pathways and Academic Learning Support Centre
- Smaller class sizes in foundation courses
- A focus on transition to university studies
- Delivery of academic skills training
This is combined with classes taken alongside fellow degree students, and study as you would in an undergraduate degree program.
Program learning outcomes
On successful completion of the program students will have:
- technical and theoretical knowledge and concepts, with depth in some areas within a field of work and learning
- cognitive and communication skills to identify, analyse, synthesise and act on information from a range of sources
- cognitive, technical and communication skills to analyse, plan, design and evaluate approaches to unpredictable problems and/or management requirements
- specialist technical and creative skills to express ideas and perspectives
- communication skills to transfer knowledge and specialised skills to others and demonstrate understanding of knowledge
- demonstrated the application of knowledge and skills with depth in some areas of specialisation, in known or changing contexts
- demonstrated the application of knowledge and skills to transfer and apply theoretical concepts and/or technical and/or creative skills in a range of situations
- demonstrated the application of knowledge and skills with personal responsibility and autonomy in performing complex technical operations with responsibility for own outputs in relation to broad parameters for quantity and quality
- demonstrated the application of knowledge and skills with initiative and judgement to organise the work of self and others and plan, coordinate and evaluate the work of teams within broad but generally well-defined parameters
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Admission is available to domestic applicants.
The University of Newcastle accepts a range of qualifications to determine eligibility for admission. These include, but are not limited to, Australian or overseas senior secondary qualifications (such as the HSC), prior tertiary studies, prior TAFE/VET studies, vocational/professional experience, and completed enabling programs.
To be considered for admission, applicants must have an unadjusted ATAR (or equivalent) of 50 or above.
Minimum English language proficiency requirements
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.
Applicants for this program must satisfy a minimum English Language Proficiency Standard equivalent to an IELTS overall minimum of 6.0 with no subtest result below 6.0.
If you wish to apply for credit for studies completed at another institution, or if you are changing programs within the University and wish to transfer your credit to the new program, visit the University's credit website for more information on applying for credit.
Academic requirements for program completion
Total units required
1 year full-time or part-time equivalent up to 4 years maximum.
The Diploma in Arts and Social Science requires the completion of 80 units (made up of 8 courses worth 10 units each).
The program is comprised of:
- 30 units of core courses
- 10 units of directed list A courses
- 40 units of directed list B courses
Download a program plan from the list below for the year/term that you commenced or transitioned into this program.
The Program Plan provides information on the structure and rules of your program. Used in conjunction with your Program Handbook, it is designed to be used as an enrolment guide.
You can track your progress by ticking off the courses you have completed and plan your current and future enrolment.
Students are advised to read their program handbook information in conjunction with the program plans for course sequence/enrolment advice. Please refer to the Program Plan for the year that you commenced, or transitioned into, this program - Program Plans are available above.
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Complete the following core courses
|Code||Title||Term / Location||Units|
|ABOR1110||Introduction to Aboriginal Studies||10 units|
|FNLT1008||Research in Action||10 units|
|FNSO1110||Academic Literacies and Social Analysis||10 units|
Directed List A
Complete 10 units from the following directed courses, aligned to the future degree of your choice
|Code||Title||Term / Location||Units|
|ABOR1001||Welcome to Critical Indigenous Studies||10 units|
|CMNS1234||Media and Communication Concepts||10 units|
|HASS1000||BA Futures||10 units|
|SOCA1010||Society and Culture: A Sociological Introduction||10 units|
Directed List B
Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students can draw on the assistance and support provided by the Indigenous Student Support and Development service through the Wollotuka Institute.
AccessAbility provides advice and reasonable adjustments to Students with a medical or health condition or disability. If you require adjustments to undertake your program, contact the Student Support Advisors - AccessAbility before semester or early in the semester. They will work with the College or School to ensure that this happens in a timely manner.
Please note: All students must fulfil the inherent requirements of the programs and courses they are undertaking. While reasonable adjustments can be made, these adjustments cannot compromise academic integrity. It is the student's responsibility to check all the requirements of courses, and consider the effects of any medical condition or disability on their ability to complete course requirements. More information is available online.
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