Campuses and locations
The University of Newcastle is a multi-campus institution offering programs in a number of locations.
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.
If you have an interest in developing technology, using critical thinking and redefining the way we work, learn, communicate, socialise and entertain ourselves, then the Diploma in Information Technology is for you.
Information technology (IT) is all about learning to develop, build and maintain software technology systems to meet the challenges faced by business and society. You can develop skills around data science to study collecting and analysing data for use connected devices, systems and networks to bring meaning to complex patterns. Or you could develop software for a variety of electronic devices.
The Diploma in Information Technology has been designed to give you a core knowledge base where you’ll learn academic literacy, research and discipline-specific skills needed for further study. You’ll complete a short list of directed courses, providing you with a taste of discipline areas including programming, cybersecurity, data structures, business decision making and mathematics.
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.
IT Professionals work in a large range of areas including:
The University of Newcastle is a multi-campus institution offering programs in a number of locations.
Our campuses are a rich, bustling hive of activity where there is always something going on. Find out what activities you can take part in at UON.
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We provide a range of support and services to help you get into uni, successfully complete your studies and get a job when you finish.
Admission requirements: Admission is available to Australian Citizens and Permanent Residents who are turning 18 or older in the year of study.
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.
Pick your situation from the list below for more information.
If you are an international student, read the information below before completing an application.
Recently completed secondary education, either at high school, TAFE or with another VET provider? If so, you will generally be considered for entry based on your Selection Rank (SR). Some degrees may also have extra requirements such as auditions or interviews. Additional requirements can be found on the relevant degree page.
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:
Secondary results don’t have a use-by date. 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 before the introduction of the ATAR in 2009. Contact us at 1300 275 866 and let us do the calculating for you.
When reviewing admission eligibility, we take into account vocational education and training. Many educational providers offer Certificate III, IV and Diploma Australian Qualification Framework (AQF) awards. Some also offer Advanced Diploma and Associate Degrees.
We can convert assessable qualifications into selection ranks. This helps to ensure fairness and transparency. 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.
The tables below provides information on how to assess your selection rank based on your AQF qualification.
Many of our students come to us after completing TAFE studies.
Completed an accredited Certificate IV, Diploma, or Advanced Diploma ? You can gain entry into many of our undergraduate programs.
Complete Graded AQF Diploma or AQF Advanced Diploma
|Grade Point Average||Rank - AQF Diploma||Rank - AQF Advanced Diploma|
Complete and Incomplete Ungraded AQF Diploma or AQF Advanced Diploma
|Rank - AQF Advanced Diploma||Rank - AQF Diploma|
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|
Complete Ungraded AQF Certificate III and AQF Certificate IV
|Rank - AQF Certificate III||Rank - AQF Certificate IV|
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.
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:
Completed higher education or partial higher education studies? Your grade point average (GPA) can be converted to a selection rank to be used for admission purposes.
For fairness and transparency, 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|
*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|
Want to transfer across to another degree? Visit 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 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 have secondary qualifications from overseas, there are some that are assessed as the equivalent to an Australian Year 12 qualification. Note that equivalence of qualifications alone does not guarantee entry into programs. For fairness and transparency, overseas qualifications will be converted to a selection rank.
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:
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 can be converted to a selection rank.
The programs on offer are:
The Special Tertiary Admissions Test (STAT) is an aptitude test, organised through the Australian Council for Educational Research (ACER). It 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 test can be used for entry into some (but not all) University of Newcastle degrees. 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 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.
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.
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 requirements below.
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:
Make sure you double check the special entry requirements, assumed knowledge or recommended studies for the degree:
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.
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.
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.
The University of Newcastle acknowledges the traditional custodians of the lands within our footprint areas: Awabakal, Darkinjung, Biripai, Worimi, Wonnarua, and Eora Nations. We also pay respect to the wisdom of our Elders past and present.