The University of Newcastle, Australia

Welcome to the Pathways and Academic Learning Support Centre. Since 1974, thousands of people have entered University through one of our enabling or international programs, making our Centre the largest of its kind in Australia.

Our mission is to provide excellence in teaching and learning based on research informed approaches that enable students to transition into and through university with strong foundations and support. Our focus is on providing students with an outstanding learning experience that will help them to be inspired and achieve their continuing educational goals.

Open Foundation

Open Foundation is a free pathway program offered at the University of Newcastle for people who do not have the qualifications required for direct entry into an undergraduate degree program.

Not only is Open Foundation designed to help you gain entry, it helps you develop the skills needed for successful study at a university level. We want to give you every chance to succeed, regardless of your background or level of previous education and to help you there are no tuition fees to complete the program.

Aust Citizen or perm resident + Study online


Newstep

Newstep is a free pathway program offered at the University of Newcastle for people who either didn’t complete Year 12 due to adverse circumstances or who didn’t get enough marks for entry into university.

Not only is Newstep designed to help you gain entry, it helps you develop the skills needed for successful study at a university level. We want to give you every chance to succeed, regardless of your background or level of previous education, and to help you there are no tuition fees to complete the program.

Aust citizen or perm resident + custom study options


Yapug

Yapug is a free pathway program offered at the University of Newcastle for Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander peoples who do not have the qualifications required for direct entry into an undergraduate degree program.

Not only is Yapug designed to help you gain entry, it helps you develop the skills needed for successful study at a university level. We want to give you every chance to succeed, regardless of your background or level of previous education, and to help you there are no tuition fees to complete the program and we offer a range of support services.

To be eligible for a place you must be:

Turning 18 or more, and of ATSI descent


UON Prep

UON Prep bridging and refresher courses are designed to improve your academic skills and refresh your knowledge prior to commencing your degree.

Each course is not designed to replace completing assumed or recommended studies at high school, instead serving to refresh your knowledge and bridge the gap of time. Research has shown that students who complete a UON Prep bridging and refresher course perform better in their degree.

15 hours per course, free for all students


English language courses

English language courses

English Language Intensive Courses for Overseas Students (ELICOS) are designed to enable international students to develop their English language skills for a variety of purposes.

All courses prepare students for further study at the University of Newcastle. Academic language and skills are taught throughout the English for General Purposes program.

Learning Support Team

Learning Support Team

Our Learning Advisors are here to help all students perform the best they can academically. They provide expert advice for writing, note taking, referencing, exam preparation and more, as well as de-mystifying University learning and teaching. They work with students at all levels and in many ways.

Our research

Our research

The Pathways and Academic Learning Support Centre aims to be a global research leader in the fields of access, equity and enabling education. Our research supports evidenced based change in the provision of alternative pathways to higher education. Our research into widening participation and enabling education investigates the social and economic benefit to students, their families, and the general community. It also seeks to improve enabling pedagogies, diversified modes of educational delivery to ever-wider constituencies, and academic outcomes of students from various equity groups.

Study abroad

Study abroad

Our Study abroad programs run for one year and allows students enrolled in overseas institutions to study at the University of Newcastle and receive credit for these studies at their home institutions.

Cultural Safety Statement

The Pathways and Academic Learning Support Centre recognises and respects the unique history and culture of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples and their unbroken relationship with the lands and the waters of Australia over millennia. We are dedicated to reconciliation and to offering opportunities for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples to access and succeed in higher education. The Centre is committed to providing a culturally safe and inclusive environment for all.