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.


Newstep

Newstep

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

This program provides guaranteed entry to over 40+ degrees. Newstep is available on-campus at Newcastle or the Central Coast, and is for students between 18-20 years of age.

Open Foundation

Open Foundation

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

This program is for anyone seeking a new career direction, considering attending university after time in the workforce or looking to further pursue their interests. It provides guaranteed entry to over 40+ degrees and has flexible delivery across the Newcastle and the Central Coast campuses as well as online.

Yapug

Yapug

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

This program is available to students who are over 18 years of age and have confirmation of their indigeneity. Yapug offers flexible study options including full-time and part-time study and provides guaranteed entry to over 40+ degrees.

Diploma in Engineering

Diploma in Engineering

Our Diploma in Engineering is the first of its kind for the University, offering a 1 year full-time microcredential (or part-time, up to 4 years), with guaranteed entry into one of our Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) degrees for those who successfully complete.

NUPrep

NUPrep

NUPrep offers free academic preparation and support for all University of Newcastle students in the weeks leading up to each Semester.

Our courses introduce students to learning content and completing assessment items in a similar format to their Undergraduate or Enabling Pathways program.

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.

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.

Academic Learning Support Team

Academic Learning Support Team

Our Learning Advisors are here to help de-mystify University learning and teaching so that students perform the best they can academically. They provide expert advice on Study Skills, Writing Skills, Maths and Stats, as well as Research Writing for Postgraduate PhD and MPhil students.

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.

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.

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.