Welcome from the Director

Dr Anna Bennett

I am delighted to welcome you to the Pathways and Academic Learning Support (PALS) Centre at the University of Newcastle, which incorporates our English Language Centre, Enabling Pathway programs and Academic Learning Support team.

Our aim is to provide both Australian and international students with an exciting range of educational experiences to enable access to and support through University study. We are committed to providing you with an engaging and enjoyable learning experience.

Helping people achieve their dream of tertiary study

The Centre provides tertiary preparation pathways, English Language programs, and learning support for all university students, with our staff teaching over 8000 students each year. We are proud of the achievements of our students. Each year they make up a large proportion of commencing undergraduate and postgraduate students. From the platform of readiness for university study they establish in their preparatory program, our students go on to participate and excel in the programs of their choice.

The right program for you

In the English Language area, the Centre incorporates well regarded and comprehensive ELICOS (English Language Intensive Courses for Overseas Students) programs, including both Academic and General English programs, Study Abroad and Short programs at our locations in Newcastle and Sydney.

In the tertiary preparation area, our Newstep program provides people with a "second chance" to study at university. This proven pathway has enabled many young people aged 18 and 19 to access undergraduate studies since it was established in 1990. Our Open Foundation program is the largest of its kind in Australia, and has been successfully preparing students to enter University since 1974. Our Yapug program is designed to help Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people qualify for entry into undergraduate degrees at the University of Newcastle.

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.

Leading enabling education research

Over time, the Centre has been established as a national leader in the research field of enabling education. We seek to strengthen the research base of enabling education in order to facilitate evidence-based practice and policy-making, and to contribute to key debates around access and equity.

A place of opportunity

If you are a prospective international student, we believe we have the English Language programs to develop your language skills in preparation for further studies. If you are a prospective Australian student and are looking for the opportunity to change your life, our Enabling Pathway programs and diplomas will help you to realise your potential. We give students at all levels of University study the best chance to succeed with our Academic Learning Support team. The opportunity is yours for the taking.

Dr Anna Bennett
Director, Pathways and Academic Learning Support Centre
The University of Newcastle