The Open Foundation courses recommended for study by Faculties are based on the assumed knowledge that students are expected to have prior to commencing particu

Open Foundation

Faculty recommendations

The Open Foundation courses recommended for study by Faculties are based on the assumed knowledge that students are expected to have prior to commencing particular degree programs and courses. However, there are no prerequisites for entry into undergraduate degree programs at the University of Newcastle.

CAL - Available at Callaghan campus

OUR - Available at Ourimbah campus

PM - Available at Port Macquarie campus

DIST - Available through Distance Education

Faculty ProgramsRecommended Open Foundation course
Bachelor of Business (CAL/OUR)Bachelor of Commerce (CAL/OUR)
Bachelor of Business/Bachelor of Commerce (CAL/OUR)
Intermediate Mathematics plus Studies in Law or Business Organisation and Management or 20 units of Humanities courses.
Combined Law degree programs (CAL):
Admission is competitive. A year of study in a single degree program may be required prior to gaining a place in Combined Law.

Bachelor of Aboriginal Professional Practice/Bachelor of Laws (Honours)
Bachelor of Arts/Bachelor of Laws (Honours)
Bachelor of Business/Bachelor of Laws (Honours)
Bachelor of Commerce/Bachelor of Laws (Honours)
Bachelor of Communication/Bachelor of Laws (Honours)
Bachelor of Science/Bachelor of Laws (Honours)
Bachelor of Social Science/Bachelor of Laws (Honours)
For the Bachelor of Laws degree - Studies in Law or 20 units of Humanities courses

Students should undertake courses which will provide preliminary knowledge in the curriculum areas of the degree program.

Faculty ProgramsRecommended Open Foundation course
Bachelor of Aboriginal Professional Practice(CAL)
Bachelor of Arts (CAL/OUR)
Bachelor of Theology (CAL)
Diploma in Languages (CAL)
At least 20 units of Humanities courses
Bachelor of Social Science (CAL/OUR)
Bachelor of Social Work (Honours) (CAL)
Social Enquiry and either 20 units of Mathematics or 20 units of Humanities courses
Bachelor of Speech Pathology (Honours) (CAL)Chemistry and Life Sciences, and the Study of Language
Bachelor of Teaching (Primary)(Honours) (CAL/OUR/PM)
Bachelor of Teaching (Early Childhood and Primary) (Honours) (CAL/OUR)
Introductory Mathematics and 20 units of Humanities courses (to satisfy NSW Institute of Teachers requirements)
Bachelor of Teaching (Humanities) (Honours) (CAL/OUR)At least 20 units of Humanities courses
Bachelor of Teaching (Fine Art) (Honours) (CAL)Visual Art or Design, and 20 units of Humanities courses
Bachelor of Teaching (Mathematics) (Honours) (CAL)Extension Mathematics
Bachelor of Teaching (Health and Physical Education) (Honours) (CAL)Chemistry and the Life Sciences
Bachelor of Teaching (Science) (Honours) (CAL)Mathematics courses, and/or Earth Science, or Environmental Studies, or Chemistry and the Life Sciences, or Physics (only if you are also studying Extension Mathematics).
Bachelor of Teaching (Technology) (Honours) (CAL)Introductory Mathematics, and/or Chemistry and the Life Sciences, or Design, or Visual Art (depending on major)
Bachelor of Music (CAL)
Bachelor of Music/Bachelor of Arts (CAL)
Audition required - contact Faculty of Education and Arts to make an appointment.
Bachelor of Fine Art (CAL)Visual Art or Design courses. Interview and portfolio required - contact the Faculty of Education and Arts.

Humanities courses in Open Foundation include: Courses in the Arts and Social Sciences, such as Aboriginal Studies, Australian History, Business Organisation and Management, Classical Studies, Literature and Film, Philosophy, Social Enquiry, Studies in Law.

Faculty ProgramsRecommended Open Foundation course
Bachelor of Computer Science (CAL)
Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) (all specialisations except Chemical and Environmental Engineering) (CAL)
Strongly recommend Extension Mathematics
and Physics
Bachelor of Engineering (Mining Transfer Program)
Bachelor of Engineering (Chemical) (Honours) (CAL)
Bachelor of Engineering (Environmental) (Honours) (CAL)
Strongly recommend Extension Mathematics
and Chemistry
Bachelor of Design (Architecture) (CAL)At least 20 units of Design, Visual Arts, Mathematics or Physics courses
Bachelor of Construction Management (Building) (Honours) (CAL/DIST) 20 units of Humanities courses (e.g. Business Organisation and Management, Studies in Law, Social Enquiry) and 20 units of Mathematics or Science courses (e.g. Introductory Mathematics, Earth Science, Chemistry)

It is recommended that students intending to apply for admission to Faculty of Health and Medicine programs enrol in health and/or science related courses. This will provide you and the University with a good indication of your ability to undertake tertiary study in a scientific/health environment and, at the same time, assist in your preparedness to commence this study should your application be successful.

Faculty ProgramsRecommended Open Foundation course
Bachelor of Biomedical Science (CAL)
Bachelor of Physiotherapy (Honours) (CAL)
Intermediate Mathematics or Extension Mathematics, and either Chemistry and the Life Sciences, or Physics (only if you are studying Extension Mathematics).

Bachelor of Nutrition and Dietetics (Honours) (CAL)
Bachelor of Occupational Therapy (Honours) (CAL)

Bachelor of Oral Health Therapy (OUR)

Bachelor of Podiatry (OUR)

Chemistry and the Life Sciences and Intermediate Mathematics

Bachelor of Midwifery (CAL/PM)

Bachelor of Nursing (CAL/OUR/PM)

Science for Nursing and Midwifery and 20 units of Humanities courses or Introductory Mathematics
Bachelor of Medical Radiation Science (Diagnostic Radiography) (Nuclear Medicine) (Radiation Therapy) (CAL)Strongly recommend Extension Mathematics and Physics or Chemistry and Life Sciences
Bachelor of Medicine (CAL)Open Foundation is not accepted for entry
Faculty ProgramsRecommended Open Foundation course
Bachelor of Mathematics/Bachelor of Computer Science (CAL)
Bachelor of Mathematics (CAL)
Bachelor of Mathematics/Bachelor of Science (CAL)
Extension Mathematics and 20 units of Science courses
Bachelor of Biotechnology (CAL)Extension Mathematics and
Chemistry and Life Sciences
Bachelor of Arts/Bachelor of Science (CAL/OUR)
Bachelor of Environmental Science and Management (CAL)
Bachelor of Science (CAL/OUR)
Intermediate Mathematics, Physics, Chemistry, Life Sciences, Environmental Studies or Earth Science
Bachelor of Communication (CAL)At least 20 units of Humanities or Design courses relevant to the degree major
Bachelor of Visual Communication Design (CAL)
Bachelor of Natural History Illustration (CAL)
20 units of Visual Art or Design courses
Bachelor of Development Studies (CAL)Environmental Studies and/or Social Enquiry
Bachelor of Food Science and Human Nutrition (OUR)Chemistry and Life Sciences and Intermediate Mathematics
Bachelor of Information Technology (CAL/OUR)
Bachelor of Psychology (Honours) (CAL/OUR)
Intermediate Mathematics plus 20 units of Science or Humanities courses
Bachelor of Information Technology/Bachelor of Business (CAL/OUR)Intermediate mathematics plus Business Organisation Management or 20 units of Humanities courses
Bachelor of Science with a major in Photonics (CAL)Extension Mathematics and Physics
Bachelor of Exercise and Sports Science (OUR)Intermediate Mathematics and Chemistry and Life Sciences