Open Foundation at the University of Newcastle is deigned for people who do not have the qualifications required for direct entry into a degree.

Open Foundation

Who can apply?

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

There are two formal requirements for admission to Open Foundation. To be eligible for a place in the foundation studies program you must:

  • be turning 20 years of age or more in the year of study, and
  • be an Australian citizen or have permanent residency status
  • be resident in Australia for the duration of the program, i.e. have an Australian address.

You are not eligible for a place in Open Foundation if you already have a degree or currently have good standing in a degree program.

Although there are no educational prerequisites for Open Foundation, it is assumed that students will have a capability equivalent to Year 10 level at high school. Good reading and comprehension skills are needed to complete the program.

Applicants who are from a non-English speaking background should be aware that Open Foundation courses will require a high level of written and spoken English. It is assumed that students from a language background other than English will have already undertaken formal study of English prior to commencing Open Foundation.

If you are thinking about whether Open Foundation might be right for you, it is important to think about how you will fit study into your life. It can be very rewarding if study is what you want to do, but it will take time and organisation.

Watch the video below to hear from former students about making the decision to apply for Open Foundation and the factors they considered before applying:

Watch this next video to hear how former students prepared their lives for study: