Largest provider of alternate entry programs

Female student considering optionsUON is the largest provider of alternate entry programs in Australia. These programs are for people who don't score enough marks in the HSC or don't have the right qualifications and experience to get into university. 

Our alternate pathways involve a component of study that can then, depending on your marks, allow you to apply for your chosen degree.

Alternate entry pathways include:

Newstep

If you are a recent school leaver aged 18-20 you can get a second chance to study at university with Newstep. Newstep is a one-year foundation studies program that enables you to apply for entry to degrees at UON and other Australian universities.

Open Foundation

If you haven't studied for a while, Open Foundation allows people aged 20 and over to explore interests and get prepared for study at university level. When you successfully complete Open Foundation you can apply for entry to degrees at UON and other Australian Universities. 

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander entry

Our Yapug program helps Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people aged 18 and over to gain skills for entry into UON degrees. You don't have to meet the requirements for entry to university or have any prior experience.


UON is largely considered the best provider of alternate entry programs in Australia in terms of quality, structure and delivery. Since 2010, 7,293 students were able to use alternate entry programs to enrol in an undergraduate degree.