Find information on applying for credit at the University of Newcastle and pathway programs, University of Newcastle Australia

Credit transfer and pathways

We offer credit transfers to students who have completed relevant, recognised tertiary studies at another institution.

Credit transfers are typically awarded to students who have completed a Diploma or part of a Bachelor degree. Credit can enable you to reduce the number of units you need to study to be awarded your qualification.

You can also see our Credit and Articulation Procedure for more information.

Newcastle International College (NIC)

Newcastle International College (NIC) offers a fully-accredited pathway to our degrees if you do not have the academic requirements for direct entry, or would prefer to study the first year of your undergraduate degree in a supportive environment especially designed for international students.

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Tertiary Preparation Program (TPP)

The Certificate IV Tertiary Preparation Program (TPP) is a pre-university program equivalent to Year 12 or a foundation program. It is designed for students who do not meet the academic requirements for direct entry. It prepares you for university level studies in the fields of Health and Medicine, Engineering and Built Environment, Science and Information Technology, Education and Arts and Business and Law. Upon successful completion, you advance to an NIC Diploma program or directly to your chosen degree.

Diploma Programs

Equivalent to year one of a University of Newcastle Bachelor degree. Successful completion of the Diploma guarantees entry to second year of the Bachelor degree at the University of Newcastle. NIC offers four Diploma Programs:

Diploma of Business and Commerce
Diploma of Engineering
Diploma of Information Technology
Diploma of Media and Communications


The NSW Technical and Further Education Commission, known as TAFE NSW, is Australia's leading vocational education and training provider.  We have established pathways with TAFE and recognise credit from it across a number of our programs.