University announces more support for Year 12 students

Friday, 27 August 2021

The University has announced more support for this year’s Year 12 students, including COVID adjustment points.

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University of Newcastle Vice-Chancellor, Professor Alex Zelinsky AO:

“We know this is a challenging time for Year 12 students, their families and their teachers and we’re here to support them.

We want Year 12 students to know that if they’re planning to study at the University of Newcastle next year, they’ll still have every opportunity to do that.

We’ll make sure our processes are adjusted to take account of the changes announced today by the NSW Government.

It’s important to remember that there are many pathways into our University and all of these will continue to be available. These include the Schools Recommendation Scheme, ATAR-based admission, Year 12 Spotlight Program, our Enabling programs and new Diploma pathways.

We’ll also make sure students still have the same opportunities to apply for scholarships.

We’re engaging closely with high schools and will continue to do so over the coming weeks to make sure they have the information they need.

Students may be eligible for a range of adjustment points* through various schemes, including the Educational Access Scheme, Year 12 Adjustment Points Scheme, Regional and Rural Adjustment Points Scheme and the Elite Athletes Admission Scheme.

We’re also pleased to announce that we’ll be offering the COVID points scheme** to this year’s HSC students. School leaver applicants will be offered an additional 5 adjustment points in recognition of the extraordinary challenges they have faced in education since the start of last year.

We’ve already increased our support for Year 12 students in the lead up to their HSC, through programs like Uni&Me that offers Year 12 students the opportunity to meet with a University of Newcastle student ambassador to plan their transition from school to university.

I also encourage anyone thinking of studying at our University next year to register for our Open Days Online where they’ll be able to ask questions directly and find out everything they need to plan ahead.”


* Adjustment points are added to raw ATAR to arrive at Selection Rank, which is used to admit students to programs. Students can accrue a maximum of 12 adjustment factors.  ** COVID adjustment points will not apply for the Joint Medical Program.

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