New Undergraduate Certificates have launched

Friday, 12 February 2021

An exciting new suite of short courses are now open for 2021 admissions. The University of Newcastle Undergraduate Certificates will provide an additional pathway for students wanting to study a degree, helping to retrain them in growth industries including science and information technology.

Undergraduate Certificates

Undergraduate Certificates are a sub-degree qualification based on the completion of 40 units of study that provide students with a direct pathway into a range of degrees.

Dr. Anna Bennett, Director of Pathways and Academic Learning Support, is excited to deliver this new accessible pathway to our students this year.

“Many of our new undergraduate certificates are designed to engage people who require the basics in order to access higher education. These types of Undergraduate Certificates will be run in collaboration with the Pathways and Academic Learning Support Centre (PALS) and are carefully scaffolded to build foundational skills, knowledge and confidence, providing a qualification upon completion. Others will be directly coordinated by the Colleges and are more specialised for people who have already developed the foundations from school, further study, VET or work but wish to gain a higher-level understanding and short course credential after completing a semester of study at university.”

“Starting with a smaller suite in Semester 1, by Semester 2 the full suite of Undergraduate Certificates will provide students with the opportunity to access a range of knowledge and skills across a diversity of interest areas. Taken over one semester full time, and with some offered over two semesters part-time, students can gain up to 40 units of credit and receive guaranteed entry into a number of related degree programs.”

Students who choose to study one of the foundational undergraduate certificates will also be offered additional support throughout their studies.

“In these programs, students will be supported during their study with PALS' sector-leading enabling approaches to teaching and curriculum design. They will also have access to university support services, including academic learning support, counselling and student liaison officers. These types of certificates complement the already strong enabling pathway programs that the University delivers as the oldest and largest provider of alternative entry programs in Australia,” said Anna.

Learn more about the new Undergraduate Certificates


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