The University of Newcastle offers many pathways and entry options to give you the best chance of getting into uni. Some relate to specific degrees, others include our free enabling pathway programs like Open Foundation and Yapug.
You don't necessarily need to have completed your HSC or received an ATAR to gain entry into university. We know that your other skills and qualifications are just as important.
Enabling pathway programs
Your guaranteed pathway to a University of Newcastle degree Our Enabling Pathway Programs are free and will help you to develop the skills you need, not only to gain entry, but to find success at university and beyond.
Yapug is a pathway program designed to enable Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people to gain skills for entry into university while immersing them in Indigenous knowledge history and culture.
Open Foundation is a free pathway program offered at the University of Newcastle for people who do not have the preparation or qualifications required for direct entry into their desired undergraduate degree.
The University of Newcastle Law School (NLS) and the Joint Medical Program (JMP) offer Indigenous students the opportunity to gain early entry. Imagine having a guaranteed place in a Law program at the University before beginning your final HSC exams.
Our Undergraduate Certificates and Diplomas provide a focused course of study alongside introductory skills required for further study. Upon completion you will gain guaranteed entry into selected degrees and receive credit for specific courses when you enter your Undergraduate degree.
The University of Newcastle acknowledges the traditional custodians of the lands within our footprint areas: Awabakal, Darkinjung, Biripai, Worimi, Wonnarua, and Eora Nations. We also pay respect to the wisdom of our Elders past and present.