The University of Newcastle, Australia

We’re here to support you during your HSC, to help you make a successful transition to university and to support you through your studies.

Support during Year 12

Giving you the best chance of success

Ask a Student

We know you must have heaps of questions about university life – what’s needed to get into your degree, where to go for support, what on-campus accommodation is available and of course, where to find the best coffee. Chat to one of our Student Ambassadors.

HSC Help

To support you through your HSC, we’ve partnered with InspirationED to provide free HSC Help webinars.

These webinars are broken into individual subjects and give you the chance to revise subject material with experienced teachers and HSC markers.


We recommend checking out the InspirationED HSC4ME App. Here you’ll find thousands of practice HSC questions and handy tips for your exams and assessments. If you’re experiencing financial hardship, we can offer free access to the app. Just ask your school’s Careers Adviser how to apply for this.

Year 12 Hotline

We know applying for university can feel a bit overwhelming. We’re here to help answer all of your questions. Call our Year 12 Hotline to talk to a knowledgeable adviser about all things uni. You can reach us on 1300 ASK UON (1300 275 866) Select option 3.

Your guide to getting into uni

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Your path to Uni

Nailed it in Year 11?

Consider your early entry options

Schools Recommendation Scheme

You can apply for early entry based on your Year 11 results and recommendations from your school. Make sure you are still trying your best during your HSC to keep all your options open. This is available for entry into all degrees excluding Medicine and Midwifery.

Apply: UAC before 20 September 2020.
Final preference changes: 8 November 2020.

Offers released: 12 November 2020.

Admission Options

Make sure you list the University of Newcastle as your first preference in UAC.

Year 12 Subject Spotlight Early Offer Program

Your ATAR is important, but it isn’t all that matters. This program rewards students who have excelled in one or more subjects related to your degree with an early offer. To be eligible, just make sure you list the University of Newcastle as your first preference, no additional application required.

ATAR and Selection Rank

You may be eligible for up to 12 adjustment points. Your selection rank is your ATAR plus any adjustment points. Use your selection rank to gain entry into your dream degree. Be sure to have the University of Newcastle as your first preference for your best chance of getting in.

Final preference changes: 19 December 2020

Offers released: 23 December 2020

Educational Access Scheme

Through this scheme, you can receive up to four additional adjustment points if you have experienced educational or other disadvantage, including new adjustment points for COVID-19.

Apply: UAC (Tick the EAS box) before 20 November 2020 to receive your eligibility letter prior to December Round 2.

Year 12 Adjustment Points Scheme

Depending on the degree you choose, you may be awarded up to four adjustment points for your HSC results in particular subjects.

Apply: No additional application is required – make sure you list the University of Newcastle as your first preference in UAC.

Regional and Rural Adjustment Points Scheme

Students from regional schools in selected postcodes are awarded up to five adjustment points which are automatically added to your selection rank.

Apply: No additional application is required – make sure you list the University of Newcastle as your first preference.

Elite Athletes Admission Scheme

Students who are verified as elite athletes may be eligible for up to four adjustment points.

Apply: Submit an application through NUsport by 31 October 2020.

Enabling Pathway Programs

Missed the mark in your HSC? We have enabling pathways to help you get started.

Open Foundation

This is a FREE pathway program for people who do not have the qualifications required for direct entry into an undergraduate degree. Open Foundation offers flexible study options including full-time, part-time and online study.


This pathway program is designed for Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander people to gain entry into undergraduate degrees. Yapug offers flexible study options including full-time and part-time study. To be eligible, you must be over 18 years of age and have confirmation of your indigeneity.

Fast-Track Open Foundation

Fast-track Open Foundation is a free pathway program that can be completed in 12 weeks by eligible students. Just a single semester of enabling study means you can move quickly into your degree - even starting mid-year! In response to Covid-19, Open Foundation in 2021 will be open to students who:

  • Will be turning 18 by December 31, 2021
  • Are a current Year 12 applicant (ie: 2020 HSC student)
  • Achieve a result of Band 2 or above (or band E2 for extension subjects) in each subject attempted in 2020


If you did not complete Year 12 or missed the chance to get the marks needed for University entry, this program offers a guaranteed pathway to an undergraduate degree. Newstep is available for students between 18-20 years of age in the year of study.

Additional Pathways

There are many pathways to uni.

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Admission Scheme

Our Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Program supports students to gain entry into our degrees.

Indigenous Early Entry Scheme (Law)

The Indigenous Early Entry Scheme gives Indigenous students an opportunity to gain early entry to our Bachelor of Laws (Honours) Combined degree.

TAFE Guaranteed Entry

Many of our successful students come to us after completing TAFE studies. You can gain guaranteed entry into many of our 2021 undergraduate programs if you have previously completed an accredited Certificate IV, Diploma, or Advanced Diploma at TAFE or another registered training organisation (RTO).

Refugee Early Entry Scheme (Law)

The Indigenous Early Entry Scheme gives  students with refugee status an opportunity to gain early entry to our Bachelor of Laws (Honours) Combined degree.

Using Your TAFE Qualifications For Entry

We recognise your TAFE qualifications as an equivalent estimated ATAR which you can use to gain entry into our enabling pathways.

Getting started at University

Give yourself the best start at uni.

Bridging and refresher courses

Our bridging and refresher courses will help you feel confident about entering university study.

University Preparation Program

Our new University Preparation Program (UPP) is a FREE program arming you with academic knowledge, learning support and confidence in the weeks leading up to starting your new degree.

Supporting students through their studies

We provide lots of support throughout your studies, setting you up for success.

Academic Learning Support

Our learning support experts offer you one on one learning support, study workshops and academic writing support.

Peer Assisted Study Sessions

Our trained PASS leaders will assist you to review weekly material with other students, discuss difficult concepts and compare notes.

Student Progress Advisers

Our Student Progress Advisers are here to help you navigate your journey.

Student Mentors

Our Student Mentors will help keep you motivated and guide you through your university experience.

Peer Writing Mentors

Our Peer Writing Mentors are students who provide advice on developing your writing skills.

Careers Support

Our Career Advisers will help prepare you for success after uni.

Supporting year 12 students

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