There are other pathways into uni. If you did not complete Year 12 or didn’t get the marks for your dream degree, we have enabling programs to get you started.

Fast-track Open FoundationĀ 

Fast-track Open FoundationĀ 

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

Students who preference Newstep or Open Foundation will have their results reviewed and eligible students will be provided with an offer to study Fast-track Open Foundation in 2021.

Open Foundation

Open Foundation

If you are seeking a new career direction, considering attending university after time in the workforce or looking to further pursue your interests, our Open Foundation program can help make this happen with guaranteed entry to over 40+ degrees. Flexible study means you can learn at your own pace, including online, part-time or full-time options. This is a free pathway program for people who do not have the qualifications required for direct entry into an undergraduate degree.

Newstep

Newstep

If you did not complete Year 12 or missed the chance to get the marks needed for university entry, our Newstep program offers you the perfect pathway between senior schooling and University, providing you with guaranteed entry to over 40+ degrees. Study on-campus at Newcastle or the Central Coast. Our free Newstep 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.

Yapug

Yapug

Yapug is a free pathway designed to help Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander people gain entry into undergraduate degrees, including a pathway into Medicine. Start your university experience in a culturally appropriate learning environment, supported by indigenous peers and staff. You don't have to meet the requirements for entry to university or have any prior experience. To be eligible, you must be over 18 years of age and have confirmation of your indigeneity. Yapug offers flexible study options including full-time and part-time study and provides guaranteed entry to over 40+ degrees.

Undergraduate Certificates

Undergraduate Certificates

Our Undergraduate Certificates provide a focused course of study that includes introductory knowledge and support components as well as degree-specific courses. Taken over one semester full time (or two semesters part-time), you can gain up to 40 units of credit and receive guaranteed entry into a number of related degree programs.

Diploma in Engineering

Diploma in Engineering

Our Diploma in Engineering is the first of its kind for the University, offering a 1 year full-time microcredential (or part-time, up to 4 years), with guaranteed entry into one of our Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) degrees for those who successfully complete.

Non-award admission and cross-institutional study

Non-award admission and cross-institutional study

If you want to study one or more subjects at university without advancing to a degree or diploma you can choose non-award study. You can apply for non-award admission as preliminary work for a higher degree, for professional requirements or because of an interest in the area.

If you are currently studying at another university you can complete courses at the University of Newcastle for credit towards your degree.

University of Newcastle College of International Education (UNCIE)

University of Newcastle College of International Education (UNCIE)

The University of Newcastle College of International Education (UNCIE) is your starting platform to higher education.

We offer alternative pathway opportunities to over 130 undergraduate and postgraduate Degree Programs at the University of Newcastle in a diverse and supportive environment designed to ensure a successful transition to your further study.

University of Newcastle Language Centre (ELICOS)

University of Newcastle Language Centre (ELICOS)

Need to improve your English language skills to gain entry into a degree program at the University of Newcastle, or would like to improve your English skills to boost your career? English Language Intensive Courses for Overseas Students (ELICOS) are designed to enable international students to develop their English language skills for a variety of purposes.

We offer a range of programs to suit varying levels of English language proficiency, and all courses prepare students for further study at the University of Newcastle.

Give Yourself the Best Start at Uni

Our preparation programs have been designed to help you make a successful transition
to university and to support you through your studies.

Learn more about our Pathways and Academic Learning Support Centre

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