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Pathway programs

If you are looking for a career change or didn’t get the marks for your dream degree, we have a number of pathway programs to get you started.

Our Pathway programs are often free and will help you to develop the skills you need, not only to gain entry, but to find success at university and beyond.

Why study at the University of Newcastle?

The University of Newcastle offers many pathways and entry options to give you the best chance of getting in. Since 1974 over 60,000 people have entered university through one of our pathway programs. You will be mentored, supported and inspired by passionate teachers to set you up for success in your university career.

Pathways ? We are the largest provider of alternative entry programs in Australia
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Georgia, Bachelor of Social Work (Honours), Ma & Morley Scholar

Credit-based Pathways

Our Diplomas provide a more supported start to university study. Upon completion, you will gain guaranteed entry into selected degrees and receive credit for specific courses when you enter your Undergraduate degree.


Our Diplomas cover subject areas including Arts and Social Science, Built Environment, Business, Education Studies, Engineering, Environmental Science, Information Technology and Science.

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Casual study options

Casual study options

If you want to study one or more subjects at university without advancing to a degree or diploma you can choose non-award study . We also offer open online courses in a range of subject areas and specialised Chinese language courses.

Get the best start to your uni experience

Make your transition to university a smooth and comfortable experience with a variety of guides and services that will make your pathways journey easy and stress-free.

Learn more about your pathway options

Download our pathways guides to find out more about your study options, or let us know what you’re interested in and we’ll keep you updated on all the latest info and events relevant to you.

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