A fresh approach to our Newstep and Open Foundation programs

We remain committed to providing University education to anyone with the talent and dedication to make a go of it – our pathways programs are central to this commitment.

After a comprehensive review including feedback from current and past students, our University’s staff and external Higher Education experts, we will be combining Newstep and Open Foundation to form one program from 2022.

In doing so, we are broadening equitable access to our enabling program to more people, offering flexible study options at more locations to people seeking a start in their University journey.

About the new program

Our combined, flexible 40-unit Open Foundation enabling program will remain free to study and be enhanced with the best courses and support elements from both the existing Newstep and Open Foundation programs.

We’ll also have some exciting new course offerings at our Callaghan (Newcastle) and Ourimbah (Central Coast) campuses, as well as online.

The new Open Foundation program can be completed in a single semester or part-time up to 2 years. Upon successful completion students receive guaranteed entry into over 40+ degrees.

If you are currently studying Newstep, please visit your options site for advice on transition arrangements.

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