Video: About the Newstep Program

Newstep is a FREE university access program designed for students who have not qualified for their chosen university program or have not completed Year 12.

Students must be turning 18 to 20 years of age in the year they commence Newstep. For students who are over 20 years of age, Open Foundation is the option for you.

As Newstep is designed as a pathway between senior school and undergraduate study, it gives you the opportunity to gain the skills and knowledge necessary for success in a university study environment. For the majority of students, Newstep is a one year, full time program, with classes held on both campuses to assist your journey to success!

Many of our students in this pathway say they enjoyed getting to know fellow students who contributed to their enjoyment of learning. Please contact us to discuss your circumstances and options.

Direct applications to start Newstep in 2021 are now open and close on Thursday 18 February 2021.

Where and when can I study?

Newstep is offered at both the Callaghan campus in Newcastle and the Ourimbah campus on the Central Coast, and commences in Semester 1 each year. Open Foundation offers a mid-year entry option.

Will Newstep suit my lifestyle?

While our most popular pathway is our one year program, you can study part-time and take up to 2 years to complete Newstep to fit in with your lifestyle and commitments. We aim to make your enabling journey as accessible and achievable as possible.

If you cannot attend full time or make it to campus, you can be considered for our Open Foundation program with options to study online. We will consider your individual circumstances and devise a personalised study plan to help you succeed. We want to make it work for you, so get in touch to chat about your options:

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What does it cost?

There are no fees for the Newstep pathway program. You will not be liable for the Higher Education Contribution Scheme (HECS) during the Newstep year, but will be liable for HECS once you are enrolled in a university undergraduate degree. Students should expect that there will be costs for course readers and textbooks in each semester.

Newstep is a Centrelink approved full-time foundation studies program and as a Newstep student, you may be eligible to apply for Youth Allowance financial assistance. Please note that changes to full-time study arrangements impacts on this. Contact your local Centrelink office for details.

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