What's in the program?
The Newstep pathway program will allow you to:
- Explore your interest in and capacity for ongoing tertiary studies;
- Prepare for study at university level; and
- Obtain, on successful completion of the program, a ranking which allows you to apply for a place in an undergraduate degree program at university.
When you enrol in Newstep you can elect to study the full-time program (80 units) taken over one year (two semesters), or the part-time program taken over three or four semesters. Students should take no more than 40 units in any one semester. The maximum time allowed to complete the program is two years.
Before you apply for Newstep we recommend that you review the important university dates to be sure that you can meet the commitments of the program.
To successfully complete Newstep, you need to successfully complete a combined total of 80 units:
- 2 x 10 unit core (compulsory) courses
- 4 x 10 unit directed courses
- 1 x 20 unit directed course (or approved pair of 10 unit courses)
For course descriptions and timetables click on the course codes below.
The program is designed to provide a pathway for you into your preferred undergraduate degree program. If you know what undergraduate degree you would like to study, you should refer to the following Program Plans for recommended course information.
The Newstep courses recommended for study are based on the assumed knowledge students are expected to have prior to commencing particular degree programs and courses. However, students should note that there are no prerequisites for entry into undergraduate degree programs at the University of Newcastle.
If you’re not sure what degree you’d like to study, choose courses that interest you and courses you think you’ll do well in.
The orientation session provides an opportunity to talk to people about Newstep and gain advice on choosing the most appropriate courses to prepare you for undergraduate study.
After you apply you'll be emailed an invitation to your Newstep orientation session, usually held 1 or 2 weeks before your classes begin.
A number of staff will be available to counsel and support you, and you will have the opportunity to familiarise yourself with the campus and its facilities.
The University of Newcastle acknowledges the traditional custodians of the lands within our footprint areas: Awabakal, Darkinjung, Biripai, Worimi, Wonnarua, and Eora Nations. We also pay respect to the wisdom of our Elders past and present.