What's in the program?

The Yapug 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 Yapug 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 Yapug we recommend that you review the important university dates to be sure that you can meet the commitments of the program.

Program requirements

Our program requirements differ depending on the location of your study.

Newcastle Callaghan Campus

To successfully complete Yapug at our Newcastle Callaghan Campus, you need to successfully complete a combined total of 80 units:

  • 20 units of core (compulsory) courses
  • at least 20 units of Yapug directed courses
  • up to 40 units of general directed courses

For course descriptions and timetables click on the course codes below.

Core courses

These core courses are compulsory to complete for the Yapug program.

Available in Semester 1

  • EPABOR112 Aboriginal Tertiary Foundation Studies 1

Available in Semester 2

  • EPABOR124 Aboriginal Tertiary Foundation Studies 2

Yapug directed courses

Choose at least 20 units from the following list of 10 unit Yapug directed courses.

Available in Semester 1

  • EPABOR110 Decolonising Research in Aboriginal Communities
  • EPABOR111 Professional Practice
  • EPABOR160 Introduction to Health Professional Studies 1

Available in Semester 2

  • EPABOR113 Aboriginal Professional Practice
  • EPABOR114 Ethical Research in Aboriginal Communities
  • EPABOR161 Introduction to Health Professional Studies 2

General directed courses

Choose up to 40 units from the following list of 10 unit general directed courses.

Semester 1 general directed courses

Semester 2 general directed courses

Central Coast Ourimbah Campus

New for 2022, the Central Coast Ourimbah campus Yapug program utilises a large number of courses from the well-established Open Foundation program, alongside four Yapug specific courses focused on Indigenous studies and health.

In Semester 1 you'll study:

In Semester 2 you'll study:

Even though the Yapug courses on the Central Coast are focussed on health and communities, they will still prepare you with the skills you need for success in any undergraduate program. Plus you’ll get to choose additional courses from across a range of disciplines including academic literacies and language support; business and entrepreneurship; computing, maths and technology; communications and creative industries; education; engineering; health and medical services; law; science and the environment and society and culture.

Recommended Courses

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 Yapug 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.

Support to succeed

Our aim is to provide the best possible support to help you succeed at uni. We’ve got you covered with a dedicated, passionate and professional support team on hand to assist with all aspects of your studies so you can reach your potential.

Hannah Pipe

Hannah Pipe

Indigenous Enabling Learning Advisor

Hannah will be your first port of call during your studies for any assistance or access to the services available. You are welcome to contact Hannah if you have any questions about the Yapug program including:

  • Course information and study planning
  • Scholarships and assistance with applications
  • Accommodation queries
  • Applying for the Indigenous tutoring scheme

I enjoy supporting students and just coming to work each day! I love helping people realise and reach their dreams."

The Wollotuka Institute

The Wollotuka Institute

We have been at the forefront of Indigenous education for 25 years, actively supporting the aspirations of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people through study and employment opportunities.

The Wollotuka Institute provides a range of programs and social activities to assist you with your studies.

Pathways and Academic Learning Support Centre

Pathways and Academic Learning Support Centre

Since 1974, the Pathways and Academic Learning Support Centre has supported thousands of people to enter University through enabling and international programs.

The Centre provides excellence in teaching and learning based on research informed approaches that enable students to transition into and through university with strong foundations and support.


After you apply you'll be emailed an invitation to your Yapug orientation session, usually held 1 or 2 weeks before your classes begin. Orientation provides an opportunity to learn more about the University, meet the lecturers, discuss your course choices and answer any enrolment questions.

Orientation is also a great time to socialise! Meet new people, make new friends and familiarise yourself with the campus and its surrounding areas.

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.