Here’s where your undergraduate journey begins

It’s time to make your move! Here you can find out all you need to know about applying to study your undergraduate degree. Questions around what degrees are on offer, when and how offers will be made, or key dates around the application process? You’re in the right place.

Key dates

01 Apr
UAC
2021-22 UAC applications open (Midwifery/non-Newcastle degrees)
26 May
Direct
1pm Semester 2 2021 direct applications open
02 Jul
Semester 1 Fully Graded Date
05 Jul
Direct
11:59pm Semester 2 2021 direct applications close
09 Jul
Direct
1pm Semester 2 2021 direct offers released
19 Jul
Semester 2 commences

How to apply

There are two options for applying to an undergraduate degree from your Enabling Pathways program:

  • Direct: Apply with our FREE direct application for all degrees at the University of Newcastle, except for the Bachelor of Midwifery.
  • UAC: If you want to apply to the Bachelor of Midwifery at the University of Newcastle, or another University in NSW/ACT you need to apply through the Universities Admissions Centre (UAC).

There are also other entry schemes available to assist students with educational disadvantage, Indigenous students, and for degrees like Medicine and Law.

Direct

Direct applications to study at the University of Newcastle in Semester 2 are now open.

  1. When applications are open, click on the 'Apply Now' button below to access the application form.
  2. Complete the form, selecting up to 3 preferences. You don’t have to select 3 preferences, but it’s a good idea to have a back-up plan in case you don’t meet the admission criteria for your first preference. You should include at least one degree from the Guaranteed Admissions Scheme.
  3. There will be a section in the application where you can attach any other relevant documents - see What to include with your application below.
  4. After you have entered all relevant information, selected your preferences and uploaded any additional documentation, make sure you press the submit button before the application closing date.

A full step-by-step guide to the direct application process is available to download here (PDF, 2.4MB).

If you have other assessable qualifications that can be used to generate an admissions rank, you have the option of attaching them to your application. Examples of qualifications that can be used to generate a rank include:

  • Certificate III
  • Certificate IV
  • Diploma
  • Advanced Diploma
  • STAT Test Results
  • Tertiary Preparation Certificate
  • Undergraduate Study at other Universities

If attaching qualifications to your application, please ensure you include any certificates of completion, as well as relevant transcripts. Please note that we can only accept colour copies of original documents, or copies that have been certified.

We will review any qualifications and incorporate them in the assessment of your application where applicable. Don’t worry if you don’t have any additional qualifications - most students don’t and we primarily just use results from your Enabling studies.

If you'd like to apply for the Educational Access Scheme (EAS) you'll need to add the completed form to your direct application. See Educational Disadvantage in the left menu for more information.

Please make sure you add your documents to your application before the closing date.

The Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia (NMBA) has introduced updated English language skills standards for all applicants for accredited nursing and midwifery programs.

Before being considered for admission to either the Bachelor of Nursing or Bachelor of Midwifery programs, all applicants must complete a declaration confirming that they satisfy one of the following NMBA pathways:

  • English is your primary language - You have attended and satisfactorily completed at least six years of primary and secondary education (including at least two years between years 7 and 12) in the Australia, Canada, New Zealand, Republic of Ireland, South Africa, United Kingdom or United States of America: OR
  • English is NOT your primary language – you have undertaken an accepted English Language Proficiency test no more than two years before commencement of the degree for which you are applying (evidence of test completion must be provided); OR
  • You are an enrolled or registered nurse with current AHPRA registration - English language requirements will have been demonstrated for enrolled nurse registration at the NMBA (evidence of registration must be provided).

During your direct application to Nursing, or UAC application to Midwifery and/or Nursing, you will be presented with a questionnaire and be required to declare which of the 3 pathways above applies to you.

Accepted English Language Proficiency Tests and Required Scores

  • IELTS (academic module) with a minimum overall score of 7 and a minimum score of 7 in each of the four components (listening, reading, writing and speaking).
  • OET with a minimum score of B in each of the four components (listening, reading, writing and speaking).
  • PTE Academic with a minimum overall score of 65 and a minimum score of 65 in each of the four communicative skills (listening, reading, writing and speaking).
  • TOEFL iBT with a minimum total score of 94 and the following minimum score in each section of the test:
    • 24 for listening
    • 24 for reading
    • 27 for writing
    • 23 for speaking

Please visit the NMBA website for more information

Students applying for B Music and B Music / B Arts are also required to complete the additional entry requirements before we can assess their eligibility for a place in these programs. Applicants should complete the Music Selection Process as early as possible to ensure that their audition can be assessed, and we can take the application into consideration.

APPLY NOW Applications close 11:59pm 5 July

UAC

The only University of Newcastle degree that requires an application through the Universities Admissions Centre (UAC) for enabling students is the Bachelor of Midwifery. All other degrees can be applied for using the free direct application.

Important: If you are planning to submit a UAC application for Midwifery (Semester 1 only), or any other University in New South Wales, you should include your University of Newcastle preferences in your UAC application. Please do not submit a direct application if you are applying through UAC.

If you would like to apply for an Australian University in another state or territory you’ll need to apply through the relevant Tertiary Admissions Centre.


UAC application tips

  • You will be allocated a UAC Application Number and a PIN - make a note of these numbers
  • Enabling Pathways students must apply as a Non-Year 12 Applicant
  • You are not applying through Alternate Entry
  • List your Open Foundation/Newstep/Yapug program under 'Preparatory Courses'
  • Print/Download your application summary listing your qualifications and preferences for your records

Check the UAC website for application dates and deadlines

The current UAC application early bird fee is $70, after September 30 you'll be charged the standard fee of $200.


Degree preferences

  • You can choose up to 5 degree preferences in your UAC Application
  • Place the degree preferences in the order you want to study them
  • Include “backup” degrees with an anticipated lower cutoff, but do not include degrees you would not accept
  • When applying for other Universities check their admission requirements (do they accept Open Foundation/Newstep/Yapug?)

Bachelor of Midwifery

Application steps for the Bachelor of Midwifery at the University of Newcastle, Semester 1 2022 entry.

  • Submit a UAC Application by November 15 2021 and list the Bachelor of Midwifery as your 1st UAC preference. Apply by September 30 to get the reduced early bird fee.
  • Provide any documents to UAC by November 22 2021
  • Lock in preferences by December 13 2021
  • Offers released December 20 2021

Tip: List the Bachelor of Nursing degree as your 2nd preference on your UAC Application. If you weren’t successful in receiving an offer into Midwifery you can continue in Nursing and apply for Midwifery through UAC again later.

Educational Disadvantage

Educational Access Scheme (EAS)

The University supports students who have experienced long-term educational disadvantage and recognises nine broad categories as outlined on the UAC website. If your current studies have been affected then please refer to the information available on UAC about EAS categories of disadvantage and required documents. A paper application form is available in the direct enabling to undergraduate degree application. Please complete this and upload, along with supporting documentation, as part of your direct online application.

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander

If you identify as Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander, you can indicate that you would also like to be considered under the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Entry Scheme. If you tick the relevant box in the direct application form you'll be asked to participate in a short interview which can give you an extra few points on your University Admissions Rank (UAR) for entry into any degree that is not on the Guaranteed Admissions Scheme. You are not required to apply through UAC.

To be eligible for this scheme, you'll need to provide Confirmation of Aboriginality.

Hannah Pipe

Hannah Pipe

Indigenous Enabling Learning Advisor

Please contact Hannah if you would like any help with your Confirmation of Aboriginality documents.

Medicine

Miroma Bunbilla

Semester 1 only

Each year, up to 17 places are set aside for admission into the Bachelor of Medical Science and Doctor of Medicine (Joint Medical Program) for applicants of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander descent through the Miroma Bunbilla Pre-Entry pathway. Applicants are required to submit the completed Miroma Bunbilla Program application form by the closing date. Applicants aren't required to sit the University Clinical Aptitude Test (UCAT). For further information please refer to the Applying as an Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander student page.

Excellence Through Equity Pathway to Medicine

Semester 1 only

From 2021 up to 6 places will be set aside for admission into the Bachelor of Medical Science and Doctor of Medicine (Joint Medical Program) for current students in the Open Foundation and Newstep programs at the University of Newcastle. To be considered for admission to the Bachelor of Medical Science and Doctor of Medicine, you must submit a direct application by the closing date and indicate that you wish to be considered for the Excellence Through Equity pathway.

Applicants who indicate that they wish to be considered will be contacted to submit a personal statement and details of their educational disadvantages. Further information about applying as a Newstep or Open Foundation student is available on the Joint Medical Program website.

Law

Early Entry Law Schemes

Semester 1 only

The Newcastle Law School is offering students from a refugee background as well as Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students the opportunity to gain early entry to their Law degree. Recognising the need to increase the representation of people from these backgrounds in the Australian profession and allied fields, the Newcastle Law School is inviting applications from eligible students currently studying an enabling program to apply for entry to the Bachelor of Laws (Combined). Not only will students gain entry into this degree, they will have access to:

  • A guaranteed place on University accommodation at the Callaghan Campus
  • A pre-law orientation session
  • A mentoring scheme pairing new students with more senior students and legal practitioners
  • Support services coordinated through the Centre of Excellence for Equity in Higher Education and the Wollotuka Institute

For more information on how to apply for these schemes, please visit the following web pages:


Receiving your final results and degree offer

Take note of the key dates at the top of this page to ensure you’re on track to receive your offer.

Remember to:

  • Clear any holds and to-do's in myHub to access your final results, these might be library fees or a missing piece of personal info
  • Check your results on Fully Graded Date via myHub
  • Your undergraduate offer will be sent to your preferred email address, so be sure to check it regularly
Questions? View the your next move student FAQs

UAR estimator

When you complete your Enabling Pathways program, your grades will be used to calculate a University Admission Rank (UAR), similar to but not equivalent to an ATAR. This rank is based on your average weighted mark and used to assess your admission into any University of Newcastle degree that is not on the guaranteed entry list.

You will not be formally advised of your UAR, however using the tool below you can calculate an estimated ranking for the next intake.

Choose your Program


Open Foundation Newstep Yapug

To be eligible for a UAR you must have passed 40 approved units.
Please enter your final grades below to begin calculation.

To be eligible for a UAR you must have passed 80 approved units.
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To be eligible for a UAR you must have passed 80 approved units.
Please enter your final grades below to begin calculation.

Please ensure enter your official final marks from the 'My Academics' link in myHub.
DO NOT use your final marks from Blackboard.

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10 units - Academic Literacies 2 EPABOR124 Aboriginal Tertiary Foundation Studies 2

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Remember that this is an estimated UAR only. However, you can compare it with ATAR cutoffs from past years for degrees you are interested in. ATARs can and do change each year, so please use this as a guide. If you have any questions, please contact the Pathways and Academic Learning Support Office.

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