Frequently Asked Questions

If you've got questions, we've got answers. Have a look at these FAQs often asked by our students applying from an Enabling Pathway program to an undergraduate degree.

Once you have submitted your direct application, you can change your preferences, add documents, or cancel your request by completing the following steps:

  1. Log in to AskUON
  2. Click on My Account on the right-hand menu
  3. Scroll down to the My Applications section
  4. Click on your application to open it
  5. Make any changes then resubmit your application

All changes to your application must be made by the application closing date.

If you have applied through UAC, you’ll need to access your application on the website.

We take the course marks you achieved in your Enabling Pathways program and convert them to a University Admissions Rank (UAR). We then compare that rank to the admissions rank required for entry to your first preference. If your admissions rank is equal to or higher than the rank required for your first preference, we will make you an offer to your first preference via your preferred email.

If your admissions rank does not satisfy the rank required for your first preference, we will then compare your rank to the admissions rank required for entry to your second preference. If your admissions rank is equal to or higher than the rank required for your second preference, we will make you an offer to your second preference via your preferred email.

If your admissions rank does not satisfy the rank required for your first or second preference, we will then compare your rank to the admissions rank required for entry to your third preference. If your admissions rank is equal to or higher than the rank required for your third preference, we will make you an offer to your third preference via your preferred email.

TIP: You will not be formally advised of your UAR, but you can use the UAR estimator tool above to calculate an estimated ranking for the next intake.

If you don’t meet the rank for any of your preferences, and/or you haven’t selected a program from the Guaranteed Admissions Scheme we will be in contact to discuss what happens next.

The Guaranteed Admissions Scheme grants guaranteed entry into a selected list of degrees for students who have completed an enabling program at the University of Newcastle (Open Foundation, Newstep or Yapug). Students are only required to pass the requirements of the enabling program to be guaranteed an offer to any degree on the list.

You are strongly recommended to include a degree from the Guaranteed Admissions Scheme in your preferences. That way, if you didn’t get the marks to grant you entry into your first or second preference you will still receive an offer into an undergraduate program at the University of Newcastle.

You can submit your application as soon as it opens, you don't need to wait until you receive your results. You'll be able to access your application to update your preferences or provide supporting documents up until the closing date.

There are only a few days between the Fully Graded Date and the direct application closing date, so it's best to get your application in early. In the event of a late or incomplete grade, we can still process your application later as long as you submit it before the closing date.

You are strongly recommended to include a degree from the Guaranteed Admissions Scheme in your preferences. That way, if you didn’t get the marks to grant you entry into your first or second preference you will still receive an offer into an undergraduate program at the University of Newcastle.

You can choose to study some courses in this program and apply to transfer into the degree that was your first preference, depending on your marks.

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Unfortunately, if you do not successfully complete your Enabling Pathways program, we will be unable to offer you a place in one of our undergraduate degrees.

If you included documentation of other assessable qualifications as part of your original application, there may be an opportunity for you to be given an offer, if you meet requirements, even if you did not complete your enabling program.

If you are eligible to continue in your Enabling Pathways program you will be contacted by the Pathways & Academic Learning Support office with advice on the options for completing your Enabling Pathways program.

You can also check the Your Options site to:

  • calculate your progress
  • view enrolment guides & key dates
  • check the options to complete your program

University of Newcastle degrees provide flexibility with most blending offerings of online and face-to-face courses. However, there are a selection of University of Newcastle degrees that are offered fully online – view our online degrees here.

If you can't see an online degree at the University of Newcastle that suits you, check the relevant Tertiary Admissions Centre in each state to search for online degrees at other institutions.

If you are accepted into an undergraduate program at the University of Newcastle, you may defer admission to the program for a period of up to one year.

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The University of Newcastle requires all students in 1000 level undergraduate courses to maintain an 80% attendance rate in order to sit their final exam. This only applies to smaller classes like Tutorials, Workshops, Laboratories and does not apply to Lectures.

  • This requirement will NOT apply to students while they are studying an Enabling Pathways program (Open Foundation, Newstep, Yapug).
  • Some undergraduate courses (subjects) above the 1000 level do have an existing attendance requirement, which will be identified in the course outline.

We do recommend you attend as many of your classes as possible as there are well documented links between high attendance and student success.

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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.