Schools Recommendation Scheme

The University of Newcastle offers many pathways and entry options to give you the best chance of getting into uni. Schools Recommendations Scheme (SRS) offers early entry and guaranteed accommodation and scholarship opportunities for eligible students.

You can apply for early entry based on your Year 11 results and recommendations from your school. The new enhanced SRS includes:

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The University of Newcastle will begin making SRS offers in November Round 1. To be considered, ensure that you have your SRS application in with UAC by September 19.

To give yourself the best chance of receiving an early offer to study at the University of Newcastle, lock in your dream Newcastle degree as preference one by midnight on November 4.


This year more than ever, we understand that your final ATAR is not the only indication of your potential to succeed at University.

We have expanded our SRS scheme so that applicants can be considered for any degree, with the exception of the Bachelor of Midwifery and the Bachelor of Medical Science and Doctor of Medicine.

    After receiving your SRS application, we will look at:

    • Your performance in Year 11
    • The ratings provided by your high school in areas such as your capacity for tertiary education and your motivation to achieve long-term goals.

    Applicants whose Year 11 results and Schools Ratings suggest that were on track to meet our admission requirements will receive a full offer of admission in November Round 1. These offers are released at 7.30am on November 12, 2021.

    The Schools Recommendation Scheme is only one of the options for admission to the University of Newcastle. If you do not receive a Schools Recommendation Scheme offer, there will still be places left in later rounds.

    You can still be considered under the Subject Spotlight Scheme or based on your selection rank (your ATAR plus adjustments factors), with offers released on January 26.

    Remember, you should use your preferences like a wish list. Always keep the program that you most want to study as your number one preference. If you do not receive an offer for your first preference, you will still be considered for lower preferences.

    Important information for Music applicants

    Before you can be considered for admission to the Bachelor of Music and Performing Arts or Bachelor of Music and Performing Arts/Bachelor of Arts, you will need to complete an audition If you are applying through the SRS, make sure that you get your audition in early. More information can be seen here, and you can also contact the School of Creative Industries at or on +61 2 49854500.


    The University has a range of scholarships available including over 40 scholarships available to students who receive and early Schools Recommendation Scheme offer. Full details are available on our Scholarships page.

    NOTE: School ratings of applicants are confidential and are not released to applicants. For more information, please visit the University Admission Centre SRS page.

    * guaranteed accommodation excludes students located in the following postcodes 2264, 2265, 2267, 2278, 2280, 2281, 2282, 2283, 2284, 2285, 2286, 2290, 2287, 2289, 2291, 2292, 2293, 2294, 2295, 2296, 2297, 2298, 2299, 2300, 2301, 2302, 2303, 2304. 2305, 2306, 2307, 2308, 2309, 2310.

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