The University of Newcastle, Australia

I am currently completing my Higher School Certificate (HSC)

We’re here to support you during your HSC, to help you make a successful transition to university and to support you through your studies.

You should apply for degrees with UAC before you complete your exams and receive your ATAR. You should apply as an early bird prior to September 30 to avoid additional costs. Once you have applied you can change your preferences as many times as you like before the change of preferences deadline. This means you can change your preferences around once you know your ATAR, however we always recommend leaving your dream degree in the number one position on your UAC application. For more information see our Application FAQ.

You can also consider the following entry options that might be applicable to you:

Nailed it in Year 11?

Consider your early entry options

Schools Recommendation Scheme (SRS)

You can apply for early entry based on your Year 11 results and recommendations from your school. The SRS is available for all University of Newcastle degrees except B Medical Science and Doctor of Medicine and B Midwifery.  Ensure your UAC application is submitted prior to 20 September.

Your HSC

Your HSC is still a great way into uni so it’s important that you continue to work hard but don’t worry - there’s more than one way in.

Year 12 Subject Spotlight Program

Your ATAR is important, but it isn’t all that matters. This program rewards students who have excelled in one or more HSC subjects related to your degree with an early offer. To be eligible, just make sure you list the University of Newcastle as your first preference in UAC, no additional application required.

ATAR and Selection Rank

Once you receive your ATAR, this rank will not change. However, you may be eligible for adjustments applied by the University to create your Selection Rank. These adjustments were previously called bonus points. Your Selection Rank is your ATAR plus any adjustment points. You may be eligible for up to 12 adjustment points. Your Selection Rank  is then used to determine if you are eligible for your chosen degree. Be sure to have the University of Newcastle as your first preference for your best chance of getting in.

Educational Access Scheme

Get up to four points if you have experienced educational or other disadvantage.

Year 12 Adjustment Scheme

Get up to four adjustment points for your HSC results in particular subjects.

Regional and Rural Adjustment Points Scheme

Receive five adjustment points if you went to a rural or regional school in selected postcodes.

Elite Athlete Program

You could receive up to four adjustment points by applying as an elite athlete through NUsport. We would also provide you with continued support throughout your studies to help balance the demands of study with your sporting career. Apply by October 31 in 2020 to be considered in our main admission rounds.

Fast-track Open Foundation  

This is a free pathway program that will be available in 2021 for eligible students. This program will enable you to undertake a single semester program allowing you to move quickly into your degree. To be considered for a Fast Track Open Foundation offer, simply list Newstep in your UAC preferences by December 19, 2020.

There are a number of additional pathways available. See our Entry Schemes page for more information.

I have also completed VET studies

If you have completed VET studies as part of or in addition to your HSC, you may have another assessable qualification for admission. These ranks are not combined, but assessed separately. The highest of the two ranks will be used to assess your eligibility for competitive admission.

Using your TAFE qualification for entry

We recognise your TAFE (or other accredited VET) qualifications as an equivalent estimated ATAR which you can use to gain entry into a range of our enabling programs or undergraduate degrees.

Apply through UAC and list all your relevant qualifications, both schooling and any AQF qualifications (e.g. Cert III). Our admissions team will then assess your qualifications and use your highest rank to ensure you are eligible for competitive entry into the degree of your choice.

You may be eligible for credit if you have  completed a Cert IV or above, and are going into a similar field of study.

I have completed the International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma

The University of Newcastle accepts the IB Diploma and Bilingual Diploma as equivalent to an Australian Year 12 qualification. UAC will derive a selection rank from your total IB score and for our admission purposes this rank is comparable with the Selection Rank (SR). To see how your selection rank is calculated visit UAC’s website .

For advice on your options or how to order your preferences please contact us by calling 1300 275 866 or visiting AskUON .