About Newstep

Newstep is a foundation studies program designed for 18-20 year olds who have completed the HSC but did not qualify for university entrance, have experienced adverse circumstances during their senior secondary schooling or did not complete the HSC.

Newstep is a one-year program that commences in Semester 1 each year - mid-year entry is not available. It is offered at both the Callaghan campus in Newcastle and the Ourimbah campus on the Central Coast. It is accepted as an entry qualification to many universities in Australia.

Newstep is designed as a pathway between school and undergraduate study, giving you the opportunity to gain the skills and knowledge necessary for success in a university study environment.

What does it cost?

There are no fees for the Newstep pathway program. You will not be liable for the Higher Education Contribution Scheme (HECS) during the Newstep year, but will be liable for HECS once you are enrolled in a university undergraduate degree.

Students should expect that there will be costs for course readers and textbooks in each semester.

Financial Assistance

Newstep is a Centrelink approved full-time foundation studies program and as a Newstep student, you may be eligible to apply for Youth Allowance financial assistance. Please contact your local Centrelink office for details.