The University of Newcastle, Australia

Fast Facts

Can the age restriction be relaxed?

Newstep is designed for students turning 18 to 20 years of age in the year they begin the program. If you are interested in studying Newstep but do not meet this age criteria, please contact the Pathways & Academic Learning Support Office to discuss your circumstances and options.

If you are turning 20 years of age or over and exploring university pathway programs, you might like to review our Open Foundation program. If you are from an Aboriginal or Torres Strait Island background and aged 18 years of age or older you may apply for the Yapug program.

Are there any costs involved?

There are no tuition or course fees to study Newstep. Students may however have small costs associated with studying such as textbooks, transport, parking on campus and printing.

Can I get financial assistance while I study Newstep?

Newstep is a Centrelink approved full-time program and as a Newstep student you may be eligible to apply for Centrelink StudyAssist payments.

Can I study Newstep part-time?

To pass the Newstep program, you need to pass 80 units of courses in a maximum of two years. If you study full-time and pass all 80 units, you can complete the Program in one year. We know however that you may have life, work and other commitments to juggle with study so part-time study is a great option also.

If you do study part-time, you have 2 years to complete the required 80 units for Newstep at your pace. Please be advised though that some compulsory courses are only offered once a year so you should plan to complete these in the appropriate semester. As a guide, each 10 unit course requires 10 hours a week of study time including classes and self-directed study.

What is the choice of courses (subjects)?

Students undertake 80 units of study. There is a 10 unit compulsory course in each Semester: Academic Literacies 1 and 2. Students choose their other 60 units from a range of social science, mathematics, science, information technology, design and humanities courses. Visit the 'What's in the Program' page for a full list of courses.

Is the same range of courses offered at Newcastle (Callaghan) and Central Coast (Ourimbah)?

Yes, except in the case of a few electives (i.e. Physics and Graphic Design Fundamentals are offered only at our Newcastle campuses).

Can students study courses offered at both campuses?

Yes, for example, students from Ourimbah can study Physics at Callaghan in Semester 2.

Do Newstep students have to pass all their courses?

Students must pass all 80 units in order to satisfactorily complete the program. If you run out of time to complete Newstep, you may be eligible for credit if you re-attempt Newstep (maximum 40 Units) or move to Open Foundation (maximum 20 units).

Do Newstep students have to apply through the Universities Admissions Centre (UAC) for admission to an undergraduate degree program?

The only University of Newcastle degree that requires a UAC application for Newstep students is the Bachelor of Midwifery.

All other degrees can be applied for using the free direct application form, for more information see the Your Next Move website.

What undergraduate degrees can Newstep students apply for at the University of Newcastle?

You can use Newstep to apply for all undergraduate degrees at the University of Newcastle.

By completing Newstep you are guaranteed entry into over 40 degrees. For applications to any University of Newcastle degree that is not on the guaranteed entry list, your grades will be used to calculate a University Admission Rank (UAR), similar to but not equivalent to an ATAR.