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University of Newcastle introduces new pathway

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The University of Newcastle (UoN) has unveiled a new alternative pathway to higher education.

Vice-Chancellor Professor Alex Zelinsky said, as a sector leader, the UoN was pleased to introduce seven new diplomas to provide more opportunities for students to begin their higher education journey with a choice of degree destinations.

The latest qualifications are focussed on arts and social science, business, engineering, built environment, science and environmental science, information technology and education studies.

Upon successful completion, pupils are guaranteed entry into a selection of Undergraduate degrees with credit for the work they have done in their diploma.

Deputy Vice-Chancellor Academic Professor Mark Hoffman said the diplomas were another example of the University’s commitment to supporting students in the region.

“They have faced extraordinary challenges since the beginning of last year,” he explained.

“We want to remind them there are many pathways into the UoN and many ways to succeed in their studies outside of traditional entry schemes.”

The new diplomas offer a combination of first-year degree courses and supported pathway courses, providing students with academic credit that can be transferred to their degree of choice as well as academic literacy, research and subject-specific skills that help with the transition to university studies.

Professor Hoffman said they would provide a more supported start to uni life.

“When you choose to study a diploma, you have the opportunity to be mentored and supported by passionate teachers to set you up for success,” he added.

“You can also access the Pathways and Academic Learning Support Centre, with dedicated academic learning support, counselling and peer support.”

Diplomas can be completed over 12 months of full-time or up to two years of part-time study.

Students may take a combination of on-campus face-to-face, online and blended study options.

While there are entry requirements for these diplomas, the required selection rank is lower in comparison to an Undergraduate degree and, if students do not have an ATAR, they can still gain entry based on other criteria like past study, work, or vocational experience.

Applications for Semester One 2022 are now open via UAC.

For more information, visit www.newcastle.edu.au/diplomas

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