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  1. Newstep Program English Language and Foundation Studies Centre

  2. Newstep - A Tertiary Entrance Program • Newstep is a one-year, full-time enabling program conducted by the English Language and Foundation Studies Centre. • It provides an alternative entry to university for students who either: • Did not complete the Higher School Certificate and who meet equity criteria or who experienced special circumstances in their schooling OR • Failed to reach the entry scores for undergraduate study Newstep Program|

  3. Newstep - A Tertiary Entrance Program • It is specifically designed to encourage young people aged 17 to 20 years to take a second chance at further study. • Newstep began in 1990 to assist the young people of the Hunter and Central Coast regions. The intake was 50 students. • In 2009, 400 students enrolled at the Callaghan Campus and 200 at the Ourimbah Campus. Newstep program|

  4. Newstep - A Tertiary Entrance Program • Once they complete Newstep students do compete with all other students seeking entry to university • Students must apply to the University Admission Centre UAC. • A result from Newstep is accepted for entry into the University of Newcastle and many other Australian universities. Newstep program |

  5. Newstep - A Tertiary Entrance Program • Completion of the Newstep program will allow entry to undergraduate programs with a cut-off of 94 or less, except for the Bachelor of Medicine. Newstep program |

  6. What does Newstep offer? • A supportive learning environment is a core feature of the program. • The courses in the program aim to successfully prepare students for undergraduate degree programs, developing skills in academic writing, library research, basic mathematics and computing. • An important function of the program is to prepare students for study in a university environment. Newstep program |

  7. What does Newstep offer? • Students are introduced to the facilities and services, including the library, computer laboratories, counselling, disability support (if needed), careers and employment. • The University is a large institution and a year of study in Newstep provides an effective orientation to the administration procedures that can create uncertainties in many first year students. Newstep program |

  8. Course Offerings Wide range of courses: • Academic Writing and Research Skills (compulsory course) • Mathematics (2 levels) • Humanities: • Australian Culture & Society, Film Studies, English Literature, Modern and Ancient History, Legal Studies, Linguistics, Philosophy • Science: • Chemistry and Life Sciences, Earth Science, Conservation and Sustainability, Physics • Design / Visual Art • Information Technology Newstep program |

  9. Who may apply? • Students aged 17 – 20 years who: • Left school without completing the HSC and meet equity criteria orexperienced special circumstances in their schooling or • Sat the HSC in 2009 or 2008 Newstep program |

  10. Application based on Equity Criteria • Applicants who have NOT completed the HSC will be required to document the factors that led to their discontinuation of senior schooling. • Such applicants will be assessed on the basis of the following equity criteria: • Low income background or socio-economic disadvantage • Non-English speaking background • Arrival in Australia as a refugee • Schooling in a rural or isolated region • Australian Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander background • Attendance at a high school which is designated by the NSW Department of Education and Training as a priority funded school. Newstep program |

  11. Application based on Special Circumstances • HSC students who wish to be assessed on the basis of special circumstances can also provide this documentation: • interstate school transfer • disability or chronic illness • adverse circumstances, e.g. a family or personal crisis; or other prolonged disruption to schooling Newstep program |

  12. How to Apply? • Applications are available for download from the website • Applications may be obtained from: • English Language and Foundation Studies Centre, Lower Ground floor, McMullin Building • Phone: 49 215558 • Applicants will need to indicate whether they are applying under the equity or special circumstance criteria or on the basis of their HSC qualification. Newstep program |

  13. Closing Date • Application closing date is 28 January 2011 Newstep program |

  14. General Information • Students may be eligible to apply for youth allowance as Newstep is a full-time program. You will need to contact Centrelink. • Students do not pay HECS for their Newstep year of study. There are no tuition fees. • Students may be required to buy textbooks for some classes. Newstep program |

  15. For more CONTACTS English Language and Foundation Studies Centre, Lower Ground floor, McMullin Building, Callaghan Campus Phone: (02) 49 215558 Email: CRICOS Provider 00109J |