Foundation Program

The NIC Foundation Program (FP) is an accredited foundation designed to prepare students for university level studies. This program provides a pathway to access a range of bachelor’s degrees offered by the University of Newcastle, as well as entry to an NIC Diploma. Progression rules apply.

Your direct pathway to the University of Newcastle

High School

 

1st year @ the University of Newcastle

 

Fees

Year Total 2019 Program Fees (A$)

2019

$22,000

 

Location

Duration

Standard Track: 12 months (3 trimesters)

Fast Track: 8 months (2 trimesters)

Intakes

February, June, October

CRICOS Code

089333K

NIC’s standard Foundation Program consists of eight academic courses studied over two or three trimesters (8-12 months).

Subjects

Select eight courses, comprising of four core courses and four courses from a chosen stream:

Core Modules (compulsory)

  • FCOM200 Academic Communication Skills I
  • FICS001 Intercultural Studies
  • FINT001 Information Technology
  • FCOM201 Academic Communication Skills II

Electives (indicative)

Education, Arts and Communication

  • FBUS103 Economics
  • FBUS104 Mathematics
  • FBUS105 Statistics
  • FBUS110 Legal Studies
  • FCOM100 Information Design
  • FCOM106 Creative Cultures

Business, Law and Commerce

  • FBUS100 Accounting
  • FBUS103 Economics
  • FBUS104 Mathematics
  • FBUS105 Statistics
  • FBUS110 Legal Studies
  • FCOM100 Information Design

Engineering, Science and IT

  • FBIO001 Biology
  • FCOM100 Information Design
  • FCOM101 Programming
  • FHBI001 Human Biology
  • FMTH001 Advanced Mathematics 1
  • FMTH002 Advanced Mathematics 2

Health

  • FBIO001 Biology
  • FBUS105 Statistics
  • FHBI001 Human Biology
  • FSCN100 Health Science

Next level of study

NIC Diploma programs

Progression rule to NIC Diploma

An average mark of 50 percent and a passing grade in FCOM201 Academic Communication Skills II

OR

Year 1 of a University of Newcastle bachelor's degree

Bachelor's degrees are offered by the following faculties:

  • Faculty of Business and Law
  • Faculty of Education and Arts
  • Faculty of Engineering and Built Environment
  • Faculty of Health
  • Faculty of Science and Information Technology

Progression rule to bachelor’s degrees

Admission to undergraduate programs is dependent upon students achieving the required average mark, a passing grade in FCOM201 Academic Communication Skills II, and satisfying any other conditions listed for that degree program.

The average mark is calculated from the average of all eight modules attempted during a full year of the FP and is expressed as a percentage.

 

AVERAGE MARK REQUIREMENTS FOR PROGRESSION TO BACHELOR’S DEGREES FROM THE FOUNDATION PROGRAM*

Business and Law

  • Bachelor of Business 62
  • Bachelor of Commerce 65
  • Bachelor of Business/Bachelor of Commerce (combined degree) 70
  • Bachelor of Business / Bachelor of Innovation and Entrepreneurship TBC
  • Bachelor of Commerce / Bachelor of Innovation and Entrepreneurship TBC
  • Bachelor of Arts / Bachelor of Laws (Honours) 84
  • Bachelor of Business / Bachelor of Laws (Honours) 84
  • Bachelor of Commerce / Bachelor of Laws (Honours) 84
  • Bachelor of Communication / Bachelor of Laws (Honours) 84
  • Bachelor of Development Studies / Bachelor of Laws (Honours) 84
  • Bachelor of Science / Bachelor of Laws (Honours) 84
  • Bachelor of Social Science/Bachelor of Laws (Honours) 84

Education and Arts

  • Bachelor of Arts 62
  • Bachelor of Arts / Bachelor of Science 78
  • Bachelor of Arts / Bachelor of Innovation and Entrepreneurship TBC
  • Bachelor of Communication 62
  • Bachelor of Creative Industries 62
  • Bachelor of Creative Industries / Bachelor of Innovation and Entrepreneurship TBC
  • Bachelor of Education (Early Childhood and Primary) 62
  • Bachelor of Education (Primary) 62
  • Bachelor of Education (Secondary) 62
  • Bachelor of Music 55 (audition required)
  • Bachelor of Natural History Illustration 65
  • Bachelor of Social Science 62
  • Bachelor of Social Work (Honours) 70
  • Bachelor of Speech Pathology (Honours) 78

Engineering and Built Environment

  • Bachelor of Computer Science 78
  • Bachelor of Construction Management (Building) (Honours) 62
  • Bachelor of Design (Architecture) 80
  • Bachelor of Chemical Engineering (Honours) 80
  • Bachelor of Chemical Engineering (Honours) / Bachelor of Business TBC
  • Bachelor of Chemical Engineering (Honours) / Bachelor of Mathematics TBC
  • Bachelor of Chemical Engineering (Honours) / Bachelor of Science TBC
  • Bachelor of Civil Engineering (Honours) 80
  • Bachelor of Civil Engineering (Honours) / Bachelor of Business TBC
  • Bachelor of Civil Engineering (Honours) / Bachelor of Environmental Engineering (Honours) TBC
  • Bachelor of Civil Engineering (Honours) / Bachelor of Mathematics TBC
  • Bachelor of Civil Engineering (Honours) / Bachelor of Surveying (Honours) TBC
  • Bachelor of Computer Systems Engineering (Honours) 84
  • Bachelor of Computer Systems Engineering (Honours) / Bachelor of Business TBC
  • Bachelor of Computer Systems Engineering (Honours) / Bachelor of Computer Science TBC
  • Bachelor of Computer Systems Engineering (Honours) / Bachelor of Mathematics TBC
  • Bachelor of Computer Systems Engineering (Honours) / Bachelor of Science TBC
  • Bachelor of Electrical and Electronic Engineering (Honours) 80
  • Bachelor of Electrical and Electronic Engineering (Honours) / Bachelor of Business TBC
  • Bachelor of Electrical and Electronic Engineering (Honours) / Bachelor of Computer Systems Engineering (Honours) TBC
  • Bachelor of Electrical and Electronic Engineering (Honours) / Bachelor of Mathematics TBC
  • Bachelor of Electrical and Electronic Engineering (Honours) / Bachelor of Science TBC
  • Bachelor of Environmental Engineering (Honours) 70
  • Bachelor of Environmental Engineering (Honours) / Bachelor of Science TBC
  • Bachelor of Mechanical Engineering (Honours) 80
  • Bachelor of Mechanical Engineering (Honours) / Bachelor of Business TBC
  • Bachelor of Mechanical Engineering (Honours) / Bachelor of Mathematics TBC
  • Bachelor of Mechanical Engineering (Honours) / Bachelor of Science TBC
  • Bachelor of Mechatronics Engineering (Honours) 80
  • Bachelor of Mechatronics Engineering (Honours) / Bachelor of Business TBC
  • Bachelor of Mechatronics Engineering (Honours) / Bachelor of Electrical and Electronic Engineering (Honours) TBC
  • Bachelor of Mechatronics Engineering (Honours) / Bachelor of Mathematics TBC
  • Bachelor of Mechatronics Engineering (Honours) / Bachelor of Science TBC
  • Bachelor of Medical Engineering (Honours) TBC
  • Bachelor of Software Engineering (Honours) 80
  • Bachelor of Information Technology 62
  • Bachelor of Information Technology / Bachelor of Business TBC
  • Bachelor of Surveying (Honours) 80
  • Bachelor of Surveying (Honours) / Bachelor of Business TBC

Health and Medicine

  • Bachelor of Biomedical Science 78
  • Bachelor of Medical Radiation Science (Diagnostic Radiography)† 90
  • Bachelor of Medical Radiation Science (Nuclear Medicine)† 78
  • Bachelor of Medical Radiation Science (Radiation Therapy)† 78
  • Bachelor of Medical Science and Doctor of Medicine (Joint Medical Program)† 90 (interview with faculty also required)
  • Bachelor of Nutrition and Dietetics (Honours)† 84
  • Bachelor of Nursing† 70
  • Bachelor of Occupational Therapy (Honours)† 84
  • Bachelor of Oral Health Therapy† 84
  • Bachelor of Pharmacy (Honours)† 84
  • Bachelor of Podiatry† 78
  • Bachelor of Physiotherapy (Honours)† 90

Science

  • Bachelor of Biotechnology 65
  • Bachelor of Development Studies 80
  • Bachelor of Development Studies / Bachelor of Business TBC
  • Bachelor of Development Studies / Bachelor of Social Science TBC
  • Bachelor of Environmental Science and Management 62
  • Bachelor of Exercise and Sport Science 70
  • Bachelor of Food Science and Human Nutrition 62
  • Bachelor of Food Science and Human Nutrition / Bachelor of Business TBC
  • Bachelor of Mathematics 80
  • Bachelor of Mathematics / Bachelor of Computer Science TBC
  • Bachelor of Mathematics / Bachelor of Science TBC
  • Bachelor of Psychological Science 62
  • Bachelor of Science 62

*Bachelor’s degrees and average marks represented are subject to change and are correct at the time of publishing.The Average Mark for a Diploma entry is 50.
†This degree offered by the University of Newcastle’s Faculty of Health and Medicine is subject to a quota and limited places are available. Admission to Year One is not automatically guaranteed.

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