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University of New England
NSW 2351 Australia

About UNE

The University of New England (UNE) remains one of the few universities to provide the complete on-campus experience, combining affordability, student support and community as well as some of the most extensive sporting facilities of any regional university in Australia.

Armidale is an inspiring centre in which to study. It lies in the heart of the beautiful New England, located halfway between Sydney and Brisbane on the New England Highway and just a two-hour drive from the NSW north coast.

UNE consistently receives the highest five-star rating for Teaching Quality and Overall Satisfaction in the Good Universities Guide. Year after year, these results reflect the outstanding academic and social support experienced by students, and the world-class facilities for teaching and research.

UNE’s three teaching periods give our students the flexibility to combine traditional on-campus study with online learning. This means that many degrees can be completed over a shorter period, and allow students year-round access to academic support.

Online study

UNE has been the leading innovator of flexible study for over 60 years because we’re committed to helping busy adults study from home so they can balance study with their commitments. UNE now offers a new generation of mobility and flexibility in online education that makes a tertiary education and your dreams more achievable than ever.

Flexible entry

UNE has a range of admission pathways, including a popular Early Entry program for school-leavers.

Many students without entry qualifications also take advantage of the Pathways Enabling Course, which provides entry to most UNE degrees. The course has no tuition fees and can be studied online from home.

Campuses

Our Armidale campus is well equipped with first rate sporting facilities, shops, restaurants, medical facilities, childcare, a post office and banking facilities. In addition to excellent study facilities, we provide an environment that facilitates the creation of lifelong friendships. On-campus facilities include:

  • Sport UNE – Offers students a great range of on-campus sporting facilities, including rock climbing, soccer, yoga, archery, hockey and basketball.
  • Café Life – Located in the centre of the campus, the café is a great place for lunch, snacks or an espresso coffee during the day.
  • The Booloominbah Collection – The Brasserie and Courtyard Café are located in the historic Booloominbah homestead. Relax with coffee and cake or enjoy excellent food for breakfast or lunch throughout the year at Booloominbah.
  • Campus Essentials – A retail shop, newsagent and post-office rolled into one, Campus Essentials has everything needed for life at UNE.
  • Campus bookshops – There are two bookshops on campus:  United Campus Bookshop, which stocks all current student textbooks, and the Secondhand Bookshop, where students can buy used textbooks at reduced prices.
  • Medical Centre – The UNE Medical Centre is located within the Tablelands Clinical School building, adjacent to Armidale Hospital in Butler St. International students are able to access this facility and use their Overseas Student Health Cover (OSHC) for a number of different health services.
  • Childcare – UNE offers childcare to staff and students at a university managed centre called Yarm Gwanga (meaning 'place for children') including long day care, residential and vacation care.

Open days

Armidale: Friday, 11 May 2018.

Visit the UNE website for more information. 

Campus tours are a great way to see the campus and to get information relevant to you. To book a personalised tour, visit Campus tours or call 1800 818 865.

Important dates

For a full list of important dates, visit Principal dates on the UNE website.

Admission criteria

General admission information

To be eligible for admission to a UNE course, you must satisfy all entry requirements. These requirements include English language proficiency, subject prerequisites, entry score (OP/selection rank) and, for some courses, course specific requirements.

You are selected on the basis of an OP or selection rank for most courses. A selection rank can be assigned to a range of recognised qualifications as well as admission pathways such as paid work experience and special admissions tests.

UNE will generally use the best of the ranks assigned (age restrictions and other requirements may apply for some qualifications and entry pathways, and some course exceptions may also apply).

For more information about admissions policies, refer to the Course Rules and Plans tab of each course on the information web page in the UNE Course and Unit Catalogue.

Applicants with higher education study

If you have undertaken previous recognised higher education level study (e.g. AQF bachelor degree level and higher) this will be assigned a selection rank based on the level, duration and Grade Point Average (GPA) of the study.

If you have several selection ranks calculated (e.g. ranks based on year 12 results, VET study, higher education study, employment), you will generally be considered on the highest rank. Exceptions may apply to some courses and courses with additional entry requirements.

You are also required to meet relevant subject prerequisites for the course you are applying for. These can be satisfied by successfully completing Senior secondary subjects (or equivalent). You must also satisfy any additional entry requirements.

Credit transfer/recognition of prior learning

Information on credit transfer for previous study can be found under the heading Advanced Standing in the Course Rules and Plans tab of each course information web page in the UNE Course and Unit Catalogue.

Credit referred to in the catalogue as based on ‘admission to candidature’ will be automatically assessed with your admission application. Some courses rules provide for pre-approved credit for a combination of prior study and relevant employment experience. 

Similarly, credit for previous UNE units of study can also be assessed with your admission application. In these cases, there is no need to apply separately for credit.

All other credit assessments require formal lodgement of a separate credit application with supporting documentation such as a certified official academic transcript and unit descriptions for the units you are relying on for the credit to be granted. Refer to the UNE policy on advanced standing for more information.

Bridging and enabling course entry

UNE recognises a number of bridging and enabling courses undertaken at recognised Australian providers for entry. Contact UNE for more information.

Applicants with vocational education and training (VET) study

Completed competency-based and graded AQF certificates III and IV, AQF diplomas and sub-degree level study (based on level, duration, Grade Point Average (GPA)) will be assigned a selection rank.

If you have several selection ranks (e.g. based on year 12 results, VET study, higher education study, employment), you will generally be considered on the highest rank. Some course exceptions may apply.

You must also meet relevant subject prerequisites for the course you are applying for. These can be satisfied by successfully completing Senior secondary subjects (or equivalent).

Subject prerequisites are not generally able to be met through certificate-level study.

You must also satisfy any additional entry requirements.

Credit transfer/Recognition of Prior Learning

Information on credit transfer for previous study can be found under the heading Advanced Standing in the Course Rules and Plans tab of each course information web page in the UNE Course and Unit Catalogue.

Credit referred to in the catalogue as based on ‘admission to candidature’ will be automatically assessed with your admission application. Some courses rules provide for pre-approved credit for a combination of prior study and relevant employment experience. Similarly, credit for previous UNE units of study can also be assessed with your admission application. In these cases there is no need to apply separately for credit.

All other credit assessments require formal lodgement of a separate credit application with supporting documentation such as a certified official academic transcript and unit descriptions for the units you are relying on for the credit to be granted. Refer to the UNE policy on advanced standing for more information

Applicants with work and life experience

Post-secondary professional and paraprofessional qualifications and service will be considered, including:

  • some creative arts, language and civil aviation qualifications
  • memberships of professional associations for which qualifying exams are undertaken
  • police, defence and emergency services experience.

You may also use admission pathways such as employment experience and the Special Tertiary Admissions Test (STAT); age restrictions apply. STAT results are not accepted for current Year 12 students or for applicants under the age of 18.  STAT is not accepted for graduate entry programs. STAT is only valid for three years from the sitting date of the test.

If you have several selection ranks (e.g. based on year 12 results, VET study, higher education study, employment), you will generally be considered on the highest rank. Some course exceptions may apply.

You are also required to meet relevant subject prerequisites for the course you are applying for. These can be satisfied by successfully completing Senior secondary subjects (or equivalent). You must also satisfy any additional entry requirements.

Applicants without formal qualifications should visit the UNE website for more information.

Bridging and Enabling Course Entry

UNE offers the following enabling courses:

UNE Pathways Enabling Course

The UNE Pathways Enabling Course is a short course which provides a pathway to UNE courses. For more information, visit the UNE website.

TRACKS Tertiary Preparation Course

Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander (ATSI) applicants have the option of undertaking the TRACKS Tertiary Preparation Program to be part of a community of other like-minded ATSI students, sharing similar goals and interests that lead to admission into mainstream UNE courses.

Applicants with recent secondary education (within the past two years)

Current Queensland Year 12 OP-eligible students will be considered for an offer based on their OP (or other recognised qualifications undertaken while at school).

Current Queensland Year 12 students who are ineligible to receive an OP will be assigned a QTAC selection rank based on this study and will be considered for an offer based on this selection rank (or other recognised qualifications undertaken while at school).

Current Interstate Year 12 students will be assigned a selection rank based on their ATAR and will be considered for an offer based on this selection rank (or other recognised qualifications undertaken while at school).

Current International Baccalaureate (IB) students will be assigned a selection rank based on the score from the completed IB Diploma. As agreed by admissions centres around Australia, the IB score is converted to a 'combined rank'. The combined rank is on the same scale as the ATAR (Australian Tertiary Admissions Rank). This is then converted to QTAC selection rank. For more information, visit International Baccalaureate (IB) studies. IB Diploma students will be considered for an offer based on this selection rank (or other recognised qualifications undertaken while at school).

Results from Home Schooling, Accelerated Christian Education and other non-standard Year 12 programs (with SAT tests) may also be assigned a selection rank and considered for an offer based on this selection rank (or other recognised qualifications undertaken while at school). Contact UNE for more information.

Applicants with Overseas Year 12 Study

UNE will consider equivalent overseas Year 12 qualifications for admissions purposes. Contact UNE for more information. If you have secondary or tertiary qualifications from countries where English is not the standard language of instruction, you must provide evidence of English language proficiency.

Other Qualifications Completed in Year 12

Other recognised qualifications completed when at school such as completed competency-based and graded AQF Certificates III and IV (completed), diplomas, higher education study, and some creative arts qualifications (in the areas of music, dance, and speech) will also be assigned a selection rank.

You are also required to meet relevant subject prerequisites for the course you are applying for.  This will be satisfied by successful completion of Senior secondary subjects (or equivalent). Any additional entry requirements must also be satisfied.

OP/selection rank adjustments

UNE caps the overall number of OP/selection rank adjustments for all applicants regardless of the combination of educational access or special entry admission schemes to which they are entitled. The maximum adjustment is two (2) OPs or five (5) ranks.

Adjustments may be applied under the following schemes:

Educational Access Scheme (EAS)

EAS is for students who have experienced difficult circumstances that have adversely impacted on their studies. Applicants applying for on-campus study can apply for consideration under the EAS administered by QTAC or UAC.  A maximum adjustment of two (2) OPs or five (5) ranks may be applied

Location Adjustment Scheme

The Location Adjustment Scheme assists resident of rural or remote areas to gain entry to most UNE courses through an automatic bonus of two (2) OPs or five (5) ranks. The scheme is open to people living in areas classified as inner regional, outer regional, remote or very remote under the Australian Standard Geographic Classification (ASGC).

The Location Adjustment Scheme is not available for law, medicine, music, or psychology with honours degrees.

Criteria that may apply in addition to OP/selection rank

Some courses have specific processes to address their entry requirements, such as:

  • Joint Medical Program (JMP) – the JMP has a specific yearly admission process; visit the UNE website for information.
  • Bachelor of Music, Bachelor of Education (Secondary Music) and Diploma in Music Skills – these courses require an audition. The audition is a separate process conducted in addition to applying for admission to the music degree.

You can find additional entry requirements for courses in the UNE Course and Unit Catalogue.

Other admission options

UNE Early Entry Program

Open to current Year 12 students, the UNE Early Entry program allows application for university before students sit Year 12 exams, so that a student can secure a place as soon as exams are finished (taking some of the stress out of the exam period). The UNE Early Entry program relies on the student’s High School's assessment of their ability to cope with study at university, rather than an OP/selection rank (or equivalent) score.

The scheme is free to apply to and applications can be completed online. If a student plans to undertake a gap year after high school, application for the scheme must be made while still in year 12.

Successful applicants will receive an offer from UNE in November and will be able to accept the offer immediately and secure a university place for the intended academic year. Not all courses are available for early entry, due to the nature of their application processes (e.g. where audition/interview may be required). 

A comprehensive list of courses available for early entry can be found on the 2019 Early Entry Courses web page.

Internal Selection Program for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander candidates

Internal Selection Program (ISP) is a one-day testing and assessment program which focuses on each participant's study skills and career goals. Following an interview, participants are recommended for admission to either mainstream UNE courses or the TRACKS Tertiary Preparation Program and advised on suitable alternatives for study in their chosen field.

Bachelor of Nursing Alternative Pathway

Bachelor of Nursing applicants who do not meet the standard entry criteria may seek to enter via an alternative pathway. For more information, visit the UNE website.

Additional information

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people

The Oorala Aboriginal Centre is a teaching, research and study support centre for internal and external Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students at the University of New England. We offer academic advice, tutorial assistance, a computer room, a resource library, tutorial rooms and a student common room for relaxation and study.

All Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students are welcome at Oorala and can access the student resource area, a study facility where there are computers, internet, printers, lounge and kitchen. 

This area is also available for students to meet with their tutors, other students, or to take time out to relax.

Oorala Aboriginal Centre offers two programs for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students who would like to apply for admission to UNE undergraduate courses:

  • The Internal Selection Program (ISP) is a one-day testing and assessment program focusing on each participant's study skills and career goals. Following an interview, participants are recommended for admission to either UNE courses or TRACKS and advised on suitable alternatives for study in their chosen field.
  • The Tertiary Preparation Program (TRACKS) is an enabling course that prepares you for university study and supports you to make informed choices about applying for a UNE undergraduate course. Be part of a community of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students who share your goals and interests! TRACKS is designed to assist students with the development of study skills and the transition to mainstream university courses. TRACKS offers on-campus or online study.
Domestic students with overseas qualifications

UNE will consider equivalent overseas qualifications for admissions purposes. If you have secondary or tertiary qualifications from countries where English is not the standard language of instruction, you must provide evidence of English language proficiency.

Call UNE on 1800 818 865 for advice before applying.

English language proficiency

UNE requires students to demonstrate that they can speak, write, read and comprehend English to a specified standard. Visit English language proficiency for information on UNE’s English proficiency requirements, including ways to demonstrate English language proficiency.

Enrolment

Timing of offers

UNE makes year round offers for most courses. Term 1 offers will take place between August and February; Term 2 offers will occur between March and June. Visit Key dates for more information.

Offers

QTAC applicants are notified of their UNE offer by email and must respond to their offer online by the due date.

Deferment

Application for deferment of a course is made by completing the Deferral of a Course form. Requests for deferment must be completed prior to the census date of the commencing trimester.

In most cases, students can defer the commencement of their course for a maximum of one academic year, except for students commencing an on campus undergraduate course who can defer for up to two years.

Credit transfer/Recognition of Prior Learning

Information on credit transfer for previous study can be found under the heading Advanced Standing in the Course Rules and Plans tab of each course information web page in the UNE Course and Unit Catalogue.

Credit referred to in the catalogue as based on ‘admission to candidature’ will be automatically assessed with your admission application. Some courses rules provide for pre-approved credit for a combination of prior study and relevant employment experience. Similarly, credit for previous UNE units of study can also be assessed with your admission application. In these cases there is no need to apply separately for credit.

All other credit assessments require formal lodgement of a separate credit application with supporting documentation such as a certified official academic transcript and unit descriptions for the units you are relying on for the credit to be granted. Refer to the UNE policy on advanced standing for more information.

Fees and charges

Visit the UNE website for information on fees and charges.

Student profile

The table below gives an indication of the likely peer cohort for new students to UNE. It provides data on students who commenced undergraduate study and passed the census date for semester 1, 2018, including those admitted through all offer rounds, across all Australian campuses and international students studying in Australia.
Student profile
Applicant background Semester 1, 2018
Number of students % of all students
(a) Higher education study
(includes a bridging or enabling course)
801 28.36%
(b) Vocational education and training (VET) study 325 11.51%

(c) Recent secondary education:

Admitted solely on the basis of OP/selection rank (regardless of whether this includes the impact of adjustment factors such as equity or subject bonus points

 

122

 

4.32%

Admitted where both OP/selection rank and additional criteria were considered (e.g. portfolio, audition, extra test, early offer conditional on minimum OP/selection rank) 0 0%
Admitted on the basis of other criteria only and OP/selection rank was not a factor (e.g. special consideration, audition alone, school recommendation scheme with no minimum OP/selection rank requirement, VET qualification completed during school) 515 18.24%
(d) Work and life experience
(Admitted on the basis of previous achievement other than the above)
991 35.09%
International students 70 2.48%
All students 2824 100%
Notes:        <5 – The numbers of students is less than five.
                    N/A – Students not accepted in this category.
                    N/P – Not published: the number is hidden to prevent calculation of numbers in cells with less than five students.

How to apply

How you apply to UNE depends on the course you are applying for, your preferred mode of study and the level of course you intend to undertake.

New students to UNE intending to study at undergraduate level on campus apply through QTAC or UAC.

Higher Degree Research applicants apply to UNE's Research Services.

International applicants apply through UNE’s International Office.

All other applicants apply directly to UNE through UNE’s Online Application Portal.

Specific application processes apply for medicine, nursing and music degrees.

For more information on applying for a particular course, visit the How to Apply page and the How to Apply section in UNE’s Course and Unit Catalogue entry for your preferred course.

For information about application opening and closing dates, visit the Application and Admission Dates page.

For more detail on alternative entry and pathways options, visit Entry Pathways.

Student and campus facilities

The UNE campus has banking facilities, bookshop, newsagency, cafeteria, licensed restaurant, shops plus expansive sporting facilities.  Medical, careers, employment, chaplaincy and counselling services are also available to students. Students can also access personalised learning support, IT and library services.

Student accommodation

UNE’s residential system gives you the benefit of academic, social and personal support networks and a rich tradition of vibrant inter-college competitions in sport and cultural activities. Only a short walk from the academic campus, UNE college students are academically and socially right at the heart of the action.

UNE’s residential accommodation houses over 2000 students across multiple colleges, including Wright College which provides 200 modern living spaces complete with private kitchen and bathroom facilities.

All residential colleges are centrally heated. Dining halls, common rooms, kitchenettes, washing machines, dryers and drying rooms are available. We recommend residential college accommodation be arranged before the start of the academic year. Find out more about accommodation.

Financial assistance

Youth and student allowances 

For details on Youth Allowance, Austudy and ABSTUDY, visit Department of Human Services.

Loans

UNE offers interest-free loans for enrolled students who are facing genuine financial difficulty for enrolment-related expenses. Eligibility criteria apply. For more information, visit the UNE website or call (02) 6773 2617.

Scholarships

It’s easier than you think to get extra financial help to pay for the cost of university. Unlike government help that you have to repay when you start earning, a UNE scholarship never has to be repaid. They are open for all to apply and don’t cost you anything.

There are scholarships for:

  • high academic achievement
  • students who plan to live in a residential college
  • students from regional areas
  • specific subject areas and degrees
  • students who are disadvantaged
  • students who excel at sport

Visit UNE scholarships for more information.

Course admissions information

For course admission information (including the OP/selection rank profile for semester 1, 2018 admissions) please refer to the individual course entry in Course Search.

Where to get more information

 

Page last updated: 04 Jul 2018