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



Year Total 2018 Program Fees (A$)


$20, 680




Standard Track: 12 months (3 trimesters)

Fast Track: 8 months (2 trimesters)


February, June, October



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


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


  • 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


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.


Business, IT and Law

  • Bachelor of Business 58
  • Bachelor of Commerce 58
  • Bachelor of Business/Commerce(combined degree) 78
  • Bachelor of Laws (Honours) (combined degree) 84

Education and Arts

  • Bachelor of Arts 55
  • Bachelor of Arts/Bachelor of Science(combined program) 78
  • Bachelor of Communication 70
  • Bachelor of Creative Industries 62
  • Bachelor of Development Studies 65
  • Bachelor of Fine Art 55
  • Bachelor of Music 55(audition required)
  • Bachelor of Natural History Illustration 70
  • Bachelor of Social Science 55
  • Bachelor of Social Work (Honours) 70
  • Bachelor of Speech Pathology (Honours) 78
  • Bachelor of Teaching (Early Childhood and Primary) (Honours) 62
  • Bachelor of Teaching (Primary) (Honours) 62
  • Bachelor of Teaching (Humanities) (Honours) 62
  • Bachelor of Teaching (Fine Art) (Honours) 62
  • Bachelor of Teaching (Health and Physical Education) (Honours) 62
  • Bachelor of Teaching (Mathematics)(Honours) 62
  • Bachelor of Teaching (Science)(Honours) 62
  • Bachelor of Teaching (Technology)(Honours) 62
  • Bachelor of Theology 55
  • Bachelor of Visual Communication Design 65

Engineering, Science and Information Technology

  • Bachelor of Biotechnology 65
  • Bachelor of Computer Science 65
  • Bachelor of Construction Management(Building) (Honours) 62
  • Bachelor of Design (Architecture) 78
  • Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) 70
  • Bachelor of Environmental Science and Management 55
  • Bachelor of Exercise and Sport Science 70
  • Bachelor of Food Science and Human Nutrition 62
  • Bachelor of Information Technology 62
  • Bachelor of Mathematics 70
  • Bachelor of Psychology (Honours) 70
  • Bachelor of Science 62

Health Sciences

  • 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 Nutrition and Dietetics (Honours)† 84
  • Bachelor of Nursing† 65
  • 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

*Bachelor’s degrees and average marks represented are subject to change and are correct at the time of publishing.
†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 1 is not automatically guaranteed.

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