Whole-of-Institution Information Set

1. About UNE

UNE has been the leading innovator of flexible study for over 60 years because we are committed to helping busy adults study from anywhere.  In fact, the majority of our students are studying fully online.  UNE also offers a complete on-campus experience, with a vibrant, supportive community, small classes and access to your lecturers. Armidale is an inspiring centre in which to study. It lies in the heart of the beautiful New England Region, located halfway between Sydney and Brisbane on the New England Highway and just a two hour drive from the NSW North Coast.

Affordable accommodation options put you right at the heart of the action, giving you maximum independence and access to academic, sporting and social facilities. All of this means that you get every opportunity to reach your full potential and get the very best start (plus some great memories along the way). That’s why UNE consistently receives the highest five-star rating from our graduates for teaching quality and overall satisfaction in The Good Universities Guide.

In addition to a range of entry pathways, including a popular Early Entry program for school leavers, many students without entry qualifications take advantage of the Pathways Enabling Course, which provides entry to most UNE undergraduate degrees. The course has no tuition fees for domestic students and can be studied online from home. UNE has been the leading innovator of flexible study for over 60 years because we’re committed to helping our students balance their study with other commitments.

Campus Location

Armidale
Our Armidale campus is well equipped with first rate sporting facilities, shops, restaurants, medical facilities, childcare, and a post office. 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.

FutureCampus Parramatta
The FutureCampus is an innovation learning hub providing students with access to student support, workshops, tutorial rooms, study areas, conferencing facilities and online learning technologies.

Regional Study Centres
Students in regional New South Wales have access to our eleven regional study centres at Tamworth, Taree and nine additional centres in Coonabarabran, Narrabri, Moree, Inverell, Tenterfield, Glen Innes, Gunnedah, Guyra and Cooma Universities Centre.

Open Day

Armidale: Friday, 11 May 2018

UNE’s official open day is in early May. Visit une.edu.au/openday. Campus tours are also 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

Orientation:  Monday, 26 February – Friday, 2 March 2018
Trimester 1:  Monday, 5 March – Monday, 18 June 2018
Orientation:  Friday, 6 July 2018
Trimester 2:  Monday, 9 July – Friday, 19 October 2018
Orientation:  Friday, 2 November 2018
Trimester 3:  Monday, 5 November 2018 – Monday, 11 February 2019

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

Contact UNE

Armidale Campus
CRICOS provider number 00003G

Postal enquiries:
Student Central
University of New England
Armidale NSW 2351

In person:
Student Central
Dixson Library Learning Commons
University of New England
Armidale NSW 2351

Telephone:   
Freecall 1800 818 865
International +61 2 6773 2000

Email or Live Chat:  une.edu.au/askune
Website:  une.edu.au
Facebook:  facebook.com/unearmidale
Twitter:  twitter.com/UniNewEngland
YouTube:  youtube.com/UNExtra

2. Admission criteria

A. Applicants with higher education study

If you have ever undertaken tertiary studies, your application will be assessed on the basis of your overall academic record. UNE has study options for you whether you have partially completed your study at another university and wish to transfer your studies to UNE, or you have completed a tertiary qualification and are looking to extend your qualifications or commence study in another area.

We will assess your application against the rules outlined on the Course Rules and Plans tab of each course information web page in the UNE Course and Unit Catalogue.

Completed bridging or enabling course
Your admission application may also be assessed based on a completed bridging or enabling course regardless of where the course was undertaken. Admission applications must include a scanned copy of an academic transcript and your academic results will be converted to an admission rank.

Credit Transfer
Information regarding credit transfer on the basis of 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 course 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. Candidates may also refer to the UNE Policy on Advanced Standing (Credit).

B. Applicants with vocational education and training (VET) study

Admission at UNE is often possible on the basis of previous VET study, such as a Certificate IV or higher. Some courses also allow for block (also called articulation) credit towards a course based on VET qualifications and/or relevant employment experience. For more information about this, visit the Course Rules and Plans tab of your preferred course’s information web page in the UNE Course and Unit Catalogue.

Credit Transfer
Information regarding credit transfer on the basis of 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. Candidates may also refer to the UNE Policy on Advanced Standing (Credit).

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

Australian Year 12 students

You can apply on the basis of an Australian Tertiary Admission Rank (ATAR), an OP for Queensland students, NSW Tertiary Preparation Certificate score or an equivalent qualification that meets the required cut-off for a particular course. The cut-off score is listed for each course in our Course and Unit Catalogue, wherever applicable.

There are conversions available if you have not recently completed Year 12 but obtained a score/rank that can be assessed against the current course cut-off score.

Current International Baccalaureate (IB) students will be assigned a selection rank based on their score from their 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 Australian Tertiary Admissions Rank (ATAR). IB Diploma students will be considered for an offer based on this selection rank (or other recognised qualifications undertaken when at school).

In addition to applying for entry based on their ATAR or OP, current school leavers may also like to consider the following:

ATAR-related adjustments

The Regional Bonus Scheme assists residents of rural or remote areas to gain entry to most UNE courses through an automatic adjustment of two OPs or five selection 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 Regional Bonus Scheme is not available for Medicine, Law (3 Years), Music, or Psychology with Honours degrees.

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

Criteria that may apply in addition to ATAR

Some courses offer specific processes to address their entry requirements, examples of which include:

  • Bachelor of Education (Secondary Music)
  • Bachelor of Medical Science and Doctor of Medicine (Joint Medical Program)
  • Bachelor of Music
  • Bachelor of Nursing
  • Diploma in Music Skills

Relevant information specific to these courses is published in the University's Course and Unit Catalogue.

Other admission options

UNE Early Entry Scheme

The UNE Early Entry program allows you to apply for University before you sit your Year 12 exams, so that you can secure a place as soon as your exams are finished (taking some of the stress out of the exam period). The UNE Early Entry program relies on your High School's assessment of your ability to cope with study at university, rather than an ATAR or OP (or equivalent) score.

The scheme is free to apply to and applications can be completed online. If you plan to undertake a gap year after high school, you must apply while you are still in year 12.

Successful applicants will receive an offer from UNE in November. You will be able to accept your offer immediately and secure your 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. you may need to participate in an audition/interview). A comprehensive list of courses available for Early Entry can be found on the 2018 Early Entry Courses web page.

School Recommendations Scheme (SRS)

If you have applied through UAC for undergraduate admission, you are also able to apply for the School Recommendations Scheme using your existing UAC application number and UAC PIN. SRS offers are made based on the first preference that you have listed in your UAC application. For information changing your preferences, please visit the UAC website. Please note that you are only able to submit one School Recommendations Scheme application, in addition to your UAC application.

If you are successful, UNE will forward a pre-offer advice letter notifying you of the outcome of your SRS application. Once you receive your offer, you will be able to accept immediately and secure your place for the intended academic year.

If you have any further questions about either the Early Entry or School Recommendations Schemes, please contact our Future Students team through the AskUNE Contact Us tab, online Live Chatphone to 1800 818 865, or via Facebook.

The Special Tertiary Admissions Test (STAT)

Special Tertiary Admissions Test is a test recognised by UNE that assesses your ability to understand the material given and to think critically about issues, rather than to test knowledge of curriculum or a specific academic subject. If you have no formal qualifications on which to base your application to a tertiary institution, you may be eligible to be considered for entry to a course by sitting a STAT. Your STAT results provide you with a score which is valid for 3 years.

Educational Access Scheme

UNE acknowledges and provides consideration for applicants who have experienced educational disadvantage. To help with this, UNE has an Educational Access Scheme. Applicants applying for on-campus study can apply for consideration under the EAS administered by the Universities Admission Centre (UAC) and the Queensland Tertiary Admission Centre (QTAC).

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.

TRACKS Tertiary Preparation Course

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

UNE Pathways Enabling Course

The Pathways Enabling Course is a short course which will allow you to be admitted to UNE courses with an entry ATAR of 77 or less. It is undertaken part time and online in just two trimesters.

Elite Athletes, Australian Defence Force Reserve and Emergency Volunteers

UNE is empathetic to the special requirements of Elite Athletes, Australian Defence Force Reserve and Emergency Volunteers and we encourage you to apply for admission to UNE. We specialise in organising tailor-made special arrangements including flexible study options to accommodate your particular circumstances.

Interstate Year 12

UNE can assess a vast range of secondary qualifications, including qualifications from every State and Territory of Australia and from overseas. If in doubt, UNE recommends that you apply for admission anyway and attach a copy of your qualifications.

D. Applicants with work and life experience

Even if you do not have formal qualifications since leaving school or never completed year 12, UNE may still be able to admit you to many of our courses. Mature Age Special Entry as an alternative entry option for applicants without educational qualifications accessed by completing and including a Mature Age Information Pro-forma with your admission application.

The UNE Undergraduate Admission Rule provides for Mature Age Special Entry as an alternative entry option for applicants without educational qualifications. The purpose of completing the mature age form is to enable applicants to provide a supporting case demonstrating their reasonable prospects for academic success at UNE in the undergraduate course/s they are applying for. Please note this pro-forma cannot be used to support admission to some UNE courses with specific entry requirement/s or admission processes such as Law and Medicine.

Alternatively you could undertake the Pathways Enabling Course, the successful completion of which will allow you to be admitted to UNE courses with an entry ATAR of 77 or less.

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

Finished secondary education more than two years ago
If you completed your secondary education more than two years ago, this is no a barrier to admission at UNE. We can still consider your secondary results when assessing your admission application and you also have access all the other alternative admission options available at UNE.  These include the Pathways Enabling Course, TRACKS Tertiary Preparation Program and Special Tertiary Admissions Test (STAT).

3. 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 which focuses on each participant's study skills and career goals. Following an interview, participants are recommended for admission to either UNE courses or TRACKS (see below) and advised on suitable alternatives for study in their chosen field.
  • The Tertiary Preparation Program (TRACKS) is an enabling course which 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 applicants with overseas qualifications

The University recognises and accepts a range of secondary qualifications from internationally-accredited institutions, which may be submitted as part of an application to study with UNE.

Overseas qualifications equivalent to Australian qualifications are based on the guidelines established by the National Office of Overseas Skills Recognition (NOOSR).

For a list of qualifications which are considered the equivalent to an Australian Year 12 Qualification, please refer to the Commonly Accepted Overseas Secondary Qualifications (PDF) provided by UAC.  If you have secondary or tertiary qualifications from a country where English is not the medium of instruction, you will need to provide evidence of proficiency in English.

If you are an Australian citizen or permanent resident of Australia with overseas qualifications please call UNE 1800 818 865 for advice before applying.

English language proficiency

English language proficiency (ELP) is an admission requirement for all tertiary courses offered at UNE. To demonstrate proficiency, at least one of the following criteria must be met:

  • English is the applicant's first language; or
  • Satisfactory completion, within five years of the date of application for admission to UNE, of at least one year of full-time or equivalent full-time study at senior secondary, post-secondary or tertiary level in a country in which English is the primary official language or co-official language and in which English was the sole medium of instruction and assessment for the particular period of study claimed, resulting in an AQF award or an award recognised by the National Office of Overseas Skills Recognition (NOOSR); or
  • A pass grade or better in an English language subject at Australian Year 12 level or overseas equivalent; or
  • An IELTS (Academic) overall score of at least 6.0 with no sub-band less than 5.5; or equivalent TOEFL score of at least 213 in the computer-based test; or at least 79 in the internet-based test with no less than 22 in the written component; or a PTE Academic minimum overall score of 57 with no skill less than 50; or
  • Satisfactory completion of the English for Academic Purposes (EAP) program at the University of New England English Language Centre, or an equivalent EAP program at an Australian university NEAS- accredited English Language Centre (subject to certification from the university concerned that satisfactory completion of that university's EAP program would entitle the applicant to be accepted into a comparable award-bearing program at that university); or at a non-university NEAS-accredited English Language Provider recognised by the Academic Board Teaching and Learning Committee; or
  • Satisfactory completion on a prior or concurrent basis of an English communication skills program appropriate for specific programs approved by the Pro Vice-Chancellor (Academic Innovation) or his/her nominee, on the joint advice of the relevant Head of School and Director UNE International, or equivalent.

Statements of the English language requirements for admission to courses that have identified the need for a higher English language entry standard than that established as the minimum university requirement in the English Language Requirements for Admission Rule are specified in the rule's Annex.

4. 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 bachelor level on campus apply through UAC or QTAC. 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 online through UNE’s Online Application Portal.

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

For information about application opening and closing dates, please refer to the Application and Admission Dates page.

For more detail on alternative entry and pathways options, please visit the Entry Pathways section on the UNE website.

As part of the application process, some courses require you to provide documentary evidence to support your application for admission. These requirements vary from course to course. Where required, you will be asked to provide copies of certificates and transcripts or other relevant documentation, such as employers' letters, in order to establish your eligibility.

Applicants applying directly to UNE or a Tertiary Admissions Centre will typically be notified of their application outcome via email within one week. International applicants can expect to be notified of the outcome within five to ten working days, those applying for Higher Degree Research will typically be notified within six weeks. Timeframes may vary depending on the particulars of your application.

5. Enrolment

If you receive an offer of place from UNE, it will include information about how to accept and enrol.

If you wish to request a deferral (delaying the commencement of your course to a later date), you may do so by completing the Deferral of a Course form. Requests for deferral must be completed prior to the census date of the commencing trimester. Please be aware that in most cases, students are able to defer the commencement of their course for a maximum of one academic year, except for students commencing an on campus undergraduate course who may request to defer for up to two years.

UNE can help lessen the number of units you need to study to be awarded your qualification. If you have completed a tertiary qualification, or even part of a qualification or units within a course at UNE you may be eligible to apply for Advanced Standing. This is sometimes referred to as credit or recognition of prior learning. Visit the advanced standing section on the UNE website for more information.

For information on fees and charges visit une.edu.au/fees.

6. Student and campus services

UNE has a range of student support services. These include counselling, chaplaincy, academic assistance and learning support, and employment and career advice. Campus facilities include a medical centre, computing centre, sporting and recreation facilities, and a childcare centre. The University supports a variety of student organisations, clubs and societies for students to become involved in campus life. For more information on UNE student and campus services, visit unelife.com.au. For students with disabilities and special needs UNE has dedicated support services visit Student Support.

Accommodation

The UNE residential system gives you the benefit of academic, social and personal support networks and a rich tradition of vibrant inter-college competitions in sporting and cultural activities. Living on campus means you are in the ideal position to enjoy the living and learning experience to the fullest. Both socially and academically you are right at the heart of the action. You’ll also be living right next door to SportUNE and the great facilities it has to offer. There are seven colleges, including six traditional college residences, a village of self-contained units and 211 modern studio apartments.

Living on campus at UNE provides greater value for money when compared with other accommodation options, giving you the flexibility to choose a college that suits your budget, along with exclusive academic and personal support to ensure your success. We recommend residential college accommodation be arranged before the start of the academic year. For more information, visit UNE Accommodation.

Dixon Library

You will enjoy free access to a technology-enriched environment at Dixson Library. Computer labs, meeting rooms and large open research spaces are available to support your learning.

Other amenities include:

  • Access to books and electronic resources
  • Dual monitors pc’s
  • Wi-fi access
  • Echo360 video recording and video conferencing software
  • Multi-function devices for printing, scanning and copying​

7. Financial assistance

Youth and student allowances
For details on Youth Allowance, Austudy and ABSTUDY, visit humanservices.gov.au.

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 une.edu.au/current-students/my-course 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.edu.au/scholarships for further information.

8. Student profile

The table below gives an indication of the likely peer cohort for new students at the institution. It provides data on students that commenced undergraduate study and passed the census date in the most relevant recent intake period for which data are available, including those admitted through all offer rounds, across all Australian campuses, and international students studying in Australia.

Applicant background

Trimester 1, 2017

Number of students

Percentage of all students

(A) Past higher education study
(includes a bridging or enabling course)

2,258

41.4%

(B) Past vocational education and training (VET) study

1,022

18.7%

(C) Recent secondary education:

  • Admitted solely on the basis of ATAR
    (regardless of whether this includes the impact of
    adjustment factors such as equity or subject bonus points)
  • Admitted where both ATAR and additional criteria were considered
    (e.g. portfolio, audition, extra test, early offer conditional on minimum ATAR)
  • Admitted on the basis of other criteria only and ATAR was not a factor
    (e.g. special consideration, audition alone, schools recommendation scheme with no minimum ATAR requirement)


145


 

L/N


572



2.7%



L/N


10.5%

(D) Work and life experience
(Admitted on the basis of previous achievement other than the above)

1,339

24.5%

International students

121

2.2%

All students

5,457

100.0%

Notes:  L/N - Low numbers: the number of students is less than 5.

9. Where to get further information