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Bachelor of Arts

The University of Newcastle

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Enrich your mind, diversify your skills and safeguard your future with a work-ready arts degree at the University of Newcastle. If you want to expand your knowledge of the world and human culture, hone your critical thinking skills, and be inspired by creativity, communication, and knowledge in the past and the present, then a Bachelor of Arts is for you.

Be guided by scholars of international standing as you develop a collaborative research project or use your writing skills to interpret and analyse language and culture-spanning literary, audiovisual, and other forms. With a broad range of majors, minors and learning streams, this degree allows you to test out your interests and design a program best suited to what you want to study and where you want to go in life.

Areas of study

English and writing, film, French studies, German, global Indigenous studies, history, human geography and the environment, Japanese studies, linguistics, media and cultural studies, politics and international relations, psychology studies, sociology and anthropology. Minors are also available in ancient history, Chinese, education, gender and sexuality studies, information technology, studies of religion, violence studies, writing studies.

A suite of majors and minors are also available online.

Career opportunities

Employment options for graduates are linked with your chosen areas of specialisation and may include roles in local, state and commonwealth public service, non-government organisations, higher education, media and communications, arts and cultural organisations, as well as other diverse sectors which are increasingly calling for employees possessing skills developed by the Bachelor of Arts.

Practical experience

The Bachelor of Arts program allows you to undertake practical placements in your second and third years of study. These opportunities will be designed to further develop the identified key employability skills that are useful to a range of careers. Opportunities exist to undertake Work Integrated Learning (WIL) courses, internship and placements to enhance your career goals. Bachelor of Arts graduates develop specialist expertise and valuable job skills that are adaptable across various careers and industries in Australia and around the world.


Available as an additional year (or part-time eqv) to students based on merit in most of the major study areas.

Fees and charges

Refer to University of Newcastle current fee information.

Admission criteria

Applicants with recent secondary education

Recommended studies: English Advanced. For psychology studies major: Mathematics Advanced.

Applicants with higher education study

If you completed higher education or partial higher education studies your grade point average can be converted to a selection rank to be used for admission purposes.

Applicants with vocational education and training (VET) study

If you studied vocational education and training, the type of qualification, whether or not you completed it, and if it was graded or competency-based, will all be taken into consideration to assess your eligibility for admission.

Applicants with work and life experience

If you haven't completed any formal secondary, VET or higher education studies we offer a range of options to get you on the pathway to your dream degree.

Explore University of Newcastle entry options.

Advanced standing

If you have already successfully undertaken relevant study at another higher education institution or from the TAFE/VET sector, you may be granted credit on enrolment in a program. This is in addition to using that study to help determine your rank and eligibility to enter a program at the University of Newcastle.

Further information

View all details of this course on the UON website.

ATAR profile

ATAR-based offers only (semester 1, 2022)

Use all ATAR profile data as a guide only; it provides a broad overview of the ATARs and selection ranks of previous Year 12 students admitted into that course. ATARs and selection ranks required for entry in 2023 may be different. If you are unsure about including a course among your preferences, contact the relevant institution.

  1. This ATAR profile table is in line with Commonwealth Government transparency requirements. It is based on offers to recent school leavers (ie completed Year 12 in the last 2 years) who were selected solely or partly on their ATAR. Note that some institutions further differentiate this information on their websites.
  2. The ATAR values exclude any adjustment factors.
  3. The selection ranks include the ATAR and any adjustment factors.


– = data is not available.
<5 = less than 5 ATAR-based offers were made.
N/A = no offers were made on the basis of ATAR.
NC = new course
NP = Not provided by institution
NR = No reportable profile
NS = No Semester 1 offers
NN = Unavailable (other)
NO = Entry on other criteria

Student profile

Course updates
Courses are added and cancelled throughout the admissions year and course details are subject to change. Check the UAC course search regularly.

Review of programs
The academic content of all programs is subject to routine review. For up-to-date details, visit University of Newcastle degrees.

Applicants should note that under the revised Australian Qualifications Framework some programs are four-year programs available with direct entry. Other programs are three-year Bachelor degree programs. Meritorious students have the option to apply for an additional one-year end-on component after graduation. Check the course descriptions carefully.