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Undergraduate course

Diploma in Arts and Social Science

The University of Newcastle

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There is so much to explore in arts and social science, and even more career pathways for you to follow.

Find your special interests or develop diverse skills across a broad range of subjects including Indigenous studies, communication, criminology, sociology and anthropology, geography, history, linguistics, human services, and international studies. Whether you want to become a journalist, community development manager, anthropologist, or cultural heritage conservationist, the Diploma in Arts and Social Sciences will help you get there.
You will receive embedded support from the Pathways and Academic Learning Support Centre, including access to a dedicated Student Liaison Officer, a quiet workspace for independent study and smaller class sizes in your foundational courses.

The Diploma in Arts and Social Science provides you with a level 5 Diploma qualification and a degree pathway at the University of Newcastle. Upon completion of the Diploma, you’ll receive guaranteed entry into the Bachelor of Arts, the Bachelor of Criminology, the Bachelor of Development Studies, the Bachelor of Global Indigenous Studies, the Bachelor of Media and Communication, or the Bachelor of Social Science.

Areas of study

Society and Culture, Arts, Humanities, Social Sciences, Communication, Criminology, Development Studies, Global Indigenous Studies, Media, Sociology, English and Writing, Screen and Cultural Studies.

Career opportunities

The Society and Culture study area is large and diverse with employment opportunities in local, state and commonwealth public service, non-government organisations, higher education, media and communications and in arts and cultural organisations.

Admission criteria

Applicants with recent secondary education

Applicants who achieve an ATAR (or equivalent) of 50 or above are eligible for admission.

We encourage you to undertake bridging courses. NUPrep Bridging offers academic preparation and support short courses, which are free and can be completed on campus or online before you start your degree.

Explore NUPrep Bridging Courses

Applicants with higher education study

Applicants who have completed a minimum of two units of higher education study are eligible for admission.

Applicants with vocational education and training (VET) study

Applicants who have completed a competency based AQF Level 3 qualification (Certificate III) or higher are eligible for admission.

Applicants with work and life experience

If you do not have an ATAR (or equivalent) or formal qualification, Newcastle University offers a range of pathways toward your dream degree. No matter what your age or experience, there is a place for you.

Explore University of Newcastle entry options.

Further information

View all details of this course on the University of Newcastle website.

ATAR profile

ATAR-based offers only (semester 1, 2023)

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.