Next Step Pathway
What is it?
Who is eligible?
- You're an Australian or New Zealand citizen or permanent resident of Australia* and;
- you're a current Higher School Certificate (HSC) student (or studying the equivalent) and are not confident of achieving the necessary ATAR for entry into your dream Macquarie degree or;
- you're a non-school applicant (HSC or equivalent completed more than two years ago or over 21 years of age) without the required qualifications for direct entry into a bachelors degree.
Each degree also has an ATAR cut-off (50, 55 or 60) entry requirement that applies if you completed the HSC (or equivalent) within the last two years. These ATAR restrictions do not apply to non school applicants. See the "Which degrees will I be eligible for?" expandable section below.
*If you do not fall into either of these categories contact Student Connect to discuss possible eligibility.
How can I apply?
Next Step is an upfront, tuition fee paying program and is not available for HECS or FEE-HELP. Tuition fees must be paid in full, prior to the commencement of the Session in which you enrolled. You will be eligible to apply for HECS once you have articulated into a degree program.
How can Next Step help me secure a place in a bachelor degree?
To secure a guaranteed place in a bachelor degree, you are required to:
- successfully complete four units and receive an overall Grade Point Average (GPA) of either 4.0, 4.25, or 4.5 (out of 7.0) as required; and
- complete specific units outlined by the faculty offering the degree (if required); and
- complete and academic communications unit* in the first session of study.
*See the "Recommended units" expandable section below.
Which degrees will I be eligible for?
For recent high school leavers who completed their HSC (or equivalent) within the past two years, a minimum ATAR of 50 is required, selected units require a higher ATAR of 55 or 60 for enrolment. The ATAR restriction does not apply to non-school applicants.
Bachelor of Arts
Bachelor of Media*
Bachelor of Arts – Psychology
Bachelor of Biodiversity and Conservation
Bachelor of Business Administration*
Bachelor of Commerce*
Bachelor of Engineering*
Bachelor of Environment
Bachelor of Human Sciences
Bachelor of Information Technology
Bachelor of Information Technology – Games Design and Development
Bachelor of International Studies
Bachelor of Science
Bachelor of Science – Psychology
Bachelor of Security Studies*
Bachelor of Social Science
Bachelor of Teaching (Early Childhood Education)*
To secure a place into a bachelor degree you must receive an overall Grade Point Average (GPA) as required.
*To be eligible to apply for these specific degrees, you must successfully complete specific units identified by the relevant department offering the degree.
Are you a high achiever? GPA of ≥ 5.0
If you complete your first 2 units with a GPA of 5.0 (credit average) or higher your hard work will be recognised and rewarded. You can articulate into your chosen pathway degree sooner - after just one session of part-time study in the Next Step program. You will automatically be assessed for acceleration eligibility upon release of your examination result*. If you are eligible for articulation, you will be invited to complete the online application via email.
If you are successful in transferring to a Macquarie degree, you will start with a new GPA of zero. However, the credit points for the units undertaken in the Next Step program will count towards your bachelor degree.
*If the bachelor degree you are planning to articulate into has specific unit requirements, then you must have completed two of these units in your first session of study in order to be eligible for accelerated articulation into the bachelor degree.
Academic Communications unit
You are recommended to undertake an Academic Communications unit* as part of your study plan if you are an enrolled Next Step student. These units are specifically designed to prepare you for academic requirements at a tertiary level and focus on developing critical and analytical skills in communication through reading, writing and the discussion of issues in your related area of study.
Full detail of the unit description can be found below:
- ACBE100 - Academic Communication in Business and Economics
- ACSC100 - Academic Communication in Science
- ACSH100 - Academic Communication in the Social Sciences and Humanities
*If you have achieved a HSC performance Band 4 or higher in English, you are exempted from this requirement. However if the faculty of the degree you want to articulate into specifies an Academic Communications unit as part of the Next Step study plan, then you will still need to undertake the Academic Communications unit.
Alisha completed her NSW Higher School Certificate (HSC) in 2016, achieved an overall ATAR of 58, and would like to study a Bachelor of Science. She also achieved a HSC Performance band 3 in English. The ATAR required to study science units (subjects) is 60, so she will not be able to study any science units whilst in the Next Step program. She then selects to study units indicated in the Next Step handbook in which she qualifies and has interest in. As she scored a band 3, she is also required to undertake an Academic Communications unit (preferably the unit relating to science, ACSC100, as that will be most beneficial for her).
Her enrolment may look like this:
Session 1, 2017
ACSC100 - Academic Communications in Science - she must undertake this unit in her first session of study as she did not achieve Band 4 in HSC English.
ANTH106 - Drugs Across Cultures
Session 2, 2017
PHL 131 - Mind, Meaning and Metaphysics
ANTH151 - Human Evolution and Diversity
If Alisha achieves 4 passes, which equates to an overall GPA of 2.0, she can then articulate into her degree of a Bachelor of Science in Session 1, 2018.
If Alisha achieves 2 credits after Session 1, she will be eligible for accelerated articulation and can start her Bachelor of Science in Session 2, 2017.
Frequently Asked Questions
Are bonus points included in the minimum ATAR requirement?
Bonus points are not considered for acceptance into the Next Step program, your ATAR without bonus points will be the criteria used for all application assessment purposes including choosing relevant units to study in the Next Step program.
I studied at another institution can I apply for Recognition of Prior Learning?
You cannot apply for Recognition of Prior Learning until you are admitted into a bachelor degree at Macquarie University.
Can I defer my Next Step offer?
Yes you can defer your studies, however your application is valid for only 12 months. If you defer for longer than 12 months you will have to re-apply and pay the application fee.