Next Step pathway

Next Step pathway

Your next step to success

What is it?

Our Next Step pathway is the perfect solution if you don't meet the entry requirements to a Macquarie bachelors degree.

You'll study four units part-time on campus: - two units in Session 1 and two other units in Session 2.

You will attend classes alongside current Macquarie students as you would in an undergraduate course.

When the four units are successfully completed, you'll secure your place in one of 18 Macquarie degrees.

Who is eligible?

  • You're an Australian or New Zealand citizen or permanent resident of Australia* AND;
  • you have completed the HSC ( or equivalent) within the last two years and have achieved a minimum ATAR of 50. 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. (ATAR restrictions do not apply to non-school applicants).

*If you do not fall into either of these categories contact Student Connect to discuss possible eligibility.

How can I apply?

Submit an online application. Once your application has been assessed you will be contacted via your nominated email address.

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, before 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.

You have one academic year from time of admission to complete the pathway program. If your studies are carried across more than one academic year, a new application must be lodged, including the application fee of $75.

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:

  1. 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 - referred to as standard articulation; OR
  2. successfully complete two units and receive an overall Grade Point Average (GPA) of 5.0 (out of 7.0) - referred to as accelerated articulation; AND
  3. complete specific units outlined by the faculty offering the degree (if required);   AND
  4. complete an academic communications unit* in the first session of study if applicable in the degree you wish to articulate into.

*See the "Recommended units" expandable section below.

For students who achieve a GPA of ≥ 5.0 out of 7.0 (Accelerated articulation)

If you complete your first 2 units with a GPA of 5.0 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 an online application via email.

Which degrees will I be eligible for?

For recent high school leavers (2017 and 2018 candidates) 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, 60 or 65 for enrolment. No adjustment factors are taken into account for the Next Step program. The ATAR restriction does not apply to non-current school leaver applicants.

How to Read the table below:

Find the entry requirements and units you are required to study for the Macquarie degree you wish to articulate into. The table lists the units available for the Next Step pathway to the degree. Information on each unit can be found in the current Handbook online.

Please note: The articulation GPA requirements within each degree refers to the GPA requirement for a standard articulation. All degrees have a GPA requirement of 5.0/7.0 for accelerated articulation.

Pathways to degrees in the Faculty of Arts

Bachelor of Arts

Minimum ATAR (2017 and 2018 only): 50

Articulation GPA Requirement: No GPA requirements – must successfully pass 4 units

Requirements: Successful completion of 4 units from the Next Step unit list. Do consider including Academic Communications unit ACSH100 - Academic Communication in the Social Sciences and Humanities as one of your units.

Bachelor of Arts - Psychology

Minimum ATAR (2017 and 2018 only): 50

Articulation GPA Requirement: 4.5

Requirements: Successful completion of 4 units from the Next Step unit list. Do consider including Academic Communications unit ACSH100 - Academic Communication in the Social Sciences and Humanities as one of your units. Note that you can take Psychology units once you have articulated into the degree.

Bachelor of International Studies

Minimum ATAR (2017 and 2018 only): 50

Articulation GPA Requirement: 4.5

Requirements: Successful completion of 4 units from the Next Step unit list. Do consider including Academic Communications unit ACSH100 - Academic Communication in the Social Sciences and Humanities as one of your units

**Note that this pathway is not available for mid-year intake

Bachelor of Media

Minimum ATAR (2017 and 2018 only): 50

Articulation GPA Requirement: 4.5

Requirements: 4 compulsory units listed in the table below

Unit code

Unit Name

Session Offered

       

MAS104

Australian Media

1

       

MMCS115

Academic Cultures and Communication

1

       

MAS110

Introduction to Digital Media

1 & 2

       

MAS105

Media Cultures

2

       

Bachelor of Security Studies

Minimum ATAR (2017 and 2018 only): 50

Articulation GPA Requirement: No specific GPA required – must pass all 4 units

Requirements: Four compulsory units listed in the table below

Unit code

Unit Name

Session Offered

       

PICT110

Introduction to Criminology

1

       

PICT113

Terrorism in the 21st Century

1

       

PICT111

Security in an Age of Risk

2

       

PICT112

Strategy and Security in the Indo-Pacific

2

       

Bachelor of Social Science

Minimum ATAR (2017 and 2018 only): 50

Articulation GPA Requirement: 4.0

Requirements: Successful completion of 4 units from the Next Step unit list. Do consider including Academic Communications unit ACSH100 - Academic Communication in the Social Sciences and Humanities as one of your units

Pathways to degrees in the Faculty of Business and Economics

Bachelor of Business Administration

Minimum ATAR (2017 and 2018 only): 55

Articulation GPA Requirement: 4.5

Requirements: 1 compulsory unit and three elective units

Unit code

Unit Name

Session Offered

       

Compulsory unit

ACBE100

Academic Communication in Business and Economics

1 & 2

       

Elective units – choose 3 units from the list of units below:

ACST101

Finance 1A

1 & 2

       

BBA102

Principles of Management

1 & 2

       

MKTG101

Marketing Fundamentals

1 & 2

       

ECON111

Microeconomic Principles

1 & 2

       

Bachelor of Commerce

Minimum ATAR (2017 and 2018 only): 55

Articulation GPA Requirement: 4.0

Requirements: Two compulsory units and two elective units (each elective chosen from a different set)

Unit code

Unit Name

Session Offered

       

Compulsory units

ACBE100

Academic Communication in Business and Economics

1 & 2

       

ECON111

Microeconomic Principles

1 & 2

       

Elective unit 1 – Choose your first elective from the two units listed below:

ACCG100

Accounting in Society

1 & 2

       

ACST101

Finance 1A

1 & 2

       

Elective unit 2 – Choose your second elective from the two units listed below:

BBA102

Principles of Management

1 & 2

       

MKTG101

Marketing Fundamentals

1 & 2

       

Pathways to degrees in the Faculty of Human Sciences

Bachelor of Human Sciences

Minimum ATAR (2017 and 2018 only): 50

Articulation GPA Requirement: 4.5

Requirements: Successful completion of 4 units from the Next Step unit list. Do consider including an Academic Communications unit as one of your units

Bachelor of Speech, Hearing and Language Sciences

Minimum ATAR (2017 and 2018 only): 50

Articulation GPA Requirement: 4.5

Requirements: Successful completion of 4 units from the Next Step unit list. Do consider including Academic Communications unit as one of your units

Bachelor of Teaching (Early Childhood Education) – Diploma of Children’s Services Cohort

This pathway is for students who have completed a Diploma of Children’s Services

Minimum ATAR (2017 and 2018 only): 50

Articulation GPA Requirement: 4.0

Requirements: Three compulsory units and an elective unit from People or Planet electives

Please note: This degree is only available for Session 1 intake.

Unit code

Unit Name

Session Offered

       

Compulsory units

ACSH100

Academic Communication in the Social Sciences and Humanities

1 & 2

       

ABST100

Introducing Indigenous Australia

1 & 2

       

ECHE118

Infancy and Early Development

2

       

Elective – choose one other People or Planet unit from the Next Step Unit List

People or Planet units are shown on the Next Step unit list with the note Designated PEOPLE unit or Designated PLANET unit

Bachelor of Teaching (Early Childhood Education) – all other applicants

This pathway is for students who have NOT completed a Diploma of Children’s Services

Minimum ATAR (2017 and 2018 only): 50

Articulation GPA Requirement: 4.0

Requirements: Two compulsory units and two elective units

Please note: This degree is only available for Session 1 intake.

Unit code

Unit Name

Session Offered

       

Compulsory units

ECHE120

History and Philosophy of Early Childhood

1

       

ACSH100

Academic Communication in the Social Sciences and Humanities

1 & 2

       

Elective units – choose 2 units from the list of units below:

ABST100

Introducing Indigenous Australia

1 & 2

       

ECHE118

Infancy and Early Development

2

       

ECH131

The Arts in Early Childhood Contexts

2 & 3

       

Pathways to degrees in the Faculty of Science and Engineering

Bachelor of Biodiversity and Conservation

Minimum ATAR (2017 and 2018 only): 50

Articulation GPA Requirement: 4.0

Requirements: Successful completion of 4 units from the Next Step unit list. Do consider including Academic Communications unit ACSC100 - Academic Communication in Science as one of your units

Bachelor of Engineering

Minimum ATAR (2017 and 2018 only): 60

Articulation GPA Requirement: 4.25

Requirements: Three compulsory units

Unit code

Unit Name

Session Offered

      

Compulsory units – Mathematics – choose one of

MATH135

Mathematics IA

1 & 2

      

MATH130

Mathematics IE

1 & 2

      

Compulsory units

PHYS140

Physics IA

special note :prerequisites to take this unit: HSC Mathematics Band 4-6 or Extension 1 Band E2-E4 or Extension 2) or MATH130

1 & 2

      

ENGG100

Introduction to Engineering

1 & 2

      

Elective – choose one other unit from the Next Step Unit List

Choose a unit from the Next Step unit list – any Faculty, any Department

Bachelor of Environment

Minimum ATAR (2017 and 2018 only): 50

Articulation GPA Requirement: 4.25

Requirements: Successful completion of 4 units from the Next Step unit list. Do consider including Academic Communications unit ACSC100 - Academic Communication in Science as one of your units

Bachelor of Information Technology

Minimum ATAR (2017 and 2018 only): 60

Articulation GPA Requirement: 4.0

Requirements: Successful completion of 4 units from the Next Step unit list. Do consider including Academic Communications unit ACSC100 - Academic Communication in Science as one of your units

Bachelor of Information Technology – Games Design and Development

Minimum ATAR (2017 and 2018 only): 60

Articulation GPA Requirement: 4.0

Requirements: Successful completion of 4 units from the Next Step unit list. Do consider including Academic Communications unit ACSC100 - Academic Communication in Science as one of your units

Bachelor of Science

Minimum ATAR (2017 and 2018 only): 60

Articulation GPA Requirement: 4.0

Requirements: Successful completion of 4 units from the Next Step unit list. Do consider including Academic Communications unit ACSC100 - Academic Communication in Science as one of your units

Bachelor of Science - Psychology

Minimum ATAR (2017 and 2018 only): 60

Articulation GPA Requirement: 4.0

Requirements: Successful completion of 4 units from the Next Step unit list. Do consider including Academic Communications unit ACSC100 - Academic Communication in Science as one of your units. Note that you can take Psychology units once you have articulated into the degree.

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.

Glossary

Minimum ATAR (2017 and 2018 only) – students who completed their HSC in 2017 or 2018 must have this ATAR to choose this degree pathway. The ATAR restriction does not apply to non-school applicants

Articulation GPA requirement: You must achieve this GPA in your studies at Macquarie University to be able to articulate into this degree program. The GPA is out of 7.00.

Compulsory units: Some Next Step pathways have units that must be successfully completed to articulate into the degree.

Elective units: Some Next Step pathways have elective units that you choose as part of your pathway

Unit Name: The name of the unit you will take. More information about the unit can be found in the Handbook, including location

Session offered: Some units are offered in Session 1 or Session 2 or sometimes both Session 1 and 2 (so you choose which session). Next Step students can take up to 2 units each semester.

Next Step Unit list: Every year the University selects units suitable for Next Step students. Some units have pre-requisites of minimum ATARS. This is the Next Step Unit List for 2019.

People and Planet units: Some Pathways require students to undertake People and Planet units. People and Planet units are a unique feature of Macquarie's undergraduate curriculum. They enable students to achieve the breadth of understanding required by today's graduates by requiring them to study outside their primary discipline. People and Planet units enable students to understand the challenges and issues facing the world at present and develop the capacity to be engaged and ethical local and global citizens. In essence, People units are designed to give students an understanding of what it means to live in the social world, and to develop cultural or social literacy. Planet units enable students to develop scientific literacy and to understand what it means to live in the physical world.

Academic Communications unit: 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. If you are choosing a non-specified pathway, consider taking an Academic Communications unit. The Academic Communications units are:

ACBE100 - Academic Communication in Business and Economics

ACSC100 - Academic Communication in Science

ACSH100 - Academic Communication in the Social Sciences and Humanities

Recommended units

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 an 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.

Example

Alisha completed her NSW Higher School Certificate (HSC) in 2017, achieved an overall ATAR of 58, and would like to study a Bachelor of Science. She also achieved an 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 unit list 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, 2019
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, 2019
PHL 131 - Mind, Meaning and Metaphysics
ANTH151 - Human Evolution and Diversity

If Alisha achieves 4 passes, which equates to an overall GPA of 4.0, she can then articulate into her degree of a Bachelor of Science in Session 1, 2020.

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, 2019.

Frequently Asked Questions

Are adjustment factors included in the minimum ATAR requirement? 

Adjustment factors are not considered for acceptance into the Next Step program, your ATAR without adjustment factors 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.

I am a current Next Step student. How can I change or add units? 

Simply complete the Next Step Change of Enrolment form.

Please note: if your studies are carried across more than one academic year, a new application must be lodged, including the application fee of $75.

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