Assumed knowledge

Assumed knowledge is what we expect you to already have when you start a particular degree course. It is not required for admission, but it will help you to understand and succeed in your studies. If you don't have the assumed knowledge you might find it difficult to keep up, as your lecturers will assume that you already have this knowledge.

The following HSC subjects are assumed knowledge for our degree courses:

Engineering degrees

  • HSC Mathematics Extension 1
  • Physics and/or Chemistry

Information Technologies degrees

  • HSC Mathematics Extension 1

Combined Engineering and Information Technologies degrees

  • HSC Mathematics Extension 1
  • Physics and/or Chemistry

Project Management degree

  • HSC Mathematics Extension 1

If you completed Maths Extension 2 in Year 12, we encourage you to consider enrolling in advanced maths subjects in first year.

If you are missing this assumed knowledge for the degree course you're interested in, you can complete a bridging course to bring you up to speed. The following bridging courses are held in February each year, just before the beginning of Semester One:

  • Chemistry
  • Mathematics
  • Physics.

For more information, visit sydney.edu.au/ug-bridging

As an example, if you completed Mathematics (2 unit) or General Maths we strongly advise you to complete the Mathematics bridging course.

Alternative units of study for maths and science

Compulsory (core) mathematics units of study for Engineering and Project Management students assumed NSW HSC Maths Extension 1 (3 unit maths). Students with mathematics (2 unit maths) background are still expected to enrol in these units of study, but we strongly recommend a Maths Extension 1 bridging course.

In the extremely rare case of a new student who has only done General Mathematics, please be aware you are well behind the assumed knowledge for the degree. For these students, we recommend you consult with one of our advisors in person and we can consider enrolment in lower level maths units:
* MATH1011 instead of MATH1001
* MATH1014 instead of MATH1002
* MATH1015 instead of MATH1005
* MATH1013 is not is not an approved alternative for MATH1003

For students who did not attempt Physics at the HSC we can consider enrolment in PHYS1002 instead of PHYS1001.

For students who did not attempt Chemistry at the HSC we can consider enrolment in CHEM1001 instead of CHEM1101.