Bridging Courses

Many courses in science have assumed knowledge which are subjects we expect you to have studied before you begin this course. If you don't have the assumed knowledge you won't be excluded from the course but you might find it difficult to manage the work, as your lecturer will assume you have this knowledge.

Our bridging courses run during February, just before the beginning of semester one.

We recommend you take a bridging course if you’re about to start studying a course and you do not have the assumed knowledge you need for it. It is also an excellent refresher if you are returning to study.





(inc. gst)


20-24 February





8-16 February




Mathematics Day  
(2-Unit & Ext 1)

13-28 February




Mathematics Evening (2-Unit & Ext 1)

13 Feb-2 March





20-28 February





Registration will open on 9 January 2017.

If you have any questions regarding registration, please email .

Closing dates

The Mathematics Bridging Courses will close registration at 12pm on Friday 10 February. Should you wish to enrol after this date, please go to the Mathematics Learning Centre (Level 2 South Fisher Library, University of Sydney) on Monday 13 February at 9am (daytime classes) or 5pm (evening classes) and we can register you if there is a place available. You will need a credit card for payment.

Bridging course scholarships

A number of equity-based bridging course scholarships are available for undergraduate students who will enrol at the University in 2017. When awarding these scholarships we will be looking at the following criteria:

  • Financial disadvantage; you are receiving Youth Allowance or some other means-tested Commonwealth benefit, or you expect to be by 31 March 2017

Priority will also be given to students who meet one or more of the following criteria:

  • Medical disability
  • Rural/remote area

Please check the Equity Scholarships website for application details and closing dates. Successful students will be notified directly by the University.

Biology Bridging Course

The Biology Bridging Course is strongly recommended if you are starting university and have not completed HSC Biology or the equivalent. It is also a great opportunity to refresh your knowledge after a break from study, or if you found biology difficult at school. In the Bridging Course, you’ll work in teams to learn modern laboratory techniques, new ways of communicating scientific data, and design your own experiments to explore the environment on campus. Through these activities, we’ll cover topics such as cell biology, cellular biochemistry, genetics (classical/Mendelian and molecular), evolution, and the diversity of organisms and their systems.

Course Delivery
Each day, you will participate in a mixture of lectures, investigative laboratories, and interactive workshops. Morning tea will be provided every day, and at lunch you’re free to explore the campus and surrounds. At the end of the course, we will have a relaxed game show-style event where you and your group can test your understanding and win great prizes.

Note that for laboratory sessions, you will need to wear appropriate footwear that covers the toe, heel, and top of the foot.

Times: 9:00am - 4:30pm
Dates: Monday 20 February – Friday 24 February 2017
Fee: $360.00

Biology Bridging Course contact:
Dr Charlotte Taylor

Chemistry Bridging Course

This course is designed for students who are entering a tertiary institution and intend to take a first year chemistry unit without having completed HSC Chemistry. Those who have completed HSC Chemistry are also welcome to come along and refresh their memory.

PLEASE NOTE: This course is not suitable for students who are attending Cumberland College courses in the Faculty of Health Sciences except for those who are enrolling in the Bachelor of Applied Science (Exercise and Sport Science)/Master of Nutrition and Dietetics who will be studying Chemistry at the main campus.

Course Delivery: You will attend two sessions per day, 9am-12pm and 1pm-4pm, which will consist of a one hour lecture followed by a two hour small-group tutorial with about ten students per tutor. In all, the course covers 13 topics. The complete notes can be viewed on our website.

The same course is also available as an external course which can be undertaken at any time during the year. Enrolling in the external course is done through the School of Chemistry. Find out more on our website.

Times: 9am-4pm
Dates: Wednesday 3 February – Thursday 16 February 2017
Fee: $390.50

Chemistry Bridging Course Contact:

Mathematics Bridging Course

Many tertiary courses require a certain level of mathematics. Almost all courses in the Faculty of Science require at least HSC Mathematics (2-Unit). If you intend to major in mathematics, computer science or physics; or to study an engineering course, you require a good understanding of HSC Mathematics Extension 1.

Mathematics offer two bridging courses:

The Extension 1 course is for you if you have done Mathematics (2-Unit) in the HSC and wish to enrol in a course which has an assumed knowledge of Extension 1 Mathematics (3-Unit).

The 2-Unit course is for you if you have not done Mathematics (2-Unit) and want to study a subject for which 2-Unit Mathematics is assumed knowledge. The main content of this course will be an introduction to differential calculus together with revision of the necessary algebra and coordinate geometry. Knowledge of Year 10 Mathematics will be assumed.

Course Delivery
Courses are offered during the day and in the evening. The classes are small so that you receive the maximum amount of individual attention, and consist of 12 two-hour classes. You are expected to spend at least two hours per day on private study and homework during the bridging course, however there are no examinations.

Dates and Times:
The following table gives the dates and times for both the 2-Unit and Extension 1 courses.




(inc GST)

(2 Unit and Ext. 1)

Monday 13 - Tuesday 28 February 2017

10am - 12pm


(2 Unit and Ext. 1)

Monday 13 February - Thursday 2 March 2017

6pm - 8pm


Contact for Course Information and Enrolment:
The Mathematics Learning Centre

Phone: 02 9351 4061

Physics Bridging Course

The Physics Bridging Course is strongly recommended if you are starting university and are about to take physics for the first time, need to refresh your knowledge after a break from study, or have tried physics and found it difficult.

The purpose of the course is to provide a good general introduction to the subject so that students can better appreciate the lecture and laboratory material from the beginning of the year as well as an introduction of skills and content.

Topics include:

  • measurement and units
  • motion along a straight line
  • vectors and motion in two and three dimensions
  • force and motion
  • work and energy
  • conservation of energy
  • systems of particles
  • collisions
  • oscillations

Course Delivery
The course comprises lectures, tutorials and experimentation to consolidate the information presented. A typical day consists of a 1.5 hour lecture followed by a 2.5 hour tutorial in both the morning and the afternoon. There is a one hour lunch break during the middle of the day.

Lectures are interactive with participation in large classroom activities. The tutorials are group based where you examine what you have learnt by practising problems and exploring demonstrations more closely.

Times: 9:30am - 4:30pm
Dates: Monday 20 February – Tuesday 28 February 2017
Fee: $390.50

Physics Bridging Course Contact:
Gabriel Nguyen
Phone: 02 9351 3201