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.

Course Dates Days Time Cost (incl. GST)
Biology 3-7 February 2014 Weekdays 9:00am - 4:30pm $360
Chemistry 5-13 February 2014 Weekdays 9:30am - 4:30pm $340
Mathematics Day
(2-unit and Ext. 1)
10-25 February 2014 Weekdays 10:00am - 12:00pm $425
Mathematics Evening
(2-unit and Ext. 1)
10-27 February 2014 Mon - Thu 6:00pm - 8:00pm $425
Physics 17-25 February 2014 Weekdays 9:30am - 4:30pm $385


Registrations for Bridging Courses have now closed. If you have any questions, please email .


  • Biology Bridging Course registration closes at midnight on Thursday 30 January.
  • Chemistry Bridging Course registration closes at 9am on Tuesday 4 February. For a late registration, please go to the Chemistry Building on Wednesday 5 February and ask for Don Radford.
  • Mathematics Bridging Course registration closes at midnight on Thursday 6 Febraury.
  • Physics Bridging Course registration closes at 4pm on Friday 14 February.

If you have any questions regarding your registration, including late registrations, please contact .

Bridging course scholarships

A number of equity-based bridging course scholarships are available for undergraduate students who will enrol at the University in 2014. When awarding these scholarships we will be looking at the following criteria:

  • You are currently financially disadvantaged
  • You have financial difficulties due to a disability or rural disadvantage, or
  • You expect to be financially disadvantaged whilst at university

Applications are now closed for the University of Sydney Bridging Course Scholarships.

Biology Bridging Course

The Biology Bridging Course is strongly recommended if you are starting university and have not completed HSC Biology. It is also a great opportunity to refresh your knowledge after a break from study, or if you found biology difficult at school.

Topics Include:

  • cell biology
  • cellular reactions (respiration, photosynthesis and protein synthesis)
  • diversity of organisms
  • reproduction and genetics
  • evolution
  • ecology
  • scientific writing, numeracy, biological drawing and microscopy

Course Delivery
The course includes lectures and small group classes. Workshops and practical classes will consolidate the material presented in lectures and focus on developing skills required for the study of biology. You attend a one hour lecture followed by a two hour workshop or practical session each morning and afternoon, with a one hour lunch break. Morning tea is provided after the morning lecture. A website accompanying the course allows you to download lecture material and revision questions each day. A formative assessment task will be made available on the website at the end of the course but there is no formal examination.

Note that practical sessions will take place in a teaching laboratory so students are required to wear appropriate footwear that covers the toe, heel and top of the foot.

Times: 9:00am - 5:00pm
Dates: Monday 3 February – Friday 7 February 2014
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. 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.

Course Delivery: You will attend two sessions a day, 9:30am-12:30pm and 1:30-4:30pm, 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. For more information, contact Don Radford or Adrian George at

Some courses offered at Cumberland College by the Faculty of Health Sciences also require a background in Chemistry. More information can be viewed on our website.

Dr Donald Radford
Phone: 02 9351 2743

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 majoring in mathematics, computer science or physics; or 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 the 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)

10-25 February 2014

10:00am - 12:00pm $425
(2 Unit and Ext. 1)
10-27 February 2014 6:00pm - 8:00pm $425

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 not to cover the entire HSC Physics syllabus, but instead to provide a good general introduction to the subject so that students can understand the lecture and laboratory material from the beginning of the year. It is not about the coverage of content but rather the development of skills.

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 17 February – Tuesday 25 February 2014
Fee: $385.00

Physics Bridging Course Contact:
Tom Gordon
Phone: 02 9351 3201