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Bridging courses

Helping undergraduate students get up to speed
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Keen to study something new but don’t have the basic knowledge? Our bridging courses can prepare you to study university-level mathematics or science. 

We run bridging courses in mathematics, biology, statistics, chemistry, physics and grammatical analysis for undergraduate students.

Each course is held as a workshop that runs for several days, introducing the fundamentals of a complex subject.

You will be brought up to speed to a point where you can comfortably follow lectures and participate in tutorials and lab classes.

You are not required to take a bridging course before starting your course, but we do recommend it if you intend to take a subject at university level that you didn’t study during Year 12 or your HSC equivalent.

Registration, cost and dates

Most bridging courses run during February each year, in the two weeks before Semester 1 starts. Specific dates are published in August, six months prior.

Registration opens in January. Your fees need to be paid at least one week before the course commences.

Fees cover the textbook or accompanying handbook and lecture notes. A USB stick with presentations and lectures may also be provided.


University of Sydney bridging courses




Suitable for
  • Science students enrolling in first-year biology
  • Bachelor of Health Sciences students

The biology bridging course takes five full days and covers cell biology, cellular reactions, diversity of organisms, reproduction and genetics, evolution, ecology, scientific writing, numeracy, biological drawing and microscopy. You work in teams to learn modern laboratory techniques, design experiments and communicate scientific data.

More information, including dates and how to register




Suitable for
  • Science and Engineering students enrolling in first-year chemistry
  • Bachelor of Applied Science (Exercise and Sport Science/Master of Nutrition and Dietetics) students

Preliminary Chemistry covers atomic structure, ionic and covalent compounds, formulas and equations, chemical reactions, stoichiometry, oxidation and reduction, acids and bases. It’s offered as an internal course, with six contact hours on campus each day over seven days. You can also take it as an external course at any time during the year – study at your own pace and get tutorial assistance by email.

More information, including dates and how to register

Grammatical analysis



Suitable for
  • Bachelor of Applied Science (Speech Pathology) second-year students
  • Bachelor of Health Sciences (Hearing and Speech) second-year students

The course is run over three days, from 10am to 2pm. It covers grammatical structures and analysis. If you have taken Linguistics and Phonetics, you do not need to take this course.

More information, including dates and how to register




Suitable for
  • Science students
  • Engineering students

There are two mathematics bridging courses, each of which covers 24 hours of tuition.

  • The mathematics extension 1 course is for people who have taken two-unit mathematics at HSC level and will be enrolling in a course that assumes knowledge of extension 1 mathematics (three unit).
  • The mathematics two-unit course is for those who have not done HSC mathematics – it assumes knowledge of basic Year 10 mathematics.

More information, including dates and how to register




Suitable for
  • Psychology students
  • Public health and other postgraduate degrees requiring statistics

This six-day course run over two weeks develops basic mathematics skills and statistical concepts. It covers the use of a scientific calculator, algebra and linear equations, concepts in probability and summarising data using graphs, mean, standard deviation and correlation.

More information, including dates and how to register

Bridging courses in other subjects

While we don’t offer bridging courses in other subject areas than the six listed above, we recommend the Centre for English Teaching for English language bridging courses.

The Centre for Continuing Education, Summer School and Winter School provide revision and preparatory courses in a range of subject areas.

The Learning Centre and Mathematics Learning Centre provide a number of workshops and resources to help students get up to speed with university study.