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Mathematics course prerequisites

To apply for some courses, students are required to complete mathematics through their high school studies.

The University is introducing mathematics course prerequisites for some courses from 2019 to help students thrive in their science, technology, engineering and mathematics related degrees and prepare them to tackle future career challenges.

Meeting the requirement

Students need to achieve Band 4 in the NSW Higher School Certificate (HSC) Mathematics (not General Mathematics) or similar result in equivalent interstate or IB subjects to enrol in a range of courses, including economics, commerce, engineering and IT, psychology, pharmacy, veterinary science and science.

Please note, students who defer their offer to study at the University in 2018 are not required to meet the mathematics course prerequisites. These students will be assessed on current requirements for their chosen course. 

Courses with mathematics as a course prerequisite for entry in 2019


UAC code Course
512309 B Music Studies/D Medicine


UAC code Course
512400 B Pharmacy
512402 B Pharmacy and Management (new course in 2017)

IB and other equivalent subjects

Subjects listed below are considered equivalent to the NSW Higher School Certificate (HSC) Mathematics (not General Mathematics).

Qualification Equivalent subject Equivalent result
International Baccalaureate (IB) Mathematics SL or HL SL 5 or HL 4
NSW Higher School Certificate (HSC)  Mathematics, Mathematics Extension 1 or 2 Mathematics (Band 4) or Extension (Band E3)
Australian Capital Territory Certificate of Education (ACT) Mathematical Methods (Major) or Specialist Mathematics (Major) 142
Queensland Senior School Certificate (QCE) Mathematics B H
South Australia and Northern Territory Certificate of Education (SACE/NTCET) Mathematical Studies B-
Tasmania Certificate of Education (TCE) Mathematics Methods CA
Victorian Certificate of Education (VCE) Mathematical Methods (CAS) or Mathematical Methods (CAS) CBE 30
Western Australia Certificate of Education (WACE) Mathematics: Methods ATAR 58
National Certificate of Education Achievement (NCEA) Calculus Achievement (A) of at least 14 credit points
GCE A-Level Mathematics or further Mathematics B