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 and physics 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.
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.
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.
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.
There are two mathematics bridging courses, each of which covers 24 hours of tuition.
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. You'll cover a range of topics including 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, and oscillations.
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.
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.