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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 has introduced 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.

Who does it apply to?

2019 entry to university 

The mathematics prerequisites apply to:

  • domestic and international students who are undertaking a secondary education (Year 12) qualification in Australia, such as the NSW Higher School Certificate (HSC) or any other Australian state or territory Year 12 qualification, IB diploma or GCE A Level. This includes all students undertaking an Australian Year 12 qualification outside Australia.

It also applies to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander applicants who apply through the Cadigal Scheme. An Associate Dean may admit an applicant under the Cadigal Scheme who has not achieved band 4 in Mathematics, if satisfied that the student meets the standards by demonstrating the capacity to succeed in coursework at a university level; and subject to a requirement that they enrol in and successfully complete an approved mathematics prerequisite course in their first year of study or where required, in a subsequent attempt. 

The mathematics prerequisites don’t apply to:

  • students applying for entry based on higher education study (ie. Transferring from a current undergraduate degree) may be admitted on their ATAR or at least one year of full time higher education study, or equivalent
  • students who have deferred their degree, taken a gap year or graduated high school prior to 2018
  • all domestic students applying on the basis of approved preparation programs or other qualifications accepted by the University.

2020 entry to university 

The mathematics prerequisites apply to:

  • all domestic students applying on the basis of undertaking a secondary education (Year 12) qualification in Australia, such as the NSW Higher School Certificate (HSC) or any other Australian state or territory Year 12 qualification, IB diploma or GCE A Levels
  • all domestic students applying on the basis of undertaking an Australian Year 12 qualification outside Australia (applies to all Australian state and territory Year 12 qualifications)
  • all onshore international students applying on the basis of undertaking a Year 12 qualification (or equivalent) in Australia, such as the NSW Higher School Certificate (HSC) or any other Australian state or territory Year 12 qualification, IB diploma or GCE A Level
  • all international students applying on the basis of undertaking an Australian Year 12 qualification outside Australia (applies to all Australian state and territory Year 12 qualifications)

as well as:

  • all domestic students applying on the basis of higher education study 
  • all domestic students applying on the basis of approved preparation programs (see Mature-age Entry Scheme) or other qualifications accepted by the University
  • all students applying through admission pathways will have to demonstrate achievement in mathematics
  • all international students applying on the basis of approved preparation programs (foundation programs) in Australia, including Australian university preparation programs undertaken outside Australia (students would need to have undertaken equivalent studies in Mathematics as part of the foundation program).

If you do not fall within any of the above categories, the mathematics prerequisite does not apply to you.

Meeting the requirement

Students need to achieve a Band 4 in the HSC Mathematics* (not Mathematics General) or similar result in equivalent interstate year 12, IB or GCE A Level subjects or other Year 12 qualifications, to be eligible for admission to a range of courses, including economics, commerce, computing, engineering and IT, medicine, psychology, pharmacy, veterinary science and science.

*The subject requirement refers to Mathematics (not Mathematics General or Mathematics Standard), or Mathematics Advanced which will be first examined in the NSW HSC in 2020.

Options if you don't meet the prerequisite

If you do not meet the mathematic prerequisite, consider the options below.

The Mathematics Massive Open Online Course (Introduction to Calculus MOOC) and post-MOOC examination is not intended for students who have not undertaken any studies in mathematics and is not a substitute to studying the required mathematics subjects in high school. The post-MOOC examination will be available prior to each University intake for students who are at a standard to successfully complete the requirements of the Mathematics MOOC and post-MOOC examination. Students who are successful in the post-MOOC examination will be eligible for an offer of admission to courses with the maths prerequisite if they also meet the ATAR (or equivalent) and other applicable admission criteria.

You may consider this option to initially enrol in a course which does not have the maths prerequisite and apply to transfer after completing the required studies in mathematics (as specified by the University). Admission to a course with the maths prerequisite is based on the better of students’ ATAR (or equivalent) or performance in at least one year of higher education study; and completion of an accepted mathematics unit at university (refer to table below).

Where you already have the required ATAR (or equivalent) for your chosen mathematics prerequisite affected course, you would only be required to complete one semester of study that includes the required studies in mathematics.

Accepted mathematics units of study

Unit of study For what course?
MATH1111 introduction to Calculus* All award courses subject to Maths standards
ECON1003 Quantitative Methods in Economics Bachelor of Economics
Bachelor of Economics/Bachelor of Advanced studies
ENVX1002 Introduction to Statistical Methods Bachelor of Science/Bachelor of Advanced Studies (Agriculture)
Bachelor of Science/Bachelor of Advanced Studies (Animal and Veterinary Bioscience)
Bachelor of Science/Bachelor of Advanced Studies (Food and Agribusiness)
Bachelor of Science/Bachelor of Advanced Studies (Taronga Wildlife Conservation)
Equivalent Unit from another university As assessed by the University

*MATH1111 represents the minimum standard for an acceptable mathematics subject that meets the maths prerequisite. Mathematics subjects taken at a higher level will also be considered to meet the maths prerequisite.
 

Courses with mathematics as a course prerequisite for admission in 2019

Equivalent subjects for Australian Year 12 qualifications and other onshore secondary education qualifications

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

Qualification Mathematics Subject Required Result
NSW Higher School Certificate (HSC)  Mathematics (or from 2020, Mathematics Advanced), 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 Methods B-
Tasmania Certificate of Education (TCE) Mathematical Methods 4 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
Other secondary education qualifications undertaken in Australia (the prerequisite only applies to students undertaking the below qualifications in Australia).
International Baccalaureate (IB) Mathematics SL or HL (not Mathematical Studies)
Mathematics: applications and interpretations HL
Mathematics: analysis and approaches SL or HL
SL 5 or HL 4
GCE A-Level Mathematics or further Mathematics B

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