High School Students & Teachers

Whether you're a school student, teacher or career advisor, UNSW Science offers a range of on-campus events and activities throughout the year for the primary and secondary school community. We can also offer Science or STEM-focused interactive activities delivered by our staff and students in your school or online. 

UNSW also runs a wide range of events open to the general public. Find more details on the following calendars: 

We hope to see you soon on campus.

Moving from high school to university is an exciting and challenging time. UNSW Science aims to make this transition as smooth as possible for all students.

Find the right area of Science for you

Explore the wide variety of degree options and science subjects available at UNSW. If you’re not sure which area of science you want to study, we recommend you sign the Bachelor of Science and Bachelor of Advanced Science. You'll be able to study core science subjects while trying out different areas of science of interest to you.

Learn more about our undergraduate courses.

Life on Campus

We encourage students to get involved with a range of extra-curricular activities. Arc, the Student Organisation is a great place to start, along with the Student Life information on the UNSW website. 

If you are considering living on campus in student accommodation, learn more about our Residential Communities.

Visit our Future Students page for information on degrees and how to apply to UNSW. 

The following terms will become very familiar to you when studying at UNSW.

Program

A program at UNSW is your degree and will have a four-digit program code (e.g. 3970 Bachelor of Science).

Major

A major is a defined sequence of study within a program (e.g. Bachelor of Science with a Major in Chemistry). In some programs, it's possible to do more than one major.

Course

All programs and majors at UNSW are made up of courses. Courses are like subjects at school. Each course has an 8-digit course code (e.g. CHEM1011) and usually involve lectures, tutorials and labs. In Science there are various types of courses:

  • Core Courses are compulsory courses that must be taken for a program or major.
  • Science Electives are any courses from a Science school.
  • Free Electives are courses that may be taken from anywhere across the university; either from Science or another Faculty.
  • General Education Courses are courses that must be taken from outside the Faculty of Science.

Each course is made up of lectures (large classes with a formal presentation from a lecturer) and tutorials (smaller, interactive classes led by a tutor) or labs (hand-on classes in a laboratory). Full-time students generally complete four courses each term.

Units of Credit

Courses, majors and programs at UNSW are measured in Units of Credit (UoC). A standard study load is 8 courses, or 48 Units of Credit (UoC), per year spread over three terms.

Undergraduate vs Postgraduate

  • Undergraduate degrees (bachelor and honours) are for students who have not studied at university before
  • Postgraduate studies are for people who wish to expand on their previous studies or working experience with further coursework study or research. They include graduate certificates, graduate diplomas, masters degrees and doctorates

Faculty

A large academic department focused on a broad area. At UNSW there are 8 Faculties (Art and Design, Arts and Social Sciences, Business, Built Environment, Engineering, Law, Medicine and Science).

School

A smaller academic department that sits within a faculty and focuses on a more specific subject area. Within each faculty are a number of schools who teach the courses in their area of expertise. In Science, there are 9 schools: Aviation, Biological, Earth & Environmental Sciences (BEEs), Biotechnology and Biomolecular Sciences (BABs), Chemistry, Materials Science and Engineering, Mathematics & Statistics, Optometry and Vision Science, Physics and Psychology.

UNSW Science works closely with career advisors to provide advice on our study options and potential science careers.

Visit Careers Advisers Resources to access additional resources, tools and online request forms. 

An annual series of free, one-day workshops for female students finishing their high school studies (years 10 - 12). The workshops encourage female students to consider mathematics as a career.