UNSW - Science

Bridging Courses

The UNSW Science Bridging Courses offer you the opportunity to revise or strengthen your knowledge of HSC Chemistry, HSC Mathematics Extension 1, and/or HSC Physics. They also give you a chance to experience how these subject areas are taught at university through 40 hours of tuition consisting of lectures, tutorials, laboratory classes and/or demonstration sessions.

What is assumed knowledge?

Assumed knowledge is what a lecturer or tutor of a first year UNSW course could reasonably expect all students enrolled in that course to know from the beginning of the course. For some degrees and first year courses, it is assumed that students will have achieved a level of knowledge of the subject area that will prepare them to cope successfully with the content of the course, through their high school studies or other equivalent study.
Students who do not have the recommended level of assumed knowledge are not prevented from enrolling in a program, but they may be placed at a considerable disadvantage. Any students who have not achieved the recommended level of assumed knowledge are strongly advised to undertake a bridging course or other preparation course. If you are unsure about whether you meet the assumed knowledge requirements for your degree of choice please check with the faculty that runs the degree.

Who is eligible?

The UNSW Bridging Courses are open to Domestic or International:
  • School leavers
  • Mature-age students
  • Deferred students or
  • Currently enrolled UNSW students
You may undertake the Bridging Courses if you are intending to enrol at another university, however we advise that you first ensure that the UNSW Bridging Course(s) you select is approved by that institution.

Registration and Payment

Registration and fee payment can be made online only. To register for 2015, please click on the relevant subject links below for further details. UPDATE: registrations for 2015 are now CLOSED and will re-open again in January 2016. 

Registrations open:  9am - Friday 2 January 2015
Registrations close: 4pm - Friday 16 January 2015 (late registrations accepted, subject to availability of places)* 
Last enrolment dates:
Chemistry 2pm Thursday 22 January 2015
Mathematics 9am Friday 23 January 2015
Physics 2pm Friday 23 January 2015
* No refunds will be provided for students enrolled on these dates
Once you have completed your registration we will email you a confirmation of enrolment and class information within 2 working days. This email will contain all the important information you will need for your first day of class. If you do not recieve this email, or have registered late you will have to visit the Science Student Centre for enrolment information.
Payment MUST be made as soon as you register and enrol for your class. 
Withdrawals and refunds 
Requests for transfers from one bridging course to another or withdrawals must be received by the Science Student Centre in writing by email to bridging@unsw.edu.au. Transfers and withdrawals will incur a $50 administration fee. The cut-off date for withdrawals for all courses with a refund is 2pm Thursday 22 January 2015. Refunds are made by Electronic Funds Transfer (EFT).

Examinations, Results and Certificates

Each of UNSW’s Bridging Courses includes an examination (see timetable for details). Students who successfully complete the course/s including the examination/s (that is, achieve a mark of 50 or above) will be issued with a certificate.east 50/100.

Contact Us - Chemistry, Mathematics and Physics Bridging Courses:

All enquiries can be directed to:
Science Student Centre, (Bridging Courses) 
Room 128 Robert Webster Building (G14 campus map)
Telephone: (02) 9385 7788