UNSW Science bridging courses in physics, chemistry and mathematics are short, in-depth courses designed to strengthen your knowledge in the key areas required for your first year of study.  

The bridging courses are meticulously designed to help you attain the level of assumed knowledge required to successfully manage first-year course content. 

While the physics bridging course is taught entirely online, the chemistry and mathematics bridging courses give you the option of face-to-face tutorials. This lets you experience how they are taught at UNSW through 40 hours of tuition consisting of:

  • lectures
  • tutorials
  • laboratory classes
  • demonstration sessions.

Registration for all bridging courses will open in November.

Assumed Knowledge

Assumed knowledge is what your lecturer or tutor will reasonably expect you to know from the beginning of your course. If you don't have the assumed knowledge for your course, you can still apply to UNSW, however, we strongly encourage you to undertake bridging or other preparation courses to ensure you get the most out of your first year of undergraduate study. 

If you’re not sure whether you meet the assumed knowledge requirements for your degree of choice, you can ask us a question or call us on 02 8263 8102.


UNSW Science bridging courses are open to domestic or international:  

  • school leavers 
  • mature-age students 
  • deferred students 
  • currently enrolled UNSW students. 

You may undertake the bridging courses at UNSW even if you’re intending to enrol at another university. 

However, we advise you to first ensure that the UNSW bridging course(s) you select is approved by that institution. 

Additional Information

Registration for 2021 Bridging Courses. See individual pages for registration info:


Maths Registration opens 22 February 2021; complete prior to term 2 commencement at UNSW


Indicative cost: $380

  • The Physics & Mathematics bridging courses include an examination as outlined in the timetable below.
    Students who successfully complete the course(s) including the examination(s) by achieving a mark of 50 or above will be issued a certificate.
  • The Chemistry Bridging course requires completion of 85% of course activities and 3x task submissions in order be issued a certificate of completion.

Call (02) 8263 8102 or email us


You can email Science Student Services to request a withdrawal or transfer from one bridging course to another. 

The last day to withdraw is 3 days after course registration closes.

Withdrawals and transfers will incur a $50 administration fee. 

Refunds are made by Electronic Funds Transfer (EFT). 

For Maths bridging course refund requests, note they are only provided if student has not completed 20% of the course content and/or participated in 4 hours or more of the online activities.

Physics: Monday 18 January to Friday 5 February 2021 (Fully Online)

ChemistryMonday 18 January to Friday 5 February 2021 (Fully Online)

Optional in person tutorials and labs from Monday 1- Thursday 4 February (Labs from 10am-2pm, Tutorials from 1pm-3pm)

Mathematics:  Registration opens Monday 22 February and closes Friday 7 May.   Online course opens from 22 March for self-study.  Optional live classes from Monday 10 May to Wednesday 26 May 2021.  (Fully Online) 

It is recommended students aim to complete as much of the online material as they can before the live online classes start on Monday 10 May.