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 will open in November

Indicative cost: $380

Each of UNSW’s bridging course includes 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.

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. 

Withdrawals and transfers will incur a $50 administration fee. 

Refunds are made by Electronic Funds Transfer (EFT). 

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

Chemistry: Monday 18 January to Friday 5 February 2021 (Fully Online) with optional in person 2-hour tutorials and 2-hour labs from 1-4 February, and Optional Final Exam on Friday 5 February

Mathematics: Online course starts Monday 30 November and ends 3 February, 2021.  Optional classroom tutorials optional from Monday 18 January until 3 February. (Course can be taken fully online if chosen)  Optional final exam Friday 5 February