The UNSW Mathematics bridging course is designed to prepare you for entry into university programs requiring first-year Maths. It will help develop your skills and basic understanding to step confidently into your first year of study. Topics from HSC Mathematics Extension 1, include:

  • Revision of algebra
  • Functions
  • Trigonometric identities and inverse trigonometric functions
  • Calculus
  • Induction
  • Combinatorics and Binomial Theorem
  • Further calculus, including integration leading to inverse trigonometric functions
  • Newton’s method
  • Application of calculus to the physical world.

Offered twice a year, UNSW Mathematics bridging course runs before Term 1 (February) and Term 3 (September) each year. It provides 40 hours of tuition comprised of online lectures and optional face-to-face tutorials.

The fee is $380.

Is the UNSW Mathematics Bridging Course for Me?

The UNSW Mathematics bridging course is for you if you have no prior knowledge of HSC Mathematics Extension 1 and intend to pursue maths-related courses in the first year of your degree.

It prepares you for entry directly into Mathematics 1A, which is a compulsory course in many science-based degrees as well as all engineering and mathematics degrees at UNSW.

To enter Mathematics 1A, it is assumed that you have knowledge and understanding equivalent to:

  • a result of 90 in HSC Mathematics (‘2 unit’ – not the pre- 2001 HSC Course Mathematics in Society or HSC General Mathematics), or
  • a combined mark of over 100* in HSC Mathematics (‘2 unit’) and HSC Mathematics Extension 1 (‘3 unit’), or
  • a satisfactory grade in the UNSW Mathematics bridging course.

If you do not have the above-assumed knowledge for entry to Mathematics 1A, you’re advised to enrol in Fundamentals of Mathematics B in your first term.

If you’re unsure and would like to check whether you need to study the Mathematics bridging course, you can call our adviser for first-year students at (02) 9385 7011 or email us.

View the UNSW Mathematics bridging course timetable.

TAFE Essential Mathematics for Higher Education Course

This course is offered in partnership by UNSW and TAFE Randwick for students who have no background in HSC '2 Unit' Mathematics. If you’re having difficulty with mathematics in the first year of your chosen degree, you can complete the TAFE Essential Maths course.