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Bridging courses

For some courses or units of study, we assume you have reached a certain level of knowledge or have passed a relevant subject at Australian Year 12 level, such as the NSW Higher School Certificate (HSC) or equivalent.

You can find more information about HSC subjects and the expected level of study in other qualifications in the syllabus of HSC subjects.

If you do not have the assumed knowledge for your course, we strongly recommend that you undertake bridging studies. Otherwise, you might find it difficult to manage the work, as your lecturer will assume you are familiar with this area of study. Bridging courses are also useful if you struggled with the subject in high school, or need a refresher. Bridging courses do not provide you with enrolment qualifications or satisfy prerequisites for degrees within the University of Sydney.

Each bridging course is almost entirely self-directed learning via online resources, with scheduled online face-to-face sessions that are highly recommended but not compulsory to attend live. You will be brought up to speed, to a point where you can comfortably follow lectures and participate in tutorials and lab classes. As the courses are designed to prepare you for first-year university study, they aren't assessed and aren't an academic qualification.

If you're unsure about whether a bridging course will help you for a particular unit of study, contact the coordinator of the unit to find out.

Registrations for 2021 bridging courses are now closed. Registrations for 2022 will open in January 2022. Sign up to receive email updates

Bridging courses available

Cost: $300 - $360, subject to change

Suitable for science students enrolling in first-year biology. The Biology bridging course is strongly recommended if you are starting university and have not completed HSC Biology (or equivalent), or found Biology difficult at school.


The course places emphasis on building conceptual understanding and developing skill sets to prepare you for first-year biology units. You will explore core biology concepts around evolution, diversity, cell biology, molecular biology and genetics. 

Course delivery

The format of 2022 bridging courses will be updated closer to the course start date. The course will be delivered through a mixture of lectorials, tutorials and self-directed learning from provided resources. Problem-based worksheets and group work will be assigned for each topic. In the final week, we will have a relaxed game show-style event where you and your group can test your understanding and win prizes.

Contact us

Dr Hong Dao Nguyen

Cost: $340, subject to change

Suitable for: science and engineering students enrolling in first-year chemistry, as well as Bachelor of Applied Science (Exercise and Sport Science)/Master of Nutrition and Dietetics students. The course is recommended if you have not completed HSC Chemistry or have a weak background in the subject and you're enrolling in a course where knowledge of Chemistry is needed.

If you have completed HSC Chemistry, you are also welcome to attend this course and refresh your memory.

Course delivery

The course consists of 13 topics, each of which consists of a one-hour lecture which follows the notes in the Handbook. Each topic has associated with it a set of tutorial questions and detailed answers which should take about two hours to complete. Finally, when you are confident that you have understood the material in that topic, a wrap up quiz which takes about 15 minutes can be undertaken using the online Canvas platform. There is no assessment in this course, just feedback based on the wrap up attempts, supplied expeditiously by the course Tutors and ideally before you move on the next topic. Submitting all 13 wrap ups will entitle you to a Certificate of Completion. More details will be supplied on enrolment.

You may review the full course notes and tutorial questions on the Handbook.

Contact us

For further information, contact us at or call Dr Don Radford on +61 2 9918 6761 (preferred number) or +61 418 111 729 (mobile).

Cost: $435, subject to change

Suitable for: students intending to study an engineering course, or major in mathematics, computer science or physics. This Extension 1 bridging course is for you if you have done Mathematics (2-unit) in the HSC and want to enrol in a course which has an assumed knowledge of Extension 1 Mathematics (3-unit).


The content will cover selected topics from Mathematics Extension 1 that we believe will be of most benefit.

Course delivery

The course will run online with a combination of digital resources, lectures, check-your-understanding questions and optional but highly recommended online Zoom session with our education staff to support your learning. We run two streams of courses with identical content, with one stream in the daytime and one in the evening. You are expected to spend at least two hours per day on private study and homework during the bridging course, however there are no examinations.

Mathematics prerequisite

The University has introduced mathematics prerequisites for some courses. Bridging courses cover assumed knowledge, rather than required knowledge, so will not help you to meet the prerequisites. Find out about mathematics prerequisites and how you can meet the requirements.

Contact us

The Learning Hub (Mathematics)
Phone: +61 2 9351 4061

Cost: $275 - $360, subject to change

Suitable for science and engineering students enrolling in first-year physics. This bridging course is strongly recommended if you are starting university and are about to take physics for the first time, need to refresh your knowledge after a break from study, or have tried physics and found it difficult.

The purpose of the course is to provide a good general introduction to the skills and content of the subject so that you can better appreciate the lecture and laboratory material from the beginning of the year.


You'll cover a range of topics including measurement and units, motion along a straight line, vectors and motion in two and three dimensions, force and motion, work and energy, conservation of energy, systems of particles, collisions, and oscillations.

Course delivery

The format of 2022 bridging courses will be updated closer to the course start date. It is recommended that participants spend at least one-hour per day doing self-directed study for three to four weeks. The method of content delivery will be presented in lectures, tutorials, check-your-understanding questions, demonstrations, simulations and quizzes.

Contact us

Tom Gordon
Phone: +61 2 9351 3201

How to register

Bridging courses are open to everyone. You don't need to be commencing study at the University to register for a bridging course.

Registrations will open in January 2022. Sign up to our Bridging Courses 2021-2022 mailing list to receive new course updates. 

If you have any questions about registering, contact

Bridging course bursaries

A limited number of equity-based bridging course bursaries are available.

To be considered for bursaries, you need to be commencing as an undergraduate student at the University of Sydney in 2021. Bursaries will be awarded based on financial disadvantage: receiving Youth Allowance or some other means-tested Commonwealth benefit, or you expect to be by March 2021. Priority will be given if you have a medical disability and/or if you are from a rural/remote area.

How to apply

If you meet the criteria and would like to be considered for a bursary:

  1. register for your required bridging course online and exit the process without entering payment details
  2. email attaching the letter of enrolment for your undergraduate degree, and any official documentation stating that your Commonwealth financial benefis or other proof of financial hardship. If unsure, please contact us for more information.

As bursary places are limited, it is recommended you apply for the bursaries as soon as possible. Please do not request a bursary until registrations have opened.

Last updated: 07 June 2021

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