Did you do well in general maths and feel confident in attempting a higher level? You may consider enrolling into a course without maths prerequisites and completing an accepted level maths unit in your first year. You can then apply to transfer in your second year. You may even get credits for the subjects you’ve completed in your first year.
If you are wanting to enrol in a course with the mathematics prerequisite but did not study maths after year 10, you still have choices. If maths isn’t your strong suit, you may still meet your career goals by completing another degree, such as a Bachelor of Arts. With our shared pool of majors and minors, you could complete a major that relates to your interests and original course preference.
There are a wide range of courses without maths prerequisites including (but not limited to):
Search over 200 undergraduate courses to view their admission requirements.
It's important to understand that a prerequisite is different to assumed knowledge and is a requirement to enter the course. To be eligible to receive an offer at the University of Sydney for degrees such as agriculture, economics, commerce, engineering, health, medicine, psychology, pharmacy, veterinary science and science, and some combined law degrees, a band 4 in HSC Mathematics Advanced (or equivalent) is a prerequisite.
If you are considering any of these options at uni, we'd recommend taking HSC Mathematics Advanced (or equivalent), not general or standard.
There are many students for which the maths prerequisites will not apply. Visit mathematics course prerequisites for more information.
Although you won't know if you have met the maths prerequisites before course preferences close for entry, do not let this discourage you from choosing your dream degree. We recommend putting your preferred course as your first preference to ensure you are considered.
Last updated 6 July 2023