If your current knowledge does not match the assumed knowledge for a course that you want to take, then there are a variety of ways of bringing your knowledge up to the required level while at UNSW.
If you have taken HSC Mathematics and need but have not taken Extension 1 level, then you should take the Mathematics Bridging Course. The Mathematics Bridging Course assumes you already have a knowledge of the HSC Mathematics course and covers topics from HSC Mathematics Extension 1 which are required for entry to MATH1131. It is run through most of February in intensive mode.
An alternative route for students with HSC Mathematics but not Extension 1 level and who need to take MATH1131, is as follows. Take MATH1011 Fundamentals of Mathematics B first as this provides the necessary bridging material to take MATH1131 Mathematics 1A in the next semester.
This option requires one more semester of first year Mathematics than normal. If you take MATH1011 in Semester 1, followed by MATH1131 in Semester 2, then you are advised to take MATH1231 in the following Summer Semester so that you can take second year Mathematics that has it as a prerequisite.
This option is more costly than the Mathematics Bridging Course. Contact the Student Services Office on phone: (02) 9385 7011, email: fy.MathsStats@unsw.edu.au for more information on this route. Note also that you cannot count both MATH1011 and MATH1131 towards your degree.
For some students you may need to consider enroling in TAFE Essential Mathematics for Higher Education Course.
This program is a new partnership between TAFE and UNSW established in July 2012 and aimed at providing a special program for students who needed further assistance with their maths study.
The program is suitable for students who want to improve their knowledge of Mathematics or are having difficulty with Mathematics in the 1st year of their chosen maths course. The program will be tailored to meet the students needs with flexibility in timetabling and are invited to commit for up to 4 hours of tuition each week.
You can also discuss all of your options with the Student Services Office Red Centre East Wing Level 3, Rooms 3090/3088 phone: (02) 9385 7011 or 9385 7053, email: fy.MathsStats@unsw.edu.au.