Bridging and Refresher Courses

Our courses are delivered across different modes of study ranging from independent and self-paced to more hands-on and supportive with direct access to our University experts.

These courses cover a wide range of subject areas to suit the degree or program you are wanting to prepare for.

Bridging and Refresher Courses are run during a NUPrep Term before the start of each Semester.

Am I eligible?

  • Bridging and Refresher Courses are available to all Domestic (Australian) University of Newcastle students in an Enabling Pathways or Undergraduate program.

If you are an international student please visit your support webpage for help with starting your program.

NUPrep Key Dates

26 May
NUPrep course enrolment opens
27 Jun
NUPrep Winter Term begins
15 Jul
NUPrep Winter Term ends
18 Jul
Semester 2 begins


Browse our Bridging and Refresher courses below. We offer courses to help you with general academic skills plus maths and science courses at different levels to suit your needs.

  1. Foundation – Great for beginners and/or students going into an Enabling Pathways program.
  2. Introductory Undergraduate – For degrees with maths/science listed in the assumed and/or recommended knowledge.
  3. Core Undergraduate – For degrees that include core science/maths courses.

If you are going into a degree and aren't confident in your maths or science knowledge, you are encouraged to start with a Foundation course before completing the Introductory and then Core course as recommended for your program.

Flexible Course Delivery

Each Bridging and Refresher Course takes about 15-20 hours to complete. We know you might have other things to juggle before Semester starts so there are flexible course delivery options.

On campus at Callaghan and Ourimbah

You'll receive valuable contact time with our teachers, each course has a total of 12-15 hours of class during 1 week with about 3 hours of class each day. You should also allocate an extra few hours for each course to revise any content and work on tasks.


Courses delivered in the online mode have self-paced materials to go through in your own time over the NUPrep Term. You won't have any scheduled classes, but there will be a moderator available to assist you if you need it.

I need help

If you're not sure which prep courses are right for you, or need some help identifying what level of maths or science you should start with, please contact our office.
+61 2 4921 7791

Our friendly staff can provide you with some advice on which courses will best prepare you for your program.

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