Education and Arts

Bridging Units

Bridging Units

English, Mathematics & Science

Many Initial Teacher Education courses require you to have assumed knowledge and highly developed cognitive skills such as integration and problem solving in English, Mathematics and Science. We offer a bridging program for students wishing to pursue a teaching career but have not met the required admission prerequisites to initial teacher education programs.

We offer bridging units in:

  • English
  • Mathematics
  • Science

These units are offered in January (with the examination on the 1st of February, 2017) in an intensive mode and cost $100 per subject. (Students will be billed after admission).

If you are a school graduate in New South Wales who needs to develop knowledge and skills for admission to an ACU teaching course, we recommend enrolling in one of these units.

For further information on the specific unit click on the links below:

Gain the knowledge and skills needed in interpretation, analysis, synthesis and evaluation of texts. Upon successful completion of this unit you will demonstrate an understanding of and expressing ideas and perspectives on a variety of textual forms, features and structures.

Acting on this knowledge of textual forms, features and structures, you will develop skills in critical reading and composing your own imaginative and analytical texts. Additionally, your literacy and language needs will be analysed and guidance given for correction to fundamental errors in literacy.

Topics will include:

  • How language use can have inclusive and exclusive social effects and can empower or disempower people
  • Evaluation of texts and the influence of value systems, the context, purpose and mode of communication
  • Evaluation of the effectiveness of a wide range of sentence, clause, phrase, vocabulary and abstract nouns in a variety of texts and on particular audiences
  • Composition of sophisticated imaginative, interpretive and analytical texts
  • Language forms, features and structures of Non-fiction texts (such as biography, autobiography, documentary, newspaper and advertisements)
  • Visual and multimodal texts (such as picture books, postmodern picture books, graphic novels and manga, e-books, and film and book  trailers)
  • Narrative texts (such as short stories, novels and young adults novels)
  • Poetry
  • Plays and vignettes

Gain knowledge, understanding and problem solving skills in mathematics to levels equivalent to the entry requirements to an initial teacher education course. This unit is non-calculus based and will extend your mathematical knowledge through number arithmetic, algebra and modelling, probability, data and statistics, measurement, financial mathematics and the applications of these mathematical topics.

Topics will include:

  • Number and Arithmetic
  • Algebraic Modelling
  • Probability
  • Data and statistics
  • Measurement
  • Financial Mathematics

The unit addresses a range of science topics and their associated basic concepts drawn from the four major science disciplines – biology, earth and environmental science, chemistry and physics. You will have the  opportunity to apply science investigative and problem-solving skills, communicate scientific information effectively and develop scientific literacy skills.

Topics will include:

  • The nature and practice of science as a human endeavour
  • Understanding and applying the specific science inquiry skills, including: generating testable questions, making observations and predictions, performing ‘fair tests’, recording and interpreting experimental data, gathering and interpreting evidence, drawing evidence-based conclusions and communicating findings
  • Investigating the properties of matter – solids, liquids and gases
  • Investigating the characteristics, diversity, processes and adaptation of living things and how they interact with each other and the environment
  • Investigating how energy can be transformed when things change or are made to happen
  • Investigating the composition of Earth and its atmosphere and the processes occurring within them that shape Earth’s surface and its climate

Admission Criteria

New South Wales:

  • At or above 2016 ATAR cut-off for the intended course
  • High Band 3 or above in the two-unit HSC General Mathematics, English Standard or Senior Science or Biology.

Study Period

Students are able to attend lectures and tutorials on campus. Refer to the table below for the programs commencing in 2017. Students may enrol into one bridging unit only, as units are run concurrently.

Unit Name

Dates

Times

Venues

Maths

Wednesday 18 – Friday 20 January
Monday 23 - Tuesday 24 January

EXAM: Wednesday 1 February

9am – 4pm
9am – 4pm

9am – 12pm

C2.60

    

English

Wednesday 18 – Friday 20 January
Monday 23 - Tuesday 24 January

EXAM: Wednesday 1 February

9am – 4pm
9am – 4pm

9am – 12pm

TS18

    

Science

Wednesday 18 – Friday 20 January
Monday 23 - Tuesday 24 January

EXAM: Wednesday 1 February

9am – 4pm
9am – 4pm

9am–12pm

TS16


* Units will be taught during weekdays only and exams will be held on 1 February.

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Pathways

The Faculty of Education and Arts also offers pathway courses for those who do not meet the entry criteria for an undergraduate degree, including: