Registrations close on 13 October 2020.

Bridging programs in Mathematics, Chemistry and Physics are offered to students and the general community to help you meet the requirements to undertake tertiary-level studies.

Successfully completing the physics bridging program will provide you with the assumed knowledge in physics for QUT courses and meet the science prerequisite for courses in education. This program may also meet assumed knowledge or prerequisites for other institutions.

For the assumed knowledge or prerequisite subjects for QUT courses, check our guide for assumed knowledge.

Who should participate

This program is for students who:

  • require senior-level physics to qualify for entry into a tertiary course
  • want to extend their understanding of physics.



  • Online


This program is delivered online with a combination of self-paced content and two scheduled weekly 90 minute sessions.

Semester Start date Program end and
exam date
Class days and times Registration closing date
Semester 2, 202021 July 202015 October 2020Tuesday and Thursday, 6.00pm-7.30pm*14 July 2020
Summer Semester, 202020 October 202018 December 2020Tuesday and Thursday, 5.00pm-6.30pm & Friday, 12.30pm-2.00pm*13 October 2020

*Please note that although this is an online program, there are two scheduled online classes per week in which you should engage.


$790 (GST-free)

You must pay the full fee online by credit/debit card when you register.

FEE-HELP and HECS-HELP are not available for bridging programs.


For all registration or payments queries, contact the bridging programs team.

Registrations close on 13 October 2020.

Bridging Physics is a preparatory program aimed at helping you gain the necessary knowledge, skills and competence to enter tertiary study with a substantial science component. The content is based on current senior secondary schooling Physics curriculum which includes both classical and modern Physics.

Bridging Physics aims to provide you with an understanding of a variety of fundamental concepts as well as providing you with the opportunity to think critically and scientifically. The course provides learning opportunities that focus on developing an understanding of the physical world. It is a program designed to develop your thinking, reasoning, logical process and problem-solving skills. This program includes individualised support with an experienced Physics teacher. Through the program content, you will also develop an appreciation for the nature and the development of science, and its use and influence on society.


We recommend that you have completed Year 10 (or equivalent) Mathematics at a satisfactory level before you start this program. Alternatively, you should consider undertaking our Mathematics Bridging Program prior to enrolment.

Learning outcomes

  1. Select, recall and use facts, rules, definitions and procedures drawn from classical and modern Physics.
  2. Demonstrate knowledge and understanding of physical principles and theories.
  3. Demonstrate problem solving skills.

Topics covered

  • Physical measurements and units
  • Kinematics
  • Mechanics
  • Waves and optics
  • Electricity
  • Magnetism
  • Modern Physics

Approaches to teaching and learning

In Bridging Physics you will learn through a problem-based approach and skill development tasks.

This program combines explicit teaching of mathematical rules, definitions and procedures with learning opportunities in which you must apply the knowledge and skills. The learning experiences in this unit rely on tasks drawn from a variety of real world situations. These opportunities encourage you to recognise the usefulness of Physics through its application.


General assessment information

Bridging Physics has four homework quizzes and two examinations. Formative assessment will support your learning by giving you an opportunity to practice tasks and learn from feedback before completing them for marking purposes. Formative assessment will also be applied to classroom tasks to check for completion, understanding and learning progression.

Feedback to students

In this program, you will receive feedback on your learning and assessment. Regular opportunities are provided for you to participate in problem solving tasks which will assist you to identify gaps in your knowledge and skills. These problem-solving sessions will help you prepare for summative assessment.

Workload and time commitment

Bridging programs provide a supportive learning environment in which content is covered in an intensive mode. As concepts build on each other, participation in all sessions is essential. In addition to scheduled classes, you will need to consolidate your understanding and complete assessment tasks in your own time. It is expected that you will spend at least the equivalent in class time to private study.


All resources are provided online via Blackboard (QUT’s learning management system) which you will have access to for the duration of the program. You will need a scientific calculator.

QTAC applications

If you're applying to QTAC, you'll need to submit your electronic result certificate to QTAC after you receive it.

Registration info

Registrations close on 13 October 2020.

Future programs

Register your interest for the 2021 program. Email the bridging programs team at bridging@qut.edu.au for more information.


You must pay online by credit/debit card when you register.

FEE-HELP and HECS-HELP are not available for bridging programs.


To cancel your registration, you must apply in writing to the bridging programs team. The refund you receive will depend on when you withdraw:

Semester 1 or 2

  • If you withdraw before the start date of a program, your tuition fee will be refunded, minus $100 administrative fee.
  • If you withdraw before the end of week four of the program, 50% of your tuition fees will be refunded.
  • If you withdraw after week four of the program, you will not be eligible for a refund.

Summer Semester

  • If you withdraw before the start date of a program, your tuition fee will be refunded, minus  $100 administrative fee;
  • If you withdraw before the end of week two (2) of the program, 50% of your tuition fees will be refunded;
  • If you withdraw after week two (2) of the program, you will not be eligible for a refund.

We reserve the right to cancel the program under certain circumstances, such as low registration numbers. If this happens, we will advise you as soon as possible, and give you a full refund. We are not responsible for any expenses you may have incurred if the program is cancelled.