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Enabling Courses

Preparatory Studies

Not available to international students.
Course location
Course duration
0.5 year/s
Availability for Admission
Semester 2
International on campus
International online
Applications accepted through MyNextCourse
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College of Indigenous Futures, Education and the Arts
Area of study
Enabling Courses

The preparatory studies program is a bridging mathematics course designed for students who need to complete mathematics as part of their degree, specifically Mathematics 1A (SMA101), but do not have the required assumed knowledge. Students undertaking this bridging unit (PRP001) will build on their existing knowledge and mathematical skills prior to undertaking Mathematics 1A (SMA101).

Topics covered will include:

  • Algebra - revision of algebraic operations and the application of algebra to polynomials and functions.
  • Trigonometry - right angle and obtuse triangle trigonometry and its application to vector operations.
  • Logarithms and exponentials - operations with logarithmic and exponential functions and their applications.
  • Differential calculus - concepts of differential calculus and application of the rules of differentiation to polynomials and functions.

Successful completion of the program provides candidates with the advanced mathematical knowledge required for courses such as Engineering, Information Technology and Sciences.

Contact details

For further information about the course, enrolment procedures, closing dates and other administrative issues please contact Student Central on:

Email: Phone: (08) 8946 7766 or 1800 061 963 (free call)

Admission criteria

This course is available to students who have met the minimum entry requirements for undergraduate study and have received an offer but require a higher level of mathematical assumed knowledge.

Essential requirements

English language requirements

To gain entry into Charles Darwin University, all Higher Education applicants must satisfy the University's English Language Proficiency Requirements for their chosen course of study. International applicants will be required to supply evidence of this at the time of application.

Course structure

  • 2022 HE unit offerings and unit fees are not yet available however will be published no later than 1 December 2021.
  • Always refer to the Course Catalogue for the latest information about your course prior to enrolment.

The Preparatory Studies program is a four-week intensive mathematics course run prior to Semester 1 and Semester 2 to prepare students for subsequent higher education studies.

A candidate must successfully complete 10 credit points as detailed below.

Unit type Credit Points Specific requirements
Specialist Elective
(1 unit)


Specialist Elective unit totalling 10 credit points as detailed below.

PRP001 Prepartory Studies Mathematics

Total Credit Points


Study plan

  • 2022 HE unit offerings and unit fees are not yet available however will be published no later than 1 December 2021.
  • Always refer to the Course Catalogue for the latest information about your course prior to enrolment.

The preparatory studies program is delivered across four weeks, in January and July each year?

In 2021 PRP001 Preparatory Studies Mathematics will be offered as follows:

Study Period 2:  5 July - 30 July 2021

Everything you need to know to get started

Domestic applications

To apply for the Preparatory Studies Program, please complete the Higher Education Enrolment Form and email through to



Everything you need to know to apply

Unfortunately you are not eligible for our enabling courses

International students are unfortunately not eligible for CDU's enabling courses.

To be eligible for an enabling course, you must be:

  • at least 18 years of age, and
  • an Australian citizen,
  • a New Zealand citizens (residing in Australia)
  • a permanent resident, or
  • a Humanitarian Visa holder

Our International team can provide more information on the study pathways available to you.

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