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Not available full-time
1 year/s part-time
Not available full-time
1 year/s part-time


Semester 1, Semester 2
On campus - No
Online - Semester 1, Semester 2


Casuarina campus, Online

Credit points required


Course code



The Undergraduate Certificate Introduction to Mathematics and Physics is a course that offers you the opportunity to upskill, reskill and retrain. The course takes 2 semesters and can be completed within half a year by enrolling in an intensive semester and a regular semester or within one year by enrolling in two regular semesters.

Available online or on campus, this course will equip you with core skills in mathematics and physics. It is also a direct pathway into higher education courses in computer science, education, engineering and science, should you wish to continue studying. 

On completing the Undergraduate Certificate in Mathematics and Physics, you will be eligible to use the credits you've gained towards further study of a:

  • Bachelor of Computer Science
  • Bachelor of Education Primary
  • Bachelor of Education Secondary
  • Diploma of Engineering
  • Associate Degree of Engineering
  • Bachelor of Engineering Science
  • Bachelor of Engineering Honours
  • Diploma of Science
  • Bachelor of Science

You may also use the Undergraduate Certificate as a pathway for entry into a variety of other higher education courses.

Advanced standing may be granted for some or all of the subjects you successfully complete. If further study is your intention, be sure to check the requirements of your preferred undergraduate degree to determine how many credits you can transfer.  


Commonwealth supported places

Commonwealth Supported places are available in this course to students who meet one of the following residency requirements:

(a) be an Australian citizen, who will complete some of your course of study while resident in Australia; or

(b) a New Zealand citizen; or an Australian permanent visa holder; or an eligible former permanent humanitarian visa holder; who studies the entire course while living in Australia.

Further information about fees and charges can be found at Fees and Payments.

International tuition fees

The annual tuition fee for full time study is AUD $33,480.00. This equates to $8,370.00 per 10 credit point unit (0.125 EFTSL).
These fees are subject to increases annually, effective at the start of each calendar year.

You can find a list of International fees and payments you can expect to pay as part of your studies in Australia.

CDU offers a number of scholarships to international students to assist with the cost of study.

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What will I study?

This 40-credit point course consists of four (4) core units. This course consists of a combination of introductory and first-year degree subjects, designed to help you develop core knowledge in mathematics and physics, as well as the necessary skills for successful university studies.

Course structure

A candidate must successfully complete units totalling 40 credit points (cp) as detailed below. All units are valued at 10 credit points unless indicated.

Unit typeCredit PointsSpecific requirements
(4 units)
40cpCompulsory Core units totalling 40 credit points as detailed below.

SMA101 Mathematics 1A
SMA104 Concepts of Mathematics* ORSMA102 Mathematics 1B**
SPH141 Concepts of Physics
CUC106 Design and Innovation: Communicating Technology

* SMA104 recommended for students who would like to pursue an undergraduate engineering qualification after completion of this higher education certificate

** SMA102 is recommended for students who would like to pursue a postgraduate engineering qualification after completion of this higher education certificate

 40cpTotal Credit Points


Study plan

Students Commencing in Semester 1 (March)

The Recommended Study Plan provided below is suitable for a student commencing in semester 1 and enrolling in a standard part time load.

Part-time Study Plan (1 year)

Legend:CO = Core Unit 
Semester 1Semester 2
Year 1
SMA104 Concepts of Mathematics 1A OR
SMA101 Mathematics 1A
COSMA101 Mathematics 1A OR
SMA102 Mathematics 1B
CUC106 Design and Innovation: Communicating TechnologyCOSPH141 Concepts of PhysicsCO

Students Commencing in Semester 2 (July)

The Recommended Study Plan provided below is suitable for a student commencing in semester 2 and enrolling in a standard full time or part time load.

Part-time Study Plan (1 year)

Legend:CO = Core Unit 
Semester 1Semester 2
Calendar Year 1
  SMA104 Concepts of Mathematics 1A OR
SMA101 Mathematics 1A
  CUC106 Design and Innovation: Communicating TechnologyCO
Calendar Year 2
SMA101 Mathematics 1A OR
SMA102 Mathematics 1B
SPH141 Concepts of PhysicsCO  


Entry requirements

Admission criteria

  • Successful completion of the Northern Territory Certificate of Education and Training (or equivalent).
  • Successful completion of a national qualification at Certificate III level or higher.
  • Successful completion of at least 0.5 year of full-time study (or equivalent) of a higher education degree/diploma.
  • Overseas secondary or tertiary qualifications considered equivalent to the above Australian qualifications.
  • Attainment of a STAT Multiple Choice score of 125 or higher.
  • Successful completion of a recognised tertiary preparation course.
  • Submission of an acceptable personal competencies statement and/or employment experience.

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.

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Course details


This course is accredited by the University in accordance with the Higher Education Standards.

Additional information

Can offers be deferred?
Undergraduate Certificate (Mathematics and Physics)
Faculty of Science and Technology
Area of study
Engineering, Science, Environmental Science and Management, Accounting

Contact details

For further information about the course, enrolment procedures, closing dates and other administrative issues please contact Student Central on: 061 963 (free call)

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How to apply

There are many ways to apply to CDU. The method you use depends on your course type, where you live and whether you are a new or returning student to CDU.

Remember to apply early for your best chance at securing an offer to study with us.


SATAC is the application channel for residents of NT, ACT, SA, WA, QLD, VIC or TAS.


UAC is the application channel for residents of NSW.


Direct applications are available to students who have completed a CDU or BIITE course at a Certificate III level or higher. Most CDU and BIITE enabling programs are also accepted through this process.

If you do not meet any of the criteria above please visit Pathways to study to view the options available to you.


UAC Code
Casuarina campus (CSP)
Online (CSP)
* CSP = Commonwealth supported place
FF = Full fee

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