High Achievers Preparation Program Modules

Study modules

The High Achievers Preparation Program (HAPP) provides students who are almost ready to join a highly ranked degree course at the University of Sydney. This program will assist you in reaching the next level in your education, and offers a range of different modules choose from to study alongside the program's core subjects. Find out more about them here.

The Advanced Mathematics course is designed for students with an interest in mathematics who have shown that they possess aptitude for the module. It provides students with the background and skills necessary for university study requiring a significant level of mathematics.  Application of mathematics to real-world problems and the ability to communicate mathematical ideas is emphasised throughout the course.

Prerequisite: Year 12 Mathematics or equivalent.


- Probability; Permutations and Combinations
- Statistics
- Differential and Integral Calculus
- Applications of Calculus to Economics
- Financial Mathematics
- Applications of Calculus to the Physical World

Assessment: Competency Based.

The High Academic Achievers’ Program English Component consists of critical analysis of text, evaluation of evidence, and the ability to extend, question and apply evidence from a variety of sources in relation to a set question in a variety of contexts via, research essay, creative tasks, film study and works toward an interdisciplinary project requiring a 50 minute presentation and a 5000 word final report.

Assessment: Competency Based.

This course investigates the major economic, social and political issues that dominate Australian History between the immediate post World War II period and today. During this time Australia has developed from a largely agricultural and manufacturing society to a multi-cultural and highly urbanised country with political and social links to Asia becoming increasingly significant. During this period Australian rights and freedoms have been critical issues that have shaped the national outlook and sense of what it means to be an Australian in the 21st Century. 

By taking this course you will learn the skills of the historian by investigating primary materials and drawing conclusions about the relevant changes to Australian society.

Assessment: Competency Based.

This course investigates the contemporary social and cultural world.  The course will explore the interactions between persons, culture, society and the environment across time with the view of explaining why some issues stay the same and why some change in the modern world. This course draws upon cross-disciplinary concepts and social research methodologies from anthropology, communication, cultural studies, media studies, philosophy, psychology and sociology. 

By taking this course you will learn to conduct social research and to analyse your findings about the modern world.

Assessment: Competency Based

Science Practicum assists in the development of language skills necessary for tertiary study. It also aids the development of the research, analysis and laboratory skills necessary for undergraduate study in biology, chemistry and physics. 

Topics include: 
- Microscope skills
- Ecological field study
- Debate about evolution
- Independent Research

Chemistry Skills:
- Cation and anion identification (video making)
- Volumetric analysis
- Experimental design
- Equilibrium (modelling the industrial tender process)

Physics Skills:

- Waves and Light
- Medical Physics
- Preparing a Report
- Presenting a Seminar

Prerequisite: NIL

Assessment:  Competency Based

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