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Academic Literacy Skills


This course has been developed to prepare you to write essays and research reports at a tertiary level.

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TIME Anytime
STUDY LOCATIONS Greater Brisbane
Full Fee

Course overview

This course has been developed to prepare you to write essays and research reports at a tertiary level. It focuses on developing the communication and written skills necessary to succeed in university environments. 

Throughout this course you will discover what academic writing is. You'll learn practical skills including how to recognise key ideas, effectively summarise and note take, organise and communicate ideas clearly, constructively edit your work, and correctly reference articles, journals, and internet resources.

Successful completion of this course is equivalent to Year 11/12 English Communication. Some universities may accept this course as equivalent to Year 11/12 English (please check with your university first before enrolling). The Queensland Curriculum and Assessment Authority (QCAA) has recognised this course as eligible to contribute 3 credits to a Queensland Certificate of Education (QCE) on successful completion.

Course outcome:

Statement of Achievement

Individual learning support

During this course you'll receive individual tutorial support from an experienced high school English teacher via email, phone, and online classrooms and discussion forums.

Unilearn pathways

Unilearn can help you complete prerequisite subjects to meet your university entrance requirements. Unilearn offers a range of online courses that can set you on the pathway to reaching your study goals. The best part is you can study at your own pace and enrol and get started at any time.

What you will study.


  • UNL11
    Academic Literacy Skills
    Unit description :
    This course has been developed to prepare you for writing assignments at a tertiary level. Some Universities accept this course as equivalent to year 11/12 English. Please check with your university first before enrolling. This course is registered with QCAA as a preparatory course and can give you 3 credits towards your QCE.
  • Academic Literacy Skills
Ways to study
Minimum 18 weeks
  • Full fee: $870
  • International: $1,025

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Academic Literacy Skills (UNL11)

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Academic Literacy Skills

Payment Options

How can I pay for this course?

No matter what your circumstances, TAFE Queensland has a payment option to suit you. If you are unsure of what’s right for you, get in touch. We’re here to help. 

Payment plan

If you have difficulty paying for the full cost of a course upfront, you may be eligible for a payment plan.

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Upfront payment

This may be the full fee for the course, or the student contribution amount if you are eligible for a subsidy or concession.

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Selection criteria

Unilearn has assumed that by enrolling into an online unit you are familiar with computers and are able to use programs such as Word, Excel and Adobe Reader as well as complete simple tasks such as the Save-As function, attaching a file, saving a low resolution image and inserting images and working with tables within Word documents.

Resources Required

Purchasing the Academic Literacy Skills textbook is not a requirement as there is an online version available in the online classroom.  However, many students benefit from having the hardcopy.  This can be purchased via the QLD Textbook Warehouse (  Type “UNL11ALS” in the search field at the top of their website homepage.

Need to know
  • Open for continuous enrolment.​
  • Unilearn is completed via Connect. Delivered entirely online.  Self-paced. Once enrolled, students will have access within 48 hours for their course materials.
    • Max. 2 units per enrolment.
  • Cap of 2 units per enrolment is due to time requirements of each unit and student dedication. Each unit consists of two years of study condensed into one. Students enrolled in 2 units are essentially studying four years’ worth of content within a 12 month enrolment period.
  • Unit duration: 12 months from the enrolment date.
  • Our units are registered with QCAA so they count towards your QCE*
  • Students must have an existing learning account with QCAA and have at least one existing credit in order to use Unilearn units to accumulate credits towards a QCE.
  • It is the responsibility of the student to check with their preferred University that our course meets their prerequisite requirements prior to enrolment
  • Minimum study time is 18 weeks – no exceptions
  • Completing our individual courses will not achieve or improve a QTAC rank or OP. 

University Pathways.

If you want to go on to further study at university, TAFE Queensland has a pathway option to get you there. In many cases, completing one of our diplomas may give you a full year of credit towards a degree with one of our partner universities.

Learn more about University Pathways

  • James Cook University
  • Southern Cross University
  • University of Canberra
  • Griffith University
  • Queensland University of Technology
  • Federation University
  • University of Southern Queensland

How to Apply

Direct application

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