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Introduction to Economics


This course will give you the necessary knowledge to enter into tertiary level studies in economics. 

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TIME Anytime
STUDY LOCATIONS Greater Brisbane
Full Fee

Course overview

This course is designed to help you gain the necessary knowledge to enter into tertiary level studies that require a prerequisite knowledge of basic economic principles.

You'll learn why economics focuses on decisions about how production occurs, how resources are allocated, and how proceeds of production are distributed. Areas of study include the market system, resource allocation, global economic issues, microeconomics, aggregate supply policies, and economic issues in the Australian economy.

Successful completion of this course is equivalent to Year 11/12 Economics.

Course outcome:

Statement of Achievement

Individual learning support

During this course you'll receive individual tutorial support from an experienced high school economics 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.


  • UNL81
    Introduction to Economics
    Unit description :
    In this course, students will learn why economics focuses on decisions about how production occurs, how resources are allocated and how proceeds of production are distributed. These economic decisions not only affect the wellbeing of particular nations and their people but increasingly influence living standards regionally and globally. Unilearn Introduction to Economics is equivalent to Year 11/12 HSC/OP Economics.
  • Introduction to Economics
Ways to study
up to 1 year
  • Full fee: $1,005
  • International: $1,215

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Introduction to Economics (UNL81)

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Introduction to Economics

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

Students must purchase their own textbooks.  These are available in online versions:

Title: Jacaranda Key Concepts in VCE Economics 1, Units 1 & 2, Eleventh Edition 
ISBN: 9780730373445
Publication date: October 2019

Title: Jacaranda Key Concepts in VCE Economics 2, Units 3 & 4, Tenth Edition 
ISBN: 9780730373773
Publication date: October 2019

Available for purchase at: Jacaranda

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.
  • 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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