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This course will provide you with a basic understanding of physics in order to move into tertiary level studies in the area. 

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STUDY LOCATIONS Greater Brisbane
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Course overview

This course will provide you with the background knowledge required to pursue the study of matter and its motion through space and time. A basic understanding of physics is needed for those who wish to move into engineering, high military applications, and fields in space studies. 

The course concentrates on the concepts and models which physics uses to enhance our understanding of the real world, and the techniques for presenting and analysing data from experimental observations. You'll be introduced to concepts including physical quantities and measurement, thermal physics, forces and motion, optics, energy and momentum, wave motion, electricity and magnetism, electric circuits, and atomic and nuclear physics.

Successful completion of this course will give you the confidence to apply the basic laws of physics to problem solving situations and is equivalent to Year 11/12 Physics. 

Course outcome:

Statement of Achievement

Individual learning support

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


  • UNL71
    Unit description :
    This course provides a bridging for the study of matter and its motion through space and time. Solid advanced math is needed for this subject and it is recommended that you complete the senior mathematics course prior to studying physics. Physics is needed for those who wish to move into engineering, high military applications, and fields in space study. This course is equivalent to year 11/12 HSC/OP Physics. (Prerequisite course – Senior Mathematics).
  • Physics
Ways to study
up to 1 year
  • Full fee: $1,055
  • International: $1,280

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Physics (UNL71)

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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. 

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Selection criteria

Solid advanced math is needed for this subject and we recommend completion of our senior mathematics course prior to studying physics.

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 Physics textbook is not required as there is an alternative, 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 “UNL71PHYS” 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.
  • 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.

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

How to Apply

Direct application

If you're ready to get started, simply hit the Apply Now button on your preferred course information page and get your application underway online. 

Course Disclaimer

All information was accurate at time of publication, however TAFE policies, tuition fees and course content is subject to change without notice. Course commencement is dependent on sufficient enrolment numbers. Timetable information is subject to change prior to commencement and/or during the duration of your course.