This course provides you with the knowledge of chemical reactions, inorganic and organic compounds; and readies you for university level chemistry and fields that rely on chemistry knowledge; this course is equivalent to year 11/12 HSC Chemistry.

The Queensland Curriculum and Assessment Authority (QCAA) has recognised this course as eligible to contribute 4 credits to a Queensland Certificate of Education (QCE) on successful completion.

(Introductory Mathematics knowledge recommended).

For more information please Download Our Course Outline.

This course covers:

  • what is chemistry?
  • matter and the periodic table
  • the gas laws and the mole concept
  • chemical bonding
  • rates of reaction
  • chemical equilibrium
  • acids and bases
  • chemical energy
  • oxidation and reduction
  • organic chemistry.
  • practical lab activities

For more information please download the Course Outline.

Chemistry has a minimum of 26 hours of approved lab activities. These activities include both hands-on and virtual labs. The hands-on component uses materials available either in the home or that are relatively inexpensive and easily purchased. These lab activities count towards your final grade and can be done at home. Lab activities are hosted through our online classroom, so there is no need to go to a campus or book a room anywhere; they have been developed to be conveniently accessible online.



Lab Activities

Type of Lab





Concentration of solutions






Crystal growing



Titration of NaOH against KHP



pH changes during a titration



Relative reactivity of metals

Virtual and Hands-On


Structural isomers of hydrocarbons



Geometric isomers of alkenes



Equilibrium and Le Chatelier’s Principle



Temperature and equilibrium constant




Minimum Total Hours


The course materials include:

  • Student welcome email, including instructions on how to access your Online Classroom and how to upload your assignments
  • Online Textbook
  • Online Progress Tests
  • Online Lab Activities

The Chemistry course also includes the following additional resources to enhance your learning experience:-

  • Textbook (hardcopy for purchase, see below)
  • Teacher notes available for some topics
  • Online Lab Activities using Virtual Lab (ChemCollective)
  • Textbook questions and answers in online classroom

Purchasing the Chemistry 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 “UNL21CHEM” in the search field at the top of their website homepage. 

This course presumes you have algebra level math skills with reading and writing skills at a year 11 or higher. It does presume you will be self-motivated and capable of self-directed learning (within the guidelines provided by the course materials). Since this is an online course, it is presumed that you have adequate computer skills and can use the main Windows Office programs efficiently.

Australian students: $950.00

International students: $1150.00

* Fees will increase as part of the annual CPI on 1 January 2021

Students who enrolled prior to 01/01/2020 are still required to pay an exam fee if they wish to sit the final exam.

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You have 12 months to complete this course; however, it may be completed sooner.

This course requires a minimum of 220 hours or 18 weeks to complete.

Note: Most students take 540 hours to complete the course as the 220 minimum hours is the learning in the textbook only and does not take into account completing homework, reading time, tutorial help, progress tests and/or assignments/activities. 

The following Study Plans can be used as a guide to complete the course in 18 or 26 weeks:-

18 Week Study Plan

26 Week Study Plan

To be eligible to sit the final exam, you must complete and pass all of the progress tests and lab activities with a score of 60% or higher on each. Completing all tests will improve your chances of successfully passing the final exam. More information about submitting work »

To sit for your final exam, you will need to arrange an invigilator Please read through the exam information and processes for how to do this »

Once you have completed the online exam with a 50% or better you will be awarded a Statement of Achievement and a transcript for submission to QTAC or the like.

**It is highly recommended that you sit the specimen exam prior to siting the final exam. Most students who sit the specimen exam and receive feedback from their teacher score much higher on the final exam. Please give teachers a minimum of 1 week prior to your exam date for grading and feedback.

Tutorial support is provided by our experienced and qualified chemistry educator, Lesley Hirst.

Before enrolling in this course, you must check with the university you plan on attending to ensure this course meets their requirements for any required pre-requisites, you must also ask the university if there are any additional requirement such as a specific final grade or exam score. (For example: some universities require you to receive at least 75% on your final exam before it will be accepted.)

Enrolments take approximately two days to be processed, but may take longer during our peak times.

As soon as payment is confirmed you will receive an email inviting you into the online classroom.

Enrol now!