This course provides you with the knowledge 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. This course is registered with QCAA as an authority course and can give you 4 credits towards your QCE (Prerequisite course – Senior Mathematics).

This course covers topics equivalent to those covered in the last two years of physics at high school. 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 the data from experimental observation.

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This course introduces the following basic concepts:

  • physical quantities and measurement
  • forces and motion
  • energy and momentum
  • thermal physics
  • wave motion
  • optics
  • electricity and magnetism
  • electric circuits
  • atomic and nuclear physics.
  • Practical Lab Activities

The main aim of this course is to assist you in obtaining skills and competence in physics suitable for commencing studies in tertiary programs with a substantial component of physical science. At the end of this course you will be able to demonstrate:

  • competence in using physical measurements and scientific notation
  • a sound knowledge of the basic laws of force and linear and wave motion
  • a sound knowledge of the theory of gases, energy and momentum
  • a sound knowledge of electric circuits, magnetism and the laws of optics
  • a sound knowledge of atomic and nuclear physics
  • confidence and competence in applying the basic laws of physics to problem solving situations.

For more information please download the Course Outline.

Physics has a minimum of 20 hours of approved lab activities


Lab Activities

Type of Lab


Forces and Motion- Forces and Motion Lab Activity 1



Energy and Momentum – Circular Motion and Gravity Lab Activity 2



Thermal Physics – Specific Heat Lab Activity 3



Wave Motion – Wave Unit Lab Activity 4






Electricity and Magnetism – Faraday Electromagnetic Lab 5



Electrical Circuits – Ohm’s Lab Activity 6



Atomic and Nuclear Physics – Alpha Decay Lab Activity 7



Atomic and Nuclear Physics – Beta Decay Lab Activity 8




Minimum Total Hours



The course materials include:

  • student welcome email
  • electronic course guide book
  • Physics study guide
  • You will also receive instructions on how to access your Online Classroom to submit your assignments online.
  • Online Lab Activities

This course presumes you have maths B skills and 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: $820
International students: $970

The course cost covers the online classroom content as well as the Statement of Achievement via express post, but does not cover the fee for sitting the final exam.

Final exam cost

$75 for students sitting their online exam within Australia

$125 for students sitting a paper-based exam within Australia

$150 for students sitting their online exam outside of Australia

$200 for students sitting their paper-based exam outside of Australia

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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. Please keep this in mind when nominating to complete the course in 18 weeks.

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.

To Meet Enrolment Deadlines for 2015 you will need to sit ALL exams (no exceptions) before the Unilearn exam deadlines in order to insure you receive your Statement and Transcript in time for documentation deadlines.

For more information on exam procedures and 2015 enrolment deadlines please visit the Final Exam page.

For more information on Unilearn exam deadlines please visit the Unilearn Calendar.

*Any Exam sat after this date will be graded in January once the teachers return from holiday vacations.

Tutorial support is provided by our experienced and qualified physics educator, Rowan Barber.

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.