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ECU is a leader in finding ways for people to get into University.

Especially people who thought it would be mission impossible to get a uni degree.

If you didn't get a great score in Year 12, haven't been at school for a while, or don't have any formal qualifications, UniPrep is an opportunity to change your future.

Our UniPrep courses are open to school leavers and mature age students – and they're mostly free.

If you're successful, you'll be eligible for entry into many of our degree courses.

Say hello to your new future!

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About UniPrep

UniPrep courses prepare you for university level study by teaching you the skills required for academic success – with an emphasis on you becoming an independent learner.

In our general UniPrep courses we cover information/communication technology skills, academic research and writing, mathematical concepts and techniques, and a wide range of interpersonal communication skills.

You'll also be introduced to life at ECU and have access to course and career advice to help you make informed decisions about selecting a degree.

Your Course

Your Course

We offer three kinds of UniPrep course at ECU.

Apart from our general course, there's one for Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander school leavers and one for Education Assistants.

And because we understand you need flexibility, UniPrep courses can be studied in as little as 6 months full-time or 12 months part-time.

You can also choose to attend classes on-campus, study online, or a combination of both.

Summer UniPrep

If you finished High School before 2015, you can apply for an intensive version of our general UniPrep course, run during the Summer break.

This year it's at our Joondalup Campus from 30 November until 5 February 2016, including a break from 24 December to 6 January.

Exams will be held for most subjects during the first week of February, making it possible for you to successfully complete the course before Semester 1 starts.

Applications for Summer UniPrep have now closed.

Summer UniPrep

A Closer Look

A Closer Look

We're all about flexibility at ECU.

Our UniPrep courses can be studied full-time or part-time, on-campus or online.

Some courses include weekend classes and intensive workshops on-campus.

Choose your course then talk to us about your options.

UniPrep Kurongkurl Katitjin

Indigenous University Orientation Course

This course prepares Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander students with the academic skills and understanding required to engage with the knowledge and processes of university degree studies.

The course is delivered at Kurongkurl Katitjin, our Centre for Indigenous Australian Education and Research on our Mount Lawley campus.

Here you'll learn about university writing skills, university reading skills and basic computer skills, plus some cultural understanding of what it's like studying for a uni degree.

More about indigenous studies

A career in education?

Our UniPrep Education Assistant Program enables you to support teachers in facilitating children's learning in a primary or secondary school setting.

The course is suitable if you're already an education assistant and seeking professional development, or if you're thinking you'd like to work as an education assistant.

It's also ideal if you’re looking for a first step on the way to further teaching studies at university.

If you successfully complete the program you’re eligible to apply for entry into an ECU Bachelor of Education in either Early Childhood Studies, Primary Education, or some Secondary Education courses.

Explore Teacher Education at ECU

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The Payoff

The Payoff

In the latest Good Universities Guide, our graduates gave ECU a 5-star rating for their overall satisfaction, the quality of our teaching and for the generic skills they developed during their studies.

We've now achieved 5-star ratings for the past six years.

There is a high demand for generic skills in the workplace, with employers increasingly recruiting graduates who can demonstrate more than technical skills.

This includes the ability to manage your time, being culturally aware, being a team player and being flexible and adaptable in your work.

So when you successfully complete UniPrep at ECU and go on to graduate with a Bachelor's degree, you can expect to be better prepared than most to enter the world of work - and you may be rewarded with a better salary too!

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Hear from our students

Jason Preston

"I started the UniPrep Education Assistant Program looking for part-time work at a local school. I finished the program with a newly-discovered passion for teaching."

"Completing the Education Assistant Program enabled me to gain a position as an EA. The insight into child development, diverse learners and behaviour management strategies I gained from the program, gave me the confidence to work with children with a range of abilities in the classroom. I couldn't have achieved this success without the supportive, flexible and friendly learning environment that was created by my tutors and lecturers. I finished the program with a newly discovered passion for teaching. At the age of 40, I had finally discovered what I wanted to be when I grew up! I’m now continuing on to a Bachelor of Education (Primary Education) degree."

Jason Preston

ECU Education Assistant Program graduate
and ECU Bachelor of Education (Primary) student

Beverley Langridge

"UniPrep allowed me to be the first in my family to go to uni."

"Although I loved high school, I didn't complete Year 12 and didn't really didn’t know whether I could pull uni off. I read up on UniPrep and realised that going to university was still a real prospect. The application process was actually a lot easier than I thought and the staff were very supportive. The UniPrep course provides a structured, self-managed learning environment where you get a taste for uni life to break you into your chosen degree. You get to meet some great people, create lasting friendships in an environment where you feel welcome and respected. The atmosphere on campus is fantastic! Everyone is genuine, approachable, real, normal and happy to share their knowledge with you. That includes lecturers, support staff and students alike. Completing UniPrep has now qualified me for a range of courses and has allowed me to become the first in my family to go to uni!"

Beverley Langridge

UniPrep graduate and ECU Biological Science student

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