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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!
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.
In May 2017, the Australian Government announced proposed reforms for the higher education sector. The reforms cover aspects of study, including enrolment in different courses (enabling, sub-bachelor and postgrad courses), access to loans and scholarships, and repayment of HELP loans.
To check if the reforms may impact you, visit Higher Education Reform Student FAQs.
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.
An intensive version of our general UniPrep course is also available over the Summer break.
Summer UniPrep is usually held at our Joondalup Campus from early December until early February, with a two-week break over the Christmas period.
Exams are held for most subjects in early February, making it possible for you to successfully complete the course in time to start uni in Semester 1.
Please note: The course isn't open to current Year 12 students.
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.
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.
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.
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In the latest Good Universities Guide, ECU graduates rated us 5-stars for teaching quality for the 11th year in a row, a record unmatched by all but two other Australian universities.
Graduates also rated their overall education experience 5 stars, as was the case for median graduate salary levels, skills development and student support.
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!
"The lecturers are friendly and supportive, with plenty of knowledge."
"I have developed valuable skills during this course. I'm better at time management and more confident in public speaking and conflict management. I chose to study social work, as I wanted to learn about people and society, as well as the methods on how to improve the world around me. I entered ECU by completing the University Preparation Course. I found this path helpful as I gained skills that helped me with my studies."
UniPrep graduate and Social Work Honours student
"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."
UniPrep graduate and ECU Biological Science student
"I never had the courage to study further after an unfavourable high school experience."
"When a friend told me about UniPrep and how it offers an insight into life at university, I was really excited and decided to enroll. I have ADHD, high-functioning autism and severe anxiety. ECU's Student Equity, Diversity and Disability service assisted in providing an individual Learning and Assessment Plan for me, which was incredibly helpful in removing the anxiety and stress out of exams and assessments. I’m now in my first year of studying something truly amazing—a Bachelor of Medical Science. I feel so tiny because the world of potential opportunity that now sits around me is immeasurable in size. UniPrep equipped me for the demands of university life, broke it into smaller portions and showed me that it was in fact achievable."
UniPrep graduate and Bachelor of Medical Science student
"ECU’s Indigenous University Orientation Course helped me get into University."
"I have found ECU to be an adventure with opportunities to learn new and different things. Making friends has been awesome. It has helped because I have had a lot of support and help from people around me. My tutors have given me confidence in myself and my abilities. I’ve learnt I can do and try new things if I set my mind to it and take it step by step. It has given me the skills and confidence to be successful with my studies."
Indigenous University Orientation Course graduate and Bachelor of Sport, Recreation and Events Management student
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