Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Students
We welcome Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders to enquire about becoming ECU students.
We have two entry pathways into our university through Kurongkurl Katitjin, our Centre for Indigenous Australian Education and Research.
The Centre is strongly committed to helping new students understand and adapt to university life.
We have two specialised courses that assist Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students to enter our university.
And we offer a Certificate in Aboriginal Performance through the Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts.
Aboriginal-specific units are also available within some of our existing courses.
Unit topics include Aboriginal Community Development, Aboriginal Health and Aboriginal History.
Aboriginal Student Intake Test
This test is a culturally appropriate assessment of skills and knowledge that assists Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students to fast track into a bridging or undergraduate course at ECU.
The test is held four times a year, two sessions prior to Semester 1 and two sessions before Semester 2.
To apply, you’ll need to identify as an Australian Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander and be at least 18 years of age.
If you have a Certificate III (or higher qualification) you don't need to undertake this test. You may be eligible to apply directly to a bridging or undergraduate course.
More about the Aboriginal Student Intake Test.
This enabling course provides a pathway for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students to enter into most ECU undergraduate courses.
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.
The course can be studied over six months full-time, or one year part-time.
And you can study on-campus at Mount Lawley or study online.
Entry into the course can be through the following qualifications:
- Aboriginal Student Intake Test
- Year 12 Western Australian Certificate of Education (WACE) or equivalent
- Certificate III TAFE/RTO qualification
Entry into some undergraduate programs may require additional extension studies and will be subject to negotiation.
More about the Indigenous University Orientation Course
This Certificate IV course assists Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students to enter the performing arts industry as a theatre, television or film actor.
The course is taught at our world-renowned Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts (WAAPA) at our Mount Lawley Campus.
WAAPA graduate Phillip Walley-Stack (pictured, centre) recalls many fond memories and says his studies opened doors for him.
"After graduating from WAAPA I studied at the NAISDA College in Sydney," he said.
"My WAAPA training helped me to get my first professional acting job at Barking Gecko's Crabbing at High Tide."
The ongoing support he received from his lecturers long after he graduated is another reason Mr Walley-Stack said he would recommend studying at ECU.
More about the Certificate IV in Aboriginal Performance.
"ECU offers a high level of support for my studies"
The skills I have developed throughout my time at ECU have been invaluable. I was fortunate enough to complete an internship within the ECU’s Corporate Marketing and Events Team, which gave me the opportunity to apply my learnings from my studies in a real world environment.
Balancing family, work and study has been the biggest obstacle during my studies, however ECU offers a high level of support to enable me to keep pursuing my studies and move forward with a smile on my face.
"As a stay at home mum for 10 years and the first in my family to go to university, I wasn't sure what to expect. I was immediately welcomed by staff and students!"
I'd always wanted to become a nurse but having been out of the workforce for 10 years, being a mature aged Indigenous student and a mother of three, I was anxious about studying.
It didn't take long for me to settle into 'uni' life and fit in with everyone! I joined ECU's sports club and made some really good friends. The facilities at ECU are great and provide everything you need in one place. The staff are also really supportive.
Nursing at ECU has helped me develop organisational, communication, social and interpersonal skills in the classroom and I've been able to apply those in my nursing practicums. It's all been very rewarding.
"My ECU studies have taught me that hard work pays off"
My study experience has been amazing and I am grateful for the connections I have built with friends from my futsal team, who I now consider my family.
I first began my journey with ECU through the Indigenous University Orientation Course. This pathway gave me the guidance and time to help me pick a career I am passionate about.
The lecturers offer great support and will always do their best to help you out when you need.
My ECU studies have taught me that hard work pays off and I am proving that more and more each semester, as I get closer to the end of my studies.