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.
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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’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 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.