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Indigenous University Orientation Course

Course code C51

Provides a pathway for Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander students to enter into most undergraduate courses at ECU. Students develop the academic skills and the cultural understandings of university, necessary to succeed in higher education.

Additionally, students will be introduced to university life at ECU and will have access to course and career advice to assist in making informed decisions about undergraduate degree selection.

The course is suitable for recent school leavers and mature age students who have not previously studied at university.

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Course overview

Choose student type

Entry requirements

ECU admission and English language requirements apply.

See Course Entry for further information.

Course code

C51

Fees

Entry Pathway courses are typically free to domestic students, who are usually eligible for a Commonwealth Supported Place.

See Fees and Scholarships for further information.

Duration

0.5 years full-time or part-time equivalent

See Course Details for further information.

Availability & Campus

Semester 1 Semester 2
Joondalup FT PT FT PT
Mount Lawley FT PT FT PT
South West FT PT FT PT
Online FT PT FT PT
FT - Full-time PT - Part-time

Timetable

This course has a modified timetable. See Course Notes.

Entry requirements

ECU admission and English language requirements apply.

See Course Entry for further information.

Course code

C51

Fees

See Fees and Scholarships for further information.

Duration

0.5 years full-time

See Course Details for further information.

Availability & Campus

This course is not offered on-campus or online to international students.

Course Entry

Admission requirements you'll need to meet for this course.

  • The following course-specific admission requirements are mandatory and must be satisfied by all applicants. These requirements are in addition to or supersede the minimum requirements outlined within the Academic admission requirements band section below.

    All applicants are required to be of Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander descent, and be at least 18 years of age during their first year of study. Alternatively applicants can enter through the Aboriginal Student Intake Test (ASIT), where students have completed a Year 12 Western Australian Certificate of Education, with equivalents considered.

    Entry requirements for this course can vary depending on your circumstances. Please contact our Future Students team to discuss your best option.

    • Year 12 completion or equivalent.
  • English competency requirements may be satisfied through completion of one of the following:

    • Year 12 General English grade C or better;
    • Special Tertiary Admissions Test; or*
    • Other tests, courses or programs defined on the English Proficiency Bands page.

    * Further information can be found on the Study course entry page.

Course Details

Choose student type

Semester availability

Semester 1: Study full-time at Joondalup, Mount Lawley, South West or Online

Semester 1: Study part-time at Joondalup, Mount Lawley, South West or Online

Semester 2: Study full-time at Joondalup, Mount Lawley, South West or Online

Semester 2: Study part-time at Joondalup, Mount Lawley, South West or Online

Semester availability

This course is not offered on-campus or online to international students.

Course Structure

Unit Code Unit Title Credit Points
UPU0001Learning Skills15
UPU0002Academic Writing15
UPU0006Essential Mathematics15
Plus one of the following:
UPU0004 ^Humanities15
UPU0005 ^Science15

Students are advised to select the unit that best fits with their undergraduate study intentions.

^ Core Option

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For more detailed unit information for this course take a look at our Handbook. To organise your life for next semester visit the Semester timetable.

Student handbook

Course notes

Important course notes

  • The course may be able to be completed on-campus in a nine-week summer mode, prior to the beginning of the first semester, so that students can get started on their undergraduate studies in the first semester.

Course Learning Outcomes

  1. Demonstrate broad factual, technical and theoretical knowledge required to be an independent learner at university, including academic learning skills, writing conventions and foundation mathematics.
  2. Demonstrate broad knowledge of cross-cultural awareness, including Indigenous cultural competence and its importance to higher education.
  3. Identify, analyse, compare and act on information from a range of sources through research to complete varied assessments.
  4. Communicate solutions to a defined set of predictable and unpredictable academic problems using technical skills, creativity and innovation.
  5. Demonstrate written and oral communication skills using English language proficiency to convey academic knowledge.
  6. Transfer specialist academic skills to complete tertiary education tasks.
  7. Apply technology and trans literacy proficiency to complete specialised academic tasks relevant to higher education study preparation.
  8. Generate creative and innovative ideas to work independently with limited responsibility for the output of others.
  9. Act with limited responsibility in higher education study and appreciate global, environmental, social, cultural and economic implications of academic work.
  10. Work collaboratively in varied situations with limited responsibility for the input and performance of others.

Need some help deciding what to study?

Our future student events include a mix of on-campus and online sessions designed to help you decide what to study at ECU.

Fees and Scholarships

Choose student type

Entry Pathway courses are typically free to domestic students, who are usually eligible for a Commonwealth Supported Place. For more information please go to Commonwealth Support for Pathway courses.

Scholarships

ECU has a scholarship program that provides many opportunities each year to students undertaking studies here.

Find a scholarship

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Quick guide to uni-speak

    • ATAR is the Australian Tertiary Admission Rank, the primary criterion for entry into most undergraduate university courses in Australia. The ATAR is a percentile score which denotes a student's ranking relative to their state-wide peers upon completion of their secondary education.

    • CRICOS is the Commonwealth Register of Institutions and Courses for Overseas Students. A CRICOS code is allocated to education institutions (like ECU) who are approved to recruit, enrol and deliver education to overseas students. Courses with a CRICOS code are available to international students who meet the entry requirements.

    • A major, or unit set, is your chosen area of in-depth study in an undergraduate course. It usually involves 8 units of study, or one-third of the units in a 3-year degree. Talk to your Student Information Office if you need help choosing a major subject.

    • Minors include between 4 and 6 study units in a specific discipline. Not all courses require you to complete a minor. Your minor subject doesn't appear on your printed degree (parchment), but is part of your academic transcript.

    • If you're enrolled in 3 or more units in a semester this is considered full-time study. To complete most 3-year degrees studying full-time you'll need to complete 4 units per semester, i.e. 24 units over 3 years.

    • If a course is available to study part-time you can generally expect it to take twice as long to complete as it would in full-time mode. Part-time students are enrolled in 1 or 2 units maximum per semester.

      Note: International students who hold a student visa can only choose the full-time study option for our courses. This is to ensure the course is completed within the duration of the student visa.

    • Most courses start in Semester 1 each year, usually in the last week of February. Some courses can be started in Semester 2 (we call this mid-year). There's a week of Orientation before each semester to help you get used to uni life.

    • A lot of our courses start in Semester 2 each year, usually in the last week of July. We call this mid-year. There's a week of Orientation beforehand to help you get used to uni life.

    • We use a points system to make it easier for you to understand your study progress. Most Bachelors degree study units are allocated 15 credit points. If you're studying a 3-year full-time degree you'll need to successfully complete 360 credit points - that's 24 units x 15 points per unit.

    • These are compulsory units you have to successfully complete as part of your course.

    • An elective is a unit you choose to study that counts towards your course requirements, but isn't compulsory. For some courses we recommend elective units. In some situations, a course coordinator may approve an elective unit as a replacement for a compulsory one.

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