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Your pathway to a new future

There's more than one way into an ECU undergraduate course. Depending on what you've studied already or your work or life experience, you have a choice of pathways. Hello new future!

Creative thinkers made here.
Creative thinkers made here.

Why study at ECU?

  • QILT - Quality Indicators for Learning and Teaching

    A great student experience

    As an ECU undergraduate, you can expect the best overall student experience of any of the 38 public universities in Australia. More about QILT.

  • The Good Universities Guide - teaching quality

    The highest quality teaching

    ECU is one of the best unis in Australia for teaching. We've had 17 straight years of 5-star ratings in the Good Universities Guide to prove it!

  • THE World University Rankings Top 100 Young

    One of the world's young guns

    We're ranked one of the world's best universities under 50 years old, and we've already established a global reputation for such a young institution.

Your pathway options

An ATAR score isn't the only pathway you need to enter an undergraduate course. For example, you can submit a successful portfolio through our Experience Based Entry or Creative Arts Portfolio Entry pathway. Or complete a bridging course like UniPrep.


Our popular university preparation course that can get you into almost all ECU undergraduate courses.

  • Runs for one full semester (starts in February)
  • Choice of Humanities or Science units
  • Free to most domestic students

UniPrep Summer

This is an intensive university preparation course that runs from November to January.

  • 8-week course with a one-week Christmas break
  • Can be completed in time to start a Bachelor degree in Semester 1 (February)
  • Free to most domestic students

Portfolio and Diploma Pathways

Experience Based Entry

This pathway allows you to be considered for entry to an undergraduate course through an assessment of your ability to succeed in higher education. It's based on your portfolio of evidence.

Creative Humanities Pathway

This pathway allows you to be considered for entry to specific undergraduate courses in creative arts and design disciplines without an ATAR. It's based on a digital portfolio of your work, plus an interview.

ECU Experience

Our campuses offer much more than excellent lecture theatres, libraries and cool study spaces. You'll also find a whole range of services to support you through uni, including student accommodation, a medical centre, cafes, gyms and more.

Find out more

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.

Do you have any questions about Pathways?

Student stories

From tradie to sports scientist

I didn't know a whole lot coming into this degree as I came from a trades background. I didn't complete ATAR, so my only option was through a portfolio entry. The application process was quite painless and, as I had already completed a Certificate IV, I didn't have to apply for a bridging course and could get straight in.

Matt Wilding

The Important Things

Things you should know about if you're thinking about studying here.

Course Entry

There's more than one admission pathway into an ECU course. It depends on what you've studied already, or your work or life experience.

Fees & Scholarships

Course tuition fees can change, but we can give you an estimate of your costs. If you're eligible, a scholarship or student loan can help too.


Applying for a course is a fairly simple process, especially if you have scanned copies of qualifications, your resume or other paperwork, ready to upload.

ECU Experience

Starting a course is an exciting and sometimes daunting time, so we make a massive effort to ensure you get all the support you need to have a positive experience.