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Our free UniPrep courses are open to school leavers and mature age students. If you're successful, you'll be eligible for entry into many of our degree courses. If you haven't been at school for a while, don't have formal qualifications or a great Year 12 result, UniPrep could really change your future.

Why ECU?

  • The Good Universities Guide

    Highest quality teaching

    ECU is one of the best unis in Australia for teaching. We've had 16 straight years of 5-star ratings in the Good Universities Guide!

  • Good Universities Guide - Student Support

    Legendary student support 

    Everyone has challenges as a student, but few universities can match ECU for student support. We even have a student success team!

  • Good Universities Guide - Overall Experience

    Best overall experience 

    Uni life is more than studying and attending classes. Here, you can join student clubs, sports teams, do volunteering and heaps more. It’s a 5-star experience!

How it works

University preparation 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.

Our courses include a full semester course and two intensive courses - UniPrep Accelerate and a special summer program called UniPrep Summer (see details below).

All courses 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.


At ECU, we understand that you need flexibility, so our University Preparation 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.

UniPrep Accelerate

This is our program for school leavers with a near-miss ATAR. It's an intensive 4-week university preparation course, run in January on our Joondalup Campus. On successful completion, you'll be able to start uni in Semester 1 with everyone else. Best of all, it's free! If you're expecting an ATAR between 55-69, you can apply now.

UniPrep Summer

This is another intensive university preparation course. UniPrep Summer runs from late November until the end of January.

Exams for most subjects are in late January or early February, so it's possible to successfully complete the course in time to start uni in Semester 1.

UniPrep General

Our popular and free university preparation course that, if completed successfully, can get you into almost all ECU undergraduate courses. Our standard university preparation course runs for one full semester, starting the same dates as undergraduate courses.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

  • No. While most courses are available to people who successfully complete any of the UniPrep courses, some courses have specialist entry requirements. It's best to speak to our Future Students team to confirm your eligibility, as this can change depending on enrolment numbers and external factors.

  • In this case, you're more than welcome to apply for our UniPrep General program that runs every semester. While this is a slightly longer course, it has prepared many of our students well for university for many years.

  • No. Because these are intensive programs, they require on-campus engagement to ensure you get the most out of it. There will, however, be online components that you'll need to engage with.

  • Yes. Each course equates to a full-time study load for income support purposes, as long as you're enrolled in a minimum of three units.

  • Yes, absolutely, as long as you meet the entry requirements, you're eligible to study at any of ECU’s campuses.

  • UniPrep General is the only version of UniPrep that can be studied entirely online.

  • Yes. But you can pick up studies in UniPrep General and get recognition for the units you’ve already completed.

  • We're allowing you to apply, based on your first semester results. All you need to do is provide a copy of your Year 12 Semester 1 results with your application for the course. See the UniPrep course page for information on other UniPrep entry requirements you may need to meet.

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.

Become World Ready

Valued skills

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!

Explore your options

UniPrep graduate Savanna didn’t study for an ATAR in Year 12, but found the course a great introduction to university and to the skills she needed to start a bachelors degree.

Student stories

  • Cassandra Catley

    Cassandra Catley

    ECU Indigenous University Orientation Course and Bachelor of Sport, Recreation and Event Management graduate

    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.

  • Eamon Gilbert

    Eamon Gilbert

    Sport, Recreation and Event Management student Eamon Gilbert with Perth Glory staff

    I was nervous about how I would go at uni

    Starting with UniPrep was the perfect way into university for me, teaching me all the things I needed to know for university and getting me ready. I was nervous about how I would go at uni and thought I would struggle.

    But through good habits, routine and hard work I have been able to get consistently good grades which I am happy with.

  • Kelly Vestby

    Kelly Vestby

    ECU South West UniPrep graduate and Nursing student

    I wanted a career that was challenging and one I could take anywhere in the world

    I had been out of school for a long time but UniPrep provided me with the skills needed to write essays, research and manage my time effectively.

    ECU’s flexible study options and the supportive atmosphere at the South West Campus has also helped me fit in study around being a mum and business owner.

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.