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What to do if your results aren’t what you expected


Didn’t get the grades you wanted? Don’t panic, you still have several options.
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ECU first year students respond to questions about their university experience so far.

Didn’t get the grades you wanted? Don’t panic, you still have several options.

Year 12 students across WA receive their exam results this month. But for some, their ATAR may not be what they were expecting. Renée Strauss is a Future Students Coordinator at Edith Cowan University and her job is to help students (and their parents) navigate this period. She has five simple tips.

1. Don’t panic

After all the pressure of exams, it can be a shock to get grades that are not what you had hoped.

“There’s no need to panic,” says Renée. “ATAR is not the only pathway into university and there are many alternatives. It’s okay to take a different path or change your mind about your preferences.”

ECU's Future Students team is available to answer your questions.

2. Talk to the experts

Universities have teams of people dedicated to helping guide students, and their parents, through the application process.

“We remember what it was like when we received our results and we’re here to support you in finding the right path to achieve your goals,” Renée says.

3. Know the important dates

Students can change their December round preferences up until 11pm on Tuesday, 18 December 2018 and January round preferences until 11pm on Tuesday, 15 January 2019 via TISC at www.tisc.edu.au

“Before you rush to change your preferences, take the time to seek out advice,” Renée says. “For example, at ECU, our Future Students team can provide guidance on of all your options and with more than 300 courses available at the University, there’s certainly a lot to consider.”

ATAR is not the only pathway into university and there are many alternatives.

4. Make a university preparation course your final preference

While entry into university enabling courses is not guaranteed, they do have slightly different requirements to undergraduate degrees. After all, they’re designed to give you the academic skills to succeed at university.

“ECU’s UniPrep (University Preparation Course) is a great foundation to further study and upon successful completion you’ll be eligible for entry into many undergraduate degrees.”

5. Consider vocational training

Another pathway into university is by completing a Certificate IV or higher with a Registered Training Organisation, such as a TAFE or Edith Cowan College.

“Vocational training can be used as a springboard into further studies and may even make you eligible for Advanced Standing (Recognition of Prior Learning) when you commence a university course.”

Students have until Tuesday, 18 December 2018 to change their December preferences. For more information visit chooseECU.com.au or call 134 328.

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