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It’s never too late to follow your dreams

Mature-aged student Dean Gurney smiling looking at camera at ECU’s Joondalup Campus.

Dean Gurney chose UniPrep as a pathway to a Bachelor of Science degree at ECU.

Whether it’s been a while since high school or if 2020 put your required ATAR just out of reach, you still have options to achieve your dream of going to university.

Edith Cowan University (ECU) has UniPrep courses available over the summer so you can get the marks you need to start your degree in semester 1, 2021.

There’s a four-week UniPrep Accelerate program for school leavers in January at ECU’s Joondalup Campus or take your time with UniPrep Summer School at either Joondalup or South West Campus.

You can also apply to start UniPrep in Semester 1, 2021 studying full-time, part-time, on campus or online at any of ECU’s three campuses.

Flexibility to tread a new path

You don’t need to be a school leaver to take advantage of the UniPrep options at ECU, just ask Dean Gurney, a mature-aged student who undertook UniPrep as a pathway to a Bachelor of Science degree.

“I was attracted to ECU as they offered the course I was interested in and I could see that ECU ranked highly in student satisfaction and teaching quality,” Dean said.

“ECU also provides flexibility to study online and I was pleased that the UniPrep pathway could be undertaken part-time and off campus while I continued to work full-time.”

Prepare to succeed

Dean opted to enter university thorough UniPrep so he could get familiar with the University’s learning platforms, discover what to expect from university life and feel confident and prepared in starting an undergraduate degree.

“As I hadn't studied properly in over 20 years, UniPrep was very beneficial to me. It taught me referencing skills, how and where to find relevant information for research and fundamental academic writing techniques,” Dean said.

“If I hadn't learnt these skills prior to the first semester of my undergraduate degree, I’m certain I would have felt extremely overwhelmed. UniPrep is a fantastic gateway to university for anyone.”

Priceless support

Dean said the value of the free UniPrep course was in the learning and support offered by ECU.

“My experience at ECU has been very positive. My lecturers have all made a point of being approachable and available to contact. Some of my units have weekly online collaborate sessions, which are a good chance to check in and communicate with my lecturers and tutors,” Dean said.

“Whenever I felt unsure the staff at ECU have been very encouraging and supportive.”

5-star teaching

The 2021 Good Universities Guide recently rated ECU five stars for undergraduate teaching quality for a record 14 years in a row, making ECU the only public university in Australia to receive the maximum rating for this timeframe.

ECU also received a 5-star rating for overall experience, skills development, student support, learning resources and learning engagement.

In 2020 and for the fifth year in a row, ECU was awarded the top undergraduate teaching quality ranking of all public universities in Australia in the Quality Indicators for Learning and Teaching (QILT) student experience survey.

Looking to the future

After achieving a High Distinction average in the UniPrep course in 2019, Dean is now in the first year of the Bachelor of Science.

“The grade I received has given me a lot of confidence. Now when I am struggling to grasp a certain concept, I think back to UniPrep and realise that I have been through it before, which helps me push through the mental barrier of doubting my abilities.”

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