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Never too late for a new beginning


Maria Daniele completed ECU’s UniPrep course.

Whether you took a gap year or it’s been a while since you graduated high school, options are available to achieve your dream of going to university and making a positive change in your life.

Just ask Maria Daniele, a mature-aged student who undertook Edith Cowan University’s (ECU’s) UniPrep course as a pathway to a university degree.

“Growing up I had never been encouraged to pursue an education,” Ms Daniele said.

“I left school at an early age and joined the workforce.

“One day my supervisor suggested to me that I upskill myself. She had done the ECU University Preparation Course and encouraged me to do it.

“She said it would open up lots of opportunities as once you have completed the course, you can choose from a range of other courses.”

UniPrep helps those who didn’t get a great score in Year 12, haven’t been at school for a while, or don’t have any formal qualifications to undertake university education.

Ms Daniele is currently in the first year of a Bachelor of Hotels and Resort Management degree at ECU’s Joondalup Campus after completing the UniPrep course.

She said she hopes she can act as a role model for her children.

“I also wanted to show my daughters that University was another option they could take.”

The 2020 Good Universities Guide recently granted ECU five stars for teaching quality for a record 13 years in a row. It’s the only public university in Australia to receive the maximum rating for this timeframe.

ECU’s fulltime graduate starting salary was also rated at five stars. At $62,600, it’s the highest in Western Australia and some $2000 above the national average.

ECU also received five stars for overall experience, skills development, student support and learning resources.

The accolades reflect ECU’s focus on putting students first, offering flexible study options and a supportive study environment so students have the opportunity to succeed.

It is this support and the excellent staff at ECU that helped Ms Daniele develop her skills and achieve her goals.

“The lecturers and teachers I have had are very supportive and helpful,” she said.

“The skills and knowledge I have learned help me in my job as I am more multi-skilled and assist now in different areas.

“The ongoing learning also helped me with my other units; it’s like one thing flows into another, which has been a big help with lots more insight.

“All the different elements have been invaluable to me.”

ECU is offering a UniPrep Summer School option and also the opportunity to apply for university via the Experienced Based Entry Scheme.

It’s never too late to start learning and commence the degree you have always wanted. Find out more on the UniPrep webpage.

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