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Experience Based Entry Scheme

Our Experience Based Entry Scheme allows you to be considered for entry to an undergraduate course through an assessment of your ability to succeed in higher education. This is based on a portfolio of evidence.

School leavers

You can use the Experience Based Entry Scheme if you're currently in Year 12 and:

  • you had a near-miss ATAR for your chosen course


  • you haven’t generated an ATAR, but you've passed 3 ATAR subjects


  • you've completed WACE
  • you meet the English competency requirements
  • you satisfy any prerequisites for the course you want to apply for

If you're in Year 12

If you’re a Year 12 student seeking admission for Semester 1, please submit your course application and supporting documentation through our online admission system. If you've also applied through TISC, please remember to quote your TISC ID as part of your ECU application.

We recommend you have the University Preparation course as one of your preferences.

If you're not currently in Year 12

Your previous qualifications and education will be assessed as part of your application. For example:

  • previous ATAR, TEE, TER or TAE results
  • results for the multiple choice component of the Special Tertiary Admissions Test
  • qualifications from TAFE, private colleges or accredited training courses
  • relevant work experience

If you've been home-schooled

If you've completed or are completing studies at home, please submit the following information as part of your application:

  • results from your participation in the Year 9 National Assessment Program – Literacy and Numeracy (NAPLAN) or the Online Numeracy and Literacy Assessment (OLNA) (if applicable)
  • confirmation of the registration of your home educator by the Education office
  • any other curriculum information that assists in the assessment of your application

If you hold a Duke of Edinburgh's International Award

The Duke of Edinburgh's International Award represents the highest pinnacles of achievement by young people in personal growth, outdoor learning, community service and leadership development. ECU recognises your commitment, discipline and determination as you've ventured outside of your comfort zone to excel and develop your interpersonal, employability and practical skills. Please note this achievement on your resume to be included with your application.

Your application

Please include:

  • Introductory letter – explaining your future career goals and why you want to attend university and why you've chosen a specific course. It should communicate your commitment, preparation to study and motivation to be successful.
  • Resume – outlining your work experience to date, including details of paid work and any voluntary positions you’ve filled.
  • Academic records – outlining your education to date, including secondary schooling and things like leadership programs, sports coaching, umpiring accreditation, TAFE or Registered Training Organisation qualifications, industry training/accreditation, or workplace training.
  • Referees – include a minimum of two written references, with at least one being a professional/work/school reference.
Note An interview may also be required as part of our assessment.