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Year 12 Pathways for 2022

The good thing about completing Year 12 these days is the options you have.

If you want to study at uni you should try to do your best and get an ATAR of at least 70. But if that doesn't work out, all is not lost.

As you'll see in this short video, there's more than one pathway into uni.

Also be sure to check your options on this page.

ATAR Based Pathways

ATAR entry

This is the usual pathway for school leavers with an ATAR, requiring you to submit your course preferences via TISC.

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Predicted ATAR (Early Offers)

This pathway gives you the opportunity to obtain an early offer for a place at uni before you start your Year 12 exams. All you need is your predicted ATAR and/or a copy of your latest school results.

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Portfolio and Experience Based Pathways

Creative Arts Portfolio Entry

This pathway allows you to be considered for entry to specific undergraduate courses in creative arts and design disciplines without an ATAR. It's based on a digital portfolio of your work, plus an interview.

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Experience Based Entry Pathway

This pathway allows you to be considered for entry to an undergraduate course through an assessment of your ability to succeed in higher education. It's based on a portfolio of evidence.

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UniPrep Pathways

UniPrep Accelerate

This is our brand new 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 expect an ATAR between 55 -69, you can apply now.

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UniPrep Summer

Our free UniPrep Summer program is now available for school leavers. The program is for people who are likely to attain an ATAR of below 55 or won't attain an ATAR at all. It runs from the end of November to the end of January on our Joondalup and South West campuses. On successful completion, you'll start uni in time for Semester 1. You can apply for UniPrep Summer now.

Special consideration will be given to 2020 Year 12 cohorts to allow you to apply for UniPrep Summer based on your first semester Year 12 results.

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Our popular and free university preparation course that, if completed successfully, can get you into almost all ECU undergraduate courses. Our standard university preparation courses run over one semester and includes our UniPrep General course and a UniPrep (Education) course for anyone considering Teacher Education.

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Certificate IV Pathway

If you complete a Cert IV you may meet entry requirements for an undergraduate course. You may need to satisfy our English competency requirements.

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Student stories

Una Caitlin

Una Catlin

ECU UniPrep graduate and Bachelor of Business/Bachelor of Arts (Psychology) student

"UniPrep was a great pathway into my undergraduate course"

I chose ECU after a lengthy consideration of which university could provide me with the best designed course in my chosen field.

ECU combined psychology and business with a major in HR that I felt would give me the best employability skills.

I genuinely believe that UniPrep offered by ECU provided me with both the opportunities to investigate my chosen career, and also gave me the transferrable skills I now apply every day.

The support and encouragement I have received from my lecturers and tutors has been incredible. ECU has been an amazing experience for me academically.