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Non-ATAR students

If you are not studying four WACE Courses at Stage 2 or above (i.e. you are not an ATAR student), then you are considered a non-ATAR student.

Applying for undergraduate courses

You can submit a portfolio application directly to ECU to be considered for our Associate Degree or Bachelors courses, provided you satisfy the following:

If your portfolio application is unsuccessful you may be offered a place in one of our UniPrep courses, a one semester (full-time) course that's free to Australian Citizens, holders of a Permanent Humanitarian Visa, Permanent Residents and New Zealand Citizens.

Upon completion of UniPrep you'll be eligible to apply and be assessed for most undergraduate degrees at ECU.

Certificate IV in Year 12


Alternatively, if you complete a Certificate IV during Year 12 you meet standard entry requirements and can apply directly to ECU.

See our Registered Training Organisation (RTO) entry pathways page for more information.

Successful completion of Year 12 will meet minimum entry requirements to apply and be assessed for our UniPrep courses.

Note: Completing a Certificate III by the end of Year 12, also meets entry requirements into our UniPrep courses.

Subject selections for Years 11 & 12

When considering courses to choose in Years 11 and 12, it's recommended that you undertake 4 ATAR level courses, including English, EALD or English Literature, and sit the exams if you intend to study at university.

As an ATAR student, it's advisable to sit Year 12 exams, even if you're studying less than 4 ATAR courses, because exams can be an opportunity to improve your results. 

Portfolio applications are assessed on a variety of criteria and the number of higher level courses is taken into account. Our assessors understand that your performance in a course may be lower if the course is more difficult.

We recommend that you challenge yourself by trying to complete courses of varying difficulty, rather than choosing easier courses that can give you higher marks. 

If you intend to come to ECU straight after high school you should attempt to achieve WACE. 

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