Edith Cowan University Information

  • Introduction

    Our changing world needs a university to change with it. A university where courses composed with industry deliver the most relevant knowledge and skills. Where theory gets put into practice. A university like ECU.

    We go out of our way to help our students start on their journey, including offering different ways to enter university.

    We're home to a great mix of students - from people straight out of school to mature age students, international students who've moved to Perth and a growing number of online students.
  • Why Choose ECU?

    • ECU has received the top student satisfaction rating of all Australia's public universities.
    • ECU has been named in the Times Higher Education Young University Rankings for 2017 recognising the world's best 200 universities under the age of 50.
    • ECU received the second highest number of 'A' scores among the 29 Australian universities surveyed in the 2017 U-Multirank edition. U-Multirank is the largest global university ranking, showcasing close to 1,500 universities from 99 countries across the world. It shines a spotlight on high-performing universities.
    • We're young and we're curious. We're constantly scanning what's happening in the world and translating this into challenging, realistic and highly practical courses that prepare students for the future.
    • Our programs are developed in consultation with industry groups and we focus on our graduates' employability skills.
    • ECU teaching staff are some of the best in their fields, with extensive industry experience and a genuine interest in their students' learning and achievements.
    Fantastic facilities and programs
    ECU offers a diverse range of courses, and our facilities are some of the best you'll find at any university in Australia.

    We have the fastest growing Engineering School in Western Australia, the largest Nursing program in the State, and our Sports Science program is ranked 11th in the world and the best in Western Australia (Shanghai Ranking's 2016 global ranking of Sports Science Schools and Departments).

    The most popular and longest serving School of Education in Western Australia can be found here, along with one of the most comprehensive Arts and Humanities Schools in the Southern Hemisphere.

    We're also home to WAAPA, one of the world's leading performing arts academies.

    We're highly rated by our graduates.

    Choose
    ECU has been rated the maximum five stars for teaching quality for the eighth year in a row by the Good Universities Guide*. In the latest 2017 guide, graduates also rated ECU five stars for overall educational experience, skills development, student support and median graduate salary levels.

    *Source: 'Good Universities Guide 2017'.

    Many roads lead to ECU
    At ECU we attract a wide range of students including high school graduates and students who aren't fresh out of Year 12.

    That's because we offer different options for gaining entry to our undergraduate programs. Like our Portfolio entry or a UniPrep course.

    So be the graduate the changing world needs.

    And get ready at ECU.
  • Admission requirements - undergraduate

    At ECU, we want people from all backgrounds to have the opportunity to have access to a university education. That's why we've created a range of innovative entry options. We have entry pathways available for school leavers and other applicants, and we provide the support and flexibility to anyone wanting to further themselves through education.

    While ECU will make every effort to offer you a place in your chosen course, attaining the minimum entry requirements doesn't automatically guarantee a place, particularly where the number of eligible applicants is greater than the number of places. Where this occurs, offers will be made on a competitive basis.

    English competency requirements - Bachelor and Associate degrees

    WA School leavers
    ATAR courses:
    • English ATAR
    • Literature ATAR
    • English as an Additional Language/Dialect ATAR
    You must have achieved:
    • a final scaled score of at least 50, OR
    • a final school letter grade of A, B, or C studied in Year 12

    Other Applicants
    ATAR courses:
    • English ATAR
    • Literature ATAR
    • English as an Additional Language/Dialect ATAR
    You must have achieved:
    • a final scaled score of at least 50, OR
    • a final school letter grade of A, B, or C studied in Year 12
    WACE courses:
    • English
    • Literature
    • English as an Additional Language/Dialect
    You must have achieved:
    • a final scaled score of at least 50, OR
    • a final school letter grade of A, B, or C in two units (Stage 2 or above) studied in Year 12.
    TEE subjects:
    • English
    • English Literature
    You must have achieved:
    • a final scaled score of at least 50, OR
    • a final school letter grade of A, B, or C studied in Year 12.
    TEE subject:
    • English as a Second Language
    You must have achieved:
    • a satisfactory level of achievement as set by ECU in the year in which the subject was completed.
    Wholly school assessed subject:
    • Senior English
    You must have achieved:
    • a final school grade of A studied in Year 12.
    Special Tertiary Admissions Test (STAT) You must have achieved:
    • 145 or greater on the STAT Written English (if sat prior to February 2010), OR
    • 140 or greater on the STAT Written English (if sat after February 2010).
    Portfolio Entry English Assessment You must have achieved:
    • a satisfactory level of competency as determined by ECU.

    School Leavers

    ATAR Applicants
    If you have or will obtain an ATAR, you must meet the admission requirements outlined in the Undergraduate Admission Requirements for School Leavers to be eligible for consideration.

    Portfolio Entry Pathway
    If your ATAR does not meet the course ATAR requirements, you may be eligible to be considered via the Portfolio Entry Pathway providing you satisfy the following:
    • achieved WACE; and
    • achieved a minimum final school grade of A in English General or equivalent; and
    • met any prerequisites for the course.
    To be considered through the Portfolio pathway, in addition to your TISC application, you will also need to submit an online application directly to ECU and upload your portfolio documents to your online application for assessment.

    For more information go to Portfolio Entry Pathway.

    Other School Leaver applicants
    ECU provides various opportunities to you if you choose not to undertake the traditional tertiary entrance route during your final years of schooling.

    Completion of Certificate IV as Part of Year 12 Studies
    If you have completed an ECU-approved RTO Certificate IV during Year 12 you can be considered for the majority of our undergraduate level courses, provided you satisfy the following:
    • achieved WACE; and
    • achieved a minimum final school grade of A in English General or equivalent; and
    • met any prerequisites for the course

    Portfolio Entry Pathway
    You can submit a Portfolio Entry Pathway application directly to ECU to be considered for an undergraduate course, provided you satisfy the following:
    • achieved WACE; and
    • successfully completed at least 3 ATAR courses and 1 General course; and
    • achieved a minimum final school grade of A in English General or equivalent; and
    • met any prerequisites for the course.

    University Preparation Courses
    Alternatively, you may be eligible to apply for our University preparation courses.

    Applicants without an ATAR should apply directly to ECU through ECU's 'Apply Online'.

    Interstate school leavers and recent school leavers

    Applicants who have completed Year 12 in another state of Australia must have obtained an ATAR or aggregate that converts to the minimum ATAR required for admission to the undergraduate course of their choice, meet ECU's English competency and any other course prerequisites that may be required.

    Alternatively, you may be eligible apply for our University preparation course.

    Other applicants

    If you have an ATAR or TER, you must meet the admission requirements outlined in the Undergraduate Admission Requirements brochure to be eligible for consideration. Alternatively, ECU offers a number of pathways which may be used to satisfy entry requirements.

    Auditions, interviews and folio work

    For some courses, satisfactory auditions/interviews and/or folio of past work are also essential admission requirements. Refer to 'Specific Requirements' within the Course Search information.

  • Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts (WAAPA) courses

    As well as attaining minimum admission requirements, entry to WAAPA is also dependent upon an audition and/or interview and/or folio presentation of previous work and/or practical/theoretical test.

    If you've listed any of the following WAAPA course(s) as a preference in your TISC application, you must also lodge a separate application for your audition/interview directly with ECU by 30 September 2017.
    • Bachelor of Arts (Arts Management);
    • Bachelor of Music;
    • Bachelor of Education (Secondary) - Music Education;
    • Bachelor of Performing Arts - Performance Making.
    Auditions and interviews are normally held between October and December. If you've lodged your separate application directly to ECU, you'll be contacted to arrange a specific date and time for your audition/interview.

    If you nominate an ECU Music preference and are unsuccessful, you'll automatically be considered for an appropriate Diploma or Certificate level course at WAAPA.

    Apply directly to ECU (not TISC) for Certificate, Diploma and Advanced Diploma courses at WAAPA in Acting, Dance, Classical Music, Jazz, Production and Design, and Bachelor of Arts degrees in Acting, Dance and Music Theatre. For further enquiries contact futurestudy@ecu.edu.au.
  • Admission requirements - University preparation courses

    ECU offers three preparation courses:
    • University Preparation Course (UniPrep)
    • University Preparation Course - Education Assistant Program
    • Indigenous University Orientation Course (IUOC) - a specialised entry pathway for Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander students.
    The UniPreps offer an additional entry pathway to ECU. On completion of the general UniPrep or IUOC, you're eligible to be considered for entry to the majority of undergraduate courses at ECU, dependent on prerequisites, meeting academic requirements and availability.

    On completion of the University Preparation Course - Education Assistant Program, you're eligible to be considered for entry to our Bachelor of Education courses, dependent on prerequisites, meeting academic requirements and availability. This course is also aimed at people who wish to become an Education Assistant.

    ECU will make every effort to offer UniPrep graduates a place in their chosen undergraduate course. However, where the number of eligible applicants is greater than the number of Commonwealth Supported places for the undergraduate course, offers will be made on a competitive basis.

    Australian citizens, holders of an Australian permanent humanitarian visa, Australian permanent residents and New Zealand citizens are eligible to study in a Commonwealth Supported Place, making these courses free, with no up-front or deferred tuition fee. However, note that changes are in the process of being legislated by the Federal Government, and you should check ECU's website for details.

    English competency requirements - UniPrep Courses

    WA School leavers
    General courses:
    • English General
    • Literature General
    • English as an Additional Language/Dialect General
    You must have achieved:
    • a minimum final school letter grade of C studied in Year 12

    Other Applicants
    General courses:
    • English General
    • Literature General
    • English as an Additional Language/Dialect General
    You must have achieved:
    • a minimum final school letter grade of C studied in Year 12
    WACE courses:
    • English
    • Literature
    • English as an Additional Language/Dialect
    You must have achieved:
    • a final scaled score of at least 50, OR
    • a final school letter grade of A, B, C, or D in one unit (Stage 2 or above) studied in Year 12.
    TEE subjects:
    • English
    • English Literature
    You must have achieved:
    • a final scaled score of at least 50, OR
    • a final school letter grade of A, B, C, or D studied in Year 12.
    TEE subject:
    • English as a Second Language
    You must have achieved:
    • a satisfactory level of achievement as set by ECU in the year in which the subject was completed.
    Wholly school assessed subject:
    • Senior English
    You must have achieved:
    • a final school grade of C studied in Year 12.
    Special Tertiary Admissions Test (STAT) You must have achieved:
    • 125 or greater on the STAT Written English (if sat prior to February 2010), OR
    • 110 or greater on the STAT Written English (if sat after February 2010).
    Portfolio Entry English Assessment You must have achieved:
    • a satisfactory level of competency as determined by ECU.

    School Leavers
    To be considered for the UniPrep courses, you must satisfy the following:
    • achieve WACE; and
    • achieve a minimum final school grade of C in English General or equivalent.
    Other Applicants
    To be considered for the UniPrep courses you must achieve a minimum final school grade of C in English General or equivalent.

    The IUOC is open to Aboriginal and Torres Strait people who will be at least 18 years during the first year of study. For further information please visit our website.

    How to apply
    For the general UniPrep and UniPrep - Education Assistant Program, Year 12 ATAR applicants should apply via TISC. All other applicants should apply direct to ECU.

    For the IUOC, all applicants should apply direct to ECU.
  • ECU Access

    Eligible students from identified Western Australian schools will receive an automated ATAR adjustment of up to 10 selection ranks to support the entry of students from areas with educational disadvantage:
    • Eligible students with an ATAR of 60 to 69.95 will receive a selection rank adjustment to 70; and
    • Eligible students with an ATAR of 70 and above will receive a selection rank adjustment of 5 to a maximum ATAR of 90.
    If your school is listed here and you need to find out more, please talk to your school careers adviser or contact the ECU Student Recruitment team on 134 328.
  • Other entry pathways

    Qualification from a recognised training organisation (RTO)
    If you've completed an ECU-approved RTO Advanced Diploma, Associate Diploma or Diploma award, you'll be eligible to be considered for entry to the majority of undergraduate courses.

    If you have completed an ECU approved RTO Certificate IV award, you may be eligible to be considered for entry to the majority of our undergraduate courses, provided you also satisfy the following:
    • achieve WACE (school leavers only); and
    • achieve a minimum final school grade of A in English General or equivalent.
    Entry to a particular course may require completion of prerequisite studies not covered in your RTO course.

    Special tertiary admissions test (STAT)
    ECU requires you to satisfactorily complete both the Written English and Multiple Choice tests. To be eligible for consideration to enter undergraduate courses you'll need to achieve the following:

    Bachelor/Associate Degrees
    STAT Prior to February 2010 After February 2010
    Written English 145 140
    Verbal or Quantitative components 115 135
    UniPrep Courses
    STAT Prior to February 2010 After February 2010
    Written English 125 110
    Verbal or Quantitative components 115 110

    Portfolio entry pathway
    Our Portfolio entry pathway assesses your application to ECU based on a portfolio of evidence that includes your qualifications/school results (if applicable), work and life experiences. It allows applicants to be considered for entry to undergraduate courses and caters for:
    • school leavers with a near-miss ATAR for their chosen course;
    • school leavers who will not/did not obtain an ATAR;
    • other applicants, who may or may not have completed Year 12.
    Portfolio applicants must meet minimum English requirements or have minimum of English General with a final school grade of A.

    Some courses do not accept applications through the Portfolio entry pathway.

    As part of your Portfolio, you need to include:
    • an introductory letter;
    • a resume;
    • two written references; and
    • copies of any certificates, awards or academic records if applicable (school leavers must also submit their most recent school report).
    An interview may also be required as part of the assessment.

    Portfolio entry pathway applicants will have their portfolio assessed against the criteria indicated on our website and will be admitted to undergraduate level courses based on a competitive process. Eligibility for this pathway does not guarantee entry into an ECU course at undergraduate level.

    How to apply via Portfolio entry pathway
    WA School Leavers with an ATAR should apply via TISC and also submit an online application directly to ECU. You will be required to upload your supporting portfolio documents to your online application.

    Other applicants should apply directly to ECU. You will be required to upload your supporting portfolio documents to your online application.

    Overseas qualifications
    Provision is made for the recognition of overseas qualifications. Contact ECU Admissions to clarify eligibility.

    As noted in the Admission Requirements (Mature age) and (School Leavers), competence in English is required. This can be achieved via the Academic International English Language Testing System (IELTS), with the minimum acceptable scores for most courses being an overall band of 6.0 (no individual band less than 6.0) or a minimum acceptable score of 145 (prior to February 2010) or 140 (after February 2010) in the Written English test component of the STAT. Please note the following exceptions to Academic IELTS:
    • All undergraduate Education: An overall band of 7.0 (no individual band less than 7.0).
    • Bachelor of Science (Nursing): An overall band of 6.5 (no individual band less than 6.5).
    • Bachelor of Science (Nursing) / Bachelor of Science (Midwifery): An overall band of 6.5 (no individual band less than 6.5).
    • Bachelor of Science (Occupational Therapy): An overall band of 7.5 (no individual band less than 7.0).
    • Bachelor of Speech Pathology: An overall band of 7.5 (no individual band less than 7.0).
    A list of other qualifications that may be used to meet the English requirements is available from ECU.

    Educational disadvantage entry
    ECU recognises that specific circumstances outside the control of the applicant may occur, which negatively impact on the individual's ability to successfully prepare for entry to university study.

    Applicants who have been impacted by one-off or a series of events such as serious medical conditions or bereavements may be considered for entry.

    To apply for Educational Disadvantage Entry, you'll need to lodge your application via the relevant method and provide ECU with a statement and supporting documents verifying your claims.
  • Past and current students of Edith Cowan University (including WAAPA)

    Apply directly to ECU if you:
    • Are a current Year 12 student who will not obtain an ATAR (including students completing a Certificate IV as part of your Year 12 studies);
    • Are not considered a current Year 12 student and wish to:
      • apply through the Portfolio Entry Pathway; OR
      • you have or you are due to complete a TAFE or RTO Certificate IV, Diploma or Advanced Diploma
    • Are a graduate of ECU or another University and wish to enter a fourth-year Honours degree at ECU;
    • Have previously been made an offer of a place in a course at ECU or with WAAPA and now want to:
      • be considered for an alternative course at ECU; OR
      • wish to take up your deferred offer from 2017; OR
      • have discontinued from your course at ECU and now wish to resume your studies in that course (Resume a Course).

    Apply through TISC if you:
    • Are a current Year 12 student who will obtain an ATAR; or
    • Have never previously been made an offer of a place at ECU or WAAPA; or
    • Deferred your ECU course and now want to apply for a different course at another university.
    If you're applying through TISC for WAAPA courses or other courses at ECU that require an interview and/or audition you must also submit an online application direct with ECU.
  • General information

    Our campuses and online study
    We have three main campuses in Western Australia, each offering a modern, vibrant location for study and learning. Our campuses feature up-to-date facilities including wireless internet, 24-hour access to computer labs, libraries with open study spaces outside office hours and a safe environment for you to study in, either by yourself or with other students.

    Joondalup
    Our Joondalup Campus is the University's headquarters and has world-class facilities for a range of study areas. We pride ourselves on the industry-relevant facilities that allow students to experience modern equipment in a real-world environment, including our purpose built facilities for Health and Wellness and Engineering. The Campus is also home to Ngoolark, a one-stop shop bringing most student-related services under one roof, and also offers a multi-million dollar sport and fitness centre, an award-winning library, an outdoor cinema for the summer months and on-campus accommodation.

    The Joondalup Campus is close to both the Mitchell Freeway and the Joondalup train line and is easily accessible by car, train, bus and bike. Car and bicycle parking is available on campus.

    Mount Lawley
    Our Mount Lawley Campus is only minutes from Perth CBD and the Beaufort Street cafe strip. It is equipped with extensive teaching resources, and a new communications and arts hub that contains facilities for design, visual arts, fashion, broadcasting, animation, photomedia and film. The Campus has a number of cafes and also offers a sport and fitness centre and on-campus accommodation. The campus is home to the Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts (WAAPA).

    The Mount Lawley campus is only 6km from the Perth CBD and is easily accessible by car, bus and bike. Car and bicycle parking is available on campus. Transperth buses link the campus to both the city and the Morley bus station.

    Bunbury (South West)
    Located two hours' drive south of Perth, our South West Campus (Bunbury) is within easy reach of the world-famous Margaret River region. The campus is the largest university campus outside the metropolitan area and features modern facilities, small class sizes, a comprehensive range of courses and on-campus accommodation.

    The South West campus (Bunbury) is easily accessible by car and local Bunbury transit services.

    Off campus study (online)
    ECU is committed to providing you with flexible, student-focused learning opportunities. Studying online is a great option if you live in regional WA or interstate, or you have domestic responsibilities or work commitments, making it inconvenient to commute or relocate to study. Online study is mainly delivered via our learning management system. If you live relatively close to an ECU campus, you'll be able to access campus facilities and learning support services. If not, some support services can still be accessed online.

    Online study is available for many courses. Courses on Off-campus mode of delivery can be seen via the Course Search facility.

    Deferral of an offer
    If you're offered a place you can apply to defer your offer for up to one year, subject to the course being available in the desired academic period. If deferral is approved, you'll be contacted by ECU, and provided with information on how to commence your studies in later semesters. A place for the same course and campus will only be guaranteed for the following four semesters, subject to availability. For some courses, such as those from WAAPA, you won't be able to defer your offer and will be required to re-apply.

    Part-time study
    Part-time study doesn't necessarily refer to attendance at evening classes. Part-time study involves undertaking a lesser load than the normal full-time load. A normal full-time load is 60 credit points of study per semester, for example four units of 15 credit points each.

    Advanced standing (credit)
    See Advanced standing/credit transfer.
  • Further enquiries

    Obtain further information on ECU courses by contacting:

    Student Recruitment
    Edith Cowan University
    270 Joondalup Drive
    JOONDALUP WA 6027

    Telephone within Australia: 134 328 (134 ECU), from Overseas: (61 8) 6304 0000
    Email: futurestudy@ecu.edu.au or
    Visit the website: ecugetready.com.au and click on the Got a question? Ask Us link.

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