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. A university that provides a bridge between where you are right now and where you want to be. ECU is that bridge between your world and the whole world.

    We go out of our way to help our students start on their journey, and to succeed in their studies, whatever their chosen field.

    ECU is 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?

    • In 2020, and for the 5th year in a row, ECU received the top undergraduate teaching quality ranking of all public universities in Australia in the QILT (Quality Indicators for Learning and Teaching Survey). ECU was also the top-ranked Australian public university for undergraduate skills development (now six years in a row) and second-placed public university for overall educational experience.
    • ECU has been named in the Times Higher Education Young University Rankings for 2019 recognising the world's best 150 universities under the age of 50.
    • ECU graduates have given the university a 5-star rating for teaching quality in the Good Universities Guide for 13 years in a row. In the 2020 guide, graduates also rated ECU 5- stars for overall educational experience, skills development, student support, learning resources and full-time graduate starting salary.
    • Our programs are developed in consultation with industry groups and we focus on our graduates' employability skills, including offering our students industry placements, internships and study tours.
    • 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 has a wide range of courses across a number of study areas with highlights including:
    • Offering one of the most comprehensive Arts and Humanities Schools in the southern hemisphere.
    • Our Business and Law students have access to some of WA's newest facilities including a Digital Hub, SMART Lab, Moot Court, Centre for Business Development and Work Integrated Learning space.
    • We are ranked in the Top 175 universities worldwide for Engineering and Technology in the Times Higher Education rankings (2020).
    • We offer a comprehensive range of medical and health science courses and are ranked in the world's top 100 for Sports-related courses in the 2019 QS World University Rankings by Subject.
    • We prepare more nursing and midwifery students for careers in health than any other university in WA.
    • ECU is one of just two Academic Centres of Cyber Security Excellence in Australia and the only one in WA.
    • Not only are we the oldest School of Education in WA, but we are also the most highly rated. This is reflected in the fact that we are Australia's top public university for undergraduate teaching quality and overall education experience for Teacher Education (2020 QILT).
    • And we are very proud to be home to WAAPA, one of the world's leading performing arts academies.

    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 Experience Based Entry Scheme or a University Preparation (UniPrep) course.

    Find out more about how ECU can help you achieve your dreams and become world ready.
  • Admission requirements - undergraduate

    Universities have many admission pathways, catering for applicants with varying qualifications, such as Year 12 studies, Vocational Education and Training qualifications, tertiary studies, and work and life experience. Information on all entry pathways can be found this website and on university websites.

    At ECU, we believe people from all backgrounds should have the opportunity to access a university education. That's why we've created a range of innovative admission pathways. Our pathways are 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 isn't an automatic guarantee. Sometimes 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).
    ECU approved English test You must have achieved:
    • a satisfactory level of competency in an ECU approved English test.

    School Leavers

    Applicants with an ATAR
      If you have or will obtain an ATAR, you must meet the admission requirements outlined in the University Admission 2021 Admission Requirements for School Leavers to be eligible for consideration.

      Experience Based Entry Scheme
      If your ATAR does not meet the course ATAR requirements, you may be eligible to be considered via this 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 Experience Based Entry Scheme, in addition to your TISC application, you will also need to submit an online application directly to ECU and upload your supporting documents to your online application for assessment.

      For more information go to Experience Based Entry Scheme.

    Applicants without an ATAR
      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 Certificate IV from a Registered Training Organisation (RTO) during Year 12 you can be considered for the majority of our undergraduate courses provided you satisfy the following:
      • achieved WACE; and
      • met minimum English requirements; and
      • met any prerequisites for the course

      Experience Based Entry Scheme
      You can submit an Experience Based Entry Scheme 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
      • met minimum English requirements; and
      • met any prerequisites for the course.
      For more information go to Experience Based Entry Scheme.

      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

    If you have completed Year 12 in another state of Australia, you must have obtained an ATAR or aggregate that converts to the minimum ATAR required for admission to the undergraduate course of their choice. You'll also need to 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 on the Non-school leaver applicants 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 2020.
    • 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 - enabling courses

    ECU offers three enabling courses:
    • University Preparation Course (UniPrep)
    • University Preparation Course - Education Program
    • Indigenous University Orientation Course (IUOC) - a specialised entry pathway for Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander students.
    The enabling programs offer an additional admission 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 Program, you're eligible to be considered for entry to our Bachelor of Education courses, dependent on prerequisites, meeting academic requirements and availability.

    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 - enabling 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).
    ECU approved English test You must have achieved:
    • a satisfactory level of competency in an ECU approved English test.

    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 specialised UniPrep, 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.
  • 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
    • met minimum English requirements.
    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

    Experience Based Entry Scheme
    Our Experience Based Entry Scheme assesses your application to ECU based on the 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.
    Experience Based Entry Scheme 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 Experience Based Entry Scheme.

    As part of your Experience Based Entry Scheme application, 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).
    Experience Based Entry Scheme applicants will have their supporting documents assessed against specified criteria including reasons for study and demonstrated preparedness for tertiary level study, and will be admitted to undergraduate level courses based on a competitive process. Eligibility for this admission pathway does not guarantee entry into an ECU course at undergraduate level.

    How to apply via the Experience Based Entry Scheme
    WA School Leavers with an ATAR should apply via TISC and also submit an online application directly to ECU. You'll be required to upload your supporting documents to your online application.

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

    Overseas qualifications
    Provision is made for the recognition of overseas qualifications. Contact Future Students on 134 328 for further advice.

    As noted in the Admission Requirements (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 on ECU’s website.

    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. Also see Educational Access Scheme (EAS).
  • 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 Experience Based 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 2020; 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
    • Deferred your ECU course and now want to apply for courses at both ECU and other universities
    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 alone or with other students.

    Joondalup
    Our Joondalup Campus is located 25km north of Perth and is a short walk or bus ride from the Joondalup Train Station and Lakeside Joondalup, the largest shopping centre in Western Australia. Set within beautiful surrounds, including a lake and an outdoor cinema, Joondalup's spacious parkland provides a great place for students to study and relax. The campus features award winning architecture, from the grandness of the Chancellery Building with its elaborate spires, to our vibrant golden Ngoolark building and state of the art buildings for Engineering, Science and Health and Wellness.

    Mount Lawley
    Located in the thriving cultural hub of Mount Lawley and close to Perth CBD, you can't help but be inspired by the artistic vibe at our Mount Lawley Campus. The campus is also home to one of the world's leading performing arts academies, the Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts. The campus is also home to Kurongkurl Katitjin, ECU's Centre for Indigenous Australian Education Research, an invaluable teaching and support resource for our Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students.

    Bunbury (South West)
    Located two hours' drive south of Perth, our South West Campus in Bunbury is the largest university campus in regional Western Australia, offering small, personalised class sizes and on campus accommodation. Courses are provided in commerce, science, health sciences, nursing and midwifery, social work, exercise and sports science, teacher education and first year engineering. The campus features a cafe, mini gym, new creche facilities, multi purpose sports courts, nursing demonstration wards, science laboratories and a library with 24 hour access to a computer lab.

    Online Study
    If you'd like to study at university but can't attend classes for reasons such as distance, family or work commitments, then online study may be for you. Many of our courses and units are offered online, and our excellent support services are also available to online students. 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 two 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:

    Future Students
    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: ecuworldready.com.au and click on the Got a question? Ask Us link.

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