Foundation Program

Bridge the gap between high school studies and undergraduate studies so that you are prepared for university level studies.

Key Information

Duration

12 months

Intake dates

February, July

Campus location

ECU Joondalup Campus West

2023 Fees

Not available to Domestic students

Domestic International

2023 Fees

A$27,000

Course overview

Your pathway to university-level studies

The ECC Foundation Program is equivalent to upper secondary school (Year 12) and university foundation programs. It aims to prepare you for further study in an ECC Diploma or for entry into the first year of a selected Edith Cowan University bachelor’s degree.

The course consists of either a General or Science stream. Both streams are of the same duration, price and credit points, with slight variances in units and the ECU degrees they will lead to.

Various support services focusing on language, literacy and numeracy assistance are also available to help you in your studies. Each unit includes four hours of classes per week. Assessment for all units is continuous and includes tests, assignments and case study analysis. Most units have a final two-hour examination. To graduate from the ECC Foundation Program, you must complete and pass all units in the General or Science stream.

Foundation General Stream

The units you will study are designed to enhance your learning experience, and provide you with the underpinning knowledge necessary to prepare you for studies in computing, information technology and cyber security at university level. This program is taught on ECU’s state-of-the-art Joondalup Campus West.

The program consists of 8 units of study and can be completed over 2 or 3 trimesters, and provides opportunities for scaffolded learning and the development of core academic and employability skills.  

Student must complete the following units for General Stream:

  • English for Academic Study
  • Introduction to Computing
  • Introductory Mathematics
  • Project Management
  • Academic Communication Skills
  • Intercultural Studies
  • Integrated Science
  • Introductory Marketing

Foundation Science Stream

The units you will study are designed to enhance your learning experience, and provide you with the underpinning knowledge necessary to prepare you for studies in computing, information technology and cyber security at university level. This program is taught on ECU’s state-of-the-art Joondalup Campus West.

The program consists of 8 units of study and can be completed over 2 or 3 trimesters, and provides opportunities for scaffolded learning and the development of core academic and employability skills.  

Student must complete the following units for Science Stream:

  • English for Academic Study
  • Introduction to Computing
  • Introductory Mathematics
  • Introductory Physics
  • Academic Communication Skills
  • Intercultural Studies
  • Integrated Science
  • Introductory Applied Mathematics

Entry into 1st year at ECU

There are over 250 courses course in 8 study areas to choose from at ECU:

  • Arts & Humanities
  • Business & Law
  • Engineering & Technology
  • Medical & Health Sciences
  • Nursing & Midwifery
  • Science
  • Teacher Education
  • Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts (subject to audition and interview)
Course Lending to ECU degrees Standard Entry at ECU Higher Entry at ECU Standard Entry at ECC (Diploma Year 2)
Foundation General Stream All Bachelors degrees (except below) 60%    
Bachelor of Science (Exercise Science and Rehabilitation), Bachelor of Science (Occupational Therapy) and Bachelor of Speech Pathology    80%  50%
Law and associated double degrees   85%  
Foundation Science Stream Engineering   80% 50%

Other Selection criteria into courses at ECU

Other selection criteria may apply in addition to Foundation academic performance, including the requirement to satisfy a University recognised English test such as the IELTS. Students wishing to progress to the following courses will be required to have an IELTS of 7.0+ or equivalent before commencing university.

  • Bachelor of Education (Early Childhood Studies, Primary, Secondary)
  • Bachelor of Science (Nursing)
  • Bachelor of Science (Nursing) / Bachelor of Science (Midwifery)
  • Bachelor of Science (Occupational Therapy)
  • Bachelor of Science (Paramedical Science)
  • Bachelor of Social Work
  • Bachelor of Speech Pathology