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Entry requirements

This is a guide of the minimum requirements for entry into our courses at Edith Cowan College. These entry requirements will vary depending on what you intend to study at ECU.

FEE-HELP available

Eligible students can access the FEE-HELP loan scheme, which can cover all or part of their Diploma tuition fees.

Learn about the Australian Government Loan Scheme

Australian students entry requirements

Entry into Edith Cowan College is assessed on the basis of a student’s academic background and English language proficiency.

If your qualification aren’t listed here, or you don’t have Year 11/12 English, please contact us via for advice.

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Alternative Entry options

Portfolio entry is an alternative pathway into ECC that is available to applicants who, for reasons beyond their control, may have experienced disadvantage in accessing and participating in education. It is open to Aboriginal people and Torres Strait Islanders (ATSI), mature-aged entrants, those affected by a medical condition or disability, disruption to education due to multiple relocations, bereavement or other disadvantaged circumstances. You need to demonstrate your achievements, determination, and commitment to succeed in your chosen course of study through the Portfolio and a face-to-face interview..

Mature-aged Students

Are you considering a return to study after a break, changing career or thinking about tertiary education for the first time?

ECC welcomes your application. Your life and work experience will enrich ECC classrooms, will help you in your higher education studies and will make you attractive to prospective employers. A large number of mature aged students enrol at ECC’s partner university, Edith Cowan University, every year, seeking a new career or opportunities to progress in their current career.

ECC has a range of support services to help you succeed. We also have an alternative entry application process that may be relevant to you. You may also be eligible for credit for prior formal or informal learning. It’s a great time to pursue a formal qualification!

Edith Cowan College (ECC) is a pathway provider for students seeking further education, and the opportunity to progress into the second year of the degree of choice at Edith Cowan University (ECU).

Whether you’ve had a gap year or are seeking further qualifications for your career, mature-aged applicants (26 years of age and over) may be admitted to the diploma courses without meeting the formal academic qualifications if they have relevant work experience and/or other acceptable qualifications.

Advanced standing may be granted towards an ECC course for assessable learning outcomes achieved through formal and/or informal learning, work-related experience and/or life experience, to an extent that is consistent with maximising student progression while maintaining established academic standards.

ECC offers smaller class sizes, more personalised attention from lecturers, state-of-the-art facilities, courses based on ECU curriculum, and the option to fast-track your university pathway into ECU.

Learn more about Edith Cowan College.

How to apply

Applying process for Australian students is easy. If you still have questions or need help with your application at any point in the process, get in touch and we’ll be happy to support you.

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