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Student Experience - James's story

A little about me

My name is James and I am currently studying the Diploma of Science (Health Studies) at Edith Cowan College (ECC). When I first applied, I was living in Mandurah so for the first two trimesters I was commuting all the way from Mandurah to Joondalup!

Why did you choose to study at ECC?

I did not receive the ATAR score for direct entry into Edith Cowan University (ECU), so I chose to enrol in a carpentry apprenticeship for two years. However, I really missed the academic side; the early starts and physical labour was not for me! As I had been out of high school for a few years I started to look at pathway options into ECU. I was drawn to ECC as I could use my high school results and my English competency.

What support do you get at ECC? Counselling? Learning Support?

At ECC there is a range of support available. From my experience I received a lot of support from Arman – Learning Support Coordinator. He has helped me with my studies in the quality of work that was expected of me, he gave me supportive feedback and really helped me understand those expectations. Through the free English class, he helped me with referencing and how to write assignments to the level that was required.

What support did you get from your teachers?

I received a lot of support from my teachers. They made it quite clear from the beginning that they were happy to give me feedback on my assignments and work before I submitted it. From the beginning of the trimester they supplied their email so that I was able to contact them any time for help.

What advice will you give to future students

I would say that your ATAR is not everything as there are so many other pathways to get into University using your high school results and English score. Life experience is very valuable but not to stress too much about your ATAR, you can still get into University and follow your dreams via the ECC pathway. When you have completed the ECC Diploma you can then progress to 2nd year University at ECU. If you are working and you still wish to study, you can apply to ECC with your high school results.
At ECC there are smaller class sizes so there is more one on one time with the teachers which really helps me with my studies and assignments.

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