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  • Objectives
    The University Preparation Course (UPC) is an alternative entry pathway to ECU. It prepares students for university level study by teaching the required skills for academic success with an emphasis on the student becoming an independent learner. It provides an intensive orientation to university life at ECU and includes course and career information to assist students in making informed decisions about undergraduate degree selection. The UPC fulfils minimum admission requirements into ECU. On successful completion of the UPC students are eligible for entry to a wide range of undergraduate courses, dependent on pre-requisites, minimum TER requirements and available places.
  • Entry requirements
    Applicants must meet English competency and have studied a minimum of four subjects which may be any combination of TEE, WACE courses or ECU approved CAF (Wholly School Assessed) subjects. From these subjects applicants must accumulate a total of at least 8 "Points". English competency can be achieved by: 2007 Year 12 Students: * English course: a scaled mark of at least 50 or a final standard of at least level 4 in Course School Assessment; or * TEE English Literature: a final scaled mark of at least 50 or final school assessed grade of C or better; or * English as a Second Language: a final pass mark as set by the University 2008 Year 12 Students: * English course: a scaled mark of at least 50 or final school assessed grade of C or better in one English unit studied in Year 12 from 2A, 2B, 3A or 3B or, a final school letter grade of A in 1C and 1D studied in Year 12; or * TEE English Literature: a final scaled mark of at least 50 or final school assessed grade of C or better; or * English as a an Additional Language/Dialect a scaled mark of at least 50 or a final school letter grade of C or better in one unit studied at Year 12 from 2A, 2B, 3A or 3B TEE Subjects: * Final scaled mark of 70 and above or final school grade of A = 7 points * Final scaled mark of between 60 and 70 or final school grade of B = 6 points * Final scaled mark of between 50 and 60 or final school grade of C = 5 points (whichever is higher) WACE courses: * Final scaled mark of 70 and above = 7 points * Final scaled mark of between 60 and 70 = 6 points * Final scaled mark of between 50 and 6 = 5 points * Final unit grade of A = 3.5 points * Final unit grade of B = 3 points * Final unit grade of C = 2.5 points (completed in Year 12) ECU approved CAF (WSA) subjects * Final school grade of A = 5 points * Final school grade of B = 3 points * Final school grade of C = 1 points * Note: Final unit grade of A in 1C and 1D English Course = 5 points Non-School Leavers and Mature Age Students Non-School Leaver applicants are required to meet one of the following criteria: * Minimum score of 125 for the Multiple Choice and English components of the Special Tertiary Admissions Test (STAT); or * TAFE Certificate III (age 17 years by 31 March in the year commencing study); or * Portfolio Submission; or * Prior educational qualifications which match current non-TEE entry requirements for school leaver
  • Academic Title
    University Preparation Course
  • Course description
    This course is not available for on-campus study by students on an International student visa.
    This course structure contains information about the units which comprise the course as well as the credit points required to successfully complete it.

    The University Preparation Course is free to Australian citizens and Permanent Humanitarian VISA holders. For Permanent Residents and New Zealand citizens, the cost is $200 per unit.

    The University Preparation Course consists of one semester of full-time study or two semesters of part-time study with the requirement that students complete four compulsory units.

    Unit           Description                                         Points
    Compulsory Units:

    UPC0001    Learning at University                             15
    UPC0002    Research and Writing Processes             15
    UPC0003    Numeracy Tools                                       15
    Students must select one of the following units:
    UPC0004    Accessing Knowledge                              15
    OR
    UPC0005    Combined Sciences                                 15
    Students intending to study a Science course (including Nursing) are encouraged to enrol in UPC0005 Combined Sciences.



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