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Edith Cowan College



Edith Cowan College (ECC) is an Australian post-secondary institution that specialises in delivering a high-quality and efficient pathway onto Edith Cowan University undergraduate programs and postgraduate courses. The college's exciting fast-track diploma programs are built upon the university's curriculum and will accredit successful students with the equivalent of the first year of an ECU bachelor's degree. As a result, ECC is the single best way for enterprising students to fast track their university journey into one of Australia's leading universities.

The newly launched ECC Foundation Program gives students access to the first year of over 250 undergraduate courses from 8 schools: Arts & Humanities, Business & Law, Engineering & Technology, Medical & Health Sciences, Nursing & Midwifery, Science, Teacher Education and the Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts.

ECC's Postgraduate Qualifying Program (PQP) is a non-award program, designed for students who already have a tertiary qualification but have not qualified for direct entry into selected ECU master's degrees in the School of Arts and Humanities, School of Business and Law and School of Science (Computing & Security).

ECC is known for its personalised, close contact style of teaching in the classroom, meaning that students get a tailor-made educational experience that will take them far. In addition to this, the college is based on a well-equipped and beautiful campus site, with cutting edge facilities.

The college has an excellent graduation rate and average grade scores. It prides itself on equipping students with a well-regarded foundation degree which opens many doors both in further education and the professional world.

The college hosts around 700 students from across the globe annually and offers pathway programs across two ECU campuses, located in the multicultural and exciting coastal city of Perth, Australia.

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What's new

What's new

In light of the Covid-19 pandemic and the ongoing restrictions to regular activities, Edith Cowan College has implemented a number of changes to ensure that it continues to deliver high-quality education to its students, as well as keeping them safe and secure as circumstances evolve.

The college has introduced a range of support services to assist students during this challenging period. These services have also been carefully migrated to an online virtual environment to allow students and staff to access them safely. This includes personal, academic, or financial support. In order to access some services, evidence of certain circumstances or hardship must be provided alongside a student's application for the service in question.

The college's Student and Academic Services team (SAS) is always on hand and available to students of ECC.

ECC students can freely access Edith Cowan University's computers and free Wi-Fi network across all ECU sites 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

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Teaching quality

Teaching quality

At Edith Cowan College, the staff place student satisfaction at the top of their priorities in tandem with the quality of the educational programs that they deliver. Excellent teaching quality is the foundation of any successful learning experience, and ECC has meticulously built its reputation for quality over the years. The college specialises in robust, effective, and rapid university pathway programs, allowing students to launch their degree journeys from a running start. As a result, ECC is the perfect starting point for students who are seeking a highly successful and stress-free transition to their chosen university.

The college prides itself on providing an educational offering which utilises the prestigious Edith Cowan University's facilities, classrooms, expert knowledge, and robust curriculum.

At the core of the college's educational model is a focus on small-class sizes, allowing students to have a rich and personalised education, and a drive for time effectiveness while maintaining an outstanding standard of quality.

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Pathway Programs

Pathway Programs

Edith Cowan College hosts an impressively wide array of study options, including fast-track diploma courses across multidisciplinary topics, Foundation Program, Pre-Master Program and reputable English Language courses over short- or long-term periods.

The college's fast track pathway can allow students to complete a diploma in as little as eight months, meaning that an ambitious student is able to complete an undergraduate degree that follows in two and a half years. ECC offers the following programs to prospective students:

  • Academic English
  • Foundation Program leading to ECU first year from over 250 courses course in 8 study areas:
    • 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)
  • Diploma of Commerce
  • Diploma of Communications and Creative Industries
  • Diploma of Hotel Management
  • Diploma of Science (Computing/IT)
  • Diploma of Science (Engineering Studies)
  • Diploma of Science (Health Studies)
  • Post-Graduate Qualifying Program – Business
  • Post-Graduate Qualifying Program – Communications
  • Post-Graduate Qualifying Program – IT

In addition to this, a complimentary, non-accredited Academic Support Unit is available to all students during each trimester or semester. This key support unit helps students to develop academic English skills and learn about a variety of practical strategies and invaluable resources and apps to improve these skills.

Academic English courses are also available and will be packaged alongside a student's chosen study if they do not meet the minimum English language requirement for the course.

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Entry requirements

Entry requirements

Prospective students who wish to apply for entry into Edith Cowan College will be assessed according to their academic background and achievements to date, in addition to their English language proficiency.

Entry requirements may vary according to the programme and faculty being applied to, so students are encouraged to check their specific course page before applying.

All courses at Edith Cowan College are taught in English. As a result, applicants to an ECC course must demonstrate a minimum of English language proficiency before they will be admitted to an ECC program.

The college accepts several methods for demonstrating English language proficiency, including submission of evidence of Year 12 Australian studies or equivalent IELTS Test Scores. Alternatively, Pearson English Test scores or other equivalents are also accepted. The minimum required scores will differ according to the grading method employed by each English test type.

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Edith Cowan College is located across the campuses of its parent university, Edith Cowan University. As a result, students at the college will benefit from unparalleled access to the impressive facilities hosted by ECU, the second largest university in Western Australia.

Students at the college will be able to enjoy a range of ECU amenities and facilities on a daily basis, including:

  • State of the art computer labs
  • Scientific laboratories of all types
  • Quality, high-speed Wi-Fi across the campus for free
  • A modern university library
  • Well-equipped classrooms
  • A variety of food and drink options including a cafeteria, coffee shop and bar
  • Direct transport links between campuses
  • Excellent sporting facilities
  • A wide array of social clubs
  • Campus security services

The college itself is found at Joondalup Campus West and Mount Lawley campuses. Both campuses are easily accessed to or from Perth city centre by public transport, so ECC students can immerse themselves in the thriving cultural hub of Perth.

There are a number of accommodation options at a range of distances from the campuses or the city to suit students of every background and taste.

The city of Perth is regarded as a highly liveable city and is a sought-after study location for international students. It prides itself on maintaining an excellent standard of living while being affordable, especially as ECC students can enjoy a 40 per cent discount on all public transport options and some free bus routes.

The city of Perth is located on the stunning western Australian coast, and benefits from the well-known Australian weather. It also offers students the chance to explore the rest of the nation or further still via the nearby airport.

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Scholarships & funding

Scholarships & funding

ECC offers an wide array of scholarships, including:

ECC Pathway Merit Scholarship

This scholarship is available to ECC international students who apply for and receive an offer to commence study at ECC on a packaged pathway course to ECU.

ECC Diploma Year 2 Scholarship (for all countries)

Available to all international students who are beginning a Diploma program at Edith Cowan College. It entitles awardees to a AUD 4000 fee reduction to their tuition fees for Diploma Year 2 undertaken by the student at the college.

ECC Diploma Year 2 Scholarship (for Bhutan, India, Nepal or Pakistan)

Available to all international students who are beginning a Diploma program at Edith Cowan College. It entitles successful applicants to a 10 percent fee reduction to their tuition fees for all diploma Year 2 units undertaken by the student at the college.

ECC Foundation Program Scholarship

Available to all international students who are beginning a Foundation program at Edith Cowan College. It entitles the successful applicant to an AUD 4050 fee reduction to their tuition fees for all Foundation units undertaken by the student at the college.

PQP Stage 1 Scholarship 2022

Available to all international students who are beginning PQP Stage 1 at Edith Cowan College. It entitles successful applicants to an AUD 3000 fee reduction to their tuition fees for all PQP Stage 1 undertaken by the student at the college.

ECU International Masters Scholarship

This scholarship is available to ECC international students who apply for and receive an offer to commence study at ECC successful on a packaged pathway course to ECU. It provides a 20 percent PQP international students from selected countries, for first year of select master's degrees at ECU.

English Scholarship

The college also provides a ten-week scholarship to international students in English, for students who combine English learning with a Diploma or Foundation Program at ECC before undertaking a degree at the university.

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International students

Average cost of living in Australia

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Practice-based learning in world class facilities - job ready students
ECC is located in Perth, SWestern Australia
We have on-campus accommodation
Small classes allow for more interaction between students & lecturers
We offer university style teaching with 3 flexible intake
ECC students have access to all facilities that the university offers
We prepare students for academic success
Friendly student services team to assist - all aspects of student life
ECC is located in Perth, one of the cheapest capital city in Australia

Total average cost: $2462

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