Federation College

FAST program

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FAST is a one semester full time program* designed to prepare you to study a degree at Federation University Australia (FedUni). It will suit you if you did not achieve the required VCE score (or equivalent) or if you are a mature student who wants to return to study after some time away from formal education. FAST will give you the study skills, strategies and practices to succeed at FedUni.

Why enrol in FAST?

Research has shown that students who complete a foundation skills program before commencing a degree are more likely to complete that degree and achieve high results.

Best of all, satisfactory completion of the FAST program guarantees you a place at FedUni the semester following completion with credit for one subject in a wide range of degrees.

What will I learn in FAST?

FAST will give you the skills, strategies and confidence to become an independent learner. The subjects studied include:

  • Introduction to Tertiary Studies
  • Mathematics and Introductory Statistics
  • Academic Writing
  • Understanding University Learning

Many of the FedUni degrees you may enrol into after FAST, will provide you with credit for one of these subjects.

The FAST program will provide you with a stimulating and challenging opportunity to equip yourself for a new direction in life. 

Who studies FAST?

All sorts of students have studied FAST; students who have been disappointed with their VCE results and required an alternative entry method into university, mature students who want a career change or want to return to study and parents returning to study or the workforce after children have started school. Our graduates have gone on to study degrees throughout the university and are now working in business, health, education and manufacturing among many others.

How do I apply?

Follow the information and links below to lodge your application. 

Which application method?

Semester 1 commencement applications – with VCE studies

Applicants with prior VCE study commencing in Semester 1 apply through VTAC.

[ALL non-VCE and mid-year applicants apply directly].

Apply through VTAC 

Use VTAC code:

3700510081 – SMB Campus (Ballarat)
3700710081 – Gippsland Campus (Churchill)  
Online – please check the VTAC Guide

Mid-year and non-VCE applications

[ALL mid-year applicants apply directly].

Apply directlyOnline application centre

Use Federation code FA0

If you are not sure which application method is right for your situation call us on 1800 FED UNI (1800 333 864) or email info@federation.edu.au.

Please noteTo ensure that appropriate study support for each student is available according to their needs applicants may need to demonstrate their literacy and numeracy skills through an online test as part of the application process.

How do I enrol?

Once you have received your letter of offer, please go to our New Enrolments page and follow the instructions to enrol online.

More information

FAST program and course details are available through the Program Finder. Enter the Keyword FAST.

* Part time options are also available