Federation College

Pathway programs

Pathways programs will take you where you want to go.


ASPIRE - Senior VCAL (Higher Education pathway) offers year 12 students a guaranteed pathway into a degree program. Unlike most VCAL programs, ASPIRE will prepare senior secondary students to start degree level studies and, similar to the FAST program, will guarantee you an offer of a place in a FedUni degree, without needing an ATAR. ASPIRE is a new program that integrates Victorian Certificate of Applied Learning (VCAL), Foundation Access Studies (FAST) and Embedded Academic Transition (EAT) units. It aims to enable VCAL students to prepare and pursue diverse higher level education and training pathways at FedUni. The program is already showing excellent results for our students who want to move into a degree.

Read more about the ASPIRE - Senior VCAL program.

Embedded Academic Transition (EAT)

Embedded Academic Transition (EAT) courses are for undergraduate students who would benefit from extra assistance with their academic literacy and numeracy. The courses are generally set up as electives within participating degree programs and introduce students to the skills necessary to be successful higher education learners. The two units offered under EAT aim to assist students to develop academic literary skills, and introduce students to the skills necessary for successful study throughout their undergraduate program, including research and critical thinking skills.

Read more about the EAT program.

Foundation Access Studies (FAST)

FAST is aimed at those who may not have the knowledge, confidence or necessary skills for direct entry into a university degree program. Students experience university study in a supportive classroom environment and will gain the skills to succeed in a FedUni course. FAST is designed for students who have completed year 12 and do not have the entry requirements for their chosen course, as well as for mature students who want to return to study and need to refresh their study skills. FAST has a proven record in assisting students to succeed, and it also guarantees students a place in a FedUni degree.

Read more about FAST.

Victorian Certificate of Applied Learning (VCAL)

VCAL programs aim to enable students to prepare and pursue diverse higher level education and training pathways at FedUni. There are three different levels of VCAL program; Foundation, Intermediate (VET pathway) and Senior (VET pathway).

Foundation develops students knowledge and employable skills, with a strong emphasis on literacy and numeracy. The program is for 15-19 year olds who have not achieved year 10 (or equivalent). Intermediate focuses on 'hands on learning' for students in years 11 and 12.

Both Foundation and Intermediate programs are a recognised senior secondary qualification.

Senior VCAL is for secondary students who want to continue their training through TAFE/VET as apprentices or go straight into the workforce. You can combine senior secondary literacy and numeracy skills with a variety of VET programs such as Automotive, Hair and Beauty and many more.

Read more about the VCAL programs.

Certificates in General Education for Adults (CGEA)

The CGEA Pathways programs are for people who want to return to study or improve their job opportunities. It is designed to help you to become an independent learner in maths, computers and communication. The program will also prepare you for further study at FedUni. Read more about the CGEA Pathways programs.

Certificate I in Transition Education (CTE)

CTE provides students with post-school educational options if they have special learning needs such as learning disabilities/difficulties, development delay, autism spectrum disorder or ADHD.

Read more about the CTE program.