Federation College

Youth programs

Studying at Federation College is a smart choice.  Youth@Federation College has an integrated approach. That means we focus on the individual (personal and life skills) as well as education.

Youth@Federation College offers recognised secondary programs for 15-19 year olds in Ballarat, Bacchus Marsh and Maryborough). Our teachers are chosen because of their expertise and passion working with young adults. They are all experienced individuals dedicated to helping our students achieve their goals.

Add to that educational programs and values that ensure a safe, supportive environment for young adults and you start to feel everything's geared towards learning success.

When you study at Federation College you can fast-track your career by obtaining your Year 10, 11 or 12.  You can also gaining industry qualifications that will help you get the job or apprenticeship you want. Alternatively, if you are looking to go to university, our ASPIRE - Senior Victorian Certificate of Applied Learning program is ideal. ASPIRE guarantees, on successful completion, direct entry without ATAR to higher education programs at Federation University Australia.

Read some feedback we've received from our Youth students about their Fed College experience.

Federation College's Democracy Statement

Australian democracy is valued by all of us at Federation College. The College delivers its programs and teaching in a manner that supports and promotes the principles and practice of Australian democracy. Please click on the link to read a copy of Federation College's Democracy Statement (pdf, 439KB).

Step up - Certificate I in General Education for Adults

Step Up was designed to develop literacy, numeracy and general education skills and provides an alternative to Year 10. The program is for students between 15 and 19 years old who have not achieved Year 10 (or equivalent).

Read more about the Step Up program.

Kick Start - Certificate I in General Education for Adults

Kick Start is a re-engagement Program for 15 to 17 year olds who are at risk of leaving the education system (Ballarat, Bacchus Marsh and Maryborough).

Read more about the Kick Start program.

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.

Vocational Education and Training (VET)

In conjunction with Intermediate or Senior VCAL, students may undertake one of the following VET programs (subject to confirmation):

Flexible Learning Option (FLO)

Designed for students studying in any of Kick-Start, Step Up, Victorian Certificate of Applied Learning (VCAL) Intermediate or Senior. FLO offers students additional time, additional support, or focused support in small groups or one-on-one situations whilst working towards completing their chosen qualification.

Read more about the FLO program.

ASPIRE

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.

VET in Schools

Our Vocational Education and Training (VET) in Schools (VETiS) program offers a broad suite of VET qualifications specifically packaged for students undertaking a senior secondary school qualification such as Victorian Certificate of Education (VCE) or Victorian Certificate of Applied Learning program (VCAL). VET programs are designed to provide a more vocational VCE or VCAL experience and expand opportunities for senior secondary students, to link students to industry and training providers, to help meet the needs of industry and to prepare young people for the workplace of the future. VCE VET programs are fully-recognised within the units 1-4 structure of the VCE and can contribute towards satisfactory completion of the VCE or VCAL certificate. Importantly, VETiS allows students to explore career options and pathways.

Read more about the VETis - VET in Schools program

Youth Engagement Officer