Alternative entry

If you are looking at entering tertiary study or seeking to improve your employment prospects, FedUni has a number of alternative entry options to help you get there. Our range of alternative entry programs reflects the different study levels we have available, from trade and TAFE study through to higher education. We also have programs to help you gain skills for entry into the workforce.


A pre-apprenticeship is a course which gives you the skills to start an apprenticeship. The aim is to teach you about your chosen career and to demonstrate to an employer that you have the skills and ability to succeed in an apprenticeship. You will learn the hands on-skills which employers need. You will learn how to use the tools for your trade as well as train on full-size, up-to-date equipment in true-to-life situations.

Most pre-apprenticeship programs run for 14 to 18 weeks. During this time, you will study on campus at FedUni. Some of these programs include a work placement component, where you will have on-the-job work experience with local businesses.

By studying a pre-apprenticeship you can confirm your decision to undertake and apprenticeship in your desired trade, and your completed studies will count towards your apprenticeship.

Our pre-apprenticeships include:

Information about these and other courses can be found under Course Finder pre-apprenticeships.

How to apply

Pre-apprenticeships are for domestic students. Most of the pre-apprenticeships have two intakes each year, usually in February and July. In the lead up to the start of term, many will have an information session or invite you to attend an interview. Information about applying can be found at the TAFE applications area of our website.

If you need help applying, contact us on 1800 333 864 and we can provide you with information for the next intake. You can find out more about each of the pre-apprenticeship on the links listed above.

Pathways to work and study

These programs are for domestic students who want to return to study or improve their employment opportunities. They are designed to help you to become an independent learner in maths, computers, oral and written communication in preparation for further study at FedUni. As a student in either of these programs, you will become familiar with the campus, services available and study options including assistance with future course applications if applicable. These programs aim to fully prepare students for the academic requirements to study at Certificate IV or Diploma level or entry to the workforce.

View Course Finder information for Pathways to Study and Pathways to Employment.

VCAL Aspire

The Senior VCAL Aspire program is a full-time program which runs over two semesters. The program has been designed to provide domestic Year 12 students with an alternative entry to tertiary study at Federation University Australia. The aim is to enable students to develop knowledge and skills for further education that will prepare and assist them to pursue diverse and higher level education and training pathways at the FedUni, developed using the Foundation Access Studies program (FAST) as the model. The Federation College VCAL Aspire program aims to equip senior VCAL students with the skills that university students need to succeed. It will introduce the policies and procedures of FedUni, and familiarise students with the many aspects of higher education and of lecturers' requirements and expectations. Similar to FAST, students who successfully complete the VCAL Aspire program will be offered entry to a number of pre-approved bachelor programs within the University (without requiring an ATAR).

View Course Finder information for VCAL Aspire.

Foundation Access Studies program (FAST)

FAST is a program for domestic students which is designed to prepare you for study in a degree program at FedUni. FAST has been designed for students who do not hold prerequisites for entry into a degree. Applicants who have not been selected into a higher education program or who are returning to study can use FAST to develop the skills, attitudes and knowledge to confirm their decision about university study. Successful completion of FAST guarantees you an offer of a place in a degree at Federation University Australia.

Find out more at the FAST website.