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Whether you're looking to get back into the workforce after a break or want to advance your career, hack life with our online and flexi study options to get the flexibility you need.

Why study at Fed?

  • Choose from an on-campus, flexible delivery or online course
  • Get career ready with the benefit of our co-operative education model
  • Access a range of support services, both online and face-to-face
  • Benefit from a tailored, flexible study experience
  • Learn in a personalised, supportive and knowledgeable environment.


Check the Entry Requirements for the courses you are interested in on the Coursefinder.  If you don’t have the entry requirements for your course yet, also check the Pathways/alternative entry field, and you’ll see some suggestions for pathways.  Or give us a call on 1800 333 864, and we’ll be happy to talk through your options.

Our most popular pathway options include Federation Access Studies program (FAST) and TAFE.

How will my application be assessed?

Non-year 12 or mature-age applicants are assessed using a range of criteria. For entry into degree-level programs, we will be looking for one or more of the following criteria in your application:

  1. Significant relevant work experience which clearly demonstrates that you have met the entry requirements of the program; and/or
  2. Tertiary study, including the following scenarios:
    • Previous higher education studies with results at a pass level
    • Successful completion of a tertiary preparatory program such as FAST
    • Successful completion of a VET qualification at Certificate III level or higher
    • Successful completion of at least one single subject (non-award) study.

Recognised student support

We're #1 in Victoria for Student Support (undergraduate)
Federation University has been rated five stars in the last six years for student support at an undergraduate level - This is the longest sustained level of satisfaction of any Victorian university.  (Good University Guide 2023)

We have a range of student-focused programs, social activities and services available that will help you strike the right balance between work, life and play during your time with us.

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Meet Jacinta

My educational achievements have been nurtured by expert staff who are passionate about their field and care about the success of every student. Every educator knows me by name and has provided me with the flexibility to balance family, work, and my degree.

My educational journey with Federation University began with the FAST program. FAST unlocked my potential and led to my success in the Bachelor of Psychological Science.

My program and clinical placement have imparted tangible skills that I apply in academic and workplace settings. I am grateful for the opportunities Federation University provides and look forward to continuing my educational and professional journey with Federation University.

Jacinta Jackson
Bachelor of Psychological Science

Questions? We’re happy to help.

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