Admission pathways for change of preference

  • Completed an unscored year 12?
  • Didn’t get the ATAR you were expecting?
  • Don’t have the pre-requisite subjects or study scores?
  • Completed VCAL or did not complete Year 12?
  • Mature (non year 12) student?

If you answered 'yes' to any of the above, explore the following pathways for the one that best suits you:

Don't have the ATAR or prerequisites?

Change your preference

VTAC applicants can change their preferences between offer rounds. This means if you didn’t get the ATAR or prerequisites, or you have changed your mind about the course you want, then you can change your preference. Browse our Change of preference web page for full details >

You should also explore our Guaranteed entry programs/ATARs webpage to discover the courses where you have met entry requirements. Click here to see all Guaranteed Entry Programs >

Add a pathway course

If you are not ready to add a degree course to your preferences, then add one of these pathways. When you have completed it, you will be eligible to apply for entry into a Federation bachelor's degree. These pathways work for VCE, VCAL, and mature students.

Complete a pathway course
Foundation Access Studies (FAST) program This one semester program prepares you for study in a degree at Federation. Successful completion of FAST guarantees you an offer of a place in a Federation degree. Click here to learn more about the FAST program >
Combined programs: Direct pathways from
TAFE to higher education
We offer a number of secure pathways from a TAFE course to a Higher Education degree. Click here to see the full list of combined programs >
Higher education diplomas

For guaranteed entry into the second year of a bachelor's degree, complete our globally recognised Higher Education Diploma. You’ll benefit from smaller class sizes and more one-on-one time with teachers. Click to see all Higher Education Diplomas >


Study at TAFE
Do a Certificate III or higher in a relevant study area from Federation TAFE or another Victorian TAFE or RTO. Lots of TAFE courses will give you the entry requirements (and credit) for a degree. For more info visit Federation TAFE.


Single subject enrolment
Enrol in single subjects as an upfront non-award fee paying student. Check with Student HQ for the most appropriate subjects, and then once you have successfully completed these, re-apply with credit for the next intake.


Apply online
Applications are accepted via VTAC or you may Apply direct to Federation.

* Graduated within the last two year

Call us on 1800 333 864 or Ask FedUni - We're open for longer on the following dates:

Regular hours
Monday to Friday9.00 am - 5.00 pm
Results Release, Info Day and Change of Preference
Monday 12 December, 20227.00 am - 7.00 pm
Tuesday 13 December, 20228.00 am - 7.00 pm
Wednesday 14 December, 20228.00 am - 5.00 pm
VTAC Offer Days
Wednesday 21 December, 20228.00 am - 7.00 pm
Friday 13 January, 20228.00 am - 7.00 pm
Christmas and New Year's Week hours
Wednesday 28 December, 202210.00 am - 2.00 pm
Thursday 29 December, 202210.00 am - 2.00 pm
Friday 30 December, 202210.00 am - 2.00 pm