Youth programs

Federation College student

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 Senior Victorian Certificate of Applied Learning program is ideal. It 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.

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 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.

We welcome secondary school students from Ballarat and the region to join us and prosper in the alternative learning environment provided by Federation College.

Studying the VCE Vocational Major at Federation College will give you the opportunity to complete your VCE in a non-traditional learning environment. You'll have the freedom to learn to be a responsible adult while pursuing your strengths, interests and developing the skills and capabilities needed to succeed in further education.

Read more about the VCE VM program.

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

  • Automotive
  • Beauty
  • Engineering
  • Hospitality
  • Community services

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 ACE program.

Our VET Delivered to Secondary Students (VETDSS) program offers a broad suite of VET qualifications specifically packaged for students undertaking a senior secondary school qualification, VETiS allows students to explore career options and pathways.

Read more about the VET Delivered to Secondary Students (VETDSS) program

Federation College's Student Support Officer, Kellie Bray, is available to support all Federation College Youth students.

If you need someone to talk to, things you need to sort out or need support, the YEO is available to chat, provide referrals and help you work things out.

Read more about the Student Support Officer