Step up - Certificate I in General Education for Adults

About Step Up

The Step Up program is designed to develop literacy, numeracy and general education skills. Step Up provides a range of educational opportunities as an alternative to Year 10. It creates great pathways into Federation College VCAL, pre-apprenticeships, employment, further training and traineeships.

Students must be between 15 and 19 years of age and have not achieved Year 10 (or equivalent).

How to apply

  1. Applicants can download the VET/TAFE application form (pdf, 283 kb). Alternatively please phone Federation College on 5327 8386 to have an application form mailed to you.
  2. Return the completed application form in person at SMB Campus, S Building, Cnr Grant and Moyle Streets Ballarat, or mail to Federation College, PO Box 663, Ballarat 3353.
  3. Federation Youth staff will then contact you to arrange an interview. Suitable identification (pdf, 20kb) is required at the time of interview.
  4. A letter of offer will be posted within two weeks of the interview. Unsuccessful applicants will be contacted by telephone in the first instance. Enrolment details are included with the letter of offer.


Enrolment sessions commence in December each year. Federation Youth will advise the session times and fee details in the letter of offer.

A payment plan may be arranged with the University Finance Department. Presentation of a current concession card is required at the time of enrolment to obtain the concession rate.


Fees cover tuition, materials and excursions required for the year.

Detailed fee schedules are provided with letters of offer or on request.

Fee schedules also provide details on any additional requirements (for example toolbox, safety boots).

Further information

Additional information about this program can be found on the Certificate 1 in General Education for Adults web page in the Course Finder.