• Didn’t get the ATAR you wanted?
  • 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 are a Year 12 applicant* and do not meet the entry requirements for the course you want, or if you would prefer to start with preparatory studies to build your skills first, explore these pathways for the one that best suits you.

Don't have the ATAR or prerequisites?

Change your preference

You may have met the entry requirements for another Federation degree.

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

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 degree. These pathways work for VCE, VCAL and mature students.

Complete a pathway course
Foundation Access Studies (FAST) program This six-month program prepares you for study in a degree program at Federation. Successful completion of FAST guarantees you an offer of a place in a Federation degree. Learn more about the FAST program.


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) into 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

Find out more by contacting 1800 333 864 or Ask FedUni