Foundation Access Studies (FAST) Program

If you thought that university was not for you because you don’t have the academic background or the study skills, or if you have finished year 12 but do not have the entry requirements you need to start a degree, the Foundation Access Studies program (FAST) may be the pathway for you.
Ballarat - Mt Helen
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Berwick
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Length
0.5 Year
(60 credit points = 0.5 EFTSL)
ATAR
Year 12 applicants will be ranked based on their ATAR and ATAR Adjustment Factors – e.g. Special Entry Access Scheme (SEAS) and Subject Adjustments.

FAST is a single semester program designed to teach you how to study effectively, including how to write for academic purposes, research, use university systems and how to apply all of these skills to your study. When you successfully complete FAST, you will be ready to undertake degree level study at Federation University.

FAST also offers an elective Maths course for students who want to study an Engineering or Mathematics degree. Successful completion of the Introduction to Technical Maths course satisfies the entry requirements to apply for an Engineering or Mathematics degree.

Students requiring additional English Language support may be interested the FAST (English for Academic Purposes) course

When you have successfully completed FAST you are guaranteed a place in one of Federation University's undergraduate degrees.

Your career options will depend on the program of study you wish to pursue following successful completion of FAST.

The course content below provides all possible units related to the course. If the course has various streams, the units you are required to study will depend on your chosen stream.

Year 1

Semester 1

UNDERSTANDING UNIVERSITY LEARNING
ATSGC1369, 15 credit points
INTRODUCTION TO TERTIARY STUDIES
FASTP1011, 15 credit points
ACADEMIC WRITING
FASTP1015, 15 credit points
Electives (1 Course)

Regardless of on-line or on-campus enrolment you can expect to be engaged in the following number of contact hours. Full-time: 13 hours per week Part-time: 7 hours per week. If you intend to enrol in FAST as an on-line student alongside full-time work and/or carer responsibilities you may wish to consider studying part time.
Important for Yr 10 students

Entry requirements (year 12)

 

Admissions Criteria for current Year 12 students (2020) and recent secondary graduates (2019 and 2018)

 

Foundation Access Studies (FAST)

  • A study score of at least 18 in any English.
  • For the Mathematics unit FASTP1013, the prerequisite is Year 10 Mathematics (or equivalent).

 

Foundation Access Studies (FAST) for Engineering, Maths and Science

  • A study score of at least 18 in any English.
  • Units 1 and 2: satisfactory completion in two units (any study combination) of Maths: General Mathematics or Maths: Mathematical Methods or Units 3 and 4: any Mathematics; Units 3 and 4:

Literacy and numeracy test

Compulsory: Applicants who are currently completing VCAL, unscored VCE, or those who do not meet the specified pre-requisite studies will be required to complete a literacy and numeracy test to determine their eligibility for admission.

Click here to register for the test.

 

Entry requirements (non year 12)

 

Admission criteria for applicants with a Higher Education Study

Literacy and numeracy test

Compulsory: All applicants who are not currently studying year 12 or recently completed year 12 in 2019 or 2018 will be required to complete a literacy and numeracy test to determine their eligibility for admission.

Click here to register for the test.

 

Admission criteria for applications with a Vocational Education and Training study

Literacy and numeracy test

Compulsory: All applicants who are not currently studying year 12 or recently completed year 12 in 2016 or 2017 will be required to complete a literacy and numeracy test to determine their eligibility for admission.

Click here to register for the test.

 

Admission criteria for applications with work and life experience

Literacy and numeracy test

Compulsory: All applicants who are not currently studying year 12 or recently completed year 12 in 2016 or 2017 will be required to complete a literacy and numeracy test to determine their eligibility for admission.

Click here to register for the test.

 

Extra Requirements

Essential requirements for selection and application

Supplementary form: 

Compulsory: All applicants must complete and submit a supplementary application form to indicate which FedUni degree program they intend to study after completing FAST. The online form can be accessed from here.

The application method varies depending on your circumstances, please visit our How to apply page for further information.

VTAC application: Yes

VTAC code: 3700510081 (Mt Helen), 3700510931 (Mt Helen), 3700710081 (Churchill), 3700710931 (Churchill), 3700810081 (On-line Learning), 3700810931 (On-line Learning), 3701810081 (Berwick), 3701810931 (Berwick)

Direct application: Yes

Federation University code: FA0

CRICOS code:

Fees are subject to change annually.

Commonwealth Supported Place

There are no tuition fees for this enabling program. Domestic students eligible for a Commonwealth Supported Place are exempt from paying the student contribution amount.

 

Other fees

You may need to pay some other fees such as the Student Services and Amenities Fee (SSAF).

Other study costs
You can also expect to pay general costs for books, equipment and stationery of up to $250 during the program.

If what you have learned at work, from other programs, courses, from life experience or training provided at work is relevant to this program, you may be entitled to gain subject credits or exemptions. The University is obliged to recognise the AQF qualifications and statements of attainment issued by other registered training organisations. For further details contact Federation University on 1800 333 864.

Satisfactory completion of the FAST program will guarantee entry into a wide range of Federation University Australia Higher Education programs at degree level. Graduates will also receive credit for one university level first year subject (course) from some faculties.

Please contact us for further information regarding eligible programs and to discuss your study pathway.

 

To help you get the most from your online learning experience, it's important that you own or have frequent access to a fast and reliable computer that's ideally not more than two years old.

You will also need frequent access to a reliable high-speed internet connection. You should expect to use approximately 5GB of data each month, per course, just for study use.

For further information, visit the Minimum IT requirements for studying online webpage.

A range of student services are available at most campuses. For further information on these services or for course information, please contact us on 1800 333 864.

The commencement of all programs is subject to available funding and enrolment quotas.

All information contained in this program overview including the availability of programs and fees, is correct at the time of being published, however the University reserves the right to alter any program, procedure or fee. Students should check for any amendment prior to enrolment.

CRICOS Provider No.00103D
Please note: This training is delivered with Victorian and Commonwealth Government funding to eligible individuals.
National RTO Code: 4909

School department

School of Education

Course coordinator

Michelle Briede