Foundation Access Studies Program (English for Academic Purposes)

If you are passionate about studying at university but require support with your English language skills our FAST (English for Academic Purposes) course may be the pathway for you.
Ballarat - Mt Helen
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Ballarat - Mt Helen
Semester 1
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0.5 Year
(60 credit points = 0.5 EFTSL)

Federation University provides a number of pathway programs to help you fulfil your dream of studying at university.  

FAST (English for Academic Purposes) combines a short course to support your English language skills with our six-month FAST pathway program. The length of the EAP section of the course is based on the results of an English language entry test. Depending on results, you will complete 2 or 3 subjects over 10 to 15 weeks prior to the start of your first semester in FAST.

FAST will then 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.

Students who want to study an Engineering or Mathematics degree can also choose an elective Maths subject. Successful completion of the Introduction to Technical Maths course satisfies the entry requirements to apply for an Engineering or Mathematics degree.

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

Semester 2

ATSGC1369, 15 credit points
FASTP1011, 15 credit points
FASTP1015, 15 credit points
Electives (1 Course)

EAP courses: 20 hours per week across 5 days FAST courses: Full-time: 13 hours per week Part-time: 7 hours per week

Entry requirements (year 12)


Literacy and numeracy test

Compulsory: All applicants 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)


Literacy and numeracy test

Compulsory: All applicants 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: No

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.

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