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Federation Access Studies (FAST)

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 Federation Access Studies program (FAST) may be the pathway for you.
This course is offered at multiple locations, select your prefered campus to see when it is offered.
Ballarat - Mt Helen
Berwick
Gippsland - Churchill
On-line Learning
Location
Semester 1
Semester 2
Other intakes
Ballarat - Mt Helen
Semester 1
Semester 2
Other intakes
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Berwick
Semester 1
Semester 2
Other intakes
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Gippsland - Churchill
Semester 1
Semester 2
Other intakes
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On-line Learning
Semester 1
Semester 2
Other intakes
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Length
0.5 Year full-time or part-time equivalent
(60 credit points = 0.5 EFTSL)
ATAR

FAST is a single semester course 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 degree. Successful completion of the Introduction to Technical Maths course satisfies the entry requirements to apply for an Engineering 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 course 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
Year 1, Study Period 1 Elective (1 Course)

Semester 2

UNDERSTANDING UNIVERSITY LEARNING
ATSGC1369, 15 credit points
INTRODUCTION TO TERTIARY STUDIES
FASTP1011, 15 credit points
ACADEMIC WRITING
FASTP1015, 15 credit points
Year 1, Study Period 2 Elective (1 Course)

On-campus students can expect to be engaged in the following number of contact hours:

Full-time = 13 hours per week. Part-time = 7 hours per week.
In addition to classes, Higher Education study requires independent study. As a guide, students should allow 10 hours a week per subject including class contact hours, independent study, and completion of assessment tasks.   

Online students: Online students may study entirely online without attending classes. Online times are available each week for regular access to staff. As a guide, students should allow 10 hours a week per subject including contact with staff, independent study, and completion of assessment tasks. If you intend to enrol in FAST as an online student alongside full-time work and/or carer responsibilities we encourage studying part time.

Important for Yr 10 students

Entry requirements (year 12)

Federation 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). Federation Access Studies (FAST) for Engineering and Mathematical Sciences: A study score of at least 18 in any English and either satisfactory completion of Units 1 and 2: Mathematical Methods or Specialist Mathematics or satisfactory completion of Units 3 and 4: of General mathematics,

Mathematical Methods or Specialist mathematics
This applies for entry into any Federation University degree that has the pre-requisite of mathematical methods or specialist methods (these require successful completion of EDMTH1000).
Students who have completed Foundation maths will still be able to enter FAST (general).  They will not be able to enter FAST (for engineering and mathematical sciences). If students wish to study Engineering or any mathematical science degree will require minimum Maths: General maths (3&4) or Maths: Methods/Specialist (1&2).


Applicants should turn 18 in the year of commencement OR have completed Yr 12 or equivalent.

All applicants who have not met the English and Maths pre-requisites through Year 12 results will be required to complete a literacy and numeracy test to determine their eligibility for admission. In order to qualify for entry into FAST for Engineering, applicants need to complete the Technical Maths entry test.
 

Entry requirements (non year 12)

Admission criteria for applicants with a Higher Education Study

All applicants that have not met the English and Maths pre-requisites through Year 12 results will be required to complete a literacy and numeracy test to determine their eligibility for admission  In order to qualify for entry into FAST for Engineering, applicants need to complete the Technical Maths entry test. 

Applicants should turn 18 in the year of commencement OR have completed Year 12 or equivalent.

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: FS0

Commonwealth Supported Place

There are no tuition fees for this enabling course.

(Eligible domestic students are exempt from paying the student contribution amount.)

Other fees

You will also need to pay 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 course.

Scholarships

Our scholarships and grants can help with your study costs.  Explore our scholarships to find an opportunity that's right for you.

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

Please contact us for further information regarding eligible courses 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 unit, 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 courses is subject to available funding and enrolment quotas.

All information contained in this course overview including the availability of courses and fees, is correct at the time of being published, however the University reserves the right to alter any course, 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

Preparatory

Course coordinator

Michelle Briede