Foundation Access Studies (FAST) - FA0


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On Offer Yes
Award Foundation Access Studies (FAST)
Accepting Applications Applications for Semester 1, 2016 open in August.
Contact Hours (per week) 13 hours per week full time or part time equivalent
Classes Held

Higher Education students can expect the majority of classes to fall any time between 8:30 am and 6:30pm, Monday to Friday.

Commences Semester 1 and 2
Program Outline

Would you like to study at a University? Many people feel they have been denied access to university because they left school early or did not achieve school results which reflected their true potential. Others initially lack confidence in their ability to succeed in study or are finding that a lack of qualifications is a significant barrier in terms of future employment opportunities. Others simply don't know what is involved in university study, or what is available at tertiary level.

The Foundation Access Studies (FAST) program allows you to experience university study in a supportive environment. It aims to give students the skills and confidence to undertake degree level studies at Federation University Australia in the following semester.

FAST is open to people returning to study, or recent Year 12 graduates who are considering alternative entry options into University. It is not open to applicants of school age, but is designed for those who have left school or recently completed their secondary school studies.

FAST is specifically designed to enable people returning to study to develop the skills, attitudes and knowledge to confirm their decision about university study. University students are required to take responsibility for their own learning and the FAST program provides students with the skills of independent learning. The FAST program will not remove all the difficulties you may face in attempting university study, but it will provide a stimulating and challenging opportunity to test yourself, and possibly find a new direction in life, your studies and your future career.

Career Opportunities

Successful completion of FAST guarantees you entry to a Higher Education program at Federation University Australia (please contact us for more information about which programs are eligible for this pathway). Your career options will depend on the program of study you wish to pursue following successful completion of FAST.

Program Rules and Requirements

Nominal hours - 180. The program involves approximately 13 hours of class contact time weekly for 12 weeks for full time study, or part time equivalent.

Program Content

Course Code Module
FASTP1011 Introduction to Tertiary Studies
FASTP1013 Mathematics and Introductory Statistics
FASTP1015 Academic Writing
ATSGC1369 Understanding University Learning

In addition to these classroom hours, students will be required to conduct independent reading study and research for several hours each week.

Information Sessions
There are currently no information sessions scheduled.
Frequently Asked Questions

What will I need to pay?

There are no tuition fees for FAST, but you will need to pay for books and the SSAF. See the 'Other Study Costs' below for further details.

Any questions?

Contact us on 1800 FED UNI (1800 333 864)

Can I study a FedUni program at Melton?

FedUni will provide services from the Melton Learning Hub as a location for all FedUni students to use for study, or work on group assignments as part of your program requirements. This facility will be available for all FedUni students who are commuting from Melton, Caroline Springs or surrounding areas. For more information, see:


Federation College (ref 26322)

Contact Us

For further program information contact:

Telephone 1800 333 864


International Students This information may not apply to international students.
For further information contact:
International Student Programs
Tel: +61 3 5327 9018
Additional Program Information

Find out more about the FAST program including flyers and handbooks

DomesticDomestic students are students who are Australian citizens, New Zealand citizens or holders of an Australian permanent visa.
FedUni Code FA0

SMB Campus (Ballarat): 3700610081
Gippsland Campus (Churchill): 3700710081
Off-campus/Online: 3700810081

Mid year entry Yes
Duration (EFTSL) 0.500
Other Study Costs

Note that there are no Tuition Fees for this program. Students are required to pay the Student Services and Amenities Fee of $210 for a single semester program, as required by the Australian Government. Deferment of this fee is optional.

You can also expect to pay general costs for books, equipment and stationery of up to $300 during the program.


The FAST program is designed to provide a sound basis for future study.


1 semester full time or 2 semesters part time


SMB Campus (Ballarat)
Gippsland Campus (Churchill)

Application Method

The application method varies depending on your circumstances, please visit our How to Apply page for further information.
Federation University Australia offers a number of programs which are eligible for Open Access entry for current Year 12 students. Further information can be found on our Open Access page.

Application Type - VTAC Yes
Application Type - Direct Yes
Entry Requirements

Some applicants may be required to undertake a literacy and numeracy test. Applicants required to sit the test will be notified.


All non Year 12 applicants must complete and submit the VTAC Personal Statement.

Extra Requirements

Applicants are required to have as a minimum literacy and numeracy skills equivalent to CGEA Certificate III level or Year 10 equivalence. Some applicants may be required to undertake a literacy and numeracy test. Applicants required to sit the test will be notified.

Pathways/Alternate Entry

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.

Indicative Fees Please visit to obtain further information regarding Indicative Program Fees.
Program Majors AvailableGeneral
Further Information Contact Us:
Tel: 1800 FED UNI (1800 333 864)

A range of student services, are available at most campuses. For further information on these services or for course information, please call the number listed above.

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

All information contained in this publication including the availability of programs and fees, is correct at the time of going to press as at the date above, 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: All VET programs and training are delivered with Victorian and Commonwealth government funding.
National RTO Code: 4909.
Information correct as at 08/Aug/2015

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