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On Offer Yes
Award Foundation Access Studies Program (FAST)
Accepting Applications Applications accepted for Semester One 2015 for Gippsland, Mt Helen and Horsham
Program Coordinator Susan Hunt
Contact Hours (per week) 14 - 15 hours per week
Classes Held Day
Commences February and July
Program Outline

Would you like to study at a University? Many people feel they have been denied access to university level studies 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 such 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 level study, or what is available at tertiary level.

Foundation Access Studies Program (FAST for short) allows prospective students to experience university study. FAST aims to give students enough skills and confidence to undertake degree level studies at the Federation University Australia in the following semester.

FAST is open to people returning to study, or Year 12 leavers 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.

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 help you to find a new direction in life.

Career Opportunities

Successful completion of FAST guarantees you entry to a Higher Education program at the Federation University Australia. 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 14 - 15 hours of class contact time weekly for 12 weeks.

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.

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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 FAO
VTAC Code Mt Helen: 3700510081 Gippsland: 3700710081
Mid year entry Yes
Duration (EFTSL) 0.500
Other Study Costs

Note that there is no Program Fee payable for this program. However, payment of the Student Services Amenities Fee (SSAF) is required.

Objectives The program is designed to provide a sound basis for future education decisions.

12 weeks full-time. FAST is presently offered in both Semester 1 (February to June) and Semester 2 (July to November) at Mt Helen & Gippsland Campuses. Semester 2 only at Horsham. Part Time study may be available, subject to negotiation with program co-ordinator.


Mt Helen (Ballarat)
Wimmera (Horsham) (Semester 2 intake only)

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
Entry Requirements

Applicants are required to have as a minimum literacy and numeracy skills equivalent to CGEA Certificate III level or Year 10 equivalence. FAST is open to people returning to study, or Year 12 leavers who are considering alternative entry options into University. It is not intended for applicants of school age.

Extra Requirements

All applicants will be required to complete literacy and numeracy tests to assess their suitability for FAST. For the Mathematics Unit, Year 10 Mathematics (or equivalent) is a prerequisite. Further information is available at: The FAST course is only open to domestic students (ie. Australian citizens, New Zealand citizens or students with permanent residency status).

Pathways/Alternate Entry

Satisfactory completion of the FAST program will guarantee students entry to a Federation University Australia Higher Education program at degree level.

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) Email:

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.

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Information correct as at 22/Oct/2014
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