Foundation Access Studies (FAST)


Would you like to study at a University? Many people feel they cannot access 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 be successful. University students are required to take responsibility for their own learning and the FAST program provides students with the skills to become independent learners. 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.

Entry Requirements:

Must complete a literacy and numeracy test. Applicants are required to have as a minimum literacy and numeracy skills equivalent to CGEA Certificate III level or Year 10 equivalence. For the Mathematics unit FASTP1013, the prerequisite is Year 10 Mathematics (or equivalent). For the Mathematics unit FASTP1203, the prerequisite is VCE General Maths units 1 & 2, or VCE Maths Methods units 1 & 2, or FASTP1013.


This program consists of 60 credit points. Students must complete four 15-credit point courses.

Subjects you can Study:

Introduction to Tertiary Studies; Mathematics and Introductory Statistics; Introduction to Tertiary Mathematics (for students intending to do Engineering or Science only); Academic Writing; Understanding University Learning

Study Pathways:

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.

Accepts International Students:


Provider CRICOS: 00103D

Campus ATAR/OP Mid Year Intake Study Mode Duration
SMB (Ballarat) No info Yes Online 1 year
SMB (Ballarat) No info Yes Full time 0.5 year
SMB (Ballarat) No info Yes Part time 1 year

FedUni TAFE offers a broad range of quality education and training programs that delivers skilled workers to industries including automotive, building and construction, manufacturing, engineering, business, IT, graphic design, food services, agriculture, nursing, hairdressing, beauty therapy, community and children’s services. 

Great career opportunities 

Trades and traditional ‘blue collar’ careers have fast become a lucrative career option – with many out-earning some of the professional ‘white collar’ qualifications once considered to be the big money makers (think doctors, management, lawyers, accountants). Becoming a master of your trade can open your future career opportunities to a level you never thought possible. 

Great teachers 

Our teachers have worked in industry, and understand what it takes to become a successful tradesperson or professional. They have been apprentices and know what it’s like to be starting out in the industry. 

Great facilities 

State-of-the-art trade training facilities include the Building and Construction Training Centre which houses our construction trades; fully operating commercial kitchens, hairdressing, and beauty salons; as well as the Rural Sciences Skills Centre – home to our Agriculture, Horticulture and Conservation & Land Management programs; and the new Manufacturing Engineering Skills Centre.

Great industry contacts 

As our teachers have industry experience and because FedUni has a long history in the trade training business, we have close ties with local industries and businesses. This results in a very high placement rate of apprentices and graduates with local companies. 

Great range of programs 

We offer a wide range of quality TAFE vocational education and training courses, with a focus on apprenticeship and skills training. We are also home to Federation College, offering a range of VET and preparatory courses for those looking for alternative options for completing their education. We offer Certificates, Diplomas and Advanced Diplomas. Which course you do will depend on your background, education level and interests. Each program in this guide lists its entry requirements and how to apply. Programs which are listed as Apprenticeships or Traineeships require that you are employed in the relevant industry and have a training agreement with your employer.


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