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Fastrack course preparation

The Fastrack programme is designed to give you a level of skill and expertise to enable you to embark upon a degree programme in your chosen subject. The programme aims to equip you with a range of skills to enable you to take responsibility for your own learning and allow you to study effectively. Information can be found below on the following topics:

Your modules

The programme consists of two main modules. These modules are designed to complement each other to enable you to gain the skills required to complete the programme. You will need to successfully complete both modules to pass the Fastrack programme.

Subject module sessions: an introduction to the key features and concepts of the subject area you have chosen. The content will give you a generic overview of relevant subject related areas. By the end of the programme you will have a good introduction to your subject and be ready to build upon your knowledge at degree level.

Developing academic study skills (DASS) module sessions: designed to provide you with a firm understanding of a range of study skills and time management techniques. In addition, the programme includes training in essential IT skills and their application to study in higher education.  It also includes personal development sessions which are designed to assist you in taking responsibility for your learning. You will be assigned a Developing Academic Study Skills (DASS) Tutor. This tutor will lead your group in a series of exercises designed to support your learning on the programme. This will include sessions on building upon your experience and working in groups.

Course dates and timetable

Your Fastrack programme will run from Monday 30 October to Friday 8 December

The programme runs from Monday to Friday, 10am to 3pm, with additional work required outside of these hours. You will usually have two sessions per day with a one hour lunch break in-between.

Attendance criteria

You are expected to attend 100% of the programme and all taught sessions are compulsory.

In accepting your place on the programme you have agreed to attend a minimum of 90% of the programme and failure to do this may impact on your progression on to your chosen degree programme.

Progression to degree programme

Successful completion of the Fastrack programme is dependent upon meeting the following criteria:

  • Successfully completing the assessment criteria necessary to achieve the specified credits in your chosen subject.
  • Successfully completing the assessment criteria necessary to achieve 20 credits in DASS.
  • Meeting the attendance criteria.

Conditional offer – degree progression

Some degree pathways such as Health, Teaching, Nursing and ODP will already have a degree pathway stipulated, and changes can only be made through a formal request. Other subject areas offer some flexibility as to which degrees you can progress on to. You will be asked towards the end of Fastrack to stipulate which degree you want.

The progression criteria for each pathway can be found on our course information page.

Please be aware that if your progression on to your degree requires you have GCSEs this requirement will still need to be met unless the UK government advises otherwise.


At this point you do not need to apply though UCAS for your degree. The Fastrack Team will process this towards the end of the programme.

If you have already applied through UCAS for Edge Hill University and you offer includes the Fastrack Programme,  you will need to hold a conditional firm status with us prior to starting on the Fastrack Programme.

Please be aware that you are responsible for meeting any conditions of offer. If you are not sure what your conditions are or have any other questions please contact the Fastrack Team as soon as possible.

Failure to meet your conditions of your offer on time will have an adverse impact on your progression to degree level study.