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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 help you take responsibility for your own learning and allow you to study effectively.

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’ll 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’ll 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. And you’ll 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 3 June to Friday 12 July

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

Attendance criteria

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

In accepting your place on the programme you’ve agreed to attend a minimum of 90% of the programme. If you don’t achieve this, it may impact on your progression on to your chosen degree programme.

Progression to degree programme

Successful completion of the Fastrack programme means you have to:

  • Achieve the specified credits in your chosen subject module.
  • Achieve 20 credits in the Developing academic study skills (DASS) module.
  • Meet 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’ll be asked towards the end of Fastrack to state which degree you want.

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

Don’t forget. If your progression on to your chosen degree requires you to have specific GCSEs, this requirement will still need to be met.


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

If you’ve already applied through UCAS for Edge Hill University and your offer includes the Fastrack Programme,  you’ll need to make us your Firm Choice before you start on the Fastrack Programme.

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

Failure to meet the conditions of your offer on time could have a negative impact on your progression to degree level study.