University Foundation Certificate Fastrack: Preparation for Higher Education

Overview

Course Length:7 Weeks Full-Time
Start Dates:June 2018, June 2019
Department:Access Programmes
Location:Edge Hill University
  • Gain the skills, understanding and confidence required to join a degree;
  • Take the fear out of academic study with training in essential skills such as note-taking, essay writing, exam techniques and an introduction to IT;
  • Join a programme which is ideal if you are returning to study and/or seeking to enhance your subject knowledge and skills.

Fastrack is an intensive, 7-week Preparation for Higher Education programme for adults. It is designed to give you the skills and knowledge to study a degree. The programme is free of charge, with the exception of paying for Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) Enhanced Disclosure (applicable to Fastrack initial teacher training students only), the cost of which is currently £50.

Successful completion of this Fastrack course will enable you to be considered for a place on a full-time degree in your chosen subject at Edge Hill University, in lieu of achieving the UCAS Tariff points in the entry criteria for the relevant programme, although places on specific degrees are subject to availability and cannot be guaranteed.

The Fastrack subjects available for June 2018 entry are Biology, Business, Computing, Early Years Education Initial Teacher Training, Education, English, Geography, Health and Social Care, History, Law and Criminology, Media, Operating Department Practice, Performing Arts, Primary Education Initial Teacher Training), Professional Education, Psychology, Secondary Education Initial Teacher Training and Social Sciences. 

There will be an additional intake in February 2018 to the Operating Department Practice pathway only, ahead of the April 2018 intake to the BSc (Hons) Operating Department Practice degree. 

Please note, the availability of Fastrack subjects and progression routes varies for each academic year.

There are currently no Fastrack routes for prospective Midwifery, Nursing, Nursing & Social Work, Paramedic Practice or Social Work students.

Student Profiles

  • Tom Chandley

    Fastrack: Preparation for Higher Education
    Even if just a small part of you is thinking about doing this course then I would definitely recommend it.
  • Kimberly Rimmer

    Fastrack: Preparation for Higher Education
    The confidence boost I have from successfully completing the course has been massive and made me very proud, I feel on top of the world.
  • Philip Nulty

    Fastrack: Preparation for Higher Education
    I have learnt so much and found the tutors to be extremely knowledgeable and enthusiastic.
  • Paul Harkin

    Fastrack: Preparation for Higher Education
    There’s no down side to this course and I really can’t speak highly enough of it.
  • Helen Shaw

    Fastrack: Preparation for Higher Education
    I'm absolutely convinced that Fastrack is one of the best things I've ever done and I feel so proud of what I have achieved.
  • Joyce Andrews

    Fastrack: Preparation for Higher Education
    I’ve recommended Fastrack to lots of people already, so if you are thinking about it I would tell you to just go for it - don’t have a second thought.
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Course in Depth

What will I study?

This Fastrack course comprises two modules, one of which is related to your subject choice while the other focuses on study skills training.

You will receive guidance in essay writing, taking and arranging notes, reading effectively, report writing, revision and examination techniques, presentation skills, time management, working in groups, strengths and weaknesses, action planning, target setting, confidence building, presentation skills, group work and course evaluation.

You will also gain an introduction to ICT covering IT awareness, the Internet, word processing, online databases. There is additional training covering statistics and IT applications as well as drop-in sessions covering further IT-related themes.

How will I study?

Teaching is through lectures, tutorials, small group work and practical sessions. You will be allocated a personal tutor and have access to a wide range of services and facilities, including the University library, computer hardware and software, ICT/Internet access and media facilities.

If you are joining a Fastrack subject in initial teacher training, you will also be required to undertake four days on placement in a school. The placement will take place on one day per week across a four-week period. We will endeavour to ensure that the school in which the placement takes place is no more than 90 minutes travel from your term time address.

How will I be assessed?

You will be assessed through assignments, projects and coursework. You must also achieve a minimum attendance threshold of 90%.

There are no formal written examinations as part of the current assessment methods on this programme.

Who will be teaching me?

The programme is delivered by a team of tutors who are experienced in teaching and supporting adults returning to education.

Entry Criteria

Entry Requirements

Formal entry qualifications are not typically required to join this Fastrack programme, however you will need to show that you are committed to studying for a degree. If you can demonstrate the skills and potential then we will offer you a place.

To study Secondary Mathematics as your Fastrack subject, an AS Level (or equivalent) in Mathematics is required.

If you are applying to join a Fastrack subject in initial teacher training, you will be required to undergo Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) Enhanced Disclosure and medical clearance. Edge Hill University will organise this on your behalf but you will be liable for the cost of the DBS Enhanced Disclosure (currently £50).

Applicants to Fastrack initial teacher training subjects should also be able to demonstrate an awareness of their chosen career pathway and have a strong interest in teaching future generations. Ideally this will have been achieved by having some experience in a relevant setting, through employment, volunteering or observation.

Career Prospects

What are my career prospects?

Fastrack: Preparation for Higher Education is designed to equip you, in just seven weeks, with the skills and knowledge required to study on an Edge Hill University degree in a selected subject area. The specific degree programme(s) you may be eligible to progress onto will be determined by the Fastrack subject you choose.

Please note, however, that while we expect many candidates who successfully complete a Fastrack course to proceed onto a relevant degree at Edge Hill University, the availability of a suitable progression route and acceptance onto this course, or other degrees, cannot be guaranteed.

Depending on the degree you wish to apply for, additional entry requirements may also apply. Some potential progression routes, for example, including initial teacher training programmes and Psychology degrees, stipulate that you must have GCSE English, GCSE Mathematics and/or GCSE Science at Grade C or Grade 4 or above (or equivalent). If you do not already have these GCSEs, Edge Hill University offers equivalency tests.

Some degrees will also require you to undergo DBS Enhanced Disclosure prior to progressing onto the programme. For initial teacher training students, the DBS requirement also applies to the Fastrack course, with clearance usually carried through to the start of your degree. For other subjects, DBS Enhanced Disclosure is not required in order to undertake the Fastrack programme but may be required to progress to your preferred degree. Edge Hill University will organise this on your behalf but you will be liable for the cost.

You can view the standard entry criteria for each degree, which includes details of DBS Enhanced Disclosure where required, by consulting our A-Z of courses.

You should also be aware that this Fastrack course is designed to enable progression onto a degree at Edge Hill University and may not be accepted by other institutions.

Finance

Tuition Fees

The programme is free of charge, with the exception of paying for Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) Enhanced Disclosure (applicable to Fastrack initial teacher training students only), the cost of which is currently £50.

Apply

How to Apply

There is an online application process to apply for Fastrack. The application process for June 2018 entry is expected to open on 27th November 2017. If you are interested in joining this intake, you can complete our expression of interest form at ehu.ac.uk/fastrackenquire.

When you submit your application, you will be asked to specify your choice of Fastrack subject and intended progression route.

Should you accept an offer of a place to study with us and formally enrol as a student, you will be subject to the provisions of the regulations, rules, codes, conditions and policies which apply to our students. These are available at www.edgehill.ac.uk/studentterms.

Visit Us

If you are considering applying to study at Edge Hill University, the best way to gain an insight into student life is to discover our stunning campus for yourself by attending an open day. You can view dates and book your place at www.edgehill.ac.uk/opendays.

Alternatively, if you are unable to attend an open day, you can find out more about all of our events for prospective students, including monthly campus tours, at www.edgehill.ac.uk/visitus.

Request a Prospectus

If you would like to explore our full range of degrees, you can order an undergraduate prospectus at www.edgehill.ac.uk/undergradprospectus.

Get in Touch

If you have any questions about this programme or what it’s like to study at Edge Hill University, please contact:

If you would like to talk to the programme team about the course in more detail, please contact:

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Course Changes

Expand All This page outlines any material changes to course content, programme structure, assessment methods, entry criteria, and modes of study or delivery, implemented since 1st September 2015.

24th February 2016 - Addition of Progression Route

BA (Hons) Teaching, Learning and Mentoring Practice (Part Time) is now available as a potential progression route from the June 2016 intake of this Fastrack programme.

22nd February 2016 - Change of Programme Title

The programme has been renamed from Fastrack: Access to Higher Education to Fastrack: Preparation for Higher Education.

27th January 2016 - Removal of Progression Route

BA (Hons) Teaching, Learning and Child Development is no longer available as a potential progression route from the June 2016 intake of this Fastrack programme.