Fastrack: Preparation for Higher Education


Fastrack student Tracy Twist sits in a lecture theatre with a book open and laptop to hand.

A short, intensive and free course, our Fastrack programme has been specifically designed to support progression on to a range of undergraduate degrees at Edge Hill. Aimed at mature learners who have been out of study for at least 2 years, and do not hold the required entry qualifications, you will be equipped with the confidence, familiarisation and essential academic skills required to study at degree level.

Take the fear out of academic study. Gain essential academic skills. Develop confidence and subject knowledge. Our free, 7-week Fastrack programme provides access to a range of undergraduate degrees at Edge Hill.

During the one week of preparation and six weeks of full-time study, you will receive guidance and take part in practical exercises designed to help develop key skills such as essay writing, presentation skills and note taking.

If you’re a mature learner looking to return to study, not currently in education or training, and don’t currently have the relevant qualifications to study at degree level, our quick yet intensive Fastrack programme will prepare you with all that you need to begin undergraduate study with us.

  • It isn’t too late to study a degree. Fastrack is a quick, free and intensive way to gain access to a degree at Edge Hill;
  • Perfect preparation for a degree. Get up to date with the latest study skills and subject knowledge to support a smooth transition on to your degree. You’ll complete two modules, one which relates to your subject choice and the other which focuses on study skills training;
  • After completing our Fastrack programme, you will have the skills and knowledge needed to proceed onto a relevant degree at Edge Hill. Places are subject to availability and additional progression criteria may apply.


Course Name Qualification UCAS Code
Fastrack: Preparation for Higher Education University Foundation Certificate Apply Direct

The availability of Fastrack subjects and progression routes varies for each academic year. Please note that there are currently no Fastrack routes for prospective Midwifery, Nursing & Social Work (dual award), Nursing (Child), Paramedic Practice, Social Work, or Sport and Physical Activity students.

Student Views

Fastrack in the News


Two students stand on a bridge over the lake on the eastern side of the campus, with the Catalyst building and Creative Edge visible behind them.Based in 160 acres of beautifully landscaped grounds, the Edge Hill University campus is a unique and inspirational place to study. Industry standard resources and cutting edge technology combine to make an interactive and highly advanced teaching and learning environment.

Everything you could want is on one site, from fantastic modern spaces in which you can study and socialise, to more than 2,200 rooms in halls of residence, and 60 acres of sport and leisure facilities.

You should refer to the relevant subject page for specific information about the facilities in your intended subject area. You can also take a virtual tour of the University with our campus gallery.

Open Days and Virtual Events

A prospective student receives advice from a member of staff during an open day, with the staff member pointing out information in a printed booklet.If you are considering studying at Edge Hill University, the best way to gain an insight into the student experience is to discover our stunning campus for yourself by attending an open day.

You can tour the campus, including the halls of residence, with a student guide. There will also be opportunities to attend presentations and view subject facilities.

Alternatively, our virtual open day pages offer the chance to discover everything that Edge Hill University has to offer and find out more about any subjects of interest, including Fastrack, through a series of online activities.

Book your place at an open day 

View our virtual open day pages
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