Fast Forward Program

Run while everyone else walks

Are you a Year 11 student with a passion for your community and a drive to get ahead?

UC’s Fast Forward Program is an exclusive club for 25 stand-out students to prepare for university life with a boost. It’s perfect for those who go the extra mile both inside and outside of school, who are actively involved in their studies and their community either through sporting clubs, volunteering or similar activities.

Students from Canberra and the ACT region are invited to apply for this exclusive program and will receive a range of benefits including an early offer into a University of Canberra degree of your choice*. So, if you’re eager to run while everyone else walks, fast-track your future now and apply for the UC Fast Forward Program today.

Applications close 8 September 2019.

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* Degrees included in the Fast Forward Program early offer only. Ranked degree exclusions apply.

What's Included

Year 11

Year 11

  • Early conditional offer into a UC degree (excluding ranked degrees)
  • UC merchandise pack (UC hoodie, t-shirt, drink bottle etc.)
  • A welcome/orientation seminar before the end of Year 11
    • Hosted by UC leaders
    • Exclusive campus tour and lunch on the concourse
Year 12

Year 12

  • Early unconditional offer into a UC degree (excluding ranked degrees)
  • Cohort activities with industry partners
  • Free membership at the UC gym
  • Career workshops
  • Participation in UC recruitment events – school visits, on-campus UC events
First year at UC

Once at UC

  • $2,000 study grant (paid in Year 1 after CENSUS date)
  • Employment as a casual staff member in UC’s Student Ambassador Program
  • Internship opportunities with UC industry partners
  • Free admission to ticketed events during O Week


If you would like to be notified about any Fast Forward Program information and important updates in the future, please register your details now.

Who Should Apply

At UC, we recognise that the secret to success is not just about getting straight A’s. Being passionate about your future, connecting with your community and going above and beyond in all aspects of life is what really sets you apart.

If you can demonstrate a high level of personal commitment through participation in extra-curricular activities, then the UC Fast Forward Program is perfect for you. We’re seeking students who have experience in:

  • Leadership roles
  • Volunteering
  • Sports excellence or member of school or local sports team
  • Musical excellence or member of school or community band or orchestra
  • Academic excellence through participation in competitions
  • Demonstration of a high level of personal commitment (in other ways)

Review requirements


To be eligible to receive a place in the Fast Forward Program students must:

  • Be currently enrolled in Year 11 in a school in the Greater ACT Region (including Queanbeyan and Yass)
  • Have a minimum grade average of 65 per cent by mid-way through Year 11
  • Be able to provide evidence of extra-curricular involvement at school and/or in the wider community
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How to apply

To apply for the Fast Forward program, complete an online application form by Sunday 8 September 2019. Your application should address the three selection criteria:

  1. Evidence of academic performance (min 65 per cent grade average in the first half of Year 11).
  2. Demonstrated participation in extra-curricular school or community activities in the last 12 months.
  3. An explanation of how being part of the Fast Forward Program would be beneficial to you and to the University of Canberra.

Shortlisted students who meet the above criteria will be invited to participate in a face-to-face interview. Following the interview process, a maximum of 25 students will be selected to participate in the Fast Forward Program in 2020.

Two places in the program will also be prioritised for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students.

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Early entry offers

In July of Year 12, the 25 students selected for the Fast Forward Program will be invited to submit supporting documentation in order to obtain their unconditional early-entry offer to their selected degree. Unconditional offers of admission will be made to participants who:

  • Have achieved a 70 per cent grade average across Year 11 and Semester 1 of Year 12.
  • Have actively participated in the Fast Forward Program events and activities to date.

Unconditional early entry offers will be made by early September 2020.

More information

If you have questions about the program don't hesitate to contact us at

We'll also be available to chat to at these events:

Canberra Career Xpo at Exhibition Park

  • 7 August ⁠— 10.45am | 12.45pm | 5.30pm
  • 8 August ⁠— 10.45am | 12.45pm

UC Open Day at Bruce campus

  • 31 August ⁠— 10am | 12.30pm
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