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Student Administration
Griffith University
NATHAN QLD 4111 Australia

About Griffith University

Created to be a different kind of university, Griffith understands that success often comes from being an exception to the norm—challenging convention, adapting and innovating, creating bold new trends and pioneering solutions ahead of their time. Griffith believes in the potential for all people to be remarkable—to be courageous, to capture opportunity, to make a difference and change the future.

As an official University Partner of the Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games, Griffith students had access to over 250 internships and the opportunity to be involved in Australia‘s biggest event this decade.

With Australia's most awarded teachers, expert researchers, a comprehensive suite of degree programs spanning all disciplines, and outstanding campus facilities, Griffith is a world-class university. In three of the largest and most credible world university rankings, we're ranked in the top 300, placing us in the top 3% worldwide.

With a five-star rating for educational experience from the Good Universities Guide, over 50,000 students across five campuses in South East Queensland choose to study at Griffith.

Trimesters

Griffith teaches across three 12-week trimesters, offering students increased flexibility. Depending on their program, students may be able to accelerate their study and get a head start on their career or spread their course load to help balance study with other commitments. Studying across all three trimesters is optional and not every program is available in Trimester 3.

Scholarships

Each year, Griffith and its partners provide more than $40 million in direct financial support to help new and continuing students successfully complete their programs. The Griffith website has a search tool that will help match students to the right scholarship. Find out more about scholarships.

Industry Connections

Griffith offers wide-ranging skills development through work opportunities, industry placements and overseas exchange study. Students put what they learn in the classroom into practice and graduate with valuable contacts and the skills, knowledge and experience employers want.

The Griffith OP 1–6 Guarantee

The Griffith OP 1–6 Guarantee (or equivalent) rewards applicants with a guaranteed place in most Griffith programs, whatever the published lowest OP/rank to receive an offer. Prerequisites and additional entry requirements still apply. Applicants do not need to apply separately for the guarantee as this is automatically applied to eligible QTAC preferences on all offer rounds. Find out more about the OP1–6 Guarantee.

Griffith Honours College

The unique Griffith Honours College offers outstanding undergraduate students (with an OP1–3 or equivalent ATAR or IB result) the chance to enrich their university study with mentoring, international experiences, leadership roles and community engagement activities. Find out more about Griffith Honours College.

Griffith Sports College

Griffith understands the demands of elite athletes. The Griffith Sports College enables over 400 student athletes to perform at optimum levels—in their chosen sport and in their study—by providing expert advice, guidance and flexible study plans. Find out more about Griffith Sports College.

Year 12 subject adjustment pathway

Current Year 12 students can receive adjustments for completed Year 12 subjects that require a high level of skill and knowledge, including courses (subjects) completed at university such as the GUESTS program. An adjustment of two ranks per subject, up to a maximum of six, can be awarded under this pathway. Year 12 subject adjustments are not applied to B Medical Science or B Dental Health Science. Find out more about the Year 12 subject adjustment pathway.

GUMURRII Student Support Unit

Situated on each campus, GUMURRII offers a safe and culturally supportive learning environment for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students, from orientation through to graduation and postgraduate studies. Find out more about GUMURRII.

Campuses

Gold Coast

The Gold Coast campus—Griffith’s largest—is Australia’s most exciting higher education precinct. The campus boasts world-class teaching, research and sporting facilities. Co-located with the Gold Coast University Hospital and the Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games Athletes Village, it is easily accessed by light rail.

Nathan and Mt Gravatt

Nathan—Griffith’s first campus—and Mt Gravatt campuses are situated just 15 minutes from the Brisbane CBD. A range of exceptional sporting facilities, including aquatic and tennis centres at Mt Gravatt, sporting teams and social clubs, and on-campus residential colleges, are available at both campuses.

South Bank

Located within Brisbane’s cultural heart, the prestigious South Bank campus encompasses the Queensland College of Art, one of Australia’s oldest and most advanced fine art and design colleges; the Griffith Film School—Australia’s largest; and the Queensland Conservatorium, one of Australia’s leading music schools.

Logan

Nestled between Brisbane and the Gold Coast, Logan campus has strong connections with the local community, hosting numerous sporting and cultural events throughout the year.

Open days

Nathan, South Bank and Gold Coast

Sunday, 12 August 2018

Important dates

Visit the Griffith website for information on enrolment, teaching, semester start and end, and other important academic dates.

Visit key dates and fees for information on important QTAC dates.

Student accommodation

On-campus student accommodation is available at the Gold Coast, Nathan, Mt Gravatt and nearby at the Logan campus. Griffith can also provide information on finding off-campus accommodation. Find out more about accommodation.

Student facilities and services

Students can access careers, counselling, health, welfare and chaplaincy services on campus. Customised support is available for students from diverse backgrounds, and for students with disabilities.  Visit the Griffith website for more information. 

Learning support services are available through the library on all campuses. Visit the Griffith website for more information. 

International students should visit our website for information on applying to study at Griffith.

General admission criteria

To be eligible for admission to Griffith University, you need to satisfy any entry requirements for a program of study. 

In Queensland the entry score for a program is expressed as an Overall Position (OP) or selection rank. There can be additional or alternative entry requirements for programs, including:

  • English language proficiency – meeting a minimum standard of English language competency
  • Minimum age – domestic applicants under the age of 16 and international applicants under the age of 17 are normally not accepted.
  • Subject prerequisites – completion of compulsory subject matter
  • Special selection criteria – performance in an audition, submission of a portfolio, level of attainment in a specialised test
Current Year 12 Applicants – Guaranteed Admission

OP 1–6 Guaranteed Admission and Griffith High Achiever Guarantee: if you are a Queensland or NSW Year 12 student and you receive an OP1–6 or equivalent ATAR, Griffith will guarantee you a place in the majority of undergraduate programs, regardless of the published OP, ATAR or selection rank for admission. Some programs are excluded from this scheme. Admission offers for the OP 1–6 Guaranteed Admission Scheme and the Griffith High Achiever Guarantee are processed by QTAC and UAC respectively.

TAFE Admission Scheme: if you are studying or have completed a TAFE Diploma or Advanced Diploma, Griffith will guarantee admission into the majority of undergraduate programs based on your academic performance. Some programs are excluded from this scheme.

TAFE Guaranteed Admission Scheme offers are processed directly by the University.

Griffith University programs, entry requirements and other information relevant to admission can be found at the Griffith Degree and Career Finder.

The Griffith University Undergraduate Programs Admission Policy is also available.

Applicants with higher education

If you have completed a bachelor degree or higher, you will assigned a selection rank based on the level and duration of the study you have and the Grade Point Average (GPA) you have achieved.

Successfully completing a minimum of two single higher education courses (subjects) meets the Griffith University English subject prerequisite. It doesn’t matter which two courses have been completed. Successful completion of two or more courses can also provide you with a new selection rank.

If you have a number of different qualifications for which selection ranks can be assigned, normally the highest rank will be used for admission.

Credit for prior learning

Griffith provides credit if you can demonstrate that you have already achieved the learning required for components of a program of study. Griffith may grant credit for:

  • Formal study that takes place through a structured program of learning and leading to the full or partial achievement of a qualification. Examples include study undertaken with other Australian universities or overseas institutions or through recognised professional bodies.
  • Non-formal learning that takes place through a structured program of learning but does not lead to a formal qualification. Examples include learning and training activities undertaken in the workplace, voluntary sector or in community groups.
  • Informal learning which is gained through work, social, family, hobby or leisure activities and experience.
  • Admission pathways which are agreed and approved between Griffith and another institution. Examples include Griffith College and TAFE.

You can apply for credit for prior learning once you have been admitted and this may reduce the time required to complete the program of study.

Visit credit transfer and articulation for more information. 

Completed bridging or enabling course

Griffith University accepts a number of bridging and enabling courses completed at one of the registered higher education providers across Australia for admission. Contact Griffith University for more information.

Applicants with Vocational Education and Training (VET) study

If you have completed an AQF advanced diploma or diploma at an Australian TAFE Institute, you are awarded special admission ranks and are eligible for guaranteed entry to many of Griffith’s programs. You will still need to meet all entry requirements as outlined in the Griffith Career and Degree Finder. You can apply directly to Griffith; visit the TAFE Admission Scheme website for more information.

Griffith College offers a range of diploma programs to prepare students for a smooth transition into a full program of study at Griffith University. If you complete a Griffith College diploma, you will be guaranteed direct entry into a related Griffith University bachelor program.

Other competency-based and graded AQF certificates III and IV (completed), AQF diplomas and sub-degree level study (based on level, duration, Grade Point Average (GPA)) will be assigned a selection rank.\

If you have several selection ranks (e.g. based on year 12 results, VET study, higher education study, employment), you will generally be considered on the highest rank.

You are also required to meet relevant subject prerequisites for the course you are applying for. These can be satisfied by successfully completing Senior secondary subjects (or equivalent). Subject prerequisites generally cannot be met through certificate-level study.

You must also satisfy any additional entry requirements.

Credit for prior learning

Griffith provides credit if you can demonstrate that you have already achieved the learning required for components of a program of study. Griffith may grant credit for:

  • Formal study that takes place through a structured program of learning and leading to the full or partial achievement of a qualification. Examples include: study undertaken with other Australian universities or overseas institutions or through recognised professional bodies
  • Non-formal learning that takes place through a structured program of learning but does not lead to a formal qualification. Examples include: learning and training activities undertaken in the workplace, voluntary sector or in community groups
  • Informal learning which is gained through work, social, family, hobby or leisure activities and experience.
  • Admission Pathways which are agreed and approved between Griffith and another institution. Examples include Griffith College and TAFE.

You can apply for credit for prior learning once you have been admitted and this may reduce the time required to complete the program of study. Visit Credit Transfer and Articulation for more information.

Applicants with work and life experience

Year 12 results (OP/selection rank) do not expire once you have left school. Whether this result is considered for an offer to a course will depend on whether you have additional qualifications (including other recognised qualifications completed while at school or post school).

This includes formal qualifications such as Senior External Examination results, higher education study (e.g. bachelor degree level and higher), VET study such as competency-based and graded AQF certificates III and IV (completed), diplomas and sub-degree level study and bridging and preparation courses. Other post-secondary professional and paraprofessional qualifications (including some creative arts, language and civil aviation qualifications, memberships of professional associations for which qualifying exams are undertaken and police, emergency defence force service will be also considered.

Griffith University will also consider you for entry if you have:

  • Special Tertiary Admissions Test (STAT) and employment experience; applicants must be 18 or older to use STAT. Some program exemptions apply; refer to the Griffith Career and Degree Finder
  • bridging or enabling courses completed at one of the registered higher education providers across Australia
  • successful completion of the Certificate IV in Adult Tertiary Preparation from Queensland TAFE. Students may undertake specific modules to meet subject prerequisite requirements. A minimum rank is available for two or more successfully completed modules.

Griffith has information available about admissions pathways.

Bridging and enabling course entry

Bridging courses

Bridging courses are short, intensive or self-paced courses designed for either Year 12 or mature age students who want to improve their subject knowledge. Bridging courses can be undertaken to meet subject prerequisites or to meet assumed knowledge competency. This type of study is useful for students with limited or no prior study in a specific subject area, those who have had a significant break from prior studies or those requiring a subject refresher. Tuition fees apply.

Enabling Courses

Griffith University Preparation Program

The Griffith University Preparation Program (GUPP) is a tertiary enabling program for mature age students offered at Logan campus. It’s been designed as an admission pathway for anyone wanting to undertake university study, but lacking the formal qualifications for entry. If you successfully complete GUPP, you will be eligible for admission to a range of Griffith undergraduate programs. GUPP tuition fees are subsidised and if you join the program you will not be liable for tuition fees.

Visit the Griffith website for more information on Griffith bridging and enabling course options.

Applicants with recent secondary education (within the past two years)

If you are a current Queensland Year 12 OP-eligible student applying to Griffith, you will be considered for admission on the basis of merit (expressed as an Overall Position (OP) score) and whether you meet the entry criteria (such as subject prerequisites).

If you are a current Queensland Year 12 students who is deemed OP-ineligible you will be assigned a QTAC selection rank based on the best 20 semester units of Authority subjects, Authority-registered subjects and vocational education and training (VET) modules (if applicable) that have been completed.

If you are a current interstate Year 12 student applying to Griffith you are assigned a QTAC selection rank based on your ATAR (Australian Tertiary Admissions Rank) and admission is based on this selection rank.

If you are a current International Baccalaureate (IB) student applying to Griffith, you are assigned a selection rank based on your completed IB Diploma score. The IB score is converted to a selection rank expressed as an ATAR (Australian Tertiary Admissions Rank). In Queensland this is converted to a QTAC selection rank.

Results from home schooling, Accelerated Christian Education (ACE) and other non-standard Year 12 programs (with SAT tests) may also be assigned a selection rank and considered for an offer based on this selection rank (or other recognised qualifications undertaken while at school). Some exceptions may apply to courses with additional entry requirements (see below). Contact Griffith University for more information.

Applicants with Overseas Year 12 Study

Griffith University will consider equivalent overseas Year 12 qualifications for admissions purposes. Contact Griffith for more information. If you have secondary or tertiary qualifications from countries where English is not the standard language of instruction, you must provide evidence of English language proficiency.

Other Qualifications Completed in Year 12

If you have completed other recognised qualifications while still at school, these may also be assigned a selection rank and considered for admission to Griffith. Examples include TAFE certificates III and IV and diplomas, Australian Music Examination Board qualifications.

If you have a number of different qualifications for which selection ranks can be assigned, normally the highest will be used for admission.

You are also required to meet relevant subject prerequisites for the course you are applying for.  This will be satisfied by successful completion of Senior secondary subjects (or equivalent). Any additional entry requirements must also be satisfied.

OP/selection rank related adjustments – current Year 12 applicants

Griffith University has developed a number of admission schemes which are designed to meet the needs of local communities, or provide access to university for people who have experienced disadvantage or to encourage people under-represented at university from particular populations including Australia’s First Peoples.

These schemes provide a maximum adjustment of 4 OP bands/8 selection ranks and include:

Gold Coast and Logan Campus Priority Access Scheme: provides people living in the Gold Coast and Logan campus catchment areas who have not previously attempted university study are given an adjustment of 2 ranks or equivalent towards their selection rank for selection into programs offered on those campuses. NOTE: The Gold Coast and Logan Campus Priority Access System will not apply to applicants for:

  • 233422 Bachelor of Medical Science (MD Provisional Entry for School Leavers) – Gold Coast campus
  • 233812 Bachelor of Dental Health Science
  • 235772 Bachelor of Popular Music
  • Any distance or online programs
  • 262955 B Business – Distance

Year 12 Subject Adjustment Pathway: recognises that some subjects undertaken by high school students and some external senior studies undertaken by adult learners require a high level of skill and knowledge as preparation for university study. If you complete selected Year 12 subjects you may be eligible for a maximum adjustment of 6 ranks when applying for study at Griffith in the year following the successful completion of Year 12. Some programs are excluded from this scheme.

Griffith University Early Start to Tertiary Study (GUESTS): if you are a Queensland or NSW Year 11 or 12 student and you are OP/ATAR eligible, you may apply to complete a maximum of two undergraduate subjects while still studying at high school. Only one subject may be undertaken per trimester in any mode of study (online, on-campus or at school). You will be eligible for two adjustment factors or 1 OP band towards your selection rank for university courses successfully completed to a maximum of 4 adjustment ranks.

Educational Access Scheme (EAS): if you have experienced difficulties that have negatively impacted your studies, you may be eligible for adjustments to your selection rank that are used to recognise the impact of financial, health-related or social disadvantage. The allocation of adjustments does not guarantee entry to Griffith or to your preferred program, you still have to meet the published Selection Rank for the program and any particular entry requirements. Applications are submitted via QTAC/UAC and full details of the EAS are available at both the QTAC and UAC websites.

Disadvantaged Schools Bonus: this scheme recognises that some schools have been designated as disadvantaged in accordance with University Admissions Centre (UAC) Educational Access Scheme and QTAC schemes. Current Year 12 applicants from these schools will receive an adjustment of +1 OP band/2 selection ranks (or equivalent).

OP/ATAR/selection rank related adjustments – non-Year 12 applicants

Griffith University has developed a number of admission schemes which are designed to meet the needs of local communities, or provide access to university for people who have experienced disadvantage or to encourage people under-represented at university from particular populations including Australia’s First Peoples.

These schemes provide a maximum adjustment of 4 OP bands/8 selection ranks and include:

Gold Coast and Logan Campus Priority Access Scheme: provides people living in the Gold Coast and Logan campus catchment areas who have not previously attempted university study  are given an adjustment of 2 ranks or equivalent towards their selection rank for selection into programs offered on those campuses. NOTE:  The Gold Coast and Logan Campus Priority Access System will not apply to applicants for:

  • 233422 B Medical Science (MD Provisional Entry for School Leavers) – Gold Coast campus
  • 233812 Dental Health Science
  • 235772 B Popular Music
  • Any distance or online programs
  • 262955 B Business – Distance

Educational Access Scheme (EAS): if you have experienced difficulties that have negatively impacted your studies, you may be eligible for adjustments to your Selection rank that are used to recognise the impact of financial, health-related or social disadvantage. The allocation of adjustments does not guarantee entry to Griffith or to your preferred program, you still have to meet the published Selection Rank for the program and any particular entry requirements. Applications are submitted via QTAC/UAC and full details of the EAS are available at both the QTAC and UAC web sites.

Criteria that may apply in addition to OP/selection rank

In some programs at Griffith, selection for admission can be based on special criteria in addition to, or in combination with, or instead of standard admission requirements. Special criteria may include:

  • performance in an audition
  • presentation of a folio of creative work
  • level of attainment in specialised tests
  • responses in an interview
  • demonstrated achievement of specified vocational or professional standards

Special criteria for admission are published in ‘What is the application process?’ for individual programs in the Griffith Career and Degree Finder.

Other admission options 

Griffith University admission pathways

Griffith University’s Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Alternative Entry Scheme: if you have First People’s heritage, you can apply directly to Griffith for admission or go through QTAC/UAC. You will be required to provide evidence of your heritage and then participate in an application process that is managed through the Griffith First Peoples GUMURRI Student Support Unit and which includes academic and admission staff.

Logan Campus Direct Admission Scheme: if you are a mature age person (not a current Year 12 student), Griffith will enable you to demonstrate your knowledge, skills, aspiration, motivation and capabilities for university study through a combination of formal and informal learning (refer to Credit for Prior Learning).

Admission offers for the Logan Campus Direct Admission Scheme are made directly by the University.

Griffith University Rural Priority Access Scheme (GURPAS): if you are living in a rural or regional area of Australia and are applying for the Bachelor of Medical Science, Bachelor of Dental Health Science, and Bachelor of Midwifery, you may be eligible for consideration under a special quota of places, specifically set aside for rural students. Eligibility is based on residential location; that is, applicants must have lived in a category ASGS-RA 2-5 regional or remote area of Australia for a minimum of five consecutive years, or 10 cumulative years prior to commencing university study. For more information, visit GURPAS.

Griffith Personal Statement: the Griffith Personal Statement may offer an alternative admission pathway into a number of undergraduate degrees.

The Griffith University Undergraduate Programs Admission Policy is available.

Griffith University programs, entry requirements and other information relevant to admission can be found at Griffith Career and Degree Finder.

The Griffith University Undergraduate Programs Admission Policy is available.

Additional information

Scholarships: each year, Griffith and its education and industry partners provide more than $40 million in direct financial support to assist new and continuing students successfully complete their program of study. The Griffith website has a search tool that helps match you to the right scholarship.

Trimesters: Griffith teaches across three 12-week trimesters, offering students increased flexibility. Depending on your program, you may be able to accelerate your study and get a head start on your career. Alternatively, you can spread your study load to better balance study with your other commitments such as work or child-care. Not every program is available in Trimester 3.

First Peoples: situated on each campus, the GUMURRII Student Support Unit offers a safe and culturally supportive learning environment for Australia First Peoples students, from orientation through to graduation and postgraduate studies.

Domestic students with overseas qualifications: domestic students with overseas qualifications should contact Griffith for information on how their qualifications will be assessed for entry.

English language proficiency: you must be able to demonstrate your English language proficiency i.e. the capacity to speak, write, read and comprehend English to a specified standard. Visit English language proficiency for information on Griffith's English proficiency requirements, including ways to demonstrate English language proficiency.

How to apply

Applications for admission to Griffith University may be made:

Enrolment

Offers: If you apply via QTAC, you will be sent your offer to Griffith University by email and you must respond to the offer online by the due date. Once you accept your offer you will be able to enrol via a link in your Griffith offer email.

Acceptances, lapsing of offers: if you receive an offer from Griffith University but do not notify us of your acceptance by the date in the offer letter, your offer may lapse and you will have relinquished your offer for a place. You can apply to have an offer reinstated by contacting Griffith Admissions. Reinstatement is not automatic and some programs may not be reinstated.

Deferring an offer: you can accept an offer from Griffith and defer your enrolment for a period of time, usually twelve months. This option is not available to all programs. If you wish to defer you should not enrol or pay any fees. If you want to defer you can respond to your QTAC offer accordingly. If you decide to defer after accepting your offer, you should email Griffith as soon as possible. To check whether a program allows for deferment, visit the Degree and Career Finder. For more information on deferment, visit the QTAC website.

Credit transfer: Griffith provides credit if you can demonstrate that you have already achieved the learning required for components of a program of study.

Fees and charges: Visit the Griffith website for more information.

Review and appeals: if you are unhappy with the outcome of your application for admission to Griffith you may apply for a review of the decision. 

The Griffith University Undergraduate Programs Admission Policy is available.

Student profile

The table below gives an indication of the likely peer cohort for new students at the institution. It provides data on all students who commenced undergraduate study for trimester 1, 2018 including those admitted through all offer rounds, across all Australian campuses, and international students studying in Australia.
Student profile
Applicant background Semester 1, 2018
Number of students % of all students
(a) Higher education study
(includes a bridging or enabling course)
2684 27.08%
(b) Vocational education and training (VET) study 854 8.62%

(c) Recent secondary education:

Admitted solely on the basis of OP/selection rank (regardless of whether this includes the impact of adjustment factors such as equity or subject bonus points

 

3902

 

39.37%

Admitted where both OP/selection rank and additional criteria were considered (e.g. portfolio, audition, extra test, early offer conditional on minimum OP/selection rank) 508 5.13%
Admitted on the basis of other criteria only and OP/selection rank was not a factor (e.g. special consideration, audition alone, school recommendation scheme with no minimum OP/selection rank requirement, VET qualification completed during school) 281 2.84%
(d) Work and life experience
(Admitted on the basis of previous achievement other than the above)
553 5.58%
International students 1128 11.38%
All students 9910 100%
Notes:        <5 – the number of students is less than five.
                    N/A – Students not accepted in this category.
                    N/P – Not published: the number is hidden to prevent calculation of numbers in cells with less than five students.

Course admissions information semester 1, 2018

For course admission information (including the OP/selection rank profile for term 1, 2018 admissions), refer to the individual course entry in Course Search.

More information about Griffith

Griffith is a member of Innovative Research Universities (IRU)

Griffith is listed as an Australian University on the Tertiary Education Quality and Standards Agency’s National Register of Higher Education Providers

Griffith University Quality Indicators for Learning and Teaching

 



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