You may gain entry to Griffith even if you don't have formal qualifications

If you are at least 18 years of age and don't have a formal educational qualification, you may still be eligible for entry to some of our undergraduate degrees based on your employment experience or completion of the Special Tertiary Admissions Test (STAT).

Find out more about these options below.

Employment experience

To be considered for entry based on your employment experience, you must be 18 years of age prior to commencement of the trimester of intake. Your experience does not necessarily have to be related to your preferred program of study. Please make sure that you include the following information (where relevant) in your application:

  • details of formal education including level reached, state/country, year, subjects and results
  • details of other study, training or development courses attempted or completed since leaving school
  • your employment experience (see further information below)
  • details and proof of membership and affiliations with recognised professional and semi-professional bodies.

If you are applying for entry on the basis of employment experience, please ensure you provide information in your application of your employment history. The information should include employer(s), duration of service, positions held, duties, details of current employment status and other employment information considered relevant. A statement of service or signed reference must substantiate your experience and it is up to you to submit these documents with your Queensland Tertiary Admissions Centre (QTAC) or Universities Admissions Centre (UAC) application.

You will be allocated a Selection Rank based on the type and length of employment. To be eligible, you must have spent at least six months in full-time paid employment. Some programs do not accept Selection Ranks based on employment. Please see Program exclusions below for further details.

Special Tertiary Admissions Test

If you are a Non-school Leaver, 18 years or older, who does not hold formal educational qualifications or whose employment experience is insufficient for entry into your preferred program, you may wish to attempt the Special Tertiary Admissions Test (STAT). The STAT is a two-hour objective test of 70 questions (50% verbal and 50% quantitative) with multiple-choice answers, which provides an indicator of your aptitude for tertiary study.

Griffith considers students on the basis of STAT results for most Griffith degrees. Please refer to Program exclusions below for further details. STAT is not a suitable pathway for applicants applying for competitive programs. You will be allocated a Selection Rank based on your STAT results. However, STAT can be used in combination with other qualifications to increase your Selection Rank if you:

  • have completed or partially completed the Certificate IV in Adult Tertiary Preparation
  • are undertaking competency based VET studies.

A high STAT result may also meet the Griffith English subject prerequisite. An overall STAT score of 155 or better (or 152 or better in the verbal sub score) will meet the English subject prerequisite for most undergraduate degrees. STAT cannot be used to meet the English language proficiency requirement.

For further details and advice as to whether STAT or employment experience is the right admission pathway for you, contact us on 1800 677 728. For further information about the Special Tertiary Admissions Test, please visit QTAC or UAC.

Program exclusions

The following programs do not accept Selection Ranks based on employment experience or STAT :

  • Bachelor of Medical Science
  • Bachelor of Dental Health Science
  • Any Advanced Standing or Graduate Entry programs.

The following programs do not accept employment experience or STAT to meet the English subject prerequisite:

  • Bachelor of Education
  • Bachelor of Nursing
  • Bachelor of Midwifery
  • All laws programs including undergraduate, double degrees and graduate entry.


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