If you are unsuccessful in gaining a place in your preferred degree due to your Selection Rank, you may be able to improve your rank by studying an alternative degree.

The Selection Rank based on university study depends on the duration and overall GPA achieved. Successful completion of two or more university courses can provide you with a new Selection Rank. For competitive degrees it is recommended that you study for at least one year full-time equivalent (80 credit points at Griffith) to maximise your chances of achieving a Selection Rank high enough for entry into your desired program.

  • two courses successfully completed with a GPA of 4.00 will award a rank of 75
  • four courses successfully completed with a GPA of 4.00 will award a rank of 77
  • six courses successfully completed with a GPA of 4.00 will award a rank of 84
  • eight courses successfully completed with a GPA of 4.00 will award a rank of 93
  • eight courses successfully completed with a GPA of 5.00 will award a rank of 96
  • eight courses successfully completed with a GPA of 6.00 will award a rank of 98

Note: the above is based on one course being the equivalent of 10 credit points at Griffith.

For studies of less than one year Full-Time Equivalent (FTE) in duration, a high enough selection rank generally cannot be achieved for entry to competitive degrees, however if you have multiple study attempts that add up to one year of Full-Time Equivalent study or more, Griffith may be able to combine these study attempts to award you a more competitive Selection Rank. If you have multiple study attempts of less than one year full-time study we recommend you contact our friendly staff for further advice.

Before applying for an alternate degree to upgrade your selection rank, you may wish to consider the following:

  • degrees that have a similar first year to your desired degree. This may maximise the amount of Credit Transfer that can be awarded towards your desired degree, potentially saving you time and money
  • check the Degree and Career Finder for programs with a similar structure to your intended degree
  • check the current lowest Selection Rank for your preferred degree to give you an indicator of how well you will need to perform to upgrade, and contact Admissions if you require further advice
  • if you apply for, and receive credit or advanced standing for prior studies, this may not be included in the calculation of your new selection rank based on the level, duration of your study and GPA. We recommend you contact Admissions for further advice on how credit or advanced standing can impact your situation.

When applying to QTAC or UAC make sure that you include alternate or pathway degrees in your preferences. If you do not receive an offer into your preferred degree, then you may be considered for an alternate degree that allows you to achieve a new Selection Rank based on successful completion of university study.

Once you have completed sufficient study in order to improve your Selection Rank, you can apply for an Internal Transfer into your preferred Griffith University degree for the next intake. If your preferred degree is excluded from Internal Transfer, we would welcome a new application through QTAC or UAC. For further information, visit internal transfer.

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