Study at Griffith while you finish high school and gain credit toward a degree

Our Griffith University Early Start to Tertiary Studies program is designed to give you the opportunity to study a single course (subject) at Griffith while completing your high school studies. The program lets you sample university life at Griffith, learn from industry leaders and stretch your academic boundaries. If you are a high-achieving student who is looking to challenge yourself, why not consider enrolling in a GUESTS on-campus or Online course?


Build skills and confidence

Gain academic credit*

Receive recognition on your QCE

Receive 2 bonus entry ranks*

No course fee

After successful completion of your course, you will be:
  • awarded with a formal Certificate of Completion by Griffith University*
  • eligible for credit for a first-year course at Griffith University (up to 20 credit points)*
  • eligible for two bonus ranks when applying for entry into eligible Griffith undergraduate degrees.

Choose a course to suit you

As a GUESTS student, there are a variety of courses for you to choose from either on-campus or online. You can study one course per trimester (maximum of two courses or 20 credit points in total).

Find out more about GUESTS On-campus or Online courses

How will I learn?

You will learn through on-campus tutorials, workshops, lectures and group assignments. Your projects and classes will have you researching, investigating, critically analysing and writing effectively. To successfully complete a 10 credit point course, you will need to attend approximately two to four hours of lectures and tutorials each week. This commitment is required in addition to your full-time Year 12 study load.

High school student

Support to achieve your goals

At Griffith, we are here to help you succeed. As a GUESTS student, you will have access to the following services and resources:

  • libraries and online research databases
  • support across welfare, counselling, health and disability services
  • workshops on academic writing, computer and library research skills and resume writing
  • career and employment services, including resume writing workshops.
High school student

When can I study?

Trimester 1, 2018

Year 12 students only

26 Feb – 1 June

Apply by 30 October

Trimester 2, 2018

Year 11 and 12 students

9 June – 28 Sept

Apply by 30 May

Trimester 3, 2017

Year 11 students only

30 October – 2 February

Apply by 1 October


You are eligible to apply for a GUESTS course if you are:

  • an OP, ATAR or Diploma of the International Baccalaureate eligible student
  • studying subject prerequisites for the degree
  • a high-achieving student
  • have the approval from your school and parents or guardian.

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Contact us

If you have any questions regarding GUESTS, we’d love to hear from you.

1800 677 728


Over 600 scholarships available

Things to keep in mind


As a GUESTS student, you won’t need to pay any tuition fees. However, you will need to meet your personal study costs for things including textbooks, stationery and photocopying.

*Bonus ranks

Bonus ranks do not apply to the Bachelor of Medical Science (MD Provisional Entry for school leavers) and the Bachelor of Dental Health Science. The maximum bonus admission ranks that you can receive under all schemes are capped at eight. For further information refer to the Year 12 Subject Bonus Scheme.

Students completing the Queensland Certificate of Education

Griffith University is required to report GUESTS enrolment and grades to the Queensland Curriculum and Assessment Authority for recording on the Queensland Certificate of Education. Your GUESTS course will be recorded as two credits of Advanced courses of study; it does not count towards your OP. GUESTS student enrolments will be reported to the QCAA after the census date. Each course has a designated census date, which is published in the academic calendar and is normally week four of your university course. If you decide to withdraw from your course after the census date, you will receive a grade of W or WF on both your academic record and your Queensland Certificate of Education. A second report will be provided to the QCAA after results are released.

Key dates

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Monday 30 October — Friday 2 February

Trimester 3

Our third teaching trimester runs from Monday 30 October 2017 to Friday 2 February 2018.