Study at Griffith while you finish high school and gain credit towards 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, consider enrolling in a GUESTS On-campus or Online course.


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

  • an OPATAR 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.


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).

Selecting a course that is related to your future career goals puts you in a unique position to experience the subject area early and compliment your senior subjects.

Selecting a course

Start by browsing the degree and career finder to find an undergraduate program you are interested in studying at Griffith. Then, on the left-hand side select the 'Course list and requirements' page. This page will provide a list of all courses that make up the undergraduate program.

You can choose a first-year course. A first-year course begins with a '1', e.g., 1001HLS and could be offered in Trimester 1, 2 or 3. These course codes are hyperlinked. When you click on a course code, it will direct you to a page that gives a description of what you will learn in the course.

Degree and career finder


If you are applying for the Trimester 2 or 3 intake, be sure to choose courses that don't require a Trimester 1 prerequisite. If the course has a prerequisite, it will state this in the course description. Courses with extensive off-campus practicals or sensitive material are not suitable for GUESTS students.

Some programs may have restrictions on the particular courses that are available (e.g., Health, Education, Law and Queensland Conservatorium programs).

You can preference three courses on your application, and we will contact you to negotiate the suitability of courses if it is restricted. You can study one course per trimester (maximum of two courses or 20 credit points in total).


List your top three course preferences on your GUESTS application.

If you have any questions when selecting a course, please email or call 1800 677 728.

Application form

When you can study

Trimester 1, 2018

Year 12 students only

26 February–1 June

Apply by 30 October

Trimester 2, 2018

Year 11 and 12 students

9 June–28 September

Apply by 30 May

Trimester 3, 2017

Year 11 students only

30 October–2 February

Apply by 1 October

How you'll 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.

Course benefits

Build skills and confidence

Gain academic credit*

Receive two bonus entry ranks*

Receive recognition on your QCE

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 (subject) at Griffith University (up to 20 credit points)*
  • eligible for two bonus ranks when applying for entry into eligible Griffith undergraduate degrees.

Support to achieve your goals

At Griffith, we are here to help you succeed. As a current 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
  • career and employment services, including resume writing workshops.

Things to keep in mind


Your tuition fee is complimentary. However, the program may charge a small administration fee for learning equipment provided during the course. You will need to meet your personal study costs for items such as 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 OPGUESTS 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 QCAAafter results are released.

Contact us

If you have any questions regarding GUESTS, call us on 1800 677 728 or email