Study at Griffith while you finish high school and gain credit transfer 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 motivated student who is looking to challenge yourself, consider enrolling in a GUESTS On-Campus or Online course.


2019 Year 12 students

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

  • an OP , ATAR or Diploma of the International Baccalaureate-eligible student
  • achieving a minimum of Sound Achievement (C grade) across all subjects, including an Authority English (or equivalent NSW/IB subject)
  • meet any other subject prerequisites.

2019 Year 11/2020 Year 12 students

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

  • an ATAR or Diploma of the International Baccalaureate-eligible student
  • achieving a minimum grade of C (or Satisfactory Achievement) across all subjects, including a General English*, or equivalent grades in interstate ATAR or IB Diploma subjects
  • meet any other subject prerequisites.

[*] QCAA General subjects that meet the English prerequisite include: English, Literature, English as an Additional Language, English and Literature Extension.

You will also need to have approval from your school and the support of your parents or guardian.

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).

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

Selecting a course

You can preference three courses on your application from the available selection below. To confirm that the course falls under the degree you are interested in, please refer to the Degree and Career Finder.

Some courses have a strict quota as indicated below. Late applications for courses with quotas may not be accepted. Contact Admissions prior to submission.

Please note that some study areas do not offer courses to GUESTS, such as Education, Nursing and specific courses from competitive programs.

Degree and Career Finder

Business and government

Counselling and psychology

Criminology and law

Engineering, aviation and built environment

Humanities, languages and social science

Human services and social work

Information and communication technology

Medical science and allied health

Music and performing arts (Queensland Conservatorium of Music)

Science and environment

Visual and creative arts

When you can study

Trimester 1
Year 12 students onlyApply by 15 October
Trimester 2
Year 11 and 12 studentsApply by 15 June
Trimester 3
Year 11 students onlyApply by 15 October

Applications will still be considered after the closing date if there is sufficient time to prepare for the course and places are still available.  Please contact Admissions to discuss course availability prior to submitting an application.

Refer to the Academic Calendar for trimester start and finish dates. Trimester 3 courses are often taught in intensive mode. Check the course description for specific dates.


List your course preferences on your GUESTS application, and provide your most recent School report. If you have any questions when selecting a course, please email or call 1800 677 728.

GUESTS on-campus or online application form

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 school study load.

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Course benefits

No course fee*

Build skills and confidence

Receive recognition on your QCE

Receive two adjustments**

Gain credit transfer

Earn Griffith Credentials

Griffith Credentials are a suite of digital badges that visually represent your achievements at Griffith University. As part of the GUESTS program you will:

  • earn a GUESTS Member digital badge upon enrolment
  • earn a GUESTS Achiever digital badge following successful completion of the course
  • be able to share your digital badge on LinkedIn, Twitter and other social media as well as share it over email or embedded in your digital resume, personal website and email signature
  • be able to access Labour Market Insights to view job listings based on the skills you have gained through your GUESTS Achiever badge as well as which employers are hiring, salary ranges and more


GUESTS Achiever

To find out more about Griffith Credentials please visit:

After successful completion of your course, you will be:

  • awarded a Griffith Credentials GUESTS Achiever badge
  • eligible for two (2) adjustments when applying for admission into eligible Griffith undergraduate degrees**
  • eligible for credit transfer for a Level 1 course (subject) at Griffith University (up to 20 credit points).

[*] Your tuition fee is complimentary. However, there may be 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.

[**] Adjustments do not apply to the Bachelor of Medical Science and the Bachelor of Dental Health Science. The maximum adjustment that you can receive under all pathways is capped at eight (8). For further information refer to the Year 12 Subject Adjustment Pathway.

Students completing the Queensland Certificate of Education

Griffith University is required to report GUESTS' enrolment and grades to the Queensland Curriculum and Assessment Authority (QCAA) for recording on the Queensland Certificate of Education (QCE). Your GUESTS course will be recorded as two credits of advanced courses of study; it does not count towards the calculation of your OP or ATAR . GUESTS student enrolments will be reported to the QCAA after the 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 QCE. A second report will be provided to the QCAA after results are released.

Contact us

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