Bridging subjects

What is assumed knowledge?

To enable you to be successful at Griffith College and then Griffith University, it is assumed that through your prior studies you will have achieved a minimum level of knowledge in certain subjects. If you haven’t completed these subjects, or don’t have the recommended level of prior knowledge, you will still be made an offer to enrol. However, you may find your study easier if you have an understanding of the subjects. If you want to gain this knowledge, you may decide to take one of our bridging subjects.

Check your program guide to find out what the assumed knowledge is for your program.

What are bridging subjects?

Bridging subjects are available if you do not possess the prior knowledge needed to succeed in your studies, or would like to brush up on your knowledge. They are studied in addition to your diploma courses and are usually completed in your first trimester.

Why would I need to take a bridging subject?

Griffith College assumes you have the prior knowledge needed to succeed in your program of study (e.g. English for Criminology). If you do not have that knowledge, you can still enrol in the diploma and undertake one of our free bridging subjects in addition to your regular courses. If you do not have the assumed knowledge and you do not undertake a bridging subject, you may experience difficulty with some aspects of your program..

How many bridging subjects can I study and at what cost?

For programs which list multiple areas of assumed knowledge, e.g. "English and one of Biological Science, Chemistry or Maths B"; students may elect to enrol in two free bridging subjects (e.g. Maths B + Chemistry). Any additional subjects will be at your own expense.

Assumed knowledge Griffith College subject name and subject code Campus Cost
English Academic Communication Skills II (FND102) Mt Gravatt and Gold Coast* Free
Maths A or B Essential Mathematics (BRM100) Mt Gravatt and Gold Coast* Free
Chemistry Chemistry (FND002) Mt Gravatt and Gold Coast* Free
Biology Biology (FND001) Mt Gravatt* Free
Human Biology Human Biology (FND004) Gold Coast* Free

*Not offered every semester. For more information, please contact Griffith College.

Can I still complete my Diploma program in 12 months?

Yes! You can complete the Bridging Subject/s at the same time as enrolling in some subjects from your Diploma. We recommend that you take a reduced study-load in your first semester (i.e. 3 subjects or less) and schedule your study across all three semesters in the calendar year. This will increase your chances of success.

Study Plans for Bridging Options (PDF 95k)