Griffith Biology overview
What is Griffith Biology?
Griffith Biology is a two-year part-time university course which builds on participating schools' Senior Biology courses.
This course incorporates learning activities and experiences (eg. tutorials, laboratories and lectures) which value-add to the existing secondary school subject and enables students to experience an integrated university course whilst completing their senior studies.
Griffith Biology is a GUESTS At-school course.
If you would like to study Griffith Biology you will need to complete an application form for Griffith Biology. Your school will need to be participating in the GUESTS At-school program and deliver Griffith Biology.
For admission into year 11, students will meet the eligibility criteria below.
For admission into year 12, students will fulfil all attendance requirements, successfully pass the Year 11 end of year exam and meet all eligibility criteria below.
- are OP, ATAR or Diploma of the International Baccalaureate eligible
- are undertaking QCAA Authority subject English and Exercise Science, to a minimum level of Sound Achievement (C grade)
- achieve to a minimum level of Sound Achievement (C grade) in 5 Authority subjects
- have not failed any subjects (D, Low Achievement). Students who have achieved multiple subjects at a C- (or equivalent) level are not considered to be eligible
- report cards will be considered holistically, comments about a student’s ability must support their capability to excel in their GUESTS study.
Certificate of Completion
All students who pass the course receive an official Griffith University Certificate of Completion.
Queensland students will receive a statement of their grades achieved on their Queensland Certificate of Education recorded as 2 units of Advanced Study. This does not count towards OP or ATAR calculation.
Students who pass the course will be eligible to receive:
- 10 credit points for the equivalent course in Foundation Year of a range of health degree programs; or
- 10 credit points of free-choice credit towards the requirements of a range of health undergraduate degree programs; and
- two bonus rank when applying for entry into other Griffith undergraduate degree programs.
Bonus admission ranks
- Two bonus admission ranks when applying for entry into Griffith undergraduate degree, as part of the Year 12 Subject Bonus Scheme.
Year 11Students will study the content of the first half of Griffith Biology within the normal delivery of Biology classes at high school. In addition to this students will:
- attend an all-day lab in Year 11 at Griffith University. In this lab students complete a lab manual and undertake a lab quiz; and
- sit an exam at the end of Year 11.
Students study the remaining content in Year 12 within the normal delivery of Biology classes at high school. In addition to this students will:
- sit an exam towards the end of Year 12; and
- are invited to attend an on-campus anatomy lab session.
Griffith Biology course content
Please note: Students must be enrolled in Authority English and be OP-eligible to be enrolled in Griffith Biology.
- Cell Form and Function
- Cells to Tissues
- Microscopy Laboratory / Laws of Diffusions and Osmosis / Transport
- Body Systems and Anatomical Terminology
- Laboratory: Homeostasis and Adaptation