In line with the Australian Government’s initiative to support workers who have been displaced by the COVID-19 pandemic, Griffith has developed short, focused, online certificate programs that can be completed by 1 December, 2020. This initiative is a unique opportunity to support workers looking to upskill for the future.

If you complete four courses (subjects) you will be awarded a Graduate Certificate qualification that will be easily recognisable to employers on its own, or you can use it as a pathway to a masters degree. As a Griffith student, you will also have the additional benefit of being awarded a digital badge for each course (subject) you complete so your accomplishments can be displayed, accessed, verified and shared online to employers. For further information on this initiative, refer to the Australian Governments Higher Education Relief Package.

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Frequently Asked Questions

General

Will online lectures and workshops be recorded so I can watch them later or will I have to watch them live?

Yes, classes will be recorded however we encourage you to participate at the scheduled times as they will be live and interactive.

What is a digital badge?

During your studies, you’ll be supported to showcase your job ready skills to employers through Griffith Credentials, our range of digital badges. Developed in response to changing employer needs, Griffith's digital badges give you a new way to highlight practical, contemporary skills gained during your degree. Digital badges symbolise your achievements in a way that can be displayed, accessed, verified and shared online.

Can I use prior informal or non-formal study or work experience to gain credit in the Graduate Certificate?

Yes, the standard credit policy applies.

Can I study part-time?

Specifically developed as part of the Australian Government’s Higher Education Relief Package, these Graduate Certificates are a full-time online offering of four courses (subjects) offered during ourtwelve-week Trimester 2 in 2020. You may enrol in less than four courses (subjects) but if you choose to study part-time you will be unable to complete all four courses (subjects) by the end of Trimester 2, 2020. This means you will only pay the reduced course (subject) fee on the courses (subjects) you complete during Trimester 2, 2020.

If at the end of Trimester 2, 2020 you have more courses (subjects) to complete, these courses will not be charged at the reduced fee rate that is being offered under the Government’s Higher Education Relief Package.


Admissions

When can I enrol in the Graduate Certificates Griffith is offering as part of the Government’s Higher Education Relief Package?

Under the Higher Education Relief Package, Griffith’s Graduate Certificates are to be offered in Trimester 2, which runs from Monday 13 July to Friday 23 October. You can enrol to study in Trimester 2 from 11 June. Outside of Trimester 2, 2020, the Graduate Certificates will continue to be offered, however, they will not be under the Government’s Higher Education Relief Package after the end of the Trimester 2, 2020 (Friday 23 October).

Can I defer my offer for the Graduate Certificate programs in Trimester 2, 2020?

No, you cannot defer your offer into this program. The reduced fee rate under the Government’s package is only available at Griffith in Trimester 2, 2020 for the Graduate Certificate in Cyber Security and the Graduate Certificate in Data Analytics and Cyber Security.

What happens if I don’t complete all four courses (subjects) before December 2020?

If you don’t successfully complete the 40 credit points/four courses (subjects) of study during Trimester 2, 2020, you will be unable to continue studying your Graduate Certificate in 2021 at the discounted rate. You will still be able to access the digital badges for the courses(subjects) you have completed in the Trimester 2, 2020 time period and you may wish to continue studying your Graduate Certificate in 2021 at the standard rate.

As an international student, can I study a Graduate Certificate as part of the Australian Government’s Higher Education Relief Package?

These Graduate Certificates are only available to study if you are:

  • an Australian citizen, who will undertake in Australia at least one course with your provider
  • an Australian permanent humanitarian visa holder, and will be resident in Australia for the duration of your courses
  • an eligible New Zealand citizen who holds a SCV* and will be resident in Australia for the duration of your courses.

Support

Will I be able to get any support with my learning if I haven’t studied at university before or it's been a long time?

Although our on-campus libraries are currently closed, a range of learning support services remain available online to aid you in your studies.

Library staff are still able to answer your questions and provide advice on the phone and through web chat, and you’ll have round-the-clock access to more than 1.2 million e-books, as well as more than 2 million audio and video resources.

Resources and services such as library guides, Study Smart, and student consultations—including help with developing your academic skills, information literacy skills and digital skills—are all accessible through online channels.

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What do I need to prepare for learning online?

If you have not taken a course online before, we recommend you visit our Thrive Online site where you will find advice from current Digital campus students to help you prepare for and navigate online study.

Most courses will require:

  • a modern device (less than five years old)
  • headphones
  • access to Wi-Fi

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Fees

Can I pay my tuition fees for my Graduate Certificate in instalments using an APP?

No. Commonwealth supported students cannot apply for an APP for their student contribution charges. For further information on the student financial support services we offer at Griffith, visit our student support website.

If I am an Australian citizen living overseas but I am studying online, am I be eligible to receive a HECS-HELP loan?

Unfortunately, no. HECS-HELP is not available to Australians living overseas.

I am already enrolled in a Graduate Certificate in Cyber Security and have completed some courses, can I take advantage of the new reduced fee in Trimester 2, 2020 under the Government’s Higher Education Relief Package?

No, the reduced fees are only available to new students commencing the Graduate Certificate in Cyber Security or the Graduate Certificate in Data Analytics and Cyber Security in Trimester 2, 2020 only.

How much will my fees be for the Graduate Certificates that Griffith is offering under the Government’s Higher Education Relief Package?

You will be charged $625 per course (subject). The full cost for four courses (subjects) will be $2,500.

Can I defer the fees for my Graduate Certificate?

You may be eligible to defer your fees to a HECS-HELP loan if you are either:

  • an Australian citizen, who will undertake in Australia at least one course with your provider
  • an Australian permanent humanitarian visa holder, and will be resident in Australia for the duration of your courses
  • an eligible New Zealand citizen who holds a Special Category visa (SCV)* and will be resident in Australia for the duration of your courses.

and you

  • are enrolled in a Commonwealth supported place
  • have provided your valid Tax File Number

You can visit Government HELP loans and/or Study Assist for further information.


Flexible study options

Whether you're looking to fit study around your life, pursue your passion after a break from study, progress your career or just have the control to study when you want, Griffith gives you the flexibility and support you need to achieve your goals.

Trimesters

Our trimester system means you’ll have more flexibility and greater control over your studies and with multiple intakes each year, you can start when it suits you.

  • Study over two or three trimesters each year
  • Pick up or drop classes each trimester and pace your study to suit your needs
  • Fast-track by studying over three trimesters and finish sooner
  • Study full-time or part-time, from one to four courses each trimester
  • With three intakes each year, you can start when it suits you

Study online, on-campus or both

For Trimester 2, 2020, you will be able to start your study from home. If restrictions are lifted we will continue to offer our students the flexibility to study online or a combination of online and on campus for the rest of the Trimester.

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