Griffith University

Admission criteria and entry schemes

To be offered a place in a program (course) at Griffith University you must meet the program admission requirements and be selected in competition with other eligible applicants. Admission criteria is specified in each program (course) description.

Undergraduate applicants

Australian Year 12 students

If you are a 2022 or 2023 Australian Year 12 student, you will be considered for admission on the basis of merit (your ATAR or equivalent) and whether you meet the entry criteria, such as subject prerequisites.

Griffith University values applicants with VET study and other qualifications including AQF certificates III and IV and diplomas, and Australian Music Examination Board qualifications. If you have a number of different qualifications, please ensure that you provide details of these in your application.

Most Griffith degrees have English as Assumed Knowledge. Some degrees such as Bachelor of Education and all Laws (Honours) single and double degrees still require English as a prerequisite which is 'any two units of English (Band 3) excluding English Studies', and is achieved through completing two units of Category A HSC Board Developed English courses with a minimum performance band of 3+ or equivalent.

If knowledge of another specific subject is considered necessary for successful first-year study, but is not a requirement for admission, the subject is listed under prior ‘Assumed knowledge’ in the course description (which you can access via the course search). A limited number of programs have additional subject prerequisites.

Griffith University prerequisites and assumed knowledge

Minimum age requirements

You can apply for a program at Griffith if you are 17 years of age (or older). If you are 16 years of age, you must have completed Year 12 or an AQF certificate III or higher qualification. If you are under 16 years of age, contact Griffith University directly to discuss your eligibility.

Griffith Guaranteed Admission Scheme

To provide certainty about future study options and more opportunities for students from a range of backgrounds, Griffith’s Guaranteed Admission Scheme offers applicants with an ATAR 90+/IB 33+ or ATAR 80+/IB 28+, or with a completed VET Certificate III or above, a guarantee of admission for a range of selected programs. Applicants must meet prerequisites and any other selection criteria. The ATAR and VET Guarantees apply up to the UAC rounds in mid-January each year, or until the program is closed for any intake. Contact GU for information on whether your degree is still open for offers.

Selection rank adjustments

Griffith University offers a range of adjustment factors designed to meet the needs of local communities or provide access to university for people who have experienced disadvantage. Adjustments are automatically applied to an applicant’s ATAR to provide a selection rank for admission. The maximum adjustment that can be applied under all pathways is capped at eight (8).

Equity adjustments

Griffith University has an Educational Access Scheme (EAS) to assist applicants whose education has been disadvantaged by circumstances beyond their control for a substantial period of time.

To apply for EAS, you must be able to demonstrate that your Year 11 and/or Year 12 studies have been negatively affected for a period of at least six months, as a result of circumstances beyond your control or choosing. You must also be:

  • a UAC applicant for undergraduate admission
  • an Australian citizen, a New Zealand citizen or a permanent resident of Australia.

How the Educational Access Scheme works

Location adjustments
Gold Coast and Logan Priority Access Pathway

If you live in the Gold Coast, Logan, Redlands, Ipswich, Scenic Rim, the Tweed Shire, Ballina Shire, Kyogle, City of Lismore, Richmond Valley, Tenterfield Shire, Glenn Innes Severn, Clarence Valley, Coffs Harbour or Nambucca Shire regions (defined by postcode) and have not studied at university, your selection rank will be increased by 2 points when you apply for programs at the Gold Coast campus or online. Some exclusions apply. For further information including which postcodes are eligible, visit the website and refer to the Gold Coast and Logan Priority Access Pathway.

Griffith University adjustment factors

Subject adjustments
Year 12 Subject Adjustment Pathway

Applicants who have completed Year 12 subjects that require a high level of skill and knowledge, or courses (subjects) at university such as the GUESTS program, may be eligible to have their selection rank increased by up to two points per subject, up to a maximum of six.

Griffith University Year 12 Subject Adjustment Pathway

Criteria that may apply in addition to the ATAR

In some programs at Griffith, selection for admission can be based on criteria in addition to, in combination with, or instead of standard admission criteria. Admission criteria are specified in the individual course descriptions.

If you have attempted tertiary studies, you may be considered for admission on the basis of your highest eligible selection rank. Your selection rank will be derived from the duration and grade point average in these studies. Successfully completing a minimum of two single degree level courses (subjects) also meets the Griffith University English subject prerequisite.

Griffith University prerequisites and assumed knowledge

Griffith has seen VET pathway students achieve remarkable results and therefore accepts standalone VET qualifications completed at high school, private providers and TAFE Institutes for admission.

If you have completed an AQF Certificate III, Certificate IV, diploma or advanced diploma, you are eligible for guaranteed admission to a range of Griffith’s programs. You will still need to meet subject prerequisites and any other admission requirements as outlined in the Griffith Degree Finder.

Guaranteed Admission Scheme

Griffith University prerequisites and assumed knowledge

The University welcomes applications from non-current school leavers aged at least 18 who do not qualify for admission on the basis of formal educational attainment but seek admission on the basis of their experience and informal study. Griffith University recognises the intellectual and skills development gained through bridging and preparatory studies, professional and paraprofessional qualifications, vocational experience and the Skills for Tertiary Admissions Test (STAT).

Griffith University prerequisites and assumed knowledge

Employment experience

Applicants who do not qualify for admission on the basis of formal educational attainment may be allocated a selection rank based on their employment experience. Program exclusions apply.

Griffith University admission via STAT and employment

Skills for Tertiary Admissions Test (STAT)

Griffith University accepts the STAT Multiple Choice test for non-2023 Year 12 applicants who are 18 years or over by 1 January 2023. Not all programs accept STAT results. A good STAT result may also meet the English Subject prerequisite for some programs.

Griffith University admission via STAT and employment

Griffith Personal Statement

The Griffith Personal Statement offers an admission pathway into a number of undergraduate programs for applicants who do not satisfy the minimum selection rank or do not have the subject prerequisites for admission. We understand success at university is about much more than completing a qualification. It’s about enabling you to bring the power of all your personal, work and life skills to your studies.

There are commonly accepted overseas secondary qualifications that Griffith may take into consideration. Check your qualification.

Australian citizens or permanent residents of Australia with overseas qualifications must contact Griffith University to discuss eligibility for admission before submitting an application to UAC.

English language proficiency

If you have qualifications from countries where English is not the standard language of instruction, you must provide evidence of English language proficiency.

Some accredited programs may require applicants who have not completed their secondary studies or other qualifications from a limited country list to demonstrate their proficiency via a specific ELP test.

Griffith University prerequisites and assumed knowledge

Griffith University seeks to increase the participation and success of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students in the University’s programs through an enabling program prior to commencement, assistance with admission, and additional tutoring and support services provided by the GUMURRII Student Support Unit. If you have Australian First People’s heritage, we would welcome an application of admission through UAC. If you do not meet the published admission criteria, you may be invited to participate in a First Peoples Admission pathway.

Griffith University accepts ranks based on armed services general training for entry to most degrees.

Griffith University also provides support for all students through peer mentoring and peer-assisted study sessions. We provide wellbeing services, such as counselling, and support for students with medical conditions, disabilities and accessibility needs.

Veterans pathway to Griffith University

Griffith University prerequisites and assumed knowledge

Griffith University student support

General information for Griffith University

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