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Unlike thousands of graduating students who will have an anxious wait for their OP results this month, five Year 12 graduates from St Peters Lutheran College have already secured conditional guaranteed entry to study at Griffith University.

Charles Cox, Annabelle Lee, Savita Nair, Janvi Singh, and Zaneta Ucchino have already received offers to study their preferred courses ranging from Biomedical Science to Criminology. 

According to St Peters Years 7-12 Curriculum Coordinator, Simeon Milner, the Griffith Direct Entry program is advantageous for Year 11 Biology and Physical Education students who wish to study a university subject without spending extra time outside of the classroom. 

“Students must be studying Biology to study Griffith Biology, or Physical Education to study the Griffith Exercise and Sports Science. Their GPA must also be high enough to qualify for the Griffith program, and they have to continue to pass all requisite subjects.” 

“There are several university programs, although this is the only one that allows the students to remain in the classroom,” Mr Milner said. 

Apart from some lab work, which takes place at Griffith University campus during the school holidays, students undertake some additional learning and a total of four exams at the end of each semester in Years 11 and 12. 

“We did all the work for the exams at school,” explained future researcher and Year 12 St Peters student, Year Zaneta Ucchino, who successfully gained direct entry into a Bachelor of Biomedical Science degree through the program. 

For competitive swimmer and Year 12 St Peters student, Charles Cox, who secured conditional guaranteed entry into a Bachelor of Psychological Science and a Bachelor of Criminology and Criminal Justice at Griffith University, the course was an ideal choice for him so he could better manage his studies and swimming commitments. 

“With all of my swimming and trying to juggle all of my commitments, I tried to find something that would help me manage my studies and potentially move forward in swimming,” 

“I have a back-up plan after I’ve finished swimming,” said Charles, who gained a third place at the Youth Commonwealth Games in Bahamas this year in the 200m Butterfly. 

Other benefits of direct entry include the completion of part of the degree program. 

“The students have gained ten credits towards their Bachelors’ degree,” Mr Milner explained. 

“This will potentially save them time to complete their tertiary studies and lower their HECS debt.” 

Having access to University resources while studying at school, is also an added advantage.