High School Preparation

High School Preparation CRICOS Course Code 022332J


High School Preparation Class at AICOL Gold Coast English School

Finding the right English for High School Preparation Course for your child is just as important as finding the right high school. AICOL offers a pathway to both Local Schools and many good Private Schools.


What is a High School Preparation Course?
A: A course to teach international students the English skills needed to enter Year 7 to Year 11 in Australian secondary schools.

Why do I need to do a High School Preparation course before I go to a high school?
A:  Because good quality high schools will not accept international students unless their English meets the standard set by the school.

What English standard is set by the school?
A: Different schools have different standards.  Most require an IELTS test or equivalent or a report from AICOL confirming the English level of the student.

When does the course begin?   
  On Mondays

Entry age limit?
A:  12 – 16 years (minimum age 11 years)   We also offer a Young Learner and Primary School preparation course.

Entry requirement?
A:  Pre-intermediate to Intermediate English based on AICOL entrance test.

Class size?
A:    Average 8 – 12.  Maximum 15

The Queensland State School Holidays for 2022

  • Term 1 Holidays (Autumn) 2 Apr 2022 (Sat) 18 Apr 2022 (Mon)
  • Term 2 Holidays (Winter) 25 Jun 2022 (Sat) 10 Jul 2022 (Sun)
  • Term 3 Holidays (Spring) 17 Sep 2022 (Sat) 3 Oct 2022 (Mon)
  • Term 4 Holidays (Summer) 10 Dec 2022 (Sat) 22 Jan 2023 (Sun)

AICOL 2022 face-to-face High School preparation classes commenced on 4 January.  New enrolments are accepted for commencement on Mondays throughout the year.

We will also run High School Preparation classes during school holiday periods.

Our Director of Studies is available to assist students and parents decide which high school is best suited for their future study needs –  pathway arrangements are in place for Public High Schools and many Private High Schools.

We can assist with the high school placement if requested.

High School Preparation Timetable  4 January – 30 June 2022

High School Preparation (HSP) Timetable (old)


High School Preparation Timetable from 1 July 2022

High School Preparation (HSP) Timetable

A good English for High School Preparation program is essential for any international student wanting to successfully  enter a high school in Australia.

AICOL is able to offer prospective students a pathway to Public Schools and many Private Schools. Students who are entering Year 7 to Year 11 in Australian secondary schools can enrol in the AICOL HSP program. They can study and achieve the English language requirement for direct entry into the nominated high school.  Following discussions with several high schools we have decided to expand the curriculum and introduce a new timetable from 1 July 2022.  For these reasons the structured ESL content in the course will also include:

• Australian culture and life skills
• Physical Education (PDHPE)
• Technology
• Human Society and
• Creative Arts.

In addition up to 5 hours per week will be dedicated to facilitating the student’s learning of practical mathematical and science vocabulary. Students will receive the support they need to build up their confidence. The vocabulary content is selected from Year 5 to 11 mathematics and science (Physics, Chemistry and Biology) topics.  All AICOL staff use their best endeavours to impart an understanding of the value of ethics and traditional values.

We offer the best High School Preparation Course – make your own inquiries – compare us with others.

  • Highly qualified highly experienced teachers
  • FREE Guardianship  – conditions apply
  • All classrooms have fresh air ventilation
  • Weekly  entry dates
  • Small classes with individual attention
  • Interesting and varied learning materials
  • Regular detailed progress reports to parent/agent/local school
  • 25 hours of core class-time learning
  • Library time and sports time
  • Introduces students to Australian culture
  • Homework
  • Option to join Young Learner or General English class while waiting for High School Preparation course entry-level to be reached
  • Suitable for age 11-16 years – primary school preparation also available
  • Tuition fees held in trust account
  • Balance Tuition refunded (less administration fee) if you start your course early at the local school

    More Good reasons to choose AICOL Gold Coast English school:

  • We have our own in-house homestay placement service and, whenever possible, we take care to place our students with an Australian family with children.  Ideally a family with high school students but this is not always possible.
  • AICOL has a wonderfully convenient,  safe and healthy location including a small natural rainforest environment.
  • Face-to face classes are held in COVID safe classrooms with fresh air ventilation, and an average of 10 to 12 students per class.
  • There is also a lunch room, kitchen and toilets exclusively dedicated to junior students.
  • Fresh healthy food is readily available at nearby shops.
  • Directly opposite the Southport Broadwater and parklands 

Costs and Fees Information

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Don’t forget to check out more Courses to Study English as well as our Homestay and Other Accommodation options.

If you only have time for a few weeks study you may like our holiday programs.  See Camps.

More High School Information

In Australia education is the responsibility of each State, not the Federal Government.

The Queensland School System begins at Prep (4 to 5 years of age) and concludes at Year 12 (average age 17 years old):
• 7 years of Primary School (Prep – Year 6)
• 6 years of High School (Years 7 – 12)
Upon completion of Year 12, Queensland students have numerous options to continue their study. Options include study at University, an institute of Technical And Further Education (TAFE) or a private vocational college.
There are currently 17 State high schools on the Gold Coast. This number is increasing virtually every year as the population of the Gold Coast is growing strongly, especially in the northern suburbs:

SS—State School, SHS—State High School, SC—State College, SSC—State Secondary College


A.B. Paterson College

Coomera Anglican College

Hillcrest Christian College

Kings Christian College

St Hilda’s School

The Southport School

Students must, of course,  always  meet the requirements of the individual school.

Unfortunately many parents are focused solely on their child gaining entry to a local high school, regardless of whether their English language ability is adequate. Many times we have seen parents insist that their child start school against our advice, only for them to find that their child is not able to communicate with the Australian students and not understand their class lessons. Sometimes this results in the other students and the teacher not enjoying having that student in the class. There is usually a school available to accept international students even if their English is inadequate, as they either rely on their ESL support staff or have an ESL unit of their own, or regrettably because they need the student fees.