High School Preparation

High School Preparation Course including STEM Subjects
(Science, Technology, Engineering, Maths)

CRICOS Course Code 022332J


Students preparing for High School at AICOL

Finding the right High School Preparation English Course for your child is just as important as finding the right high school.


  • When does the course begin?   
      On Mondays
  • Entry age?
    A:  13 – 17 years (minimum age 12 years)
  • Entry requirement?
    A:  Pre-intermediate to Intermediate English based on AICOL entrance test. Higher result students are directed to English for Academic Purposes program.
  • Class size?
    A:  Maximum 15.  Average 8 – 12

A good High School Preparation program is essential for any international student wanting to enter a high school in Australia.  In response to the increasing focus on Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths (STEM) AICOL has now introduced STEM subjects.  The course will also include:

  • The language for STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths)
  • Development of the English macro skills: speaking, listening, reading and writing
  • Development of research skills, cooperative learning and other learning strategies used in the Australian classroom including Coding.
  • Curriculum-related excursions
  • Problem solving
  • Logical thinking
  • Social language
  • Study of Australia

At the conclusion of the Coding program students will understand how a computer program works.  They will be able to use basic coding language to develop their own apps and games.

Most high schools offer direct entry based on an AICOL report.  If requested, AICOL will pay the cost of an IELTS test for any student who completes 24 weeks or more HSP study.

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

  • Highly qualified highly experienced teachers
  • HSP timetable aligns with Queensland Education school terms
  • FREE Guardianship  – conditions apply
  • All classrooms have windows which can be opened for fresh air COVID safe ventilation
  • Flexible entry dates
  • Small classes with individual attention
  • Interesting and varied learning materials
  • Regular detailed progress reports to parent/agent/local school
  • 20 hours core class-time learning, plus library time and sports time
  • Includes 4 hours Coding sessions per week
  • Plus 3 hours teacher supervised independent study
  • Introduces student to Australian culture
  • Homework
  • Option to join Young Learner or General English class while waiting for intermediate HSP entry level to be reached
  • Suitable for age 12-17 years – primary school preparation also available
  • Balance Tuition refunded if you start your course early at the local school
  • AICOL offers a High School Placement service to both private and public schools
  • Face-to-Face or join this class online
    Good reasons to choose AICOL Gold Coast English school:
  • We have our own in-house homestay placement service and we take care to place our students with an Australian family with children. We try to place the student with a family where there is a child going to the school chosen by the student.
  • A wonderfully convenient safe and healthy location with a natural environment + Broadwater views
  • Natural food readily available nearby
  • Modern air-conditioned (if required) school building directly opposite the Southport Broadwater and parklands 

Costs and Fees Information

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High School Preparation Timetable
Course Dates – 2021 Length
 1 Wednesday 27 January – Thursday 1 April 10 weeks
 2 Monday 19 April – Friday 25 June 11 weeks
3 Monday 12 July – Friday 17 September 10 weeks
 4 Tuesday 5 October – Friday   10 December 10 weeks

Our Director of Studies is available to assist students and parents decide which high school is best suited for their future study needs.  She will also assist with the high school placement if requested.


Would you like some help after school with your English language studies?  Face-to-face or online for the same price. You can decide when you want to join the face-to-face class or when you need to do the class online from home. This class is not the same as our CRICOS registered HSP class. This class is to support both local students and international students attending local schools.

All subjects need a good understanding of English. Get more confidence. Improve your English.

High School English Support

The AICOL High School English Support class supports local and international students in improving their skills in reading, comprehension and writing which are essential for success across all subjects of the High School Curriculum.

After an initial assessment of each student’s current level, the teacher will select personalised teaching and learning activities to fill apparent gaps and support the student towards achieving at a higher level within the Englich Curriculum.

The class is taught in small groups of maximum 10 students.  Some activities are group activities, but mostly students work on individual activities and receive one-on-one teacher support.

Following is a list of common subject areas and topics that are covered in the HS English Support class. These areas are often difficult for students with an EAL background, but local students can also benefit from further practice. Other topics are included depending on the needs of the participating students.


  • Preparing for reading, including vocabulary extension
  • Detailed reading (identifying key information in each paragraph and sentence)
  • Note-making
  • Constructing a new text using the notes (e.g., writing a summary or report)


  • Parts of Speech
  • Punctuation
  • Verb forms (understanding the use of different tenses; active and passive forms and their use in informal or formal writing)
  • Prepositions (complex prepositions; prepositions after verbs and nouns)
  • Sentence structure (focus on complex sentences, especially relative clauses, adverbial clauses, conditionals)
  • Linking devices
  • Common language features in academic language (Nominalisation, participle clauses, reporting etc.)

Writing Skills

Recognize, understand and practise:

  • language features of informal and formal language
  • language features of imaginative, informative and persuasive texts, for example narratives, reports or argumentative essays
  • language features to describe graphs or procedures
  • organisation of specific text forms
  • organisation of a paragraph
  • planning and editing written text

The class is taught in small groups of maximum 10 students. Some activities are group activities, but mostly students work on individual activities and receive one-on-one teacher support. Classes will mostly focus on Reading, Grammar and Writing Skills.

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 and holiday see our Camps programs.