High School Preparation (Intensive English)

​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​High School Preparation – CRICOS Course Code: 087993A

High School Preparation (HSP) is an intensive English program designed for international students who need to improve their English ability before commencing high school studies.  

High School Preparation is designed to:

  • help students successfully develop their English skills (reading, writing, listening and speaking) to enable a smooth transition into high school studies  

  • develop students' English vocabulary in relation to the high school subjects they will study 

  • equip students with the study skills to achieve academic success when they continue on to high school.

HSP caters to students of all levels of English proficiency, the course includes:  

  • minimum 20 hours of English language instruction per week 

  • maximum class sizes of 18 students. 

The interactive teaching style of the HSP curriculum encourages international students to practise English conversation with Australian students and teachers. Students are introduced to subject-specific language they will encounter during their high school studies.  

Some HSP course units include:  

  • English for mathematics, science, technology and the arts 

  • listening skills for taking notes in class 

  • analytical skills 

  • excursions, sporting activities and much more! 

A sample HSP student timetable looks like this:



HSP assessment is designed to prepare students for the assessment structure they will encounter at high school. This approach ensures that HSP students are equipped with the best study skills to achieve academic success when they continue on to their high school studies. Some typical assessment tasks include:  

  • essay writing 

  • report writing 

  • spoken (oral) tasks 

  • research assignments 

At the completion of HSP students must achieve the benchmark English proficiency to enter the appropriate year level of high school. Students who do not achieve the benchmark English proficiency may be required to undertake additional HSP. Upon completion of HSP, students go on to study in high school classes.  

General information about High School Preparation can be found in the HSP Brochure (PDF, 816​KB) (RTF, 50KB)

HSP is offered at the following schools:


HSP Alumni student stories:


​T​his program is NEAS Accredited

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Every EQI school has a dedicated guidance officer and international student coordinator. Visit the support team page ​for more information.  

Entry requirements  

For details of age, academic, and English language proficiency requirements refer to entry requirements.


​Accommodation and welfare

​ ​​For details about accommodation for high school students, please refer to the accommo​dation​ and welfare.​ ​​​


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Last reviewed 09 May 2016
Last updated 04 April 2019