​​Queensland Government schools provide high quality learning and excellent pathways to take students through each stage of their education journey, from Prep and primary school, to preparation for tertiary study. 

A positive learning environment, academic rigor, balanced lifestyle and highly regarded welfare support programs provide students with a foundation to succeed in their chosen path of study or career. 

The Queensland school system​

In Queensland, students aged five can enrol in a preparatory year prior to starting primary school. They then study for seven years at primary school, followed by six years of high school to graduate at the end of Year 12. ​

Queensland school system pathways   

Most students will receive a Queensland Certificate of Education (QCE) when they graduate.

Students entering Year 11 in 2019 and beyond will be eligible for an Australian Tertiary Admission Rank (ATAR) which is awarded on completion of Year 12.

Students may then transition to higher level study at a university, TAFE institute or vocational education provider.

Study and career guidance

Each EQI high school has a specialised international student support team that includes a Guidance Officer to provide counselling and advice on academic pathways, subject choices and career and higher education study options. The following pathways are available to EQI students in the Queensland education system:

Primary to high school pathway 

The EQI Primary School Program​ enables international students to study in Queensland Government schools from Prep to Year 6. Students study the Queensland primary school curriculum and become familiar with the school routine, in addition to learning English with a specialist  Additional Language/Dialect (EAL/D) teacher.​

High School Preparation (HSP) pathway​

If students do not meet a minimum level of English language proficiency they can undertake two terms of High School Preparation (HSP) at a Queensland Government school prior to entering mainstream high school study.
The EQI HSP introduces international students to the Queensland school system and gives them the skills and confidence to settle into an everyday school routine. Entry into mainstream high school at the end of two terms of HSP is subject to the student achieving satisfactory progress throughout the HSP program.​

High school to university pathway

Queensland Government schools deliver high quality teaching and academically rigorous programs to prepare students for the rigours of university study. Strong partnerships with Queensland’s top universities mean that international students can choose from a wide range of university pathways and experience programs, and can even earn university course credit while still at high school.

High school to TAFE pathway

Technical and Further Education (TAFE) institutes offer a range of short courses, certificates, diplomas and associate and bachelor degree programs that combine theoretical and practical job-focused training. Australian TAFE study provides graduates with job-ready skills and internationally recognised qualifications.

High school to VET pathway

Vocational Education and Tr​aining (V​ET) is designed to equip graduates with the skills and knowledge to work in specific industries. VET qualifications can also count as credit towards a Queensland​ Certificate of Education and to support students to transition into other higher education pathways.​​

Last updated 31 March 2021