High School Preparation Program


Ready for High School

The Shafston High School preparation program is designed to prepare international students from a wide range of cultural backgrounds as an entry pathway into mainstream study at an Australian high school.

English Immersion

All your Shafston classes will be in English. Our intensive High School preparation program is designed to help you improve the core macro skills – Speaking, Reading, Writing, Listening and Grammar.

STEM Courses

Student will study English for STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics), CLIL (Content Language Integrated Learning) Intensive Reading program, and Independent Skills workshops with a special focus on learning essential foundation academic skills to help equip you to achieve successful study outcomes, such as note-taking, mini-oral presentations and individual project work.


The Shafston program offers a variety of classroom activities - participating in group work tasks as well as activities to become successful autonomous learners.

Course Information

Course Name High School Preparation (HSP)
CRICOS Code 106230E
Locations Brisbane Campus
Mode of Study 25 hours per week Face-to-face classroom delivery
Key Dates Every Monday
Entry Requirements Pre-test required (Online Pre-test; Orientation Placement Test)
Entry Level - Beginner (A1)
Duration 5 - 64 weeks, 6 levels HSP 1 to HSP 6 (Each level is 10 weeks in duration)
Course Content Grammar, Vocabulary, Reading, Writing, Listening, Speaking skills development
Includes preparation for official Cambridge exam A2 Key for Schools and B1 Preliminary for Schools
Key Points
    • Cambridge Exam fee (optional extra) Weekly review tests
    • Regular ‘mock’ exams / Progress Reports issued regularly
    • After class support (During the time with Shafston)
    • After graduation support for 5 weeks (For the first 5 weeks in high school)

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The aim of the Shafston for Schools program is to prepare students with the necessary English language skills and confidence to pathway and complete their secondary schooling in an Australian high school, or in another English speaking country.

Students will:

  • study with other students seeking to study in an Australian schools
  • follow a specially designed and tailored intensive integrated English course covering Grammar, Speaking, Listening, Reading and Writing
  • study English for STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics)
  • study CLIL (Content Language Integrated Learning) Intensive Reading Program
  • participate in mini class debates, discussions and oral presentations
  • develop essential academic skills to successfully study in a high school learning environment such as essay writing skills, research skills and note taking.
  • study towards an internationally recognised Cambridge Examination (Cambridge for Schools)
  • learn social language that will help them to transition to schools and make new friends in Australia
  • participate in regular sporting and art/craft activities to ensure they stay fit and creative at the same time!
  • study in a dedicated Shafston Junior Zone for under 18 students!
  • receive regular progress monitoring, weekly assessments and feedback
  • receive support from teachers and Shafston staff – and students can record progress in their Shafston COMPASS learner’s diary