High School Preparation


This course is suitable for young adults who may be seeking the opportunity to study in an Australian high-school.

BROWNS can assist you to achieve suitable results that meet the necessary prerequisite level of English for entry into a Year 8 – Year 12 high school course in an Australian high school. BROWNS is also able to provide students with a pathway into a nominated high school.

BROWNS staff are there to provide the necessary welfare and support for younger learners to successfully live and study in Australia.

We also provide regular academic and progress reporting to ensure that students are on track with their learning goals, with regular meetings and feedback to ensure that you are making continual progress. BROWNS under 18 students also have access to appropriate, age-specific activities as part of our Activities programme.

Duration: 1-50 weeks, depending on English starting level and the high school’s entry requirement.

Campus: This course is available at any of our two campuses: Brisbane and Gold Coast

Course Description:

  • 20 hours in-class and 5 hours Accelerate and homework review
  • Each module is 10 weeks in duration
  • Daily coursebook-based core lessons followed by afternoon academic skill lessons and assessments
  • Age-appropriate lesson content, tasks and assessments
  • Regular academic and progress reporting through the BROWNS Passport and Reporting system

Entry Requirements:

CRICOS Code: 091582G


Progressive Assessment

The BROWNS English program features progressive assessment over a 10 week period. Assessment is administered weekly and students are graded on an A-E scale. After completing each 10 week period, students receive an overall grade to determine their successful completion of the course.

Week Assessment Weighting Approximate
1 Speaking 1: Individual Presentation Speaking grade: 10% 5 minutes
2 Listening 1: Comprehension of an oral presentation Listening grade: 20% 5 minutes
3 Writing 1: Short report Writing grade: 20% 250-300 words
4 Reading 1: Comprehension of an Academic Text Reading grade: 20% 500 words
5 Speaking 2: Group Presentation (2-3) Speaking grade: 20% 5 minutes
6 Reading 2: Note-taking & comprehension of an academic text Reading grade: 40% 300 words
Listening 2: Note-taking from a short recorded lecture Listening grade: 40% 7 minutes
7 Reading 3: Note-taking & summary of an academic text Reading grade: 40% 400 words
Writing 2: 3 paragraph comparative essay Writing grade: 30% 750 words
8 Speaking 3: Tutorial style Group Discussion Speaking grade: 30% 5 minutes
9 Listening 3: Note-taking from a live lecturen Listening grade: 40%
10 Writing 3: 5 paragraph essay Writing grade: 50% 1000 words
Speaking 4: Individual presentation Speaking grade: 40% 7 minutes

Welfare and Accommodation

Living with an Australian Homestay family enables students to engage in school and family life and to quickly improve their English language skills. All families have been carefully selected and are certified with a government-authorised permit (Blue Card) to host international students.

BROWNS works with some school partners to offer Boarding Residences as an alternative to Homestay.

Start Dates

Students can commence studies at BROWNS on any Monday, however students are encouraged to commence on the following start dates:

Recommended Start Dates
Term Start BROWNS Start Date BROWNS Finish Date BROWNS Weeks
Term 4, 2018
18/06/2018 24/08/2018 10
Term 1, 2019
18/06/2018 18/01/2019 30
27/08/2018 18/01/2019 20
05/11/2018 18/01/2019 10
Term 2, 2019
18/06/2018 29/03/2019 40
27/08/2018 29/03/2019 30
05/11/2018 29/03/2019 20
21/01/2019 29/03/2019 10
Term 3, 2019
27/08/2018 07/06/2019 40
05/11/2018 07/06/2019 30
21/01/2019 07/06/2019 20
01/04/2019 07/06/2019 10
Term 4, 2019
05/11/2018 16/08/2019 40
21/01/2019 16/08/2019 30
01/04/2019 16/08/2019 20
10/06/2019 16/08/2019 10
Term 1, 2020
01/04/2019 17/01/2020 40
10/06/2019 17/01/2020 30
19/08/2019 17/01/2020 20
28/10/2019 17/01/2020 10
* Indicative only. Students may be permitted to start on any Monday as approved by the Head Director of Studies.
** School dates are subject to change and may vary slightly from school to school.


Sample Timetable

Time Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday
8:10 – 9:10 Coursebook:
Core Grammar for the week
Core academic vocabulary for Mathematics
Speaking fluency tasks Pronunciation
Writing for sciences
Listening and Speaking
9:10 – 9:20 BREAK
9:20 – 10:20 Reading skills on the weekly topic
Learn reading strategies
Learning new listening strategies Literature Process writing (drafts, peer marking, final, proof-reading) Spelling test
10:20 – 10:30 BREAK
10:30 – 11:30 Accelerate & Homework Review:
Prepare for assessment
Accelerate & Homework Review: Self-learning - computer
Accelerate & Homework Review: Extensive reading
Accelerate & Homework Review: Self-learning - computer
Accelerate & Homework Review: Reviewing weekly language
11:30 – 12:30 LUNCH BREAK
12:30 – 13:30 Assessment Task
High school rules and expectations
Learn how to prepare a Prezi
Learning how to play cricket
Prepare for Assessment on Monday
13:30 – 13:40 BREAK
13:40 – 14:40 Assessment Task
Shapes and geometry
Art Class:
Learning about abstract art and creating a class mural
Excursion to the park
Self-reflection Journal
Excursion to the library
14:40 – 15:40 ACTIVITIES

School Activities

BROWNS offers students more than just English language lessons. Students can participate in our free after-school activities which are available exclusively to our High School Preparation classes and supervised by our full time Activities Coordinators.

Activities include: Music club, table games, Lego, arts and crafts, free food days, museum tours, sports, conversation club, nail art, Nintendo Wii, Twister, meet Australian reptiles and more.

  • View our School Activities calendar for BROWNS Brisbane Campus
  • View our School Activities calendar for BROWNS Gold Coast Campus
  • Government Schools

    Queensland Government schools provide students with a wide range of high quality study pathways.
    Safety, support, academic excellence and competitive costs make Queensland Government schools an outstanding choice for an overseas study experience.

    Queensland Government schools offer a variety of programs to international students at over 70 registered schools across Queensland. Excellence programs are available in golf, aviation, dance, soccer, tennis, basketball, performing arts, fine arts, science and mathematics.

    • Junior High School (years 7 to 10)
    • Senior High School (years 11 and 12)

    Academic Excellent and integrated university pathways

    • Internationally recognised high school qualifications that combine theoretical and practical learning to equip students for tertiary studies and professional careers
    • 89.8 percent of Queensland Government high school students gain an offer to a tertiary institution

    Quality assurance

    • Registered teachers at Queensland Government high schools hold a minimum of a four year undergraduate university degree, many with postgraduate qualifications
    • Small class sizes: with a limit on the number of students in each class in all junior and senior high school grades.

    The following Queensland Government schools recognise BROWNS High School Preparation Program:

    Brisbane Schools

    Gold Coast Schools

    Independent Schools

    The following Queensland Independent schools recognise BROWNS High School Preparation Program:

    Brisbane Schools

    St Aidan’s
    (Girls School)
    St Aidan’s
    St James College
    (Boys and Girls School)
    St James College
    Clayfield College
    (Girls School with Boarding)
    Clayfield College
    Brisbane Boys College
    (Boys School)
    Brisbane Boys College
    Canterbury College
    (Boys and Girls School)
    Canterbury College
    (Girls School)
    Lourdes Hill College
    (Girls School)
    Lourdes Hill

    Gold Coast Schools

    The Southport School
    (Boys School with Boarding)
    The Southport School
    St Hilda’s School
    (Girls School with Boarding)
    St Hilda’s School
    (Boys and Girls School)
    Kings Christian College
    (Boys and Girls School)
    Kings Christian College
    Trinity Lutheran College
    (Boys and Girls School)
    Trinity Lutheran College

    Other Queensland Schools

    Ipswich Grammar School
    (Boys School with Boarding)
    Ipswich Grammar School
    Toowoomba Grammar School
    (Boys School with Boarding)
    Toowoomba Grammar School
    Rockhampton Girls Grammar School
    (Girls School with boarding)
     Rockhampton Girls Grammar School
    The Rockhampton Grammar School
    (Boys and Girls School)
    The Rockhampton Grammar School
    Recognised by Queensland Government

    Download the High School Preparation course guide

    Add more to your High School Preparation Program:
    A packaged Letter of Offer from a Queensland high school
    Organised airport transfer
    Your own Australian homestay


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