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High School Preparation Course at Castle College

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High School Preparation Course at Castle College

Course Outline

Castle College offers a protected environment where your son or daughter can become accustomed to a new culture and build confidence before they move on to study in an Australian high school. The course focuses on developing the language and cultural survival skills necessary for academic and social success at high school. Your child will study English for everyday purposes as well as English specific to subjects like mathematics, geography, science and history. He or she will be assessed regularly.

The course provides your son or daughter with the English and the skills needed to study in an Australian high school. Your child can go to an Australian high school and receive an Australian qualification.


There are four levels for HSP.1

Level 1


Level 2


Level 3


Level 4


Entry Requirements

Your son or daughter will need to demonstrate that they can achieve a 3.0 score in the Academic Module of the IELTS or the equivalent score in TOEIC/TOEFL. They can also enter directly if they get an acceptable score on Castle College’s placement test.

If your son or daughter’s English is not sufficient for HSP, they might have to join an Intensive English class until their English reaches the entry requirement. Your son or daughter will also need to be at least 16 years of age when they start the course.

If you are unsure about how long your child should study, it is possible for them to do a pre-enrolment test. This will help us to estimate the length of time they will need in order to enter high school. You will need to request this service.

1The number of classes we run at any one time is subject to student numbers

HSP Sample Timetable







9:00 – 10:30

General English skills: listening and speaking: oral recounts: e.g. What did you do on the weekend? Writing a basic recount of someone else’s weekend

General English skills: vocabulary: cities, pollution, urbanisation

High School English skills: education systems in Australia and your country compare and contrast

General English skills: reading a newspaper article and making notes of the main points of that article

General English skills: Internet research based on ancient Egypt

10:30 – 10:50


10:50 – 12:20

General English skills: comparatives and superlatives

General English skills: listening skills taking notes for an assignment: problems of urbanisation

General English skills: music comparisons and contrasting the various genres

General English skills: BTN – speaking exchanging knowledge and completing worksheets

General English skills: project work creating a poster on pollution caused by modern cities

12:20 -13:00


13:00 – 14:00

Geography: natural disasters

Tuesday Afternoon Activities

Science: the scientific laboratory What does a chemist study?

History:modern and ancient history

Mathematics: Distance, size and dimensions

14:00 – 14:10


14:10 – 15:10

Geography: natural disasters labelling a diagram/ describing a disaster

Tuesday Afternoon Activities

Science: writing up a science experiment / recording data into a table

Ancient Egypt:the wonders of ancient Egypt: What did they contribute?

Mathematics: Length, depth, height

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