The International Student Programme is a key part of internationalism at Mercedes College.

International Student Programme and Curriculum

At Mercedes, students in the Senior School can chose to study the International Baccalaureate Diploma (IB) or the South Australian Certificate of Education (SACE). Both the IB Diploma and SACE will qualify students for Universities within Australia and overseas.

Academic Excellence

Mercedes College successfully blends traditional educational values of academic excellence with a pursuit of innovation in curriculum and a presence in the world of International education.

Specialised Learning Programmes

Mercedes College is an internationally minded world class school, providing a holistic education for individual students as we value each individual as unique.

We endeavour in assisting students develop their potential and prepare them to be global citizens.

To achieve this, we have three specialised learning programmes.

Mercedes LINK Programme (MLP)

The Mercedes LINK Programme is designed for newly-arrived International Students and Local Non-English Speaking Background (NESB) students requiring some English Language skills.

In accordance with ESOS (Standard 6) and Education Standards Board (Standard 2) regulations, Mercedes College will be delivering an English Program that will better assist International Students to learn and understand the English Language.

The Mercedes LINK program is primarily an English Proficiency course in reading, writing, listening and speaking. It also incorporates the application of key English language components appropriate for Middle and Senior school education. Students can access this programme at the beginning of every term to develop various learning skills to enable a smooth transition to the mainstream courses. We will be using the EAL/D learning progression of English language typical of students learning English as an additional language or dialect. This is described in detail in our curriculum documents filed in the ISP Academic Advisor's Office.

Students study with specialist TESOL (Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages) and EAL (English as an Additional Language) teachers in a small class to provide individual attention. This enables students to work confidently at a greater level of interaction, in order to foster collaborative learning in developing communication, thinking, research, social and
self-management skills.

Depending on the student's English level and the level required for their academic study, students will spend 10 to 20 weeks developing fluency and accuracy in written and spoken English. This English Language learning encompasses major subject areas including Mathematics, Art, Science, Humanities, Religion and Physical Education. Teachers specialised in
these subject areas will be teaching these students in this program. They will also study life skills in our Physical Education class to prepare them for outdoor, sporting and camping activities.

Whilst the students are immersed in the Mercedes LINK program, they will have opportunities to participate in all of our extra and co-curricular activities including local and national school academic and sporting competitions.

Students study in a safe, supportive and caring school environment. Parents are invited to join their children in our comprehensive induction program in Week 1 of every term and GPS (Growth and Personal Skills) lessons once a week on Fridays.

Mercedes Bridging Programme (MBP)

This is a hybrid programme is for all the international students who have enrolled into the IB and SACE courses and have little or no understanding of the basic expectations required in understanding the IB and SACE course.

This programme allows the student to be in the mainstream course studying the core subjects and then receiving that extra and special assistance instead of the elective subjects or subjects that they have great difficulties in.

Year 6 – 10
They will be attending the core subjects in the mainstream subjects and have between 2-10 lessons depending on their abilities for 5 – 10 weeks.

Year 11-12 (SACE)
This will occur in their study lessons.

Mercedes Academic Support Programme (MASP)

This programme is available to all International Students who are in the mainstream course.

It caters for students who have difficulties in understanding the criteria in the IB and SACE course, so that they are able to complete tasks.

Year 6-10
Students have 4 lessons per week in the ISP Learning Centre.

Year 11 and 12
Students use their study lessons to be in the ISP Learning Centre.

Other Important Information

Cricos Code: 00365D

For enrolment enquiries please contact:

Leeanne Moriarty
International Marketing Coordinator
P: +61 08 8372 3227

For curriculum enquiries please contact:

Kala Nathan-Thompson
International Academic Advisor
P: +61 08 8372 3235