English - 1ESH10 & 2ESH20

In English students analyse the interrelationship of author, text, and audience, with an emphasis on how language and stylistic features shape ideas and perspectives in a range of contexts. They consider social, cultural, economic, historical, and/or political perspectives in texts and their representation of human experience and the world. Students explore how the purpose of a text is achieved through application of text conventions and stylistic choices to position the audience to respond to ideas and perspectives. They have opportunities to reflect on their personal values and those of other people by responding to aesthetic and cultural aspects of texts from the contemporary world, from the past, and from Australian and other cultures.

Students who complete 2 semesters' study in this subject with a C grade or better will meet the literacy requirement of the SACE.

In Year 11 Semester 2, students may choose to study English Pre-Literary Studies which focuses more on the analytical skills required in Stage 2 English Literary Studies (listed below).

Stage 1 Assessment Types:

  • Responding to Texts - range of visual, written and spoken texts
  • Creating Texts - students create written texts for a variety of purposes
  • Intertextual Study

Stage 2 Assessment Types:

  • Responding to Texts
  • Creating Texts

Stage 2 Assessment (Stage 1 Assessment mirrors requirements at Stage 2)

School-based Assessment                                Weighting                                 
Responding to Texts 30%
Creating Texts 40%
External Assessment  
Comparative Analysis 30%


English Literary Studies (Year 12 only) - 2ELS20

English Literary Studies focuses on ways in which literary texts represent culture and identity, on the dynamic relationship between authors, texts, audiences, and contexts, and on the skills and strategies of critical thinking needed to interpret texts. Through shared and individual study of texts, students encounter different opinions about texts, have opportunities to exchange and develop ideas, find evidence to support a personal view, learn to construct logical and convincing arguments, and consider a range of critical interpretations of texts. Students develop an understanding of the power of language to represent ideas, events, and people in particular ways and of how texts challenge or support cultural perceptions. Students who complete this subject with a C– grade or better will meet the literacy requirement of the SACE.

Stage 2 Topics

Responding to texts, covering each of the following:

  • Extended prose text
  • Film text
  • Drama text
  • Poetry texts
  • Independant Comparative Text Study

Creating Texts

  • Including a transformative text

Stage 2 Assessment

School-based Assessment                            Weighting                
Responding to Texts 50%
Creating Texts 20%
External Assessment  
100-Minute Online Examination             15%
Comparative Text Study 15%


Essential English - 1ETE10 and 2ETE20

This subject is only offered to students undertaking the Career Acceleration Pathway (CAP).

In this subject, students respond to and create texts in and for a range of personal, social, cultural, community, and/or workplace contexts. Students have the opportunity to focus on texts specific to their intended workplace or career pathway. They understand and interpret information, ideas, and perspectives in texts and consider ways in which language choices are used to create meaning.

Students who complete 2 semesters study in this subject with a C grade or better will meet the literacy requirement of the SACE.

Stage 1 Assessment Types:

  • Responding to texts - analysing a variety of text types
  • Creating texts - creating a variety of text types for a purpose and audience.

Stage 2 Assessement Types:

  • Responding to texts
  • Creating texts - including one advocacy text
  • Independent Language Study

Stage 2 Assessment (Stage 1 Assessment generally mirrors Stage 2 Assessment requirements)

 School-based Assessment                                                     Weighting                 
Responding to Texts                            30%
Creating Texts 40%
External Assessment  
Language Study 30%