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English Studies

2 units for each of Year 11 & Year 12 

Board Developed Category B

Exclusions: English Standard; English Advanced; English EAL/D; English Extension

Course Costs: $10.00 

This course is designed to meet the specific needs of students who wish to refine their skills and knowledge in English and consolidate their literacy skills. It is a course for students who are seeking an alternative to the English Standard course and who intend to proceed from school directly into employment or vocational training.

Due to changes in the English Studies course, students considering choosing this course should be advised that:

  • English Studies is now a Stage 6 Board Developed Course with an optional HSC examination.
  • Students who complete the course and elect to take the optional Higher School Certificate examination will be reported on a Common Scale with the English Standard and English Advanced courses.
  • Students choosing not to sit for the English Studies HSC examination will still be eligible for the HSC.

In the English Studies Course, students explore the ideas, values, language forms, features and structures of texts in a range of personal, social, cultural and workplace contexts. They respond to and compose texts to extend experience and understanding, access information and assess its reliability, and synthesise the knowledge gained from a range of sources for a variety of purposes.

Students will consolidate their English literacy skills to enhance their personal, social, educational and vocational lives.

In the Year 11 Course, students

  • study the mandatory module, Achieving through English: English in education, work and community to develop an understanding of, and practical competence in, the use of language that allows access to opportunities in schooling, training and employment
  • study 2–4 additional syllabus modules (selected based on their needs and interests)
  • may also study an optional teacher-developed module.

In the Year 12 Course, the HSC Common Content consists of one module Texts and Human Experiences, which is also common to the HSC Standard and the HSC Advanced courses, where students analyse and explore texts and apply skills in synthesis.

Students study 2–4 additional syllabus modules (selected based on their needs and interests).

Students may also study an optional teacher-developed module.

Across the English Studies Stage 6 Course students are required to study:

  • a range of types of texts inclusive of prose fiction, drama, poetry, nonfiction, film, media and digital texts
  • texts which are widely regarded as quality literature, including a range of literary texts written about intercultural experiences and the peoples and cultures of Asia
  • a range of Australian texts, including texts by Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander authors and those that give insights into diverse experiences of Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander Peoples
  • texts with a wide range of cultural, social and gender perspectives.


Students are required to:

  • read, view, listen to and compose a wide range of texts including print and multimodal texts
  • study at least one substantial print text (for example a novel, biography or drama)
  • study at least one substantial multimodal text (for example film or a television series)
  • be involved in planning, research and presentation activities as part of one individual and/or collaborative project
  • develop a portfolio of texts they have planned, drafted, edited and presented in written, graphic and/or electronic forms across all the modules undertaken during the year
  • engage with the community through, for example, visits, surveys, interviews, work experience, listening to guest speakers and/or excursions.


In addition to the above requirements, students in Year 12 only are required to:

study ONE text from the prescribed text list and one related text for the Common Module – Texts and Human Experiences.

Course Contact: Ms Kim Desborough, Head Teacher: English (Relieving)