Stage 6

English Studies Preliminary and HSC

This course is designed to support students in developing proficiency in English to enhance their personal, social and vocational lives. The course addresses the specific needs of students who wish to complete and be awarded an HSC Certificate but who are seeking an alternative to the current Standard English course. The course is not examined externally. Results in this course are not eligible for inclusion in the calculation of the ATAR (Australian Tertiary Admission Rank).

What will you be taught?

“The course provides students with the opportunity to become more confident and effective communicators and to enjoy a breadth and variety of texts in English. 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 to fulfil a variety of purposes.

The course provides diverse approaches to texts so that students may become more flexible and critical thinkers, capable of engaging with, understanding, contributing to and appreciating the variety of cultural heritages and differences that make up Australian society and society more broadly. It also encourages the continued development of skills in individual, collaborative and reflective learning.” (p4 Draft English Studies Content Endorsed Course Stage 6 Syllabus document)

Students are required to:

  • read, view, listen to and compose a wide range of texts, including print texts and multi-modal texts
  • undertake study of at least one substantial print text and at least one substantial multi-model text
  • be involved in planning, research, and presentation activities as part of one individual and/or one collaborative project
  • engage with the community through avenues such as visits, surveys, interviews, work experience, listening to guest speakers and/or excursions
  • develop a portfolio of texts they have planned, drafted edited and presented in written, graphic, and electronic forms across all the modules undertaken during the year

English Standard Preliminary and HSC

In English (Standard) students study at least two units of English in Year 12. They study Standard or Advanced English. In addition to Advanced, the Extension 1 course may be undertaken. In addition to the Extension 1 course, the Extension 2 course may be taken.

In the HSC English (Standard) course, students reflect on and demonstrate the effectiveness of texts for different audiences and purposes.

What will you be taught?

“The Preliminary and HSC English (Standard) courses are designed to provide students with the opportunity to become confident and effective communicators and to enjoy the breadth and variety of English texts. They offer a rich language experience that is reflected in the modes of reading, writing, speaking, listening, viewing and representing. These courses encourage the development of skills in independent, collaborative and reflective learning. Such skills form the basis of sound practices of investigation and analysis required for adult life including the world of work as well as post-school training and education. The students are encouraged to reconsider and refine meaning and reflect on their own processes of responding, composing and learning.” (page 22 Stage 6 Syllabus English)

Students are required to:

  • study Australian and other texts
  • explore a range of types of text drawn from prose fiction, drama, poetry, non-fiction, film, media and/or multimedia texts
  • undertake wide reading programmes involving texts and textual forms composed in and for a wide variety of contexts
  • integrate the modes of reading, writing, listening, speaking, and viewing and representing as appropriate
  • engage in the integrated study of language and text.

HSC course content:

  • Area of Study: Belonging: The Simple Gift by Steven Herrick and related texts of the student’s own choosing
  • Module A : Experience Through Language: Distinctive Voices: The Life and Crimes of Harry Lavender by Marele Day and related texts of the student’s own choosing
  • Module B: Close Study of Text: ‘Witness’ by Peter Weir
  • Module C: Texts and Society: Into the World: Educating Rita by Willy Russell and related texts of the student’s own choosing

It is compulsory that this subject is counted as part of the ATAR.

Assessment

Assessment tasks are linked specifically to the Syllabus Outcomes. Tasks include oral presentations, critical and creative responses, film/visual analysis, close novel study and examinations.

Standard English is designed for students to increase their expertise in English in order to enhance their personal, social and vocational lives. The students learn to respond to and compose a wide variety of texts in a range of situations in order to be effective, creative and confident communicators. (page 12 Stage 6 syllabus English)

English (Advanced)

Students study at least two units of English in Year 12. They study Standard or Advanced English. In addition to Advanced, the Extension 1 course may be undertaken. In addition to the Extension 1 course, the Extension 2 course may be taken.

In the HSC English (Advanced) course, students analyse and evaluate texts and the ways that they are valued in their contexts.

What will you be taught?

“The Preliminary and HSC English Advanced courses are designed for students to become critical and sophisticated users of English. These students should have a particular interest and ability in the subject with challenging learning experiences and opportunities to enjoy the breadth and variety of English texts, through integration of the modes of reading, writing, speaking, listening, viewing and representing.

These courses foster an appreciation of values and provide students with opportunities for enhancing their understanding of literary expression. Students explore the different ways in which texts rewrite and represent conventions used in other texts, and they consider how these representations achieve meaning. They learn that different ways of reading may produce different meanings and may reflect attitudes and values.” (page 40 Stage 6 Syllabus English)

This is a rigorous level of study and requires students to be highly competent readers and writers.

Not all students who select to study Advanced English will be permitted to do so. Students end of year grades and School Certificate results will be used to determine eligibility for this course. A letter regarding the criteria is sent to all students and their parents during their Year 10 course. In order to be considered for this course students must be consistently receiving A or high B grades and perform consistently across all modes for all assessment and class tasks.

Students are required to:

  • study Australian and other texts
  • study Shakespeare and other pre-twentieth century literature
  • explore a range of types of text drawn from prose fiction, drama, poetry, nonfiction, film, media and/or multimedia texts
  • undertake wide reading programmes involving texts and textual forms composed in and for a wide variety of contexts
  • integrate the modes of reading, writing, listening, speaking, and viewing and representing as appropriate
  • engage in the integrated study of language and text.

 HSC course content:

  • Area of Study: Belonging: The Simple Gift by Steven Herrick and related texts of the student’s own choosing
  • Module A: Texts in Time: Frankenstein by Mary Shelley, and ‘Blade Runner’ by Ridley Scott (Director’s Cut)
  • Module B: Critical Study of Texts: Hamlet by William Shakespeare
  • Module C: History and Memory: The Fiftieth Gate by Mark Baker and related texts of the student’s own choosing

It is compulsory that this subject is counted as part of the ATAR.

Assessment

Assessment tasks are linked specifically to the Syllabus Outcomes. Tasks include oral presentation, creative and critical responses, film/visual analysis, critical textual study and examinations.

Advanced English is designed for students to undertake the challenge of higher-order thinking to enhance their personal, social and vocational lives. These students apply critical and creative skills in their composition of a response to texts in order to develop their academic achievement through understanding the nature and function of complex texts. (page 12 Stage 6 Syllabus English)

English Extension One Preliminary and HSC

In the HSC English (Extension) Course 1, students explore ideas of value and consider how cultural values and systems of valuation arise.

The course has one section. Students must complete one elective chosen from one of the three modules offered for study: Module A: Genre OR Module B: Texts and Ways of Thinking OR Module C: Language and Values.

What will you be taught?

“The Preliminary and HSC English Extension courses enable students who are accomplished, analytical and imaginative in their use of English to refine their understanding and appreciation of the cultural roles and significance of texts. The courses are designed for students with a desire to pursue a specialised study of English.

These courses provide students with the opportunity to pursue areas of interest with increased independence and to theorise about the processes of responding to and composing texts. Through extended engagement in investigation and composition, students explore multiple meanings and relative values of texts. They explore a range of conceptual frameworks for the reading and composition of texts and examine a range of reading practices to develop awareness of the assumptions that guide interpretation and evaluation.” (page 84 Stage 6 Syllabus English). This course is very demanding and requires students to be excellent readers and writers. The ability to work to deadlines and conduct independent investigations/research are also requirements.

Students must be studying Advanced English in order to do these courses.

HSC course content

  • Module A Genre: Elective 2: Crime Writing Texts include ‘Rear Window’ by Alfred Hitchcock; The Skull Beneath the Skin by P.D. James; The Real Inspector Hound by Tom Stoppard, and related texts of the student’s own choosing

This course does count towards ATAR as a 1-Unit course for Extension 1 and a 2 Unit course for Extension 1 and 2 together. (A total of 3 or 4 units respectively).

English Extension Two and HSC

Students wishing to undertake Extension 2 English must also undertake the Extension 1 course.

In the HSC English (Extension) Course 2, students develop a sustained composition and document their reflection on this process.

Students will complete a major work in English. This involves the development of a sustained composition, developed as an area of personal interest from their specialised study of the Advanced course. Students must document and reflect on the process through a learning journal and Reflection Statement.

Extension English is designed for students undertaking the English Advanced course who choose to study at a more intensive level in diverse but specific areas. They enjoy engaging with complex levels of conceptualisation and seek the opportunity to work in increasingly independent ways.

HSC course content

An intensive, individual research project resulting in the production of a major work from the following areas (one focus is to be selected by the student in consultation with their teacher/course supervisor/ mentor): Short Story(ies); Poem(s); Critical Responses; Scripts – Radio, Film, Television and Drama; Speeches; Radio Drama; Performance Poetry; Video; Film; Multimedia.

Assessment

Students will be assessed internally on a range of skills including the presentation of a written proposal, a discussion about the progress of the work and a report on the relationship between the major work and the individual’s investigation. Externally, this course is examined by the assessment of the Major Work, Learning Journal and Reflection statement by the Board of Studies.

Stage 6 English Rationale

The study of English at St Edward’s College is important, as it is the mandatory subject in the Stage 6 curriculum. At this stage in English students’ pattern of study should be best suited to the individual’s skills and knowledge. The course ensures they are able to appreciate how meanings are shaped in and through texts. By engaging in and extending their skills in reading, writing, listening, speaking and viewing and representing students will develop a greater awareness of the notions of value and their understanding of self and others. A range of opportunities to respond to and compose texts in a variety of contexts assists students in developing their knowledge and understanding of the ways texts shape meaning and influence responses.

Students engage with a range of texts of increasing complexity and refine their knowledge of language forms and features and structures of texts. We hope that by the end of their HSC study that students will value and appreciate their own and others’ use of language and the role it plays in their lives and learning.

The courses of study offered at the College include Standard, Advanced, Extension One and Extension Two English (Advanced English being a prerequisite for the latter two courses of study). Texts have been selected to provide students with opportunities to explore and experiment with the ways events, experiences, ideas and processes are represented in and through texts.