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English studies

Course: English Studies

Course No:

2 units for each of Preliminary and HSC Category B Subject

Exclusions: English (Advanced); English (EAL/D); English (Extension)

 

COURSE ENTRY GUIDELINES

This course is designed to meet the specific needs of students who are seeking an alternative to the English (Standard) course and who intend to proceed from school directly into employment or vocational training.

Students considering choosing the course should be advised that:

  • Students studying English Studies may elect to undertake an optional HSC examination The examination mark will be used by the Universities Admissions Centre (UAC) to contribute to the student’s Australian Tertiary Admission Rank (ATAR)

Students have the option to sit the English Studies examination if they wish to have the 2 Units count towards the calculation of their ATAR.

 

COURSE DESCRIPTION

This course is designed for students who wish to refine their skills and knowledge in English and consolidate their English literacy skills to enhance their personal, social, educational and vocational lives. It is a course for students who wish to be awarded a Higher School Certificate but who are seeking an alternative to the English Standard course.

The English Studies course is designed to provide students with opportunities to become competent, confident and engaged communicators and to study and enjoy a breadth and variety of texts in English. English Studies focuses on supporting students to refine their skills and knowledge in English and consolidate their English literacy skills to enhance their personal, educational, social and vocational lives.

 

MAIN TOPICS COVERED

Preliminary Course (120 indicative hours):

  • Mandatory common module: Achieving through English: English in education, work and community
  • Students will study an additional 2-4 modules, 20-30 indicative hours per module.

 

HSC Course (120 indicative hours):

  • Mandatory common module: Texts and Human Experiences
  • Students will study a total of 2-4 additional modules, 20-45 indicative hours per module.

The additional modules for both the Preliminary and HSC courses are selected from a list of elective modules within the syllabus. The elective modules may be studied in either course, but with an increasing level of challenge as students advance into the HSC course.

 

PARTICULAR COURSE REQUIREMENTS

In each of the Preliminary and HSC courses 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).

In Year 12 students will also be required to:

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