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Level: 12 Stage 2
School code: 12
Year level requirements: Non compulsory
SACE code: 2ESH20
SACE credits: 20


Stage 1 English Studies with a C Grade or English with a C+ grade or better.

Subject descriptor:

Stage 2 English will be taught for the first time in 2017.

English is a 20-credit subject at Stage 2.

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 the Australian and other cultures.

Students who complete this subject with a C- grade or better will meet the literacy requirement of the SACE.


Students demonstrate evidence of their learning through a variety of written and oral tasks covering a range of text types. For school-based assessment, the tasks are divided into three assessment types with associated weightings: Responding to Text (30%), Creating Texts (40%). The final 30% of the assessment comes from the External Assessment component, a 2000 word Comparative Text Study which is externally marked.

All summative work is assessed using common Performance Standards developed by the SACE Board.

Special requirements:

Students are strongly advised to have access to an approved dictionary

Estimated subject fees:

Excursion Admission and Public Transport - The amount varies.

Further information

Students who gain a C- grade or better in this subject can count the credits towards the literacy requirement of the SACE.

There will possibly be excursions to drama performances and workshops with authors and poets. Students are encouraged to take advantage of these opportunities. The costs involved will be for public transport and admission.