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English (A & B)

Level: 11 Stage 1
School code: 11ECA / 11ECB
Year level requirements: Non compulsory
Type: Literacy
SACE code: 1ESH10
SACE credits: 20


English A:

  • Year 10 English Communications with a C grade or better
  • Year 10 English Literacy with a B grade or better

English B:

  • Year 11 English (A) with a C grade or better

Subject descriptor:

This subject leads to both English and English Literary Studies at Stage 2. There is an emphasis on responding to texts, creating texts, and intertextual study. Students critically and creatively engage with a variety of types of texts including novels, film, media, poetry, and drama texts.

In English, students analyse the interrelationship between 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. An understanding of purpose, context, and audience is applied in students’ own creation of imaginative, interpretive, analytical, and persuasive texts that may be written, oral, and/or multimodal.

Students 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 will complete a number of formative assignments, essays, creative responses and oral work to prepare for the summative SACE tasks. In accordance with SACE requirements, students will complete 4 pieces from these assessment types:

  • Assessment Type 1: Responding to Texts
  • Assessment Type 2: Creating Texts
  • Assessment Type 3: Intertextual Study

Students will provide evidence of their learning through four assessment pieces, with at least one piece from each assessment type. At least one assessment piece will be an oral or multimodal presentation, and at least one will be in written form. Each assessment type will have a weighting of at least 20%.

Students will also sit an end-of-semester examination. 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:

Excursions - possible admission and transport costs.

Further information

Students must gain a passing grade of C or better in 2 semesters of Stage 1 English in order to satisfy the SACE Literacy requirements.

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.