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Essential english

Level: 12 Stage 2
School code: 12EPW
Year level requirements: Non compulsory
SACE code: 2ETE20
SACE credits: 20


Stage 1 English Literary Studies, English or Essential English with C grade or better in assessments.

Subject descriptor:

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

Essential English is a 20-credit subject at Stage 2.

In this subject students respond to and create texts in and for a range of personal, social, cultural, community and/or workplace contexts. Students understand and interpret information, ideas, and perspectives in texts and consider ways in which language choices are used to create meaning.

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 schoolbased assessment, the tasks are divided into two assessment types with associated weightings: Responding to Texts (30%) and Creating Texts (40%). The final 30% of the assessment comes from an externally assessed Language Study.

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 complete 20 credits of Stage 2 English Pathways with a C grade or better will meet the literacy requirement of the SACE.

Due to the nature of this course which focuses on social, cultural and community use of language, students may participate in a number of excursions to local cultural environments.