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Stage 1 English

Course Length: 20-credit
Learning Area: English

Where does it lead?

This subject will appeal to students who are interested in language, literature and film, as well as meaningfully interpreting the world around them. It leads to a wide range of tertiary programs where skilled communication and critical thinking are required. These include law, medicine, arts, journalism, academia, teaching, management, marketing, media, linguistics, sciences, architecture and engineering, among others. Stage 1 English provides each student with numerous opportunities to develop their capacity to communicate proficiently and meaningfully, in different ways and for a variety of purposes.


It is assumed a high level of English at middle school has been achieved.

What is in the course?

The course explores the idea that language is central to everything we do – from thinking, to expressing, to understanding each other and the universe around us, to giving our lives meaning. It involves the study of novels, films, articles, short stories, poetry, plays and creative writing which are investigated and responded to. Key focuses include: exploring the writer’s craft, discovering the power of language to influence readers’ points-of-view, and judging the value of language in various situations. The study of English is concerned with what people feel as well as what they think, ethics, aesthetics and philosophical ideas underpin the study of texts and raise many important questions about how language is used to entertain, manipulate and enlighten. Analysing texts, creating various written and oral texts, creative writing and investigating how texts influence and are influenced by each other, are key activities throughout the course.


  • Responding to Texts
  • Creating Text
  • Intertextural Study
  • Assessment


  • Please note that 20 credits of either English or English as a Second Language are compulsory.
  • Results are reported to SACE in the form of five grade bands A to E. Students must achieve a grade of C or better in English to meet SACE Literacy Requirements.


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