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NSW Syllabuses

English Extension Stage 6 Course Description

Course No: Extension 1 tbc

Course No: Extension 2 tbc

1 unit for Year 11 (Preliminary) and Year 12 (HSC).
Board Developed Course.


(a) English Advanced

(b) English Extension in Year 11 is a prerequisite for English Extension 1 in Year 12

(c) English Extension 1 in Year 12 is a prerequisite for English Extension 2

Exclusions: English Standard; English Studies; English EAL/D.

Course Description

In the English Extension Year 11 course, students explore the ways in which aspects and concerns of texts from the past have been carried forward, borrowed from and/or appropriated into more recent culture.  They consider how and why cultural values are maintained and changed.

In the English Extension 1 Year 12 course, students explore, investigate, experiment with and evaluate the ways texts represent and illuminate the complexity of individual and collective lives in literary worlds.

In the English Extension 2 Year 12 course, students develop a sustained composition, and document their reflection on this process.

In studying these courses, students will develop skills to work independently to experiment with language forms, features and structures and to engage with complex levels of conceptualisation.


Year 11

The course has one mandatory module: Texts, Culture and Value as well as a related research project.

Year 12

English Extension 1 course – The course has one common module, Literary Worlds, with five associated electives. Students must complete one elective chosen from one of the five electives offered for study.

The electives are

  • Literary homelands
  • Worlds of upheaval
  • Reimagined worlds
  • Literary mindscapes
  • Intersecting worlds

English Extension 2 course – The course requires students to undertake a composition process in order to complete a Major Work and Reflection Statement.

Course Requirements

Across Stage 6 the selection of texts should give students experience of the following as appropriate:

  • texts which are widely regarded as quality literature, including a range of literary texts written about intercultural experiences and the peoples and cultures of Asia
  • a range of Australian texts, including texts by Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander authors and those that give insights into diverse experiences of Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander Peoples
  • a range of types of texts drawn from prose fiction, drama, poetry, nonfiction, film, media, multimedia and digital texts.

Year 11

Students are required to:

  • examine a key text from the past and its manifestations in one or more recent cultures
  • explore, analyse and critically evaluate different examples of such texts in a range of contexts and media
  • undertake a related research project.

Year 12

In the English Extension 1 course students are required to study:

  • at least three prescribed texts for the elective study which must include two extended print texts (as outlined in the English Stage 6 Prescriptions: Modules, Electives and Texts Higher School Certificate 2019–2023 document)
  • at least TWO related texts. 

In the English Extension 2 course students are required to:

  • Complete a Major Work which involves students undertaking extensive independent investigation involving a range of complex texts during the composition process and document this in their Major Work Journal and Reflection Statement.
  • Students can choose to compose in ONE of the following forms:
  • short fiction
  • creative non-fiction
  • poetry
  • critical response
  • script – short film, television, drama
  • podcasts – drama, storytelling, speeches, performance poetry
  • multimedia.