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NSW Syllabuses

Organisation of content

Content defines what students are expected to know and do as they work towards syllabus outcomes. It provides the foundations for students to successfully progress to the next stage of schooling or post-school opportunities.

Teachers will make decisions about content regarding the sequence, emphasis and any adjustments required based on the needs, interests, abilities and prior learning of students.

Content in Stage 6 syllabuses defines learning expectations that may be assessed in Higher School Certificate examinations.

The following diagram provides an illustrative representation of elements of the course and their relationship.

The course objectives express the knowledge, skills and understandings that are demonstrated through the outcomes and content. These are applied within the context of the modules and selected texts across Stage 6.

The organisation of content diagram consists of a central circle surrounded by five rings. The central circle is labelled Make meaning through language. The surrounding three rings are labelled Responding and Composing; Developing and applying contextual knowledge, Understanding and applying language forms and features and Engaging personally with texts; and Stage outcomes. The fourth ring shows the five course objectives: Craft language to shape meaning and express imaginative, creative, interpretive and critical responses to a range of texts; Express imaginative, creative, interpretive and critical ideas based on sophisticated analysis and theorising about complex texts and values; Express understanding of how cultural, historical and social contexts are represented in critical and creative texts; Reflect on and evaluate their own processes of learning and creativity; and Articulate understanding through speaking, listening, reading, viewing and representing. The outer ring is labelled Values and attitudes.


In English Extension 2 the course outcomes and content are the intended learning throughout the composition process. Students document the development of their learning in the Major Work Journal. The Major Work and Reflection Statement are the products that demonstrate achievement of the learning outcomes.

The organisation of content diagram consists of a central circle labelled The Major Work and Reflection Statement. The central circle is connected via two way arrows to four surrounding circles: Investigating Stage, Drafting Stage, Revising Stage and Editing for Publication. Each of these four circles are connected via arrows labelled Major Work Journal. The diagram is enclosed in an outer ring showing Course Outcomes and Content, Objectives, and Values and Attitudes.