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NSW Syllabuses

English Standard Stage 6

Please note the implementation timeframe for the English Standard Stage 6 Syllabus (2017).

See the English Standard Stage 6 Syllabus (2009) to be taught for the 2018 HSC exam.

Here you will find all of the syllabus elements, assessment and reporting guides, support materials and advice on supporting students with special education needs.

A download of the syllabus is available.

The English Standard Stage 6 Draft Syllabus Consultation Report (PDF, 555KB) and new English Standard Stage 6 Syllabus were developed using the NESA consultative syllabus development process.

Read the English Standard Stage 6 course description.

The examination specifications and materials can be found in the Assessment and Examination Materials section below.
Read the English Stage 6 Draft HSC Examination Specifications Consultation Report (PDF, 237KB)

Implementation

2018 – Start teaching Year 11 English Standard.
In Term 4 start teaching Year 12 English Standard.

2019 – First HSC for Stage 6 English Standard.


Assessment and Examination Materials

English Stage 6 Prescriptions: Modules, Electives and Texts 2019–2023  
Assessment and Reporting in English Standard Stage 6
(including HSC Examination Specifications)
PDF (487KB, 13 pages)
Sample examination materials Paper 1 PDF (440KB, 24 pages)
Sample examination materials Paper 2 PDF (914KB, 16 pages)
Performance Band Descriptions for English Standard, English Advanced and English Studies  
Years 11–12 Assessment Advice  
Changes to Stage 6 Assessment from 2018  

Support Materials

The samples provided illustrate a range of approaches to developing scope and sequences that reflect course structures and meet syllabus requirements. Schools may use a sample without modification, change it, or construct their own.

Year 11
 
Sample A (including Life Skills) Docx (20KB, 1 page)
Sample B Docx (21KB, 1 page)
Year 12
 
Sample A Docx (23KB, 1 page)
Sample B Docx (21KB, 1 page)
Sample C Docx (23KB, 1 page)

The samples provided illustrate a range of approaches to developing units. Schools may use a sample without modification, change it, or construct their own.

Year 11
 
Reading to Write – Transition to Senior English Docx (72KB, 16 pages)
Module A: Contemporary Possibilities – Sample A (includes a case study for a student with disability)
Module A: Contemporary Possibilities – Sample B Docx (88KB, 18 pages)
Year 12
 
Common Module: Texts and Human Experiences – Sample A Docx (87KB, 33 pages)
Common Module: Texts and Human Experiences – Sample B Docx (60KB, 13 pages)
Module A: Language, Identity and Culture – Sample A Docx (49KB, 17 pages)
Module A: Language, Identity and Culture – Sample B Docx (190KB, 28 pages)
Module C: The Craft of Writing Docx (108KB, 23 pages)

Sample assessment schedules are provided to illustrate a range of approaches to planning a formal school-based assessment program. Schools may use a sample without modification, change it, or construct their own, being mindful that the mandatory school-based assessment requirements must be met.

Year 11
 
Sample A Docx (18KB, 1 page)
Sample B Docx (18KB, 1 page)
Sample C Docx (19KB, 1 page)
Year 12
 
Sample A Docx (19KB, 1 page)
Sample B Docx (18KB, 1 page)
Sample C Docx (18KB, 1 page)
Sample D Docx (18KB, 1 page)
Sample E Docx (22KB, 1 page)

Sample assessment tasks are provided to illustrate a range of approaches to developing a formal assessment task. Schools may use a sample without modification, change it, or construct their own.

Year 11
 
Reading to Write Docx (21KB, 2 pages)
Module A: Contemporary Possibilities – Sample A (includes a case study for a student with disability)
Module A: Contemporary Possibilities – Sample B Docx (27KB, 2 pages)
Year 12
 
Common Module: Texts and Human Experiences – Sample A Docx (25KB, 2 pages)
Common Module: Texts and Human Experiences – Sample B Docx (60KB, 13 pages)
Module A: Language, Identity and Culture – Sample A Docx (24KB, 2 pages)
Module A: Language, Identity and Culture – Sample B Docx (54KB, 2 pages)
Module A: Language, Identity and Culture – Sample C Docx (51KB, 2 pages)
Module C: The Craft of Writing Docx (25KB, 3 pages)
Guide to the new English Standard Stage 6 syllabus PDF (180KB, 4 pages)
Parent guide to new Stage 6 courses PDF (213KB, 5 pages)