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Course structure and requirements

Year 11 Course Structure and Requirements

Year 11 course
(120 hours)

English Standard Indicative hours
Common module – Reading to Write: Transition to Senior English 40
Module A: Contemporary Possibilities 40
Module B: Close Study of Literature 40
Text requirements

There are no prescribed texts for Year 11.

Students are required to study ONE complex multimodal or digital text in Module A. (This may include the study of film.)

Students are required to study ONE substantial literary print text in Module B, for example prose fiction, drama or a poetry text, which may constitute a selection of poems from the work of one poet.

Students must study a range of types of texts drawn from prose fiction, drama, poetry, nonfiction, film, media and digital texts.

The Year 11 course requires students to support the study of texts with their own wide reading.

For the English Standard Year 11 course students are required to:

  • complete 120 indicative hours
  • complete the common module as the first unit of work
  • complete Modules A and B.

Across Stage 6 the selection of texts must give students experience of the following:

  • a range of types of texts inclusive of prose fiction, drama, poetry, nonfiction, film, media and digital texts
  • 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
  • texts with a wide range of cultural, social and gender perspectives
  • integrated modes of reading, writing, listening, speaking, viewing and representing as appropriate.

Year 12 Course Structure and Requirements

Year 12 course
(120 hours)

English Standard Indicative hours
Common module – Texts and Human Experiences 30
Module A: Language, Identity and Culture 30
Module B: Close Study of Literature 30
Module C: The Craft of Writing
Optional: This module may be studied concurrently with the common module and/or Modules A and B
30
Text requirements

Students are required to closely study three types of prescribed texts, one drawn from each of the following categories:

  • prose fiction
  • poetry OR drama
  • film OR media OR nonfiction

The selection of texts for Module C: The Craft of Writing does not contribute to the required pattern of prescribed texts for the course.

Students must study ONE related text in the Common module: Texts and Human Experiences.

For the English Standard Year 12 course students are required to:

  • complete the Year 11 course as a prerequisite 
  • complete 120 indicative hours
  • complete the common module as the first unit of work
  • complete modules A, B and C over the course of the year.

Across Stage 6 the selection of texts must give students experience of the following:

  • a range of types of texts inclusive of prose fiction, drama, poetry, nonfiction, film, media and digital texts.
  • 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
  • texts with a wide range of cultural, social and gender perspectives
  • integrated modes of reading, writing, listening, speaking, viewing and representing as appropriate.