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Course structure and requirements

Year 11 Course Structure and Requirements

Year 11 course
(120 hours)

English Studies Indicative hours
Mandatory module – Achieving through English – English in education, work and community 30-40 hours
An additional 2–4 modules to be studied 20-40 hours each
Text requirements

In Year 11 students are required to:

  • read, view, listen to and compose a wide range of texts including print and multimodal texts
  • study at least one substantial print text (for example a novel, biography or drama)
  • study at least one substantial multimodal text (for example film or a television series).

Across Stage 6 the selection of texts must give students experiences of the following as appropriate:

  • reading, viewing, listening to and composing a wide range of texts, including literary texts written about intercultural experiences and peoples and cultures of Asia
  • 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, popular and youth cultures
  • a range of types of text drawn from prose fiction, drama, poetry, nonfiction, film, media and digital texts.
Additional requirements

In Year 11 students are required to:

  • be involved in planning, research and presentation activities as part of one individual and/or collaborative project
  • develop a portfolio of texts they have planned, drafted, edited and presented in written, graphic and/or electronic forms across all the modules undertaken during the year
  • engage with the community through avenues for example visits, surveys, interviews, work experience, listening to guest speakers and/or excursions.

For the English Studies Year 11 course:

  • students complete 120 indicative hours
  • students study the mandatory module, Achieving through English – English in education, work and community
  • students complete the mandatory module, Achieving through English, as the first unit of work
  • students complete an additional 2–4 modules from the elective modules provided (1 may be school-designed), considering factors such as students’ needs, interests, abilities, choices of other Year 11 and Year 12 courses, career aspirations and personal circumstances
  • school-designed modules should be based on the framework of the modules outlined in this syllabus.

Year 12 Course Structure and Requirements

Year 12 course
(120 hours)

English Studies Indicative hours
Mandatory common module – Texts and Human Experiences 30 hours
An additional 2–4 modules to be studied 20-45 hours each
Text requirements

In both Year 11 and Year 12 students are required to:

  • read, view, listen to and compose a wide range of texts including print and multimodal texts
  • study at least one substantial print text (for example a novel, biography or drama)
  • study at least one substantial multimodal text (for example film or a television series).

In Year 12 students will also be required to:

  • study ONE text from the prescribed text list and one related text for the Common Module – Texts and Human Experiences.

Across Stage 6 the selection of texts must give students experiences of the following as appropriate:

  • reading, viewing, listening to and composing a wide range of texts, including literary texts written about intercultural experiences and peoples and cultures of Asia
  • 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, popular and youth cultures
  • a range of types of text drawn from prose fiction, drama, poetry, nonfiction, film, media and digital texts.
Additional requirements

In Year 12 students are required to:

  • be involved in planning, research and presentation activities as part of one individual and/or collaborative project
  • develop a portfolio of texts they have planned, drafted, edited and presented in written, graphic and/or electronic forms across all the modules undertaken during the year
  • engage with the community through avenues for example visits, surveys, interviews, work experience, listening to guest speakers and/or excursions.

For the English Studies Year 12 course:

  • students complete the Year 11 course as a prerequisite 
  • students complete 120 indicative hours
  • complete the mandatory common module – Texts and Human Experiences as the first unit of work.
  • students complete an additional 2–4 modules from the elective modules provided (1 may be school-designed) considering factors such as students’ needs, interests, abilities, choices of other Year 11 and Year 12 courses, career aspirations and personal circumstances
  • school-designed modules should be based on the framework of the modules outlined in this syllabus