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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.

Students who undertake the English Studies course have a diverse range of literacy needs. The outcomes and content in the English Studies course provide opportunities for students to demonstrate knowledge, understanding and skills commensurate with Level 3 on the Australian Core Skills Framework (ACSF) in Reading and Writing. The ACSF provides a way of describing the generic skills identified as being critical to operating effectively in personal and community contexts including the workplace. 

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; Engaging personally with texts and Understanding the connections between language, context and meaning; and Stage outcomes. The fourth ring shows the five course objectives: Use language to shape and make meaning according to purpose, audience and context; Think in ways that are imaginative, creative, interpretive and critical; Express themselves and their relationships with others and their world; Learn and reflect on their learning through their study of English; and Communicate through speaking, listening, reading, writing, viewing and representing. The outer ring is labelled Values and attitudes.