Year 12 – Essential English

Length: Full Year (20 SACE credits)
Contact: English Leader

Recommended Background

Satisfactory completion of Stage 1 English and teacher recommendation.

Course Description

Stage 2 Essential English focuses on the development of three components:

  • Creating Texts: Students create written, oral, and multimodal texts for a range of real-life purposes. Students create three texts, one of which being an advocacy task, where they advocate for a group or community
  • Responding to Texts: Students respond to three texts as a class. Students study contemporary texts, such as film, media, TV and advertising
  • Language Study: Students complete a language study exploring how language is used in a context beyond the classroom. This could be a real world application such as the workplace, a sports team, a hobby or special interest, or a community group.


Students’ performance will be determined according to the subject’s Performance Standards, as outlined by the SACE Board. Grades A+ to E- will be used for reporting purposes.

School-based assessment:

  • Creating texts (40%)
  • Responding to texts (30%)
  • External assessment:
  • Language study (30%).

Note: Students may incur costs for excursions and performances that support learning within this subject.