St Benedict’s Catholic College


Stage 4 (Years 7 & 8) and Stage 5 (Years 9 & 10)

English in Years 7 to 10 is both challenging and enjoyable. It develops skills to enable students to experiment with ideas and expression, to become active, independent learners, to work with each other and to reflect on their learning.

Through responding to and composing texts, students learn about the power, value and art of the English language for communication, knowledge and pleasure. They engage with and explore texts that include the literature of past and contemporary societies. By composing and responding with imagination, feeling, logic and conviction, students develop understanding of themselves, and of human experience and culture. They develop clear and precise skills in speaking, listening, reading, writing, viewing and representing, and knowledge and understanding of language forms and features and structures of texts.

In their study of English, students develop their critical and imaginative faculties and broaden their cultural understanding. They examine the contexts of language usage to understand how meaning is shaped by a variety of social factors. As students’ command of English grows, they are able to question, assess, challenge and reformulate information and use creative and analytical language to clarify and solve problems. They become imaginative and confident users of information and communication technologies, understanding their impact on society. These skills allow them to develop their control of language in ways that will help them in lifelong learning, in their careers and in life.

Stage 6 (Years 11 &12)

As students explore more complex texts, as well as simple texts in more complex ways, they refine their knowledge of language forms and features, and of the structures of texts. They apply this knowledge to develop communication skills in specific post-secondary contexts for personal, academic, workplace and social purposes.

Students value and appreciate their own and others’ use of language. They enjoy the diversity of language and literature and appreciate the role of English in their lives and in learning.

HSC English Standard text requirements

  • Close study of THREE TYPES OF PRESCRIBED TEXTS, one drawn from EACH of the following categories:
  • – prose fiction

    – poetry OR drama

    – film OR media OR nonfiction.

  • At least TWO short prescribed texts must be studied for Module C
  • Students must also study ONE related text in the Common Module

  • HSC English Advanced text requirements

  • Close study of FOUR PRESCRIBED TEXTS, one drawn from EACH of the following categories:
  • – Shakespearean drama

    – prose fiction

    – poetry OR drama

    – nonfiction OR film OR media OR a text from one of the categories above.

  • At least TWO short prescribed texts must be studied for Module C
  • Students must also study ONE related text in the Common Module

  • English (Extension)

    This Course is designed for students undertaking English (Advanced) who choose to study at a more intensive level in diverse but specific areas. They enjoy engaging with complex levels of conceptualisation and seek the opportunity to work in increasingly independent ways. The courses are designed for students with a desire to pursue a specialised study of English. These courses provide students with the opportunity to pursue areas of interest with increased independence and to theorise about the processes of responding to and composing texts. Through extended engagement in investigation and composition, students explore multiple meanings and relative values of texts. They explore a range of conceptual frameworks for the reading and composition of texts and examine a range of reading practices to develop awareness of the assumptions that guide interpretation and evaluation.

    English Studies

    The English Studies course is designed to provide students with opportunities to become competent, confident and engaged communicators and to study and enjoy a breadth and variety of texts in English. English Studies focuses on supporting students to refine their skills and knowledge in English and consolidate their English literacy skills to enhance their personal, social, educational and vocational lives.

    The course is distinctive in its focus on the development of students’ language, literacy and literary skills. It centres on empowering students to comprehend, interpret and evaluate the ideas, values, language forms, features and structures of texts from a range of everyday, social, cultural, academic, community and workplace contexts. It offers comprehensive and contemporary language experiences in the modes of reading, writing, speaking, listening, viewing and representing. Students refine their expressive language skills, responding to and composing a wide variety of oral, written and multimodal texts, including literary, digital and media texts.

    Such skills form the basis of investigation and analysis required for the world of work, as well as post-school training and education. 

    Last updated on February 28th, 2019