Wyong High School Standard English hsc course

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Course Overview



The aim of English Stage 6 is to enable students to understand, use, enjoy and value the English language in its various textual forms and to become thoughtful, imaginative and effective communicators in a diverse and changing society.

HSC English (Standard) Course Requirements

In the HSC English (Standard) course, students reflect on and demonstrate the effectiveness of texts for different audiences and purposes.

Course Requirements

Text Requirements

  • the close study of at least FOUR TYPES OF PRESCRIBED TEXT, one drawn from EACH of the following categories:

  • a wide range of additional related texts and textual forms

Study in the HSC course requires close study of particular texts, supported by students’ own wide reading.

HSC English (Advanced) course requirements

At least FIVE TYPES OF PRESCRIBED TEXT, one drawn from EACH of the following categories:

  1. Prose Fiction

  1. Drama

  1. Poetry

  1. Nonfiction or film or media or multimedia

A different type of prescribed text must be studied in the Area of Study and each of the three modules.

Key Terms in the Study of English

Responding is the activity that occurs when students read, listen to, or view texts. It encompasses the personal and intellectual connections a student makes with texts. It also recognises that students and the texts to which they respond reflect social contexts. Responding typically involves:

  • reading, listening and viewing that depend on, but go beyond, the decoding of texts

  • identifying, comprehending, selecting, articulating, imagining, critically analysing and evaluating.

Composing is the activity that occurs when students produce written, spoken, or visual texts. Composing typically involves:

  • the shaping and arrangement of textual elements to explore and express ideas, emotions and values

  • the processes of imagining, drafting, appraising, reflecting and refining

  • knowledge understanding and use of the language forms, features and structures of texts

Texts in English Stage 6 are communications of meaning produced in any medium that incorporates language, including sound, print, film, electronic and multimedia. Texts include written, spoken, nonverbal or visual communication of meaning. They may be extended unified works or presented as a series of related pieces.
Context is used in its broadest sense. It refers to the range of personal, social, historical, cultural and workplace conditions in which a text is responded to and composed.
Language modes refers to the modes of listening, speaking, reading, writing, viewing and representing*. These modes are often integrated and interdependent activities used in responding to and composing texts in order to shape meaning.
It is important to realise that:

  • any combination of the modes may be involved in responding to or composing print, sound, visual or multimedia texts; and

  • the refinement of the skills in any one of the modes develops skills in the others. Students need to build on their skills in all language modes.

* Representing is the language mode that involves composing images by means of visual or other texts. These images and their meaning are composed using codes and conventions. The term can include activities such as graphically presenting the structure of a novel, making a film, composing a web page, or enacting a dramatic text.

Language forms and features is the term used to refer to the symbolic patterns and conventions that shape meaning in texts. These vary according to the particular mode or medium of production and can include written, spoken, nonverbal or visual communication of meaning.
Structures of texts is the term used to refer to the relationship of different parts of a text to each other, and to the text as a complex whole.

HSC English (Standard) Course Content

Common Content – Area of Study

An Area of Study is the exploration of a concept that affects our perceptions of ourselves and our world. Students explore, analyse, question and articulate the ways in which perceptions of this concept are shaped in and through a variety of texts.
In the Area of Study, students explore and examine relationships between language and text, and interrelationships among texts. They examine closely the individual qualities of texts while considering the texts’ relationships to the wider context of the Area of Study. They synthesise ideas to clarify meaning and develop new meanings. They take into account whether aspects such as context, purpose and register, text structure, stylistic features, grammatical features and vocabulary are appropriate to the particular text.
The Area of Study integrates the range and variety of practices students undertake in their study and use of English. It provides students with opportunities to explore, assess, analyse and experiment with:

  • meaning conveyed, shaped, interpreted and reflected in and through texts

  • ways texts are responded to and composed

  • ways perspective may affect meaning and interpretation

  • connections between and among texts

  • how texts are influenced by other texts and contexts.

Students’ responses to texts are supported by their own composition of, and experimentation with, imaginative and other texts. They explore ways of representing events, experiences, ideas, values and processes, and consider the ways in which changes of form and language affect meaning.

The Area of Study and the prescribed texts will be subject to periodic evaluation and review.
Prescribed texts are:

  • A range of prescribed texts for the Area of Study from which at least one must be selected. This text list will be published in an English Stage 6 support document.

In addition, students will explore texts of their own choosing relevant to the Area of Study. Students draw their chosen texts from a variety of sources, in a range of genres and media.

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