In the Preliminary English (Advanced) course, students explore, examine and analyse a range of texts which include prose fiction, drama, poetry, nonfiction, film, media and multimedia, as well as Australian texts. They explore the ways events, experiences, ideas, values and processes are represented in and through texts and analyse the ways texts reflect different attitudes and values.
In the HSC English (Advanced) course, students further strengthen their knowledge and understanding of language and literature by analysing and evaluating texts and the ways they are valued in their contexts. Students study at least five types of prescribed texts drawn from: Shakespearean drama; prose fiction; drama or film; poetry; nonfiction or media or multimedia; and a wide range of additional related texts and textual forms.
Main Topics Covered
Preliminary Course – The course has two sections:
- Content common to the Standard and Advanced courses is undertaken through a unit of work called an Area of Study. Students explore texts and develop skills in synthesis. The common content comprises 40% of the course content. Students undertake at least one Area of Study.
- Electives in which students explore, examine and analyse the ways in which texts and contexts shape and are shaped by different attitudes and values. The Electives comprise 60% of the content.
HSC Course – The course has two sections:
- The HSC Common Content consists of one Area of Study common to the HSC Standard and the Advanced courses where students analyse and explore texts and apply skills in synthesis.
- Modules which emphasise particular aspects of shaping meaning and representation, questions of textual integrity, and ways in which texts are valued. Students are required to choose one elective from each of three Modules A, B and C.
Particular Course Requirements
In the Preliminary English (Advanced) Course students are required to:
- study Australian and other texts
- explore a range of types of text drawn from: prose fiction; drama; poetry; nonfiction; film, media, multimedia texts
- undertake wide reading programs involving texts and textual forms composed in and for a variety of contexts
- integrate the modes of reading, writing, listening, speaking, and viewing and representing as appropriate
- engage in the integrated study of language and text.
HSC English (Advanced) Course requires the close study of:
- at least five types of prescribed text, one drawn from each of the following categories: Shakespearean drama; prose fiction; drama or film; poetry; nonfiction or media or multimedia texts
- a wide range of additional related texts and textual forms.