SACE Credits: 10

Teacher: Anita Kershaw, Ryan Lynch & Salomé van Rensburg

English is a compulsory subject made up of ten credits per semester for all Stage 1 students. Most students complete 20 credits to fulfil the literacy requirement of their SACE with a C grade or better.


Have you ever watched a film and knew the protagonist was going to save the day or maybe read a story where you hated a particular character? In Stage 1 English, students will understand the relationships between author, text and audience with an emphasis of how language and stylistic features shape ideas and perspectives. Students will work with a range of texts such as a novel, a film and a play to consider how texts are constructed to influence the audience’s understanding of themes.


Additionally, students will be able to structure their own texts in innovative and challenging ways that empowers them to use their imagination and creativity in areas such as text transformation and poetry writing. The major assessments in each semester involve an intertextual study, which is a comparative essay of two studied texts, and an examination based on the critical reading of one or more unseen texts.


  • Assessment Type 1: Responding to texts (50%)
  • Assessment Type 2: Creating Texts (20%)
  • Assessment Type 3: Intertextual Study (30%)


Students will be able to progress into Stage 2 English or Stage 2 English Literary Studies based on their level of achievement in Stage 1 English.