Stage 1 English has an emphasis on responding to texts, creating texts, and intertextual study. Students critically and creatively engage with a variety of types of texts including novels, film, media, poetry, and drama texts.

About the subject

In English students analyse the interrelationship of author, text, and audience with an emphasis on how language and stylistic features shape ideas and perspectives in a range of contexts. They consider social, cultural, economic, historical, and/or political perspectives in texts and their representation of human experience and the world.

Students explore how the purpose of a text is achieved through application of text conventions and stylistic choices to position the audience to respond to ideas and perspectives. An understanding of purpose, audience, and context is applied in students’ own creation of imaginative, interpretive, analytical, and persuasive texts that may be written, oral, and/or multimodal.

Students have opportunities to reflect on their personal values and those of other people by responding to aesthetic and cultural aspects of texts from the contemporary world, from the past, and from Australian and other cultures.

Stage 1 English may be undertaken as a 10-credit subject or a 20-credit subject. The content includes:

  • Responding to Texts
  • Creating Texts
  • Intertextual Study.


Assessment at Stage 1 is school based and is moderated by the SACE Board. The following assessment types enable students to demonstrate their learning in Stage 1 English:

  • Assessment Type 1: Responding to Texts
  • Assessment Type 2: Creating Texts
  • Assessment Type 3: Intertextual Study

In order to achieve their NTCET, students must achieve at least a ‘C’ grade in both semesters of English at Stage 1.

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