11 Essential English

SACE Stage 1:  20 Credits / 2 Semesters / Global Learnings

SACE Website:  https://www.sace.sa.edu.au/web/essential-english/stage-1

Pre-Requisite:  Nil


In essential English students respond to and create texts in and for a range of personal, social, cultural, community, and/ or workplace contexts.

Students understand and interpret information and ideas.

Topics may include

There are two assessment types students must complete in order to successfully finish the course:

  • assessment type 1: responding to texts
  • assessment type 2: creating texts

The full year course is divided into two 10 credit programs: 10 credits are achieved in Semester 1 and 10 credits in Semester 2.

Students will complete 4 assessments in each semester with a maximum of 8 over the full year.



Students are assessed against the SACE performance standards for Stage 1 Essential English:

  • communication
  • comprehension
  • analysis
  • application

Additional Information

A full year of English is a compulsory component of the SACE and provides students with the 20 credits needed for the compulsory literacy requirement of SACE.

For some students the course may be a suitable pathway for year 12 essential English.