12 English

SACE Stage 2:  20 Credits / 2 Semesters / English

SACE Website:  https://www.sace.sa.edu.au/web/english/stage-2

Pre-Requisite:   Students who complete this subject with a C– grade or better will meet the literacy requirement of the SACE. 


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. They 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.

Topics may include

Assessment Type 1: Responding to texts

  • film study
  • novel study
  • media study using a student-chosen media text

Assessment Type 2: Creating texts

  • recount writing
  • persuasive text
  • writing for publication
  • writer’s statement

Assessment Type 3: Comparative Analysis

There are eight assessments in total.



Students are assessed against the SACE Stage 2 performance standards for English:

  • knowledge and understanding
  • analysis
  • application

School assessment:

assessment type 1 – responding to texts 30% 
assessment type 2 – creating texts 40%

External assessment:
assessment type 3 – comparative analysis 30%

There are eight assessments in total.

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Last Updated: 01/07/2022