Centre for Continuing Education

HSC Essay Writing Course

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In this HSC Essay Writing course students will learn how to structure essays, organise information, develop critical thinking, and use memorised sources in an exam situation. Students practice writing introductions, body paragraphs with evidence, comment, and conclusions. The course is matched against HSC requirements in all subjects for essays with an argument, evidence, detailed analytic comment and synthesis, and evaluation. There is additional focus on style and punctuation often not taught in the limited time in schools. Students write essays on their chosen topics beginning with English, and receive detailed comment about their writing and how to improve it in order to achieve maximum results.

This is a popular course suitable for Standard and Advanced study, and chosen by students in Years 10 and 11, as well as Year 12. It pays to prepare essay writing in Years 10 and 11.


Upon successful completion of this course, students should be able to:

  • Plan and structure an essay.
  • Write an introduction.
  • Write paragraphs in the body of an essay.
  • Write a conclusion.
  • Write an essay in response to an exam question and with understanding of HSC exam papers.
  • Write essays with understanding of HSC marking guidelines and previous exam answers.
  • Write essays with an argument supported by analytic comment, elaboration of comment, and connections between ideas, information and texts (synthesis).
  • Develop appropriate language in a formal and individual written style suitable for essays and subjects in Stages 5 and 6.
  • Use sophisticated punctuation and understand how punctuation supports sophisticated thought and discussion.
  • Improve essay writing across a wider range of ability for a high level of achievement.


(Aligned to NESA Syllabus Reference Points)

HSC English Standard and Advanced Syllabus: 3,6,7,8,9,10,12.
  • The structure of an essay: introduction, body and conclusion.
  • Reading an exam question and planning an essay.
  • Exam marking guidelines.
  • Bloom’s taxonomy of higher order thinking.
  • A guide to argument, analysis and making connections (synthesis).
  • Study of previous exam essays across a range of standards.
  • Punctuation and rhetoric (how to build high achieving sentences).
  • Writing practice and detailed comment by the teacher.
  • Individual supervision and advice about individual issues in relation to language and essay technique in order to achieve maximum written communication skills and results.

Delivery Style

The course is delivered by a combination of teacher presentation; reading and writing by students; and teacher reading and comment on student writing. Students should be prepared for interactive learning and writing practice. Students need to bring both computers (if available) and writing materials. They will need access to self-selected school texts for practice essay writing as the course progresses.


Students will be provided with a Course Booklet and a second Course Booklet with previous exam questions and answers.

Course Evaluation

This course will be evaluated via an online student questionnaire delivered in class.

Getting Through Your HSC: A Practical Guide

While you progress through this journey and also the conclusion of your schooling life, we know you’ll have a lot on your mind – exams, future study, careers – but remember, while keeping focused on these bigger goals and aspirations, it’s also important not to forget your own health and well-being.

For tips on staying motivated and keeping focused, dealing with anxiety, keeping healthy, relaxation, pre-study exercise and more, read our article Getting Through Your HSC: A Practical Guide.


  • Expert trainers
  • Central locations
  • Small class sizes
  • Free, expert advice
  • Student materials – yours to keep
  • Statement of completion

What others say.

  • It was a difficult but enlightening experience. I learnt so much and I look forward to writing better essays in the future.

  • We had a fantastic teacher and the class size was perfect! Everything was taught in great depth and my essay writing has most definitely improved!

  • My tutor for the HSC essay writing course not only helped me and guided me when required, but also kept the course enjoyable.

  • It was a really interesting and helpful course. It was way better than what I’m learning at school and I look forward to continuing more courses when I start my HSC.

HSC Essay Writing Course

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What others say.

  • This experience was eye opening and most definitely intriguing. I learnt more in the course about essays than I did at school. I was quite happy with the class size as well as the teacher. He kept it fun and enjoyable throughout and overall was much better than what I was expecting. I look forward to applying for more courses at Sydney University in the future.
  • A really helpful and interesting course - I definitely improved my essay writing skills.
  • Well taught and easy to understand with plenty of time to learn and write