Centre for Continuing Education

HSC English Preparation Course - Standard (Part 3) (July)

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Module B: Close Study of Text and Module C: Texts and Society

The course begins with close study of the Syllabus and Prescriptions for Module B: Close Study of Text and Module C: Texts and Society. With this learning essential for Standard English in place, the focus is on the issues and texts of the two modules. Students explore both close study of a set text and its significance, and how texts represent society and social identity and values. Close study of set texts and selections suitable as self- chosen texts is a major focus. Learning includes detailed presentations by the teacher, interactive group discussion, and individual writing practice. Work on previous exam questions and answers is another significant focus of this inclusive and detailed course.

This course is part of a 3-part series covering key areas from within this subject’s syllabus. Other courses include HSC English Preparation Course – Standard (Part 1) and HSC English Preparation Course – Standard (Part 2). Students do not need to attend all three parts in order to benefit.


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

  • Analyse and respond to the Syllabus and Prescriptions for Modules B: Close Study of Text and Module C: Texts and Society.
  • Closely study a particular set text such as The Curious Incident and Wilfred Owen’s poetry.
  • Critically analyse the issue of Texts and Society in relation to a set text such as All My Sons, Romulus My Father, Billy Elliott, Educating Rita and related texts.
  • Critically appreciate and analyse a set text.
  • Explore and analyse texts with a focus on social contexts, identity and issues such as social interactions and social transitions.
  • Explore and analyse how social interactions can relate to values and beliefs and how social transitions can involve changes in identity, values and beliefs.
  • Compare texts suitable for use as self-chosen examples.
  • Enhance their own writing.
  • Explore ideas and communication about the texts and issues through interactive and collaborative learning.


(Aligned to NESA Syllabus Reference Points)

  • 1.2.3. Analysing texts in relation to the relations between composers, responders, texts and contexts with a focus on Close Study of individual Texts for Module B and the issue of Texts and Society for Module C; composing texts to explore this learning.
  • Close critical analysis of the style, structure and context of a particular text such as Harry Lavender, The Curious Incident, Stasiland and Wilfred Owen’s poetry, including enhancing relevant language skills.
  • Close critical analysis and comparison of texts about society such as Romulus My Father, Billy Elliott and Educating Rita, with a focus on style, structure, medium and context.
  • 6.7.8. Analysing a particular complex text such as The Merchant of Venice and The Curious Incident in relation to identity and values. Analysing complex texts such as these and Billy Elliott and Educating Rita in relation to personal, social and historical contexts.
  • Developing critical thinking and composition skills through collaborative and individual questioning and exploring of texts and identity, and through the process of students' engagement with their own writing.

Intended Audience

Only current Year 12 students should attend this course in 2018. Changes to the Year 12 syllabus will be introduced in 2019. This course content is therefore not suitable for current Years 10 – 11 students.

Delivery Style

The course will use a variety of learning activities to cater for different learning styles. These will include lecture style presentations, audio/visual material, interactive discussion of relevant texts, sample HSC questions and answers, analysis of past student responses and opportunities for students to ask questions about the topic. What worked for past top/Band 6 students will be provided, with advice about learning the course material and study techniques. These lessons will incorporate both group and individual student participation, as well as teacher reading and comment on student writing.


Students will receive all the materials they will need for the course. This will include a course booklet containing extracts and a second booklet with previous questions and answers.

Course Evaluation

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

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