Centre for Continuing Education

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

HSC English. The smart way to prepare for your HSC.

Prepare for HSC English the smart way with HSC English preparation courses at CCE, The University of Sydney.

This HSC English Preparation course covers Advanced HSC English Modules B Critical Study of Texts, & C Representation and Text. Module B is days 1-2; Module C is days 3-5. It will focus on the skills required to meet Syllabus requirements in these two Modules. It will help you to reach a more sophisticated understanding of the meaning of a text, in particular ways in which perceptions of meaning may be affected by historical and other contexts, personal perspectives and medium of production. By considering prescribed texts and a wide range of related texts in Module C, and close analysis of prescribed texts in Module B, you will be able to deepen your understanding of key concepts such as values, perspectives, context, textual integrity and variant readings.

The course does not aim to teach the prescribed texts as such, but rather to enrich your understanding of the skills required by the Syllabus to address these texts in terms of personal understanding. There will, however, be opportunity to discuss and write about your prescribed texts, as well as a wide range of other texts.

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 – Advanced (Part 1) and HSC English Preparation Course – Advanced (Part 2). Students do not need to attend all three parts in order to benefit.

Course content

This HSC English course covers the following topics:

  • Syllabus requirements
  • Applying Syllabus requirements to sample texts
  • Critical reading
  • Key concepts: identification and application
  • Close textual analysis skills
  • Text reception & meaning
  • Synthesis: choosing related texts & integrating them with prescribed texts

Course delivery

This HSC English course is delivered as lecture, demonstration, workshop, small group work and worksheets

Course outcomes

Upon completion of this HSC English course, participants should have developed their ability to:

  • Identify and effectively address the skills required by the Syllabus
  • Enrich their understanding of representation and meaning
  • Better understand the concept of textual integrity and its relation to meaning
  • Identify connections between values, context and meaning
  • Identify factors affecting meaning in texts
  • Consider the principles of choosing and applying related texts.
  • Articulate their own responses to texts through effective analysis

Syllabus Outcomes: A1, A2, A2a, A3, A4, A5, A6, A7, A9, A10, A11, A12, A12a, A13

Course suitable for

This course is for high school students preparing for their HSC. Students must be at least 15 years of age at the time of application.

Before the course

Prior to attending this HSC English course, participants are required to have a thorough knowledge of their prescribed text for the Area of Study, and the Modules they have already completed at their own school.

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