Centre for Continuing Education

Years 10-12 Course: Improving English for Writing

Years 10-12 Study & Essay Skills. The smart way to prepare for your HSC.

For many students, success in the HSC and other examinations depends on improving their standard of written English language. This intensive course is designed to improve written English for a wide range of students and courses – including students with English as a first language and students with other language backgrounds.

The course begins with revision of conversational and formal English. We continue with practical English grammar followed by sentence structure, spelling issues and punctuation. With this foundation in place the focus is on more complicated sentences, paragraphs, vocabulary enrichment and different kinds of writing.

Students explore written English for accurate and complex communication. The course provides a foundation for accurate English language skills in essays and other writing in all courses in Years 10 to 12.

Throughout the course there is a focus on illustration through examples and intensive practice with written exercises, including detailed feedback and discussion.


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

  • Improve understanding of the range of spoken and written English language including conversational and formal written English.
  • Understand and apply basic English grammar in relation to parts of speech including the articles, nouns, conjunctions and verbs and their tenses.
  • Understand and apply accurate sentence structure across a range of writing.
  • Understand and apply English spelling and simple and sophisticated punctuation that supports complex writing.
  • Improve writing skills from paragraphs to essays.
  • Explore further reading and writing to improve written English skills.


(Aligned to NESA Syllabus Reference Points)

New HSC English Standard and Advanced for Years 11 and 12:

  • EA Improving English language skills.
  • EA1. Understanding and using English grammar to support different kinds of accurate and meaningful writing.
  • EA1. Enhancing understanding and use of sentence structure for effective and increasingly complex writing.
  • EA1.2.3.4. Understanding and working with English as a spoken and written language with accurate spelling and extensive vocabulary.
  • EA1. Improving sentences and paragraphs for analytic and evaluative writing that combines information and complex ideas.
  • EA11. Improving awareness of individual language and writing issues, and how to improve language and writing skills for a wide range of communication for different purposes, subjects and readers.

Delivery Style

To cater for different learning styles, the course combines presentations and explanation by the teacher, use of a Course Booklet, interactive discussion, and written exercises with individual advice.


A Course Booklet that explains the main issues including grammar, punctuation and sentence structure.

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.

  • Liked having small class sizes – personalised, individual attention. Tutor gave useful constructive advice about how to structure an essay I have to do for school.

$350 Limited inc GST
Years 10-12 Course: Improving English for Writing

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