MSc English Curriculum


The study of English is central to the learning and development of all young Australians. It helps create confident communicators, imaginative thinkers and informed citizens. It is through the study of English that individuals learn to analyse, understand, communicate and build relationships with others and with the world around them.

The study of English plays a key role in the development of reading and literacy skills which help young people develop the knowledge and skills needed for education, training and the workplace.

Years 7 - 10

To develop and build their capabilities in the study of English, all students study a common course at Years 7 – 10. The course offers differentiation with students of a higher ability streamed into an extension course at Years 8, 9 and 10. In core classes, based on individual student abilities and progress, extension work within the classroom is provided. At Year 10 level, a Literature stream is offered to students.


At VCE, Units 1 & 2 English and English Literature, and Units 3 & 4 English and English Literature are offered. VCAL students complete Foundation English Units 1 & 2.
The English program aims to enable students:
  • learn to listen to, read, view, speak, write, create and reflect on spoken and written texts
  • appreciate, enjoy and use the English language in all its variations and develop a sense of its richness and power to evoke feelings, convey information, form ideas, facilitate interaction with others, entertain, persuade and argue
  • understand how English works in its spoken and written forms to create meaning
  • develop interest and skills in appreciating literature