All students wishing to attain a VCE Certificate and receive an ATAR must have successfully completed at least 3 units from the VCE English subjects, including Units 3 and 4 of English or Literature. All units emphasize the integration of reading, writing, speaking, listening and thinking. English is a prerequisite for the majority of university courses.
Units 1 & 2
These units are rigorous and challenging, designed to equip students with the necessary skills to successfully complete Units 3 and 4 English in Year 12. Some of the necessary qualities needed to successfully complete these units are strong organizational skills, resilience, independent thinking, initiative and the desire to always achieve your personal best.
Students will need to read, analyse and interpret the set texts at home and at school several times throughout the year for the familiarity they will need with the texts. Students will complete a range of written tasks based on each text, which will highlight their understanding and ability to analyse, interpret and recall significant evidence from the text. There is a compulsory oral presentation in Unit 1. Each semester ends with an exam designed to test knowledge of the areas studied and the ability to write effectively under timed conditions.
Units 3 & 4
Units 3 and 4 refine and continue to expand on the skills established in Units 1 and 2. The course is designed to prepare each student to write three different types of essays in three hours for their final exam. There is also a compulsory oral presentation in Unit 4. Students will need to read, analyse and interpret the set texts at home and at school several times throughout the year for the familiarity they will need with the texts. Students will complete a range of written tasks based on each text, which will highlight their understanding and ability to analyse, interpret and recall significant evidence from the text.
It is a rigorous and challenging course and students are expected to maintain their personal best and keep up to date with the workload. This includes identifying their own strengths and weaknesses in order to continually improve across each written task. For students to achieve success, they must actively implement the feedback provided to them throughout the year to ensure they can maximize their growth.
Students are provided with ongoing opportunities to enhance their studies outside of the classroom and support them throughout this challenging year. On selected Wednesday afternoons students are required to attend compulsory lectures and timed writing tasks at the College. There is also afterschool help on Wednesdays and Thursdays in the Library, along with September holiday classes.
Career options associated with English include Journalist, Reporter, Librarian, Teacher, Writer, Publisher, Editor, Psychologist, Solicitor, Politican, Academic and International Relations