Subject information

Stage 1 Essential English is designed for a range of students, including those who are seeking to meet the SACE literacy requirement, students planning to pursue a career in a range of trades or vocational pathways, and those intending to continue their study of English at Stage 2. There is an emphasis on communication, comprehension, analysis, and text creation. This subject leads to Stage 2 Essential English and may also lead to other Stage 2 English subjects.

In Stage 2 Essential English students respond to, and create texts in and for a range of personal, social, cultural, community, and/or workplace contexts.

Students who complete 20 credits of this subject with a C grade or better will meet the literacy requirement of the SACE.

Stage 1 subject code: 1ETE10 or 1ETE20

Credits: 10 or 20

Stage 2 subject code from 2017: 2ETE20

Credits: 20

Stage 1 subject outline 2017 [DOC 115KB]

Stage 2 subject outline 2017 [DOC 118KB]

Online submission of externally assessed materials starts on 16 October.
We encourage you to practice in our sandpit now so when 16 October arrives you can say "I've got this".

Need more information? Read our sandpit guide [PDF 92KB] and FAQs and watch our instructional videos.

Thank you for leading the way in the SACE modernisation.

Changes to moderation sample selection

From 2017, the SACE Board will no longer select Stage 2 moderation samples for school assessed materials. Teachers will select the moderation sample.

Read more about moderation sample selection, including FAQs and an instructional video.
Contact – Stage 1
Debbie Wherry
SACE Officer – Curriculum and Assessment
+61 8 8372 7506
Contact – Stage 2
Michael Randall
SACE Officer – Curriculum and Assessment
+61 8 8372 7491