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 2018 [DOC 135KB]

Stage 2 subject outline 2018 [DOC 188KB]


Changes to moderation sample selection

The SACE Board no longer selects Stage 2 moderation samples for school assessed materials. Teachers are responsible for selecting the moderation sample.

Read more about moderation sample selection, including FAQs and an instructional video.
Contact – Stage 1
Rosa Bollella
SACE Officer – Curriculum and Assessment
+61 8 8372 7529
Contact – Stage 2
Nicole Leary
SACE Officer – Curriculum and Assessment
+61 8 8372 7534