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Our Year 10 Headstart English focuses on skills development - developing the skills necessary for success in year 11 and 12 English. Students will study texts that will be encountered in the HSC and get valuable training on essay writing and analytical skills. Students who intend on studying English Advanced in year 11 and 12 will benefit most from this course.
Students will learn how to analyse a variety of text types and formulate coherent essay responses to example exam questions. We apply a systematic approach to provide year 10 students with a strong foundation in essay writing skills by deconstructing sample A-range responses and giving students practice at essay writing in their homework. Students will also learn how to properly construct alternative response types (e.g. writing a speech, editorial or creative writing piece).
Year 10 is a critical time. At the end of year 10, students must select the courses they will do for their HSC. The choices made will affect what HSC subjects are done, and can have the single biggest impact on HSC scaling throughout the student's school life. In choosing whether to do English Advanced or Standard, consider the following: while English Advanced and Standard are technically on a common scale, English Advanced students invariably attain higher HSC and scaled marks than Standard students because of the higher demands of the Advanced course compared to Standard. As English is compulsory, we recommend all students to undertake English Advanced due to the better opportunities in scoring band 6 compared to Standard.
We give comprehensive advice to our year 10 students on scaling and how it works exactly. Students are advised to choose courses based on what they are good at. But this important decision must be made with consideration to relative scaling power of each subject, so our students can make the best informed decision for themselves.
For English students wishing to perfect their essays before exams and assessment tasks, we offer Essay Marking Services. Your essay will be marked by highly experienced teachers with HSC marking experience. Full commentary on areas of improvement will be provided. For more information, click here.