All students must undertake at least
two units of English Studies in each of Years 11 and 12. English Studies
- English (Units 1 & 2; Units 3 & 4)
- English Language (Units 1 & 2; Units 3 & 4)
- Literature (Units 1 & 2; Units 3 & 4
- Students have the option to choose from English, English Language or Literature in order to fulfil the VCE English requirement.
- No more than two English Studies can be undertaken in Year 11 and
Year 12 (see table below).
If English Language and/or Literature is chosen at Unit 1 and 2 level, it is not a problem to move back to mainstream English for Units 3 and 4.
If mainstream English is chosen at Unit 1 and 2 level, there is an approval process to go through in order to take up English Language or Literature at Unit 3 and 4 level which is reliant on strong English results, teacher and coordinator recommendation.
Students are encouraged to consider their options for English carefully to ensure they are selecting the subject that is right for them.
Year 11 (Units 1 & 2)
Year 12 (Units 1 & 2)
English Language **
* Students who chose English Language or Literature
at Year 11 instead of English can opt to undertake English
instead of Literature or English Language (i.e. 'drop'
Literature or English Language).
** Students are strongly advised not to undertake English Language or Literature if a sequence has
not been undertaken in Year 11.
Students are advised that both English Language and Literature
are specialist subjects and should not be viewed as a ‘soft option’ in place of English.
Advice 10 into 11
It is recommended that students should have achieved strong results
for Year 10 English before considering either English Language or
Literature instead of English.
Advice 11 into 12
It is strongly recommended that students keep their options open by choosing both English and English Language or Literature at Year 11. At the end of Year 11 they can then decide which subject they would like to complete in Year 12.
Before making their decision, students are advised to find out
about each course from this website Year
Language, Literature and consult the respective VCE
Students who require further information or clarification should
see the English Co-ordinator.
Students who have not undertaken English Language or Literature
at Year 11
It is strongly advised that students will have undertaken Units
1 & 2 English Language or Literature in Year 11. Nevertheless,
students are advised to consult with the English Language and Literature
teachers before making their subject selection to ensure they are
making an informed decision and one that will not jeopardise their
MHS recognises the importance of students undertaking English to
develop the essential and necessary language, literacy, analytical
and oral skills which provide assistance in all subjects as well
as preparation for undertaking further studies at tertiary level.
Therefore, students are encouraged to make informed decisions and
choices in order to maximise their ATAR scores.
As noted in the table above, the decision to allow a student to
undertake English Language or Literature in year 12 (if not undertaken
in year 11) in place of English will based upon the written recommendation
of the English, English Language and Literature teachers, and only
be considered when the “Request Form” has been completed
Students who may require further information or clarification should
see the English Co-ordinator.
This is the style of English
you are used to. If you struggle a little with English or feel more
comfortable with familiarity it is recommended that you remain in
English. If, however, you are curious about Language or Literature,
consider undertaking one of them in conjunction with mainstream
English. This will leave your options open for Year 12.
is also recommended to strong English students who enjoy and excel
at analysing language and its uses in depth. English Language is
based on linguistics so takes an objective, analytical look the
nature and functions of language. There is a strong emphasis on
Australian English with a range of both spoken and written texts
studied at Year 11 and Year 12.
Literature is recommended
to strong English students who enjoy reading and analysing a range
of texts in depth with specific focus on how authors create meaning
through close analysis. There is also a strong emphasis on historical
and cultural contexts, views and values, adaptations and endorsing
or refuting differing perspectives.
See the relevant subjects on this website for more detailed information.