NESA – the new HSC Syllabus 2018


Dux College courses have been rewritten specifically for the new syllabus coming into effect in 2018. The Year 11 syllabus for English, Mathematics Standard, Biology, Chemistry and Physics have been completely transformed with the introduction of the new syllabus by NESA in 2018, followed by many other subjects in 2019. We are one of the few places that have redeveloped our courses from ground up to ensure our students learn completely relevant content for their new HSC syllabus.

NESA new HSC English syllabus – How to Succeed in 2019

Under the old syllabus, a majority of student writing was analytical. However, the changes to the syllabus mean that students can now be asked to write imaginative, discursive, and creative text types in addition to writing analytically. Instead of studying predetermined concepts, students will now have greater scope to interpret many of their prescribed texts.

To improve their writing, students should read in a wide range of genres and text types. This includes not only novels, but poetry, essays and articles, biographies, and other non-fiction. The HSC is a busy year, but reading or listening to podcasts can be a way for students to alleviate stress and pursue their own interests, while also providing them with inspiration for writing.

The new syllabus also emphasises the importance of planning, reflection, and editing. Students are expected to evaluate the quality of their writing, which requires them to understand the how all of the elements of writing (such as narrative perspective, language techniques, structure, genre, and context) are interconnected. The process of reflection helps students to write with greater purpose because they must make deliberate stylistic and literary choices to shape their meaning.

The emphasis upon reading and writing will help students to analyse their prescribed texts. There has been a slight shift from thematic questions to an analysis of form and technique, although students will still need to study and write about the main ideas of their texts.

In summary

  • Read widely and often
  • Plan before you write
  • Edit after you write
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