This course requires 2 options.

11 English

Although next year timetables are yet to be finalised, course selection is now finished. Any changes to student courses will now take place in January.

Course Description

Teacher in Charge: Ms M. McKenzie-Downey

The course is designed to foster the enjoyment of literature, develop critical thinking, build literacy skills, and promote confident self-expression.

The course is structured around at least 3 of the 4 guiding topics:

  • Social Inquiry - investigating topical issues
  • Heroes and Villains
  • Get me started!
  • Aotearoa New Zealand

Teachers may also choose one thematic topic to fit their own and their students' interests. Each topic provides the opportunity for students to engage with a range of literary texts - class studied and own choice, research and explore non-fiction resources, experiment with and develop writing in a range of styles for specific purposes, build confidence with oral and visual language, and respond to topics and ideas with from their own point of view.

Students also complete an NCEA assessment in English via the Making Connections internal. 

Course Costs and Equipment/ Stationery requirements

$10 for Poetry in Action performance (schedule permitting - tbc)


This common course leads onto Year 12 English, English Foundation and Media Studies. We also hope to encourage a lifelong interest in literature and ideas, and develop the communication and critical thinking skills that underpin many careers.

Credit Information

This course is approved for University Entrance.

Total Credits Available: 4 credits.
Internally Assessed Credits: 4 credits.

Internal or
L1 Literacy Credits
UE Literacy Credits
Numeracy Credits
A.S. 90852 v2
English 1.8 - Explain significant connection(s) across texts, using supporting evidence
Level: 1
Internal or External: Internal
Credits: 4
Level 1 Literacy Credits: Y
University Entrance Literacy Credits: 0
Numeracy Credits: 0
Credit Summary
Total Credits: 4
Total Level 1 Literacy Credits: 4
Total University Entrance Literacy Credits: 0
Total Numeracy Credits: 0


We aim to enable every student to have the course that they prefer, however, some courses have limited places or pre-requisits that may restrict the student's choice.