Year 12 English Holiday Course

Get ahead in the holidays

Learn with resources tailored for HSC success

Stop looking online for resources! With our complete set of resources including textual analysis, critical readings, and contextual information, you can focus on refining your analytical and creative skills.

Be exam ready

Sharpen your writing skills

Learn how to structure your writing step-by-step in class. Perfect your critical, discursive and imaginative writing skills with personalised and insightful feedback from your teacher.

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Stop memorising essays. Learn how to develop and express your own insights. With the best tools and support on your side there’s nothing to fear!

Our Year 12 English Advanced students receive

Comprehensive Theory Book

In-class Guided Writing

Homework and personalised Feedback

One-to-one Workshop

Personalised Feedback

Exclusive Online Resources

Year 12 English Advanced

Improve your writing skills in just 9 days.

Common Module

Approaching Unseen Texts, Short Answer Composition, and the Common Module Essay

Common Module

Approaching Unseen Texts, Short Answer Composition, and the Common Module Essay


Module C: The Craft of Writing – Discursive

Approaching Form and Style through Discursive and Reflective Compositions

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Year 12 English Advanced Holiday Course Details

Common Module

Common Module: Texts and Human Experiences

Lesson 1
• Introduction to Common Module
• Exploring Concepts: Approaching Emotions
• Engaging with Microfiction
• Writing Task: Short Answer Response
• Choosing Effective Related Material

Lesson 2
• Exploring Concepts: Decoding the Syllabus
• Making Connections Between Language and Emotion
• Text analysis: Short Film
• Writing Task: Imaginative Reinterpretation

Lesson 3
• Exploring Concepts: Human Qualities
• Text analysis: Poetry
• Writing Task: Poetic Analysis

Lesson 4
• Exploring Concepts: The Human Condition
• Building a Personal Interpretation
• Text Analysis: Performance Poetry
• Writing Task: Building an Argument

Lesson 5
• Review of the Common Module syllabus
• Review of the HSC Exam Expectations
• Writing Task: Mock HSC Paper One
• Peer Review



Common Module: Texts and Human Experiences

Common Module: Texts and Human Experiences

Lesson 1: Just what is a ‘Human Experience’?
Lesson 2: Empathy
Lesson 3: Emotions, Memory and Experience
Lesson 4: Assessment Preparation
Lesson 5: Paper One Mock Exam (1)
Lesson 6: Your Prescribed Text
Lesson 7: Storytelling
Lesson 8: Paper One Mock Exam (2)
Lesson 9: Plenary

Module C: The Craft of Writing

The Craft of Writing: Discursive

Lesson 1
• Introduction to The Craft
• Introduction to The Discursive Text
• Thinking About Style: Aesthetics
• Writing Task: Personal Reflection
• Geraldine Brooks ‘ A Home in Fiction’

Lesson 2
• Thinking About Style: Anecdote
•Thinking About Style: Intertextuality
• Metaphor in Focus
• Form and Coherence

Lesson 3
• The Challenges of Module C
• Siri Hustvedt ‘Eight Days in a Corset’
• Module C Question Types
• Helen Garner ‘How to Marry Your Daughters’

Lesson 4
• Planning a Module C Response
• Drafting a Module C Response
• Writing Task: Module C Response
• Peer Review

Lesson 5
• Reviewing Feedback
• Literary Devices in Review
• Becoming Exam Ready
• Module C: Practice Questions


Year 12 English Advanced Holiday Course


Common Module

9 Daily Lessons

Monday 10 January – Thursday 20 January

Time: 9:30am – 12:30pm

Teacher: TBC

3 Hour Lesson Breakdown

9 daily lessons in the school holidays for in-depth learning

10 min


Overview of lesson

Objectives and outcomes of each lesson are explained.

60 min

Theory Lesson Part 1

Gain in-depth knowledge and understanding

Be guided through detailed textual analysis by your Subject Matter Expert.

10 min


40 min

Theory Lesson Part 2

Develop your English skills

Learn how to develop and express your own ideas for insightful responses.

60 min

In-class Writing & Feedback

Perfect your writing skills

Perfect your critical and creative writing skills with personalised and insightful feedback!

Our Year 12 English Advanced Course Pricing


per hour


3 hrs

per lesson


9 lessons

per course



(inc. GST)

What you'll get:

  • Classes taught by experienced HSC teachers

  • 9 engaging theory lessons over 9 days

  • 200+ pages of content designed to develop your critical English skills

  • Personalised and detailed feedback on written work

  • One-to-one Workshops that addresses individual learning needs

  • Additional online resources including textual analysis and exemplar essays

For Short Course Terms and Conditions, please click here.

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Teaching program that covers the NSW Education Standard Authority syllabus. Structured learning system that allows students to develop sound study habits every week.


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