Year 10 & 11 English


Students currently in Year 10 and 11 are the first two cohorts to complete the new Queensland Certificate of Education, beginning in Queensland with students entering Year 11 in 2019.

The new systems include:

  • a model that uses school-based assessment and external assessment
  • processes that strengthen the quality and comparability of school-based assessment
  • introducing the Australian Tertiary Admission Rank (ATAR).

The change to an education system which features external assessment is a significant shift in the way teaching and learning will be conducted in Queensland. Students will be required to complete unseen external assessment tests for every general subject at the end of Year 12, similar to the VCE and HSC systems in Victoria and New South Wales.

To prepare students for this transition, Benowa State High School’s Year 10 and Year 11 English curriculum has been rewritten from the ground up to align to the 2019 English syllabuses. Some information about this can be found overleaf.

To develop the required working habits for our new senior system, students and teachers will need to work differently. A greater focus on student independence and resilience will be evident within English curriculum units in 2019. Explicit teaching of reading, writing and textual analysis will remain the core of this curriculum.

Year 10 & 11 English 2019 Parent-Teacher Information Session

To explain changes to curriculum and the expectations of Year 10 and 11 English students in 2019, the English department will be holding a Parent-Teacher Information Session. This will also serve as an opportunity for you to meet some of the English teaching team. Please note that this session relates to Australian Curriculum/QCAA English, not IB or Preparatory English

Information that will be covered in the session includes:

  • key differences between the different types of Year 11 English subjects, and between Year 10 English A and B
  • the marking system and the transition to numerical marking
  • assessment policies (including drafting)
  • ‘extra credit’ tasks
  • examples of unit content and assessment – what we’re currently working on
  • examinations
  • study habits that can help students throughout the year

DATE:              Tuesday, 26 February (Term 1, Week 5)

TIME:               5:30pm to 6:30pm

VENUE:           Benowa State High School – Theatre (K03)

We encourage you to attend this information session. As we work in partnership with you to ensure your child’s best possible education, we look forward to meeting you and explaining these important changes. If you have any further enquiries, please do not hesitate to contact Matt Pickersgill – Head of Department – English at (07) 5582 7333.

For more information please read Year 10 & 11 English Information.

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Last reviewed 13 May 2019
Last updated 13 May 2019