Year 12 English Standard

Achieve a thorough understanding of your topics and reach your ATAR potential

The Prime Philosophy

At Prime, our philosophy of teaching English focuses on reasoning skills. We want our students to be independent thinkers who can apply critical thinking to texts, and to life. We know that an ability to express yourself clearly and powerfully, both in written and spoken ways, is important in all career pathways. It is also an essential aspect of personal development.

In our friendly classes and workshops, our tutors use the Socratic method of asking difficult questions to make you think. We encourage you to have a guess - it is okay to be wrong, but in English, you should never say 'I don't know' or leave an answer blank.

We work with you to set goals, and focus on a "how-to" approach rather than merely memorising and rote leaning. We favour a structured approach to English study via personal annotation and writing 'study paraphs' to synthesise your own knowledge of the text. We also provide a range of practice essay, exam and creative tasks to help you focus on building skills needed for the HSC.

We expect our students to continue self-directed study at home. Study is like exercise and you can't cram exercise. If you expect to tone and build musle, you have to do some work every week. For Junior years, this work should involve a minimum of 4 hours personal reading a week, and for seniors, 2 to 4 hours of writing study paragraphs at home.

Course Components


Weekly Theory Classes

Prime has small weekly classes that are focused on the HSC modules. For the first half of the class, students are provided with lecture material and class work designed to help them understand the module and its requirements. For the second half of the class, students receive individual assistance with their prescribed texts from school.


Skills Development Workshops

In workshops, students practice their skills, with tutors on hand to help them. Students are required to work on study paragraphs for their prescribed texts from school. Students can also ask for help with their school work. Individual feedback and marking is a key feature of the workshops.


Additional Resources and Support

Additional resources on techniques and prescribed texts are available if students require. There are also HSC identical exam papers to allow students to become familiar with the module in exam conditions. Feedback is provided for students so they can track progress and personal achievement.

Course Topics


Prime's Year 12 English Standard course is designed to meet the NESA syllabus requirements for schools in NSW. In each term, the lecture material and class work focuses on a particular module prescribed in the NESA syllabus. In the holiday program, between each term, there are 4 days of HSC identical exam papers and feedback to allow students to become familiar with the module in exam conditions.

Term 4

Oct - Dec

  • Common Module: Texts and Human Experiences
Summer Holiday


  • Introduction to Module A: Language, Identity and Culture
  • Get to Know HSC Exam: Module A Section
  • HSC Identical Exam and Feedback on Common Module


Term 1

Jan - Mar

  • Module A: Language, Identity and Culture
Spring Holiday


  • Introduction to Module B: Close Study of Literature
  • Get to Know HSC Exam: Module B Section
  • HSC Identitical Exam and Feedback on Module A
Term 2

Apr - Jun

  • Module B: Close Study of Literature
Winter Holiday


  • Introduction to Module C: The Craft of Writing
  • Get to Know HSC Exam: Module C Section
  • HSC Identitical Exam and Feedback on Module C
Term 3

Jul - Sept

  • Module C: The Craft of Writing
Autumn Holiday


  • Final Preparation for HSC Exams

Class Structure

Theory Class
45 mins
Syllabus Rubric

Receive workbooks and texts targeted at the HSC. Class work is designed to help students understand the module and its requirements. Receive marking and feedback for writing tasks.

45 mins
Personal tuition

Get help with analysing your prescribed texts from school. Receive support for assessment tasks.

90 mins
Choose a workshop that suits your schedule

There are four workshops running between 10am and 5pm on Saturdays (weeks 2-9). Come to any workshop that suits your schedule.

Study paragraphs

Students work on their study paragraphs for texts provided by Prime or prescribed texts from school. Tutors provide guidance and feedback.

Assist with school work

Get help with school work and receive additional resources

Course Pricing

Theory Classes Only
$608 per term (13.5 hours x $45/hr)
  • * Any additional courses in the same shopping cart attract a 10% discount
  • What you'll get:
  • 9 weeks x 1.5 hrs Theory Classes
  • Small size class (max. 8 students)
  • Challenging workbooks and practice exam papers
  • Taught by top-ranked teachers

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Weekly Topic Schedule

Term 4   Topics Class Workshop
Week 1   Texts and Human Experiences: Syllabus Rubric  
Week 2   Texts and Human Experiences: Comprehension and Human Experiences
Week 3   Texts and Human Experiences: Answering Essay Questions
Week 4   Texts and Human Experiences: Essay Drafting
Week 5   Texts and Human Experiences: Editing Skills
Week 6   Texts and Human Experiences: Making Your Essay Unique
Week 7   Texts and Human Experiences: Exam Practice 1
Week 8   Texts and Human Experiences: Exam Practice 2
Week 9   Texts and Human Experiences: Revision and Further Study
Holiday 1   Topic Class Workshop
Lesson 1   Introduction to Language, Identity and Culture    
Lesson 2   About the Essay    
Lesson 3   Get to know the Paper 2 Exam on Module A Section    
Lesson 4   HSC Identitical Exam Practice    
Term 1   Topic Class Workshop
Week 1   Language, Identity and Culture: Syllabus Rubric  
Week 2   Language, Identity and Culture: Being Technical and Specific
Week 3   Language, Identity and Culture: Writing the Essay
Week 4   Language, Identity and Culture: Writing the Essay 2
Week 5   Language, Identity and Culture: Analysing Essay Questions
Week 6   Language, Identity and Culture: Analysing Essay Questions 2
Week 7   Language, Identity and Culture: Exam Technique
Week 8   Language, Identity and Culture: Exam Technique 2
Week 9   Language, Identity and Culture: Term Review
Holiday 2        
Lesson 1   Introduction to Close Studies of Literature    
Lesson 2   Close Studies    
Lesson 3   Get to Know HSC Exam: Module B Section    
Lesson 4   HSC Identitical Exam Practice    
Term 2   Topic Class  Tutorial
Week 1   Introduction to Close Studies of Literature  
Week 2   Close Studies of Literature: Text-type Conventions
Week 3   Close Studies of Literature: Genre
Week 4   Close Studies of Literature: Textual Integrity Essay
Week 5   Close Studies of Literature: Pratice Essay Questions
Week 6   Close Studies of Literature: Universality
Week 7   Close Studies of Literature: Open Book Exam
Week 8   Close Studies of Literature: Practice Exam
Week 9   Close Studies of Literature: Study Preparation
Holiday 3     Class Tutorial
Lesson 1   Introduction to The Craft of Writing    
Lesson 2   The Craft of Writing: Using the Prescribed Texts    
Lesson 3   HSC Identitical Exam Practice: Paper 1    
Lesson 4   HSC Identitical Exam Practice: Paper 2    
Term 3   Topic Class Tutorial
Week 1   The Craft of Writing: Understand the Syllabus Rubric  
Week 2   The Craft of Writing: Using the Module C Text
Week 3   The Craft of Writing: Using a Stimulus
Week 4   The Craft of Writing: Practice Exam
Week 5   The Craft of Writing: Practice Exam
Week 6   The Craft of Writing: Practice Exam
Week 7   The Craft of Writing: Practice Exam
Week 8   The Craft of Writing: Practice Exam
Week 9   The Craft of Writing: Practice Exam
Holiday 4     Class Tutorial
Lesson 1   HSC Exam Preparation    
Lesson 2   HSC Exam Preparation    
Lesson 3   HSC Exam Preparation    
Lesson 4   HSC Exam Preparation    


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