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Group 1: Language and Literature
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Group 3: Individuals and Societies
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Language A: Language and Literature

Prerequisites & Assumed Knowledge:

Students must achieve a level 5 (or equivalent) or higher in year 10 English.

Subject Description:

Students must study this subject as part of the IBDP requirements.


The course is organized into three areas of exploration and seven central concepts and focuses on the study of both literary and non-literary texts. Together, the three areas of exploration of the course allow the student to explore the language A in question through its cultural development and use, its media forms and functions, and its literature. Students develop skills of literary and textual analysis, and the ability to present their ideas effectively. A key aim is the development of critical literacy.


Available at higher and standard levels, students study 6 works at higher level and 4 works at standard level from a representative selection of literary forms, periods, and places. Students study a range of non-literary texts and bodies of work that include a wide variety of text-types.

Through the study of these texts, students develop the techniques needed for the critical analysis of communication, becoming alert to interactions between text, audience, and purpose. An understanding of how language, culture and context determine the construction of meaning is developed through the exploration of texts, some of which are studied in translation, from a variety of cultures, periods, text-types, and literary forms.


Students are assessed through a combination of formal examinations and oral and written coursework and oral activities.The formal examination comprises two essay papers, one requiring the analysis of unseen literary and non-literary text, and the other a comparative response to a question based on two literary works studied.

Students also perform an oral activity presenting their analysis of a literary work and a non-literary body of work studied.


HL students comply with an additional written coursework requirement which consists of writing a 1200 - 1500-word essay on one of the works or bodies of work studied.

Level of Study Available:

SL and HL

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International Baccalaureate

Diploma Programme

Diploma Programme Requirements

Over the course of the two-year program, students:​

  • Study six subjects chosen from the six subject groups​.

  • Complete an Extended Essay​

  • Follow a Theory of Knowledge course (TOK)​

  • Participate in Creativity, Activity, Service (CAS).​

Normally students’ study loads comprise:​

  • Three of the six subjects are​ studied at Higher Level (courses representing 240 teaching hours)​

  • The remaining three subjects are studied at Standard Level (courses representing 150 teaching hours).

Entry requirements
  • Students must be in Year 10 and be eligible to undertake the IB Diploma Programme

  • Students need to demonstrate that they have achieved a 5 or higher in the following subjects: English/EAL, Humanities, Maths, Science and one of the Languages offered.  

  • Successful completion of subjects in Year 10 (a 5 or higher) that lead to the IBDP subjects such as Extension Mathematics or “Pre-Pure Mathematics” and Materials and Mechanics (Science).

  • Provide a letter of recommendation from a staff member that addresses achievement, attendance and the qualities the student demonstrates that aligns to the IB Learner Profile and Approaches to Learning (ATL) 

  • Students provide a clear outline of their reasons for and commitment to undertaking the IB Diploma. 

  • Participation in school co-curricular and/or wider community events 

  • Other Special considerations, such as:

    • ATSI Status 

    • Financial Hardship (for example School card) 

    • Extraordinary academic achievements, extra-curricular involvement or international mindedness experience

  • Special considerations may be used to support a student’s entry into the IBDP should they not fulfil all requirements outlined above. For example, this may allow for positive discrimination towards marginalised or disadvantaged students to access high quality educational programmes.

The ATAR and the IBDP

IB students do not receive an ATAR. You will receive IB points on a scale from 0 to 45 for your studies.

 

When applying for university courses you need a rank that is comparable to students who have received an ATAR. To allow fair comparison, SATAC converts your IB points to a selection rank equivalent to an ATAR.

The equivalent ATAR is the same across Australia. Information on how the IB score is converted can be found on the SATAC website.

Tertiary Entry

The IBDP is an internationally recognised qualification. Graduates of the IB Diploma have the opportunity to apply for thousands of universities around the world, including Australia and South Australia. Graduates intending to study in South Australia can find information about university entrance on the SATAC website. Students should contact the IBDP coordinator for support in applying interstate and internationally.

Diploma Programme Candidate Registration Costs

The IB Diploma Programme is offered to students as an alternative to the SACE. As a result, there are additional fees to enrol and complete the examinations. The fees to study the full Diploma Programme is approximately $1750. Payment plans are available. Please enquire with the school's finance team.

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The Diploma Programme is a pre-university two-year curriculum for students aged between 16-19 (years 11 and 12). The programme aims to develop:

  • Critical thinking and analysis skills​

  • An international mindedness necessary to live and work in a global community​.

  • An understanding of global issues and a concern for others in our community and the broader world​

  • A strong sense of the student’s own identity and culture​

  • A balanced education for the ‘whole’ student​

  • An extensive knowledge and skill base in preparation for university and adult life.

The Diploma Programme Model

The learner profile and the core are positioned at the centre of the programme, reflecting the priority given to affective disposition as well as cognitive development, and a concern with developing competent and active citizens as well as subject specialists. The core requirements of theory of knowledge (TOK), the extended essay and creativity, activity, service (CAS) broaden the educational experience and challenge students to apply their knowledge and understanding in real-life contexts.

IB: Diploma Programme

The South Australian Certificate of Education (SACE) is generally based on two years of full-time study, but students may take more than two years. There is no time limit to complete the SACE but there are restrictions regarding Tertiary Entrance.

Questions should be directed to the Senior Campus Deputy Principal, Mr Brent Bloffwitch or Learning Community Leaders, Ms Margarita Paleologos (Laslett) and Mr Matthew Camerlengo (Campbell).

Promotion to Stage 1

Promotion from Year 10 to Stage 1 is automatic if a student gains an achievement level 4 or better, in the majority of subjects that lead to Stage 1. Students who do not attain this level of achievement will be required to undertake a ‘Bridging Course’ in Semester 1 of Stage 1.

Most subjects in Stage 1 require successful completion at Year 10. Learning Area staff recommendation and a Level 4 or better, is the achievement level that qualifies a student for automatic promotion into the same, or related subject, at Stage 1 level. Other subjects without prerequisites may be taken through negotiation with the relevant Learning Area Coordinator.

Course planning and subject choice will be guided by the work undertaken in the Personal Learning Plan (PLP). It is important to understand that some university courses have prerequisites that must be met at Stage 2 and in turn these Stage 2 subjects may have prerequisites at Stage 1.  

SACE Pattern 

To achieve their SACE completion, students are required to complete 200 credits in specific areas over stage 1 and 2. These are made up of the following:

  • Stage 1 Personal Learning Plan (C Grade or Better)

  • Stage 1 or Stage 2 Literacy (C Grade or Better)

  • Stage 1 or Stage 2 Numeracy (C Grade or Better)

  • Stage 2 Research Project (C- Grade or Better)

  • Stage 2 Subjects (C- Grade or Better) 

  • Stage 1 or Stage 2 Subjects

Tertiary or Vocational Entry

For students considering tertiary education, there are additional requirements that must be considered. These are found in the Tertiary Entrance Booklet (TEB) or the South Australian Tertiary Admissions Centre (SATAC) guides. For further information, please speak with the Senior Campus Deputy Principal, Learning Community Leaders, Personal Learning Group teacher or Senior Campus Student Wellbeing Coordinator.

Students have the opportunity to select Vocational Educational Programs (VET) offered by the East Adelaide Cluster of Schools (EASC), which will contribute units towards their SACE.

School Constraints

Please note that every effort will be made to accommodate student choices but student demand, timetable management, staff and resources may preclude some requests.

Bonus Points

Bonus points are awarded at Stage 2 as part of the SA Language, Literacy and Mathematics Bonus Scheme for entry intro Flinders University, The University of Adelaide and the University of South Australia. 

Additional Costs for Subjects

The material and/or services related to SACE Courses are covered by the Material and Services Fee (ie School Fees). However, some subjects offer students the opportunity to undertake practical experiences which enrich the learning outcomes for students and these may incur additional costs which are not covered by the Material and Services Fee.

Please read the subject choice information carefully to identify the full costs associated with these. NOTE: Should there be outstanding monies owed to the School, students may not be permitted to be enrolled in subjects or VET courses where there are significant additional costs. 

Subject Opportunities

Listed below are all subjects open to Stage 1 students. Please remember that a number of subjects have prerequisites which must be met to allow you to enrol. If you have not met one or more of these prerequisites at the time of subject selection you will not be able to enrol through our web preference system.