Level 3 Academic English (L3ENA)


This course is based on a response to students’ needs for a literature-rich, challenging and rewarding exploration of English literature and language at the highest level. The academic course texts will include literary canons such as Sylvia Plath and Oscar Wilde, and students will be expected to read and analyse a number of texts throughout the year. Students wishing to sit Level 4/Scholarship English should select this course.  On an academic and practical level, the course covers the Achievement Standards currently offered in Level 3 English. 

What will I learn?

The learning is designed for English students who have a passion for the subject and wish to challenge themselves to extend their range and depth of understanding through a course that draws upon the strong tradition of English Literature teaching in New Zealand schools. The reading of novels, Shakespearean and contemporary plays, the close analysis of texts, writing in both the creative and transactional modes, the viewing and analysis of a contemporary film, and the study of poetry all combine to form this Literature course.

What should I have done already?

Entrance to English Literature will be limited to students who achieve a minimum of 15 Level 2 Achievement Standard credits in English, including 5 credits in reading and 5 credits in writing from any of the Level 2 English courses offered.  These credits must be obtained through Achievement Standards in the previous year's learning - they cannot be achieved in the year of entry to the Level 3 course by summer school or Te Kura. Preferential entry will go to students who gain merit and excellence grades in their Level 2 English course.

Assessment outline

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Assessment regulations

The following is an indication of the assessment credit values for this course:

Level 3 Achievement Standards: 20 credits

Teachers will confirm course credit values based on the learners in their classes.

The standards offered are compulsory for the course that the student chooses.  This applies also to speaking standards; a skill-set that the Department values. Every student, at every level of the College is expected to complete a speaking assessment in front of their peers. 


This is a matter that the Department approaches with a huge deal of seriousness.  We deem it unacceptable to present a piece of work that has someone else's voice in it and claim it is your own.  In all plagiarism matters the HOD is notified, so too is the College's NCEA coordinator, and the student loses the opportunity to gain a grade for the submitted piece and jeopardises the chance to get a resubmission.  With plagiarism undeniably being a breach of ethics, we treat matters with the utmost gravity as this is in the students' best interests as worldwide citizens.

Where does this course lead?

This course leads to university and tertiary arts, media, journalism and communication courses.

Indicative costs

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