English: Level 2

Qualification - NCEA level 2

Students will develop their speaking skills and write in a variety of styles for different purposes. Literature studies will include a selection from short stories, film, a Shakespearean play, poetry, and the novel, with particular attention to New Zealand literature. This course aims to develop critical thinking by exploring and interpreting language and literature. Students will develop their close reading skills as they engage with a variety of texts.

A key milestone at Level 2 is the gaining of Literacy Credits (five reading credits and five writing credits), a required first step towards University Entrance. Students who find English challenging will need to be alert to the separate criteria for Literacy.


10 credits in Level 1 English or an equivalent course or with approval from the HoD of English.

Internal Achievement Standards

English: Level 2

External Achievement Standards

English: Level 2