Level 1 English - Oral and Visual

Course Description

Teacher in Charge: Ms J. Collins

This course covers a range of learning activities. Students will explore language and think critically about language and literature. Tasks include reading, writing, speaking, viewing, researching, and connecting ideas.

Assessments are taken at a slower pace than in the General English or Literature courses. Students have some opportunity to tailor their own assessment programmes, including the mode of assessment in some places (written, oral or visual). However, this is still an academic course. 

All assessments are internal, therefore there is no external examination. However, students do have the opportunity to opt into an external examination for visual text.  There are 18 credits on offer and all count towards Level 1 Literacy.

Recommended Prior Learning

Entry to this course is only via the recommendation of HOF or Senior Leaders.


English is a foundational skill, which is of value in any future career. This is particularly true in
people-related jobs such as; social work, health care, journalism, media, education, etc.
English is also useful in support of many other subject areas, and is a prerequisite for a number of courses, both in school and beyond.


Please note that courses will go ahead only if student numbers, staffing, and timetabling allow it.  Where a subject is oversubscribed, and there are insufficient numbers or resources to create an extra class, a ballot system may be applied.  


The Board of Trustees has again asked to opt into the Ministry of Education donation scheme. Doing so resulted in the ability to waive student fee donations. Kaiapoi High School aims to deliver quality educational courses over and above those that which is funded by the Ministry. It is likely the School will opt into the donation scheme for 2023, however parental contribution for the costs of trips and activities where participation is optional, and/or components not covered by the Government grant, may be requested. We appreciate the financial support our families make to the School.