The study of a language in Stage 6 enables students to develop skills in the areas of communication, intercultural understanding, literacy, cognitive and social development and general knowledge. It also helps to deepen students’ understanding and appreciation of the diverse attitudes within the wider Australian community and beyond. In Stage 6, there are 34 languages offered.
Join us on Yammer
Yammer is the Department of Education's social media platform – you can download the app to your phone or access it from the portal (under 'My applications'). Think of it as our virtual languages staffroom – a place where you can have a chat, ask questions or share resources with language-teaching colleagues.
Join us in the Languages NSW (7-12) group.
Stage 6 courses
There are up to five courses of study available in languages at Stage 6 level:
- [Language] in Context
- [Language] and Literature.
Student eligibility for each course can be accessed on the NSW Education Standards Authority (NESA) eligibility criteria for Stage 6 Languages website.
Note: Not all languages have all five courses available.
Our head teacher support document (DOCX 3.5MB) unpacks each of the Stage 6 course requirements in more detail.
assists non-languages trained head teachers and executive who supervise teachers of languages. The document aims to:
- raise awareness of the importance of languages education
- provide an overview of language syllabuses K-10
- provide an overview of Stage 6 language syllabuses and eligibility requirements
- outline professional learning opportunities and support available to language teachers.
The Stage 6 language syllabuses are available on the NESA HSC Languages page.
Stage 6 school-based assessment requirements
The NSW Education Standards Authority (NESA) released Stage 6 school-based assessment requirements, effective from Term 1 2018 for Year 11 and Term 4 2018 for Year 12. Download and read NESA’s Assessment and Reporting documents for each course.
Sample assessment schedules
Sample assessment schedules for each course are available on NESA’s website. Follow the link to the relevant language course.