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English literary studies

Level: 12 Stage 2
School code: 12ESG
Year level requirements: Non compulsory
SACE code: 2ELS20
SACE credits: 20


Stage 1 English Studies with a C+ grade or better in assessment and exam, English with an A grade in assessment and exam.

Subject descriptor:

Stage 2 English Literary Studies will be taught for the first time in 2017.

English Literary Studies is a 20-credit subject at Stage 2.

Stage 2 English Literary Studies focuses on the skills and strategies of critical thinking needed to interpret texts. Through shared and individual study of texts, students encounter different opinions about texts, have opportunities to exchange and develop ideas, find evidence to support a personal view, learn to construct logical and convincing arguments, and consider a range of critical interpretations of texts.

English Literary Studies focuses on ways in which literary texts represent culture and identity, and on the dynamic relationship between authors, texts, audiences, and contexts. Students develop an understanding of the power of language to represent ideas, events, and people in particular ways and of how texts challenge or support cultural perceptions.

Students who complete this subject with a C- grade or better will meet the literary requirement of the SACE.


Students demonstrate evidence of their learning through a variety of written and oral tasks covering a range of text types. For schoolbased assessment, the tasks are divided into three assessment types with associated weightings: Responding to Text (50%), and Creating Texts (20%). There is a school examination at the end of Semester 1. The final 30% of the assessment,comes from the External Component which consists of a 1500 word Comparative Text Study and a public examination.

All summative work is assessed using common Performance Standards developed by the SACE Board

Special requirements:

Students are strongly advised to have access to an approved dictionary.

Estimated subject fees:

Excursion Admission and Public Transport - The amount varies.

Further information

Students who gain a C- grade or better in this subject can count the credits towards the literacy requirement of the SACE.

There will possibly be excursions to drama performances and workshops with authors and poets. Students are encouraged to take advantage of these opportunities. The costs involved will be for public transport and admission.