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English literary studies (A & B)

Level: 11 Stage 1
School code: 11ESA / 11ESB
Year level requirements: Non compulsory
Type: Literacy
SACE code: 1ESH10
SACE credits: 20


English / Literary studies A:

Year 10 English Studies with a C+ grade or better.

English / Literary studies B:

Year 11 English Studies (A) with a C+ grade or better.

Subject descriptor:

In English Literary Studies, students follow a similar course to English. However the intent is for this course to be more rigorous. Texts studied wil be more demanding and a greater depth of analysis will be required. A high level of independent thought will be encouraged.

Students analyse the interrelationship between author, text, and audience with an emphasis on how language and stylistic features shape ideas and perspectives in a range of contexts. They consider social, cultural, economic, historical, and/or political perspectives in texts and their representation of human experience and the world.

Students explore how the purpose of a text is achieved through application of text conventions and stylistic choices to position the audience to respond to ideas and perspectives. An understanding of purpose, context, and audience is applied in students’ own creation of imaginative, interpretive, analytical, and persuasive texts that may be written, oral, and/or multimodal.

Students have opportunities to reflect on their personal values and those of other people by responding to aesthetic and cultural aspects of texts from the contemporary world, from the past, and from Australian and other cultures.


Students will complete a number of formative assignments, essays, creative responses and oral work to prepare for the summative SACE tasks. In accordance with SACE requirements, students will complete 4 pieces from these assessment types:

  • Assessment Type 1: Responding to Texts
  • Assessment Type 2: Creating Texts
  • Assessment Type 3: Intertextual Study

Students will provide evidence of their learning through four assessment pieces, with at least one piece from each assessment type. At least one assessment piece will be an oral or multimodal presentation, and at least one will be in written form. Each assessment type will have a weighting of at least 20%.

Students will also sit an end-of-semester 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:

Excursions - possible admission and transport costs.

Further information

Students must gain a passing grade of C or better in 2 semesters of Stage 1 English Literary Studies in order to satisfy the SACE Literacy requirements.

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.