English Literary Studies

SACE Credits: 20

Teacher: Anita Kershaw

In this subject you will develop the skills and strategies of critical thinking needed to interpret and analyse texts. Through shared and individual study of texts, you will encounter different opinions, 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.


You will analyse texts such as Kazuo Ishiguro’s Never Let Me Go, Andrew Niccol’s  Gattaca, William Shakespeare’s Hamlet, a selection of poetry, and a range of short texts. This subject has a 90-minute examination, which       comprises a critical reading of one or more previously unseen short texts.


School Assessment (70%)

  • Assessment Type 1: Responding to Texts (50%)
  • Assessment Type 2: Creating Texts (20%)


External Assessment (30%)

  • Assessment Type 3, Part A: Comparative Text Study (15%)
  • Assessment Type 3, Part B: Critical Reading (examanation) (15%)


English Literary Studies is accepted for entry to tertiary courses.