English Literary Studies

SACE Credits: 20

Teacher: Anita Kershaw

Literature continues to explore a range of topical ideas and perspectives that change as individuals and societies develop and progress their ways of thinking. In Stage 2 English Literary Studies, students use their skills of critical thinking to consider the ways ideas and perspectives are portrayed through language and stylistic features across time. Through shared and individual study, students will be empowered to support their views of texts, exchange ideas and learn to construct logical and convincing arguments in providing innovative textual interpretation.


Students will be exposed to a range of texts such as a novel, a film, a play and a selection of poetry, while also creating their own texts through processes of free choice and transformation. This subject has a 90-minute examination, which comprises a critical reading of one or more previously unseen short texts.


Texts to be studied in include 1984, Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, Hamlet, The Crucible and poetry by poets such as William Wordsworth, Sylvia Plath and Judith Wright.


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.