English Literary Studies

SACE Credits: 20

Teacher: Georgina Harper

In this subject students will develop the skills and strategies of critical thinking needed to interpret and analyse texts. Through shared and individual study of texts, students will have opportunities to exchange and develop ideas, find evidence to support a personal view, learn to construct logical and convincing arguments, examine the ways in which authors use language and stylistic features to convey ideas, and consider a range of critical interpretations of texts.


Students will analyse texts including William Shakespeare’s Hamlet, George Orwell’s 1984, Arthur Miler’s The Crucible, a selection of poetry, and a range of short texts. Students will also complete an externally assessed essay on two independently chosen texts, one of which can be selected from the texts studied in class. This subject has a 100-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 (examination) (15%)


English Literary Studies is accepted for entry to tertiary courses.