English Literary Studies


In this subject students analytically read a range of extended texts and a number of shorter texts from past, contemporary, and everyday contexts.

About the subject

Students focus on the skills and strategies of critical thinking needed to interpret texts. Through a shared and individual study of texts, they have opportunities to exchange and develop ideas, find evidence to support a personal view, and learn to construct logical and convincing arguments.

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Students undertake tasks within the following:

  • Text Study
  • Text Production Study

Text Study

The text study comprises four shared studies and an individual study. Shared Studies consist of a:

  • study of two single texts
  • study of paired texts
  • study of poetry
  • critical reading study of short texts.

Among the texts chosen for the four shared studies there must be:

  • one film text
  • at least one extended prose text
  • at least one written drama text
  • at least 1000 lines of poetry
  • a range of short texts for the critical reading study.

Individual Study (consists of two parts)

  • critical essay
  • collection of supporting material

The individual study provides scope for the development of student interest outside the texts studied as a class. It is undertaken independently.

Text Production Study

Students compose texts, both written and oral covering a range of text types They should be given the opportunity to explore a range of forms (e.g. narrative, persuasive, expository, and descriptive) to enable them to model their own text production.


Students demonstrate evidence of their learning through the following assessment types:

School-based AssessmentWeighting
Shared Studies30%
Individual Study20%
Text Production20%
External Assessment 

Information on the External Assessment - Examination (3 hours)

The examination is divided into three sections. Students must choose one question from each section.

  • Section A contains questions on the study of two single texts or the study of paired texts or the study of poetry.
  • Section B contains a range of questions that focus on texts not included in Section A.
  • Section C contains questions based on the critical reading of one or more unseen short texts.

The examination will be graded by external assessors with reference to the performance standards.

Performance Standards

The English Studies Subject Outline includes performance standards, which describe five levels of achievement that are reported with the grades A to E at the student’s completion of the subject.

The school-based assessments and the external assessment will be graded with reference to the performance standards.

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