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.

Course Details

  • ATAR: Yes
  • NTCET Points: 20
  • Cost: No

About the Subject

Stage 2 English Literary Studies focuses on the skills and strategies of critical thinking needed to interpret texts. The course also focuses on ways in which literary texts represent culture and identity, and on the dynamic relationship between authors, texts, audiences and contexts.


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

School-based AssessmentWeighting
4 responding to texts50%
Two creating texts20%
One comparative text study15%
External Assessment 

Assessment Type 1: Responding to Texts (50%): This assessment type comprises four analytical assessment tasks. Students present their work in essay form, as an oral presentation or in multimodal form.

Assessment Type 2: Creating Texts (20%): This assessment task comprises two tasks where students create a written, oral or multimodal texts.

External Assessment

  • Comparative text study. This assessment is a comparative essay and is completed at school and marked externally (15%)
  • Examination. Students will complete a critical reading in a 100 minute exam. (15%)

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