12 English Literary Studies

SACE Stage 2: 20 Credits / 2 Semesters / English

SACE Website:  https://www.sace.sa.edu.au/en/web/english-literary-studies/stage-2

Pre-Requisite:   An achievement level of 'B' or better in Stage 1 English is highly recommended. 


Year 12 English Literary Studies focuses on the skills and strategies of critical thinking needed to interpret texts. Through shared and individual study of texts, students encounter different opinions about texts, 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.

Students will focus on ways in which literary texts represent culture and identity, and on the dynamic relationship between authors, texts, audiences, and contexts. Students develop an understanding of the power of language to represent ideas, events and people in particular ways and of how texts challenge or support cultural perceptions.

Students produce responses that show the depth and clarity of their understanding. They extend their ability to sustain a reasoned critical argument by developing strategies that allow them to weigh alternative opinions against each other. By focusing on the creativity and craft of the authors, students develop strategies to enhance their own skills in creating texts and put into practice the techniques they have observed.

Topics may include

Responding to texts

  • Shared studies
    • study of three texts (one prose, one film and one drama)
    • study of poetry
    • study of a range of short texts
  • Comparative text study
    • comparative study of two texts, with one from the shared studies and the other independently chosen by the student
  • Creating texts
    • transforming texts
    • creating a written, oral, or multimodal text


Students are assessed against the SACE Stage 2 English Literary studies performance standards:

  • knowledge and understanding
  • analysis
  • application

School-based assessment: 70%

  • responding to texts 50%
  • creating texts 20%

External assessment: 30%

  • comparative text study 15%
  • critical reading exam 15% 

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Last Updated: 01/07/2022