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English Literary Studies Stage 2
Subject outline

Version 4.0 - For teaching in 2024.
Accredited in May 2015 for teaching at Stage 2 from 2017.

Stage 2 | Subject outline | assessment-design-criteria

Assessment design criteria

The assessment design criteria are based on the learning requirements and are used by:

  • teachers to clarify for the student what they need to learn
  • teachers and assessors to design opportunities for the student to provide evidence of their learning at the highest possible level of achievement.

The assessment design criteria consist of specific features that:

  • students should demonstrate in their learning
  • teachers and assessors look for as evidence that students have met the learning requirements.

For this subject, the assessment design criteria are:

  • knowledge and understanding
  • analysis
  • application.

The specific features of these criteria are described below.

The set of assessments, as a whole, must give students opportunities to demonstrate each of the specific features by the completion of study of the subject. 

Knowledge and Understanding 

The specific features are as follows:

KU1 Knowledge and understanding of ways in which ideas, perspectives, and values are represented in texts.
KU2 Knowledge and understanding of ways in which authors use stylistic features to communicate ideas.
KU3 Knowledge and understanding of the stylistic features and conventions of different text types.


The specific features are as follows:

An1 Analysis of ways in which texts represent ideas, perspectives, and values.
An2 Analysis and evaluation of ways in which stylistic features are used to influence the interpretation of texts. 
An3 Analysis of similarities and differences between texts in comparative tasks.
An4 Analysis of ways in which different critical perspectives inform interpretation. 


The specific features are as follows:

Ap1 Use of conventions, and stylistic features to create coherent texts that address the meaning and intention of the task. 
Ap2 Use of evidence from texts to develop, support and justify responses. 
Ap3 Use of accurate, clear, and fluent expression appropriate for purpose and audience.