Literature ATAR

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List A

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65% in Year 10 ACE English


70% in Year 10 Extended English


80% in Year 10 Mainstream English


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In the Literature ATAR course, students learn to create readings of literary texts and to create their own texts, including essays, poems, short stories, plays and multimodal texts. Students engage with literary theory and study literary texts in great detail. Students learn to read texts in terms of their cultural, social and historical contexts; their values and attitudes; and their generic conventions and literary techniques. They enter the discourse about readings, reading practices and the possibility of multiple readings. Students learn to create texts paying attention to contexts, values and conventions. Students learn about literary language, narrative, image and the power of representation. Students experience the aesthetic and intellectual pleasure that reading and creating literary texts can bring.

This course is organised into a Year 11 syllabus and a Year 12 syllabus. The cognitive complexity of the syllabus content increases from Year 11 to Year 12.

  • Universities have approved the removal of the unacceptable combination rule for English ATAR and Literature ATAR, effective for the 2020 ATAR calculation onwards. This means that, if a student takes English ATAR and Literature ATAR, scaled scores from both courses can count towards their Tertiary Entrance Aggregate and ATAR. The link to the new ruling is HERE
  • Literature ATAR in Mercedes College has achieved a median ATAR score above the CEWA (Catholic Education WA) median ATAR a total of nine times in the ten years prior to 2020
  • Syllabus and other SCSA documentation can be found HERE

The study of Literature has extended my knowledge of narratives from a variety of cultures, which has further intrigued me to explore texts outside of the syllabus. I enjoy exploring the contexts of the production of these texts and this course has broadened my interest in current and historical events. It has further improved my analytical and essay writing skills, which have assisted me in other subjects such as ATAR Religion and Life. I would highly recommend the Literature course to any student with strong English abilities who has an interest in studying poetry, prose and drama from a variety of contexts.

Breah Milford, Class of 2020.

Year 12 Literature ATAR

To access the syllabus for this subject please click HERE.

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