Year 12
Year 12
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VCE Literature Units 3 & 4

The study of literature focuses on the enjoyment and appreciation of reading that arises from discussion, debate and the challenge of exploring the meanings of literary texts. Students reflect on their interpretations and those of others.

The study is based on the premise that meaning is derived from the relationship between the text, the context in which it was produced and the experience of life and literature the reader brings to the texts. Accordingly, the study encompasses texts that vary in form and range from past to contemporary social and cultural contexts. Students learn to understand that texts are constructions, to consider the complexity of language and to recognise the influence of contexts and form. The study of literature encourages independent and critical thinking in students’ analytical and creative responses to texts, which will assist students in the workforce and in future academic study.

Unit 3

This unit focuses on the ways writers construct their work and how meaning is created for and by the reader. Students consider how the form of text (such as poetry, prose, drama, non-print or combinations of these) affects meaning and generates different expectations in readers, the ways texts represent views and values and comment on human experience, and the social, historical and cultural contexts of literary works.

Outcome 1

On completion of this unit the student should be able to analyse how meaning changes when the form of a text changes.

Outcome 2

On completion of this unit the student should be able to analyse, interpret and evaluate the views and values of a text in terms of the ideas, social conventions and beliefs that the text appears to endorse, challenge or leave unquestioned.

Outcome 3

On completion of this unit the student should be able to evaluate views of a text and make comparisons with their own interpretation.

Unit 4

This unit focuses on students’ creative and critical responses to texts. Students consider the context of their responses to texts as well as the concerns, the style of the language and the point of view in their re-created or adapted work.
In their responses, students develop an interpretation of a text and learn to synthesise the insights gained by their engagement with various aspects of a text into a cogent, substantiated response.

Outcome 1

On completion of this unit the student should be able to respond imaginatively to a text, and comment on the connections between the text and the response.

Outcome 2

On completion of this unit the student should be able to analyse critically features of a text, relating them to an interpretation of the text as a whole.


  • Deconstructive/analytical/literary essays
  • Creative responses
  • Short answer questions
  • Practice exams
  • Middle and end of year exams

Levels of Achievement

Units 3 and 4

The Victorian Curriculum and Assessment Authority will supervise the assessment of all students undertaking Units 3 and 4. In Literature the student’s level of achievement will be determined by school-assessed coursework and an end-of-year examination. Percentage contributions to the study score in Literature are as follows:

  • Unit 3 school-assessed coursework: 25 per cent
  • Unit 4 school-assessed coursework: 25 per cent
  • End-of-year examination: 50 per cent