HSC

The Higher School Certificate is the main senior study pathway undertaken by Year 11 and Year 12 students across New South Wales.

Course Requirements

Preliminary Course (Year 11)

To progress to Year 12, students must successfully complete:

  • A minimum 12 units of study (the College strongly recommends students complete 13 units)
  • A minimum of 2 units of English in their pattern of study.

HSC Course (Year 12)

To qualify for the award of the HSC, students must successfully complete:

  • A minimum 10 units of study
  • A minimum of 4 subjects must be completed
  • At least 3 courses at a minimum of 2 units
  • The College strongly recommends students complete 11 or 12 units to maximise their results. Students with exceptional or extenuating circumstances may apply to complete only 10 units of study in Year 12.

Australian Tertiary Admissions Rank (ATAR)

To qualify for an ATAR for university entry, UAC processes a student’s HSC results:

  • Based on scaled marks of 10 units of Board Developed Courses
  • Including 2 units of English (ESL, Standard, Advanced or Extension)
  • Including the 8 highest scoring remaining units
  • Including a maximum of 2 units of Category B courses.

Non-ATAR Pathway Course Requirements

Preliminary Course (Year 11)

To progress to Year 12, students must successfully complete:

  • A minimum 12 units of study, from subjects including:
    • Category A courses
    • Category B courses
    • Approved TAFE courses
  • A minimum of 2 units of English in their pattern of study (including English Studies).

HSC Course (Year 12)

To qualify for the award of the HSC, students must successfully complete:

  • A minimum 10 units of study from:
    • Category A courses
    • Category B courses
    • Approved TAFE courses
  • A minimum of 2 units of English in their pattern of study (including English Studies).

What if you want an ATAR?

Some students may also qualify to receive an ATAR to seek direct admission to university entry. They must complete: 2 Units of English (not including English Studies), 8 Category A units of study in their 10 units.

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Nationally Recognised Qualifications

Successful completion of VET (Internal) or TAFE (external) courses will allow students to receive Certificate II or Certificate III qualifications depending on the level completed.

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