HSC

The Higher School Certificate (HSC) is the main senior study pathway undertaken by Year 11 and Year 12 students across NSW.

About the HSC

More than 75,000 students study an HSC course each year. The HSC caters for:

  • Students who want an ATAR, enabling direct entry to Australian universities
  • Students who do not want an ATAR, but do want a recognised finishing credential
  • Students who want an HSC that includes nationally recognised qualifications through vocational education and training (VET) and TAFE courses. Eligible VET courses can count toward an ATAR

HSC 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

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

ATAR pathway

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

HSC Course (Year 12)

To qualify for the HSC, students must successfully complete:

  • A minimum 10 units of study (the College strongly recommends students complete 11 or 12 units).
  • 2 units of English
  • A minimum of 8 units from Category A subjects
  • a maximum of 2 units of Category B subjects

Non-ATAR pathway

Preliminary Course (Year 11)

To progress to Year 12, students must successfully complete:

HSC Course (Year 12)

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

VET pathway

Visit the VET pathway page

HSC subject selection

HSC subjects available for 2020.

Need to know:

  • To qualify for the HSC, the NSW Educational Standards Authority (NESA) requires students to complete a minimum of 12 preliminary HSC units in Year 11 and 10 HSC units in year 12.
  • Newington College strongly recommends all boys entering Year 11 select at least 13 units and all boys starting their HSC to have a minimum of 11 units in their course.
  • The only compulsory subject is English.

Boys should discuss their preferred subjects with Heads of Department and Head of House to ensure they have the ability and capacity to fulfill course requirements.

Most students get the subjects they want in their initial free choice subject selection but some do not, especially if a subject has only a small number of students and appears in only on in one group in the timetable. Heads of House will help impacted students make new selections so they get at least 12 units.

 

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