Progressing from Year 10 into the senior years of schooling is an exciting time, irrespective of whether that involves moving towards the Higher School Certificate, the IB Diploma or a vocational qualification.
At a glance
|Broad-based pattern of study leading towards university matriculation in Australia and overseas, vocational pathways and work.||Broad-based pattern of study leading towards university matriculation in Australia and overseas.||Broad-based pattern of study for students who are looking to combine senior study with a pathway into work or TAFE.|
|Allows students to specialise in disciplines or ways of learning (only compulsory subject is English)||Requires students to study a broad range of academic disciplines||Allows students to study in areas that provide advanced standing or pathways into a range of vocations.|
|Assessed through internal assessments and the external HSC Examinations||Assessed through externally moderated internal assessments, an extended essay, and external IB examinations||VET subjects assessed through competency-based assessments, work placements and (in some cases) an external examination|
|Can include a vocational (VET) subject||Does not include vocational (VET) subjects||Include traditional academic HSC subjects|
|Leads to the award of the NSW Higher School Certificate||Leads to the award of the IB Diploma||Leads to the award of the NSW Higher School Certificate and nationally recognised Certificate II/III qualifications|
|Subject results provide students with an ATAR to provide access to university||Overall result (out of 45) provides students with an ATAR to provide access to university||Students may or may not receive an ATAR (depending on their specific pattern of study)|