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||Broad-based pattern of study leading towards university matriculation||Broad-based pattern of study for students who may not be looking to university study|
|Allows students to specialise in disciplines or ways of learning (only compulsory subject is English)||Asks students to work over a broad range of academic disciplines||Allows students to study in areas that provide advanced standing or pathways into a range of vocational pathways|
|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||Can include traditional academic 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 not receive an ATAR (depending on their specific pattern of study)|