While the Higher School Certificate has been around for a long time and you might think you know everything there is to know about it, we share some interesting facts about the HSC you may not be aware of, courtesy of the NSW Education Standards Authority (NESA).
- The HSC commenced in NSW in 1967, with 18,000 students receiving their HSC. In 2018, the HSC will be in its 52nd year.
- There are more than 140 NSW HSC courses on offer, of which 104 are examinable.
- The three most popular electives are Maths, Biology and Business Studies.
- There are seven English courses offered.
- In 2017, 77,975 people studied one or more HSC courses.
- In 2017, 70,000 students completed their HSC. Of these roughly 28,000 came from regional areas and over 400 from outside NSW.
- A total of 117 HSC written exams totalling 300 hours were scheduled for the three weeks from 16 October to 7 November 2017.
- Around 350 students sat for HSC exams overseas.
- There are 90 exam committees and 300 committee members who develop 125 written exam papers.
- Each exam paper is reviewed at least six times before the 700,000 exam papers are printed.
- There are roughly 5,500 markers who grade HSC exam papers.
- The English exam is marked by at least 11 different markers and Maths by at least six different markers.
- The three most popular Vocational Education and Training (VET) subjects are Hospitality, Construction and Business Services.
- Last year there were over 2,200 more girls than boys sitting the HSC.
- New courses that were examined in the HSC for the first time in 2017 included, Chinese and Literature, Chinese in Context, Indonesian and Literature, Indonesian in Context, Japanese and Literature, Japanese in Context, Korean and Literature, Korean in Context, and Korean Beginners.
- The top five languages studied are Japanese, French, Chinese, Italian and Spanish.
- Merits are awarded to those students who achieve:
- First in course
- All round achievers
- Top achievers – a top place in the highest band
- Distinguished achievers – highest band in one or more subjects.
- The most common male name sitting the HSC last year was ‘Joshua’ and the most common female name was ‘Emily.’
- There were 16 sets of triplets who completed the HSC in 2017.
- Seventy exams are marked online.
- There are some strong gender biases in certain subjects:
a. Engineering studies – 92 percent male
b. Software Design and Development – 91 percent male
c. Textiles and Design – 97 percent female
d. Dance – 95 percent female
e. Community and Family Studies – 92 percent female.
Deciding between the HSC and IB Diploma is an important choice. It's vital that you uncover all the facts.
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