The Higher School Certificate (HSC) is a vigorous credential chosen by the vast majority of Year 11 and 12 students in NSW. It was first introduced in 1967 and is currently developed and managed by the NSW Education Standards Authority (NESA).
HSC results can be translated into an ATAR - Australian Tertiary Admissions Rank - a rank used to meet entry requirements for tertiary courses of study.
The NSW HSC allows students either to follow a broad programme, or to specialise their focus. In Year 12 students can adjust their programme to a minimum of four subjects providing that they are able to study at least one subject at extension level.
Deciding between the HSC and IB Diploma is an important choice. To learn all about the HSC, we’ve broken it down into four key areas:
1. Course structure
- In the Year 11 Preliminary course, subjects are studied to the value of a minimum of 12 units and preferably 13 units.
- In the Year 12 HSC course at least four subjects must be undertaken, representing a minimum of 10 units with mandatory study in English, with a total 11 or 12 units being preferable.
- The only mandatory subject is English.
- Study of a foreign language, science or mathematics is not required.
2. Styles of learning
- The NSW HSC is offered to students regardless of their academic ability.
- The HSC can be a rigorous and demanding course requiring critical and high-order thinking and analytical skills.
- Students must be prepared to follow the prescribed course of study with diligence and sustained effort.
- Students must be willing to develop independent learning, good time management and organisational skills.
- Students are given the opportunity to narrow the focus of academic study to areas that interest them such as the Sciences or Arts, by studying more than one subject in these areas.
- Offering opportunities to explore areas of strength and interest, students can undertake extension courses in English, Mathematics, History, Music and Continuers languages.
- The examinable course content/assessment in Year 12 allows for the development and application of skills and the building of individual maturity.
- For students not wishing to go on to university, the HSC offers vocational subjects.
3. Methods of assessment
- Final marks are comprised of 50 percent on school-based assessments and 50 percent on final examinations for all subjects.
- The school-based assessments are spread across Year 12 and encompass a wide range of elements in every subject.
- Students are required to take oral/aural assessments in Beginners and Continuer languages.
- Final marks in each subject are referenced against defined levels of achievement consistent from one examination session to the next and applied equally to all schools.
- The NSW HSC credential is achieved by all candidates who have met the basic course requirements and have satisfactorily completed at least 10 units of study including two units of English.
4. University entry
- Scaled by the University Admissions Centre, the results from the best two scaled units in English and the best eight scaled units in a student’s remaining subjects are combined to calculate the ATAR. The scale has a minimum of zero and a maximum of 99.95.
- The HSC is recognised and provides direct access to Australian universities.
- The HSC is also recognised for entry to many universities worldwide.
Trinity Grammar School provides an abundance of opportunities which nurtures boys to grow into men who are clear and passionate about their unique talents. We actively encourage our students to grow in wisdom and stature and in favour with God and man, in order that they may become responsible, contributing members of society.
We aim to help boys discover their innate talents and unlock their full potential within the context of a supportive Christian environment. We have guided boys to grow in mind, body and spirit for over a century and we know what boys need to truly flourish and succeed.
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