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HSC Information

HSC Information

HSC study can be particularly daunting. All the rules and requirements as well as the huge range of subjects can scare and confuse you. It doesn't have to be that way. on this page you will find information and links to more information about HSC rules and requirements as well as lots of helpful subject specific material.

HSC Study Requirements:

All courses that are studied as part of the Higher School Certificate are actually divided into two courses - the Preliminary Course and the HSC course. The Preliminary Course in a given subject (eg; Biology) is normally studied in Year 11, while the HSC Course is normally studied in Year 12.
You must satisfactorily complete the Preliminary Course in a subject before being eligible to study the HSC Course. It is on the HSC Course that you will be examined in the Higher School Certificate exams.

Exceptions above are the Mathematics courses and VET Framework courses (Construction, Hospitality and Primary Industries), which are studied over 2 years.

The Board of Studies (the organisation which oversees the whole HSC and its awarding to students) specifies that you must satisfactorily complete a minimum of 12 Units in the Preliminary Course (normally Year 11) and 10 Units in the HSC Course (normally Year 12). Students at St Paul's College are also expected to have at least one unit of Studies of Religion.

The requirements for students at St Paul's College is that you must study a rnage of subjects that fit the following pattern of study:
You must study:

  1. at least 6 units from Board Developed Courses
  2. at least 2 units of a Board Developed Course in English
  3. at least three courses of 2 units value or greater (either Board Developed or Board Endorsed Courses)
  4. at least 4 subjects
  5. at least 1 unit of Studies of Religion

The Australian Tertiary Admission Rank (ATAR):

The ATAR is a ranking given to HSC students who apply for one. It is calculated by the Universities and is used to rank students for the purpose of offering them a place in University courses.
It is simply a number between 0 and 99.5 and ranks you relative to the other students who sat for the HSC in the same year as you.
It is calculated on your best 10 Board Developed Units.
You only need a ATAR if you are intending to go to university once you leave school.

Study Strategies:

Effective study habits and techniques are the key to success in the HSC.
Click here to find out more about how to study effectively.

Exam Techniques: 

While you might be able to study effectively, you also need to know the best ways to approach exams.
Click here to get information on how to develop good exam techniques.

Subject Specific Information:

Click on the subjects below to get specific information and resources for that subject.


Aboriginal Studies Agriculture
Ancient History Arabic
Automotive Biology
Business Services  
Business Studies Chemistry
Chinese Construction
Community & Family Studies Dance
Design & Technology Drama
Earth & Environmental Science Economics
Engineering Studies English
Entertainment Food Technology
French Geography
German Hospitality
Indonesian Industrial Technology
Information Processes & Technology Information Technology
Italian Japanese
Korean Legal Studies
Mathematics Metals & Engineering
Modern Greek Modern History
Music PDHPE
Physics Primary Industries
Retail Senior Science
Society & Culture Software Design & Development
Spanish Textiles & Design
Tourism and Events Turkish
Vietnamese Visual Arts
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