The Higher School Certificate (HSC) is the credential awarded to secondary school students who successfully complete senior high school level studies (Years 11 and 12 or equivalent) in New South Wales, Australia.
There are two main types of courses available in the HSC: Board Developed Courses and Board Endorsed Courses. Board Developed Courses have a syllabus and final exam set by NESA, and generally may be included in the calculation of the ATAR. Board Endorsed Courses are developed by the school, and may vary from school to school in regards to content and assessment.
Upon successful completion of a satisfactory pattern of study students are awarded the Higher School Certificate by way of a testamur. HSC results may also be used to calculate the Australian Tertiary Admission Rank (ATAR). Similar ranking processes used previously were called the UAI (Universities Admission Index) and the TER (Tertiary Entrance Rank). The ATAR is a separate ranking calculated by another body, the Universities Admissions Centre (UAC), and is used for determining university entrance. Since 1998 the university entrance rank has been issued separately from the HSC results in order to distinguish the two.
A major HSC Syllabus reform was executed in 2019. The “new” syllabus involved the addition of “Science Extension” and “Investigating Science” as new courses available to students which commenced teaching in October 2018 for the cohort of 2019. The course “Senior Science” was discontinued as of October 2018. The reformed syllabus involved changes that are a move towards compulsory English, Physics, Chemistry, Biology, Investigating Science and Extension Science in the future.
Did you know? Some of the famous films that are shot partially in Sydney are The Great Gatsby, Independence Day, The Matrix and Planet of the Apes. Point Piper, a small, affluent harbourside eastern suburb of Sydney, has been historically regarded as Australia’s most expensive suburb. In 2011, Wolseley Road was ranked as the ninth-most expensive street in the world, at $38,900 per square metre. Sydney’s postcode is 2000, the same number as the year it hosted the Olympics. The oldest university and natural history museum can be found in Sydney, The University of Sydney that was established in 1850 and The Australian Museum, which opened in 1857.
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